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UBC Task 2 Reducing Colour Variation of Woods Used for Furniture and CabinetsCompleted

Project leaders: Avramidis, Stavros, Evans, Phil


A) Long Term Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of this project is to help the furniture and cabinet industry to reduce colour variation of stained wood products. The objective to be accomplished in this project is twofold: (1) Provide industry with up-to-date information on the finishing systems and techniques to minimise colour variation of the main Canadian wood species used to make cabinets and furniture; and (2) Develop a system of identifying panels that are likely to give colour problems when they are stained.

B) Deliverables

Year 1 – Q1/Q2: Survey suppliers and review literature. Obtain finishing materials for promising systems and begin to test their ability to minimise colour variation of veneered panels. The deliverable is a report identifying finishing systems that can minimise colour variation of wood. Post doctoral fellow (PDF) reviews literature on scanning technology to identify variation in moisture content, permeability, density and grain angle of wood and begins experimental work. The deliverables are the completed literature review and a progress report.

Q3: Continue tests on the ability of different finishing systems to minimise colour variation of veneered panels. The deliverables are a progress report and finished panels. PDF optimises scanning technology to identify panels that cause colour problems.

Q4: Complete tests on the ability of different finishing systems to minimise colour variation of veneered panels and prepare industry guidelines on finishing systems that minimise colour variation of Canadian woods used for furniture and kitchen cabinets. PDF tests scanning technology on veneered substrates that cause colour problems. The deliverable is a final report.

Start date: 2011-04-01 End date: 2012-04-30



For more information on this project, please contact:

Avramidis, Stavros
University of British Columbia
Email: stavros.avramidis@ubc.ca
Telephone: (604) 822-6153
Fax: (604) 822-9159
Evans, Phil
University of British Columbia
Email: phil.evans@ubc.ca
Telephone: (604) 822-0517
Fax: (604) 822-9159
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