A Half-yearly Peer Reviewed Journal of Bangladesh Forest Research Institute

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The properties of particleboard produced from l-,2-,3- and 4-year old Bambusa
vulgaris Schrad, the commonest village bamboo in Malaysia, were ascertained.
Culms of two years old or more were found to yield good particles for particleboard
manufacture. Three particleboards with the density of 561,641 and 721 kg/m^ were
produced by using urea formaldehyde resin as the binder at the resin contents of 6,
8 and 10%, pressing time of 6 minutes and temperature of 160°C. All the boards
tested passed the minimum requirements of the British Standards BS 5669-1989.
This indicates the suitability of this bamboo species for the manufacture of


Bambusa vulgaris culms sampled from the riverside of Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia
were found to be suitable in the manufacture of cement bonded boards. The
relatively high sugar content of the culms, however, was found to give a retarding
effect on cement setting. In this study, cement ratio (1:3) was found to give better
board properties. Board with a bamboo – cement ratio of 1 : 2.75 with the addition
of 2% chemical additives produces an acceptable board which meet the requirements
of the Malaysia Standard MS 934.

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