The finger-jointing process converts “off-cut” and short-length timbers, which are in essence “scraps”, into usable timber products. This process increases the recovery rate of the sawn timber as it enables the recycling of the odds and ends for further processing into other downstream products. The pieces of off-cut and short-length timber are joined together by applying glue and then pressing the jagged joints together. This would result in the pieces of “off-cut” and shot-length timber becoming full-length commercial timber strips, hence the term finger-jointed products.
In addition, the finger-jointed products can be processed further into profiles of general moulding and laminated beams. Certain finger-jointed timber also commands some premium over normal sawn timber due to the following reasons:-
- Joinery timber is stronger than normal sawn timber due to the strength built in the joints; and
- The length of the joinery timber can be specially tailored to meet the needs of the end user whereas the length of the normal sawn timber depends on the length and quality of the logs.