Vol.06. Nos.1 - 2(2007) p1-10


Stiffness and strength properties of rattan furniture joints subjected to lateral load


Wan Tarmeze, W.A; Hamdan, H; Tamizi, M.M; Khairul, A


A study was conducted to investigate the stiffness and strength properties of various types of joints in rattan furniture subjected to lateral load, Fourtypes ofjoints commonly found in rattan furniture, i.e., nailed, nailed and bound with rattan rope, screwed, screwed and bound, were tesled, Initial stiffness, secondary stiffness and ultimate strength properties of the joints were studied. The results showed that, in general, the lateral stiffness and strength properties of the screwed joints were not significantly different from those of the nailed joints. Binding had significantly improved the secondary stiffness and strength for the nailed joints, but not for the screwed joints. Moreover, binding was not able to increase the initial stiffness ofboth types ofjoints, It was found that stiffer and stronger rattan joints could be produced by using denser rattan.


canes and rattans; furniture; joints (timber); non-wood forest products; streng