Bending Strength of Furniture Corner Joints Constructed with Insert Fittings
Bending Strength of Furniture Corner Joints Constructed with Insert Fittings. Many different insert fittings (screws, sockets plastic - metallic, cam fittings plastic - metallic, single - double) are widely used in ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture joints to connect particleboard and MDF. In this research, the bending strength of furniture corner joints constructed with insert fittings which are offered for this kind of joints by four (4) manufacturers (Hettich Germany, Häfele Germany, Lama Slovenia and one (1) of unknown manufacturer), are studied. The insert fittings were commercially available standard items. The wood-based panels tested included particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF), of 16mm thickness. Research reported here indicated that bending strengths of furniture corner joints constructed with insert fittings differed slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer in particleboard and MDF, whereas, the bending strengths of the corresponding joints differed significantly from one fitting type to another. The screws with the longer cylindrical thread part without sockets, and the screws with plastic sockets of long thread part, resulted in the higher bending strength values, whereas, the lower bending strength values measured in the corner joints constructed with screws having the shorter cylindrical thread part without sockets and the screws with metal sockets.
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