ASTM D1666 - 11

    Standard Test Methods for Conducting Machining Tests of Wood and Wood-Base Materials

    Active Standard ASTM D1666 | Developed by Subcommittee: D07.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.10


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    Significance and Use

    Machining tests are made to determine the working qualities and characteristics of different species of wood and of different wood-base panel materials under a variety of machine operations such as are encountered in commercial manufacturing practice. The tests provide a systematic basis for comparing the behavior of different products with respect to woodworking machine operations and of evaluating their potential suitability for certain uses where these properties are of prime importance.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for planing, routing/shaping, turning, mortising, boring, and sanding, all of which are common wood-working operations used in the manufacture of wood products. These tests apply, in different degrees, to two general classes of materials:

    1.1.1 Wood in the form of lumber, and

    1.1.2 Wood-base panel materials such as plywood and wood-base fiber and particle panels.

    1.2 Because of the importance of planing, some of the variables that affect the results of this operation are explored with a view to determining optimum conditions. In most of the other tests, however, it is necessary to limit the work to one set of fairly typical commercial conditions in which all the different woods are treated alike.

    1.3 Several factors enter into any complete appraisal of the machining properties of a given wood or wood-base panel. Quality of finished surface is recommended as the basis for evaluation of machining properties. Rate of dulling of cutting tools and power consumed in cutting are also important considerations but are beyond the scope of these test methods.

    1.4 Although the methods presented include the results of progressive developments in the evaluation of machining properties, further improvements may be anticipated. For example, by present procedures, quality of the finished surface is evaluated by visual inspection, but as new mechanical or physical techniques become available that will afford improved precision of evaluation, they should be employed.

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The metric equivalents of inch-pound units may be approximate.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D9 Terminology Relating to Wood and Wood-Based Products

    D1038 Terminology Relating to Veneer and Plywood

    D1554 Terminology Relating to Wood-Base Fiber and Particle Panel Materials

    D4442 Test Methods for Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Base Materials

    D4933 Guide for Moisture Conditioning of Wood and Wood-Based Materials

    D7438 Practice for Field Calibration and Application of Hand-Held Moisture Meters


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 79.040 (Wood, sawlogs and sawn timber); 79.060.01 (Wood-based panels in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D1666-11

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