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Isn't this usually called cross-grain bending?  If it is, then there are no values.  An illustration of how weak cross-grain bending is, check out how the karate guys have the boards they break held.

Neil Moore, S.E.
neil moore and associates

At 09:21 AM 10/24/02 -0700, you wrote:
I obviously haven't looked enough.  Does anyone have an ideas for (allowable) tension across timber fibres (for DFir in this case)?
Don't ask why I want that!  I'm doing a "what if" or "how about" investigation that is taking me out to Mars and back :^)
Thor A Tandy  P.Eng, MIPENZ
Victoria BC
e-mail: vicpeng(--nospam--at)