Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design


Wood Science and Technology

Committee Chair

Joseph McNeel.


Recent studies show that oak logging residue makes up a disproportionate amount of the total residue left behind after the harvest (Grushecky et al. 2006). The majority of logging residue tends to be low-grade wood. A primary outlet for low-grade wood in WV is oriented strand board (OSB) mills. Currently, a very small percentage of oak species is utilized in OSB, largely due to the inability to produce quality strands from oak and partially due to the uncertainty of quantity that may be used in panels.;This research investigated the stranding of oak species along with utilizing oak strands in the production of OSB. Different proportions of oak were used in panel production to assess the effect of oak on the strength properties of the OSB panels. Standard ASTM testing procedures were used to determine the actual properties and statistical relationships between these variables identified.;Results of this research revealed that quality strands can be produced from oak. Investigation results also indicated that a minimum of 25% oak may be used in the production of OSB panels without sacrificing panel strength properties.