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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsEngineering · 2 months ago

How are wooden desks made when most trees don't look that wide?

How does a tree become a wide piece of wood 

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    There are different methods, two of the most common being laminating (gluing boards together edge to edge - if done very skillfully it can be hard to see where they meet) or peeling a veneer (you spin a log and peel off a continuous thin layer giving you a sheet material - this is how they make plywood and large flat surfaces like desks).

  • Zirp
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Like the previous two answerers said

    Or by allowing the tree to stand and live for a hundred years or more

  • 2 months ago

    If you have a desk with a single plank for a top, it is not very likely a new desk, or it is an expensive desk.  A two-foot wide chunk of trunk isn't all that common anymore. Those trees got chopped a long time ago.

    Far more likely that you have a desktop made from more than one "piece" of wood.

    Huh, I just took a good look at this old pine desk I inherited from my dad, and am sitting at right now, and sure enough, it has a single plank top. One inch thick too. Not like that cheap-ass crap you get nowadays.  No pasteboard, no laminate.  Just solid wood.

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