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Development of a tension test suitable for quality control on finger joints and other end joints in wood is described. The specimen used is rectangular and can be prepared rapidly with a planer-type table saw. The approximate size of the specimen is 3/32 by 3/4 in. in cross-section by 10 in. in length.
Because the specimen is simply prepared and can be tested quickly on a universal testing machine, it is also well suited as a screening tool in research and development on end joints in wood.
Selbo, M. L.
Chemical Engineer, U. S. Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis