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Heat Treated Timber9/4
Hello, I'm a UK based furniture maker, I trained at The Edward Barnsley Workshops and I work mainly in the arts & crafts style and tradition. I'm looking at using heat treated timber to minimise wood movement for a design that would otherwise require complex and expensive lamination work.
Here in the UK heat treated timber is used only for external cladding and flooring that's laid across under-floor heating. I haven't been able to find anyone who has actually used it for furniture. However, I believe that in the US heat treated timber is used for furniture, so I was hoping to find someone with first hand experience. In particular I'm trying to find out if there are any gluing problems, and what your general experiences have been with this material?
The same reason why the wood does not attract and hold water like untreated wood is the reason that the wood does not chemically bond well with PVA adhesives. I have not tested PUR adhesives, but expect the same weaker results. You do get good mechanical bonding however.
You would not want heat treated wood for legs or other high strength requirements. You would not want this wood when light colors are required.
I have not seen it used for furniture, but it probably has been tried.