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Abstract

The physical-mechanical properties of certain West Indian timbers. II & III.

Abstract

For the first article in this series cf. FA 8 No. 1105. Part II deals with the properties of Motillo (Sloanea berteriana), a native species of Puerto Rico. The wood must be seasoned carefully, but is not difficult to machine and takes a good finish. It has no particular merit as a cabinet wood and seems best suited to be a heavy constructional timber. Part III deals with Haitian Pine (Pinus occidentalis Swartz), which occurs in Cuba and Haiti in considerable quantities. The wood has excellent strength properties, being comparable with the Southern Pines and with P. caribaea grown in Central America, except in stiffness and compression parallel to grain, which have a lower value. Full details are given of tests and results. KEYWORDS: Pinus occidentalis \ wood strength \ wood properties \ Haiti timbers \ Puerto Rico timbers \ West Indies timbers \ Haiti \ Puerto Rico \ West Indies