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Thermo Treated Wood1/4
Not sure where to post this question, but since we're a moulding shop, here goes:
I've been asked to bit a rather large job and the specs call for Thermo Treated Cypress. So of course, I Googled it and learned a little and just who is selling it. But not much.
Anyone have the skinny on Thermo Treated Cypress? Can it be milled or moulded, glued up, sanded, curved pieces made. and all the juicy stuff??
And is there any to treat it in a convential steam kiln??
Thermally modified wood seems to be more popular, although it is not a new technology.
We have just used thermally modified poplar to make a slab door on a MDO substrate. We used this because it is supposed to be inert and not subject to movement.
It milled just like regular poplar, though it does smell different, rather like a barbecue.
So far the process works well on 4Q material. They are still working out the kinks in thicker materials.
Talk to Tom Talbot of Atlanta Hardwoods and he can give you more detail.
Thanks for the response. I did talk to Atlanta Hardwoods, but not to Tom. But they have not treated any cypress at this time, still fiddling with it I suppose.
I seem to recall that high heat leads to making wood brash, which might limit how you would want to use it.
I'm wondering if the sellers of this material have done testing of the structural properties to compare with untreated wood. Generally speaking, anything you do to improve one thing, has a trade off in another way.