Wood testing: Ensuring the quality and safety of your wood products

Wood is one of the most versatile and widely used materials in the world. It is used in everything from construction and furniture to musical instruments and sports equipment. However, wood is also a natural material, and its properties can vary depending on its species, origin, and processing. This is why it is important to have wood tested to ensure that it meets the required quality and safety standards.

To ensure the quality, safety, and durability of wood products, it is essential to conduct thorough wood testing. For clients in Dubai and the UAE, Testhub Laboratories UAE offers a comprehensive suite of wood testing services that cover everything from moisture content and density to resistance to axial withdrawal of screws. In this blog, we will explore the importance of these wood tests and how Testhub Laboratories UAE can assist clients in Dubai and the UAE with their wood testing needs.

Benefits of Wood Testing

There are a number of benefits to having wood tested, including:

  • Ensuring quality: Wood testing can help to ensure that the wood you are using is of high quality and meets the required specifications. This is especially important for critical applications, such as structural members or load-bearing components.
  • Identifying defects: Wood testing can help to identify defects in the wood, such as knots, cracks, or voids. These defects can weaken the wood and make it more susceptible to failure.
  • Determining suitability for specific applications: Wood testing can help you to determine whether the wood is suitable for a specific application. For example, some types of wood are more resistant to moisture or decay than others.

Types of Wood Tests

There are a number of different types of wood tests that can be performed, depending on the specific needs of the application. Some of the most common wood tests include:

  • Moisture content: This test measures the amount of water in the wood. Moisture content can have a significant impact on the strength and durability of wood.
  • Density: This test measures the mass of wood per unit volume. Density is an important factor to consider when selecting wood for structural applications.
  • Tensile strength: This test measures the resistance of wood to tension. Tensile strength is an important factor to consider when selecting wood for load-bearing applications.
  • Shear strength: This test measures the resistance of wood to shear forces. Shear strength is an important factor to consider when selecting wood for applications where it will be subjected to lateral loads.
  • Water absorption: This test measures the amount of water that wood can absorb. Water absorption is an important factor to consider when selecting wood for applications where it will be exposed to moisture.
  • Swelling: This test measures how much wood swells when it is exposed to moisture. Swelling can cause wood to warp and crack, so it is important to select wood with a low swelling coefficient for applications where it will be exposed to moisture.
  • Resistance to axial withdrawal of screws: This test measures how much force is required to pull a screw out of a piece of wood. This test is important for applications where wood will be used to fasten screws, such as furniture making or construction.
  • Dimension: This test measures the length, width, and thickness of wood. Dimensional accuracy is important for many applications, such as woodworking and construction.
  • Bending strength: This test measures the resistance of wood to bending. Bending strength is an important factor to consider when selecting wood for applications where it will be subjected to bending loads, such as beams and joists.
  • Formaldehyde: This test measures the amount of formaldehyde in wood. Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC) that can be harmful to human health. This test is important for applications where wood will be used in indoor environments, such as furniture making and construction.
  • Specific gravity: This test measures the ratio of the mass of wood to the mass of an equal volume of water. Specific gravity is an important factor to consider when selecting wood for applications where it is important to minimize weight, such as aircraft construction.

How to get your wood tested

If you need to have your wood tested, you can contact Testhub Laboratories UAE. We offer a wide range of wood testing services to meet the needs of businesses and consumers in Dubai and the UAE. We can test wood for a variety of properties, and we can also provide you with expert advice on the results of your tests.


To get your wood tested, simply contact us and we will be happy to provide you with a quote. We can also arrange to collect your wood samples from your premises and deliver them to our laboratory for testing. Once your wood has been tested, we will provide you with a detailed report of the results.

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