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Hodges Wood Products Technical Services

The wood industry's source for independent testing, evaluation, and technical service.

The Hodges Wood Products Lab serves as the wood products industry’s premier testing and technical service facility. Staffed by the world-renowned wood products faculty, we have been serving the industry since 1960.

Through the generosity of industry, Hodges Lab is equipped with some of the latest wood working equipment including Taber wear machines, Atlas CI4000 Weather-O-Meter, ESPEC conditioning chamber, castor-chair machine, James Heal Martindale Abrasion Tester, British Pendulum Tester, BOT 3000, two MTS Universal test frames, and much more. These machines are complimented by a wide range of traditional wood processing equipment including cold and hot presses for making plywood, particleboard, and fiberboard, and a wide range of production woodworking equipment.

Hodges provides technical services on various aspects of wood utilization. Assistance ranges from detailed analysis of technical and production problems and is supplemented with testing of materials and wood utilization techniques. Laboratory testing and evaluation services include: ASTM tests for solid wood and engineered wood composites; mechanical testing of wooden structural materials, connections, and furniture parts; sample conditioning; NEMA LD3 tests of high-pressure decorative laminates and panels; NALFA LF-01 testing of laminate flooring; and much more.

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This work is done in the 20,000 square foot Hodges laboratory. For further information, please contact Lyndsey Campbell at (919) 515-2881 or