Canadian Forest Service Publications

Wooden pallet quality control: a simple hand tool to measure nail stiffness and ductility. 1973. Reeves, J.R. Environment Canada, Canadian Forestry Service, Headquarters, Eastern Forest Products Laboratory, Ottawa. Information Report OP-X-61. 6 p.

Year: 1973

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 26822

Language: English

Series: Information Report (CFS - Ottawa)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Nail fasteners have been described as the “weak link” in wooden pallet construction. Nail stiffness and ductility, two of the more important properties of pallet nails cannot be derived visually. At the present time, these properties can be determined only by the time-consuming use of relatively expensive and heavy laboratory testing machines. This paper describes a portable, hand-held testing device whicn, when used with a properly calibrated torque wrench, can quickly be used to determine the stiffness and ductility of pallet nails.