A series of composites, including oriented strandboard and medium density fiberboard, were treated via vapor boron technology. Treated samples were compared to untreated composites using a tool force measuring technique. Tool forces measured with a dynamometer indicated a positive effect of boron addition. Visual and SEM examination indicated a wider wear zone on the rake face of the tool for the untreated material. Boron transfer to the tool material was confirmed by SEM.
Keywords: COMPOSITES; INCLUDING ORIENTED STRANDBOARD; OSB; MEDIUM DENSITY FIBERBOARD; MDF; VAPOR BORON TREATMENT; TOOL FORCES; DYNAMOMETER; SEM