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On the other hand:


The US appears to have a wood engineering specification (NDS) whilst Australia has a timber structures code (AS1720), both basically cover the same issues. And there is always the issue of when is a material a structure, and a structure a material? For example plywood, glulams, LVL’s, and nail plated beams could be considered more structure than material.


To further add to the confusion we would describe an LVL generically as manufactured timber, though the acronym stands for laminated veneer lumber.


So plenty of cause for confusion.


Conrad Harrison

B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust



South Australia

From: D E [mailto:struktur.dle(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, 27 June 2008 03:15
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Wood Difference


That's spot on Ralph.

On 6/26/08, Rhkratzse(--nospam--at) <Rhkratzse(--nospam--at)> wrote:

Dam little.  Wood is a very general term for the "meat" of a tree, down to toothpicks or chopsticks.  Lumber is after it's been sawn into pieces and generally means pieces used for building (as opposed to eating or picking one's teeth).  Timber is a term generally used to describe larger pieces of lumber, but may vary and isn't very specific.



In a message dated 6/26/08 10:11:28 AM, jjtreff(--nospam--at) writes:

For most of you this might be a very basic question, but for someone coming from a country where only masonry and concrete exist, it's confusing.

Structurally speaking, what's the difference between wood, lumber and timber?

Thank you!

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