Fix for MLB Maple Baseball Bats Topped Week's Report

By Bill Esler | Posted: 07/18/2013 1:08PM

 

Wood science addressed Major League Baseball's bat shattering challenge. Though it may be a past time, discoveries related to wood grain performance could have applications for other wood components that endure stress, such as chair legs.

A research team found that inconsistency of wood quality, primarily the manufacturing detail "slope of grain," for all species of wood used in Major League bat manufacture was the main cause of broken bats.

Low-density maple bats were found to not only crack but shatter into multiple pieces more often than ash bats or higher-density maple bats. Multiple-piece failure in shattered bats can pose a danger on the field and to fans.

TECO, a third-party wood inspection service, the Madison, WI-based Forest Products Laboratory  established manufacturing changes that have proven remarkably successful over time. Limits to bat geometry dimensions, wood density restrictions, and wood drying recommendations have all contributed to the dramatic decrease in multiple-piece failures, even as maple's popularity is on the upswing.

Here are the rest of the week's top wood industry reports:  

 Wood baseball bat shatter

 

MLB Wood Bat Shatter Rate Drops 50%

By Karen Koenig | Posted: July 12, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Shatter rates of wood baseball bats has already dropped more than 50 percent as a result of research conducted by the U.S. Forest Products Lab and funded by Major League Baseball.

Five Tips for Sanding with Flap Wheels

 

Posted by Sean Lechowicz | Posted: 06/19/2013 3:1PM

Sanding and finishing with flap wheels allows you to reach are designed to sand pieces with contour or a profile.

Trainwreck Slows Tafia Panel Shipping

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/16/2013 9:14PM

Shipping from Tafisa's particleboard and melamine panel plant in Lac-Megantic, QC, has been hobbled by the massive deadly train wreck that killed 50 people.


Bamboo Wood iPad Cases Drive Business Launch

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/08/2013 9:27AM

Creating a product category, DODOcase invented wood bamboo cases for iPads.

 Viridian Worker  

 Reclaimed Oak Truck Decks Become Flooring

By Bill Esler | Posted: June 26, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Viridian Reclaimed Wood's new Truck Deck line turns oak truck decking into flooring.

Viridian Turns Oak Truck Decks into Flooring

By Bill Esler | Posted: June 26, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Viridian Reclaimed Wood's new Truck Deck line turns oak truck decking into flooring.

- See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/search?keyword=Viridian&x=9&y=12#sthash.uFMAYkJh.dpuf
 

How to Repair Catalyzed Wood Finishes

 

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/17/2013 9:27AM

Razor blades can help in catalyzed wood finish repair. This week my buddy Kevin Kamberg, an expert in using MEK and PM Acetate to repair wood finishes, gives a few tips.

How to Repair Catalyzed Wood Finishes

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/17/2013 9:27AM

Razor blades can help in catalyzed wood finish repair. This week my buddy Kevin Kamberg, an expert in using MEK and PM Acetate to repair wood finishes, gives a few tips.

- See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-blogs/fine-woodworking?page=4#sthash.3a3ZSY29.dpuf
 Lisa Adams LA Closet Design

Million Dollar Closet Designer Transforms Space

 

By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: July 12, 2013 - 8:32 AM

Los Angeles-based luxury closet designer, Lisa Adams, unveiled her latest dream closet transformation on ABC's Good Morning America.

 Furniture Brands International Logo  

Furniture Brands' Stock Listing Put on Notice Again by NYSE

By Rich Christianson | Posted: July 15, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Furniture Brands International (NYSE:FBN) has received its second notice in less than a year that it has fallen below the New York Stock Exchange's contitued listing standards.

 Thos. Moser

Thos. Moser Wires Walnut Desk Without Hardware

By Bill Esler | Posted: July 3, 2013 - 10:47 AM

Thos. Moser’s commercial furniture line shows how to wire wood elegantly.

 Wood sanding and finishing

Wood Surface Preparation & Its Impact on Finishing

By Phil Stevenson | Posted: May 9, 2013 - 3:46 PM Final whitewood sanding is the most important step in finishing for satisfactory results. Poor finish quality, rework, and missed expectations are in most cases a direct result of improper final whitewood sanding preparation

Tafisa Panel Plant Shipping Hobbled by Trainwreck

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/16/2013 9:14PM

Shipping from Tafisa's particleboard and melamine panel plant in Lac-Megantic, QC, has been hobbled by the massive deadly train wreck that killed 50 people.

- See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news#sthash.EWCbfd1Y.dpuf

 

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Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Associate Publisher/ Editor in Chief, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for editing Custom Woodworking Business and coordinating content for Wood Products , CLOSETS , WoodworkingNetwork.com, and related newsletters. Bill’s expertise includes using innovative print manufacturing techniques to grow audience engagement, digital printing, purls, QR codes; and lead-generating webcasts, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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