Thowback Thursday: The Million Pound Machine

Once upon a time, the Forest Products Laboratory was home to a 1,000,000-pound-capacity test machine. Here you can see a large wood cylindrical structure being tested in the jaws of this metal monster.

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The machine was used to test poles, piles, and large wood beams for more than 90 years. For more photos of the Million Pound Machine in action, and to learn the giant’s fate, check out this brief slideshow on our website.