Weyerhaeuser Hardwoods has introduced Lumin, a line of hardwood and softwood plywood, which it says gives contractors and other users of plywood panels a high quality environmentally responsible sourced plywood. Derived from plantation-grown eucalyptus and pine, the panels are available in a selection of grades and lay-up configurations.

Lumin is harvested from fast-growing eucalyptus and pine trees; Weyerhaeuser envisions a range of applications, including construction, toys and cabinetry. It is available in 10 grades and two species, with proprietary-grade faces developed from TECO and IHPA definitions. The wood is unique enough to warrant a separate Website: lumin.com.

 
At IWF 2010, Weyerhaeuser is showing is new Lumin eucalyptus and pine plywood.
 
At IWF 2010, Weyerhaeuser is showing is new Western Alder.

Lumin plywood is described as lightweight, flat and strong for high performance It is available in two distinct lay-up configurations — all eucalyptus and a pine/eucalyptus Combi-panel. The all-eucalyptus plywood panels are available in seven grades, including four proprietary grades. The Combi-panel pairs a stronger eucalyptus core with the traditional visual appeal of a pine face layer and is available in three standard grades.

While Lumin plywood is applicable for construction and industrial uses (including underlayment, sheathing and packaging), sanded Lumin plywood panels are suited for finishing applications such as underlayment in cabinetry, furniture and millwork, says Weyerhaeuser.

Lumin plywood is PS 1-07 and CE2+ certified for construction use in the United States and Europe, which means it would be exempt from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards, since products with those stamps are CARB exempt.

The Weyerhaeuser mill that manufactures Lumin plywood has received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody and controlled wood certification.
 
Weyerhaeuser also is promoting another of the species in its lines, Northwest Hardwoods’ western alder, for cabinetry, furniture and millwork. Weyerhaeuser says its western alder has the visual appeal of cherry, maple and other more expensive, fine-grained species. Its western alder accepts a wide variety of stains, Weyerhaeuser says, and it has good machining properties. The alder comes in thicknesses from 4/4 to 12/4, lengths up to 12 feet and is certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standard.

Weyerhaeuser is in Booths #1751 and #5052 at IWF Atlanta, August 25-28.

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