Potential of Veneer Peeled from Young Eucalypts in Laos

Benoit Belleville, Adam Redman, Phouluang Chounlamounty, Vansy Phengthajam, Si Xiong, Latsamy Boupha, Barbara Ozarska

Abstract


In Laos and neighboring countries, opportunities exist for the production of engineered wood products such as plywood and laminated veneer lumber to supply the rapid growth of construction, furnishing, and joinery activities. The objective of the present study was to assess the potential of peeling fast-growing high-yielding pulpwood from managed eucalypt stands in Laos for veneered products. Eucalyptus pellita, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, and eucalypt clone K7 (E. camaldulensis × E. deglupta) stands were characterized based on veneer quality and recovery. The influence of log position, log geometry, and other log traits during recovery were also investigated. The selected taxa achieved green veneer recoveries that ranged between 57% and 67%. End splitting and branch-related defects were the most important grade-limiting defects that restricted veneer sheet quality to a lower grade of most sheets. However, simple timely silvicultural decisions, such as pruning, could significantly help improve the quality of veneer obtained. The obtained results could be used in the formulation of recommendations to adopt better management practices in Laos to improve the value of plantation-grown wood.

Keywords


Rotary veneer; Eucalyptus pellita; Eucalyptus camaldulensis; Eucalyptus deglupta; Recovery; Grade quality

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