Stan LebowDurability and Wood Protection Research
Research Forest Products Technologist
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- Education &
- Organizations &
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- Lab Notes
- Accelerated methods for predicting performance of durable wood products
- Evaluating and minimizing environmental impacts of preservative treated wood
- Methods of applying preservatives to wood
- New approaches to wood protection
- Oregon State University, Ph.D. Forest Products , 1992
- Oregon State University, M.S. Forest Products , 1986
- Oregon State University, B.S. Forest Products , 1983
- American Wood Protection Association, Member
- Forest Products Society (FPS), Member
- Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), Member
- International Research Group on Wood Protection, Member
|Publication Year: 2019|
Highlight ID: 1332
|Going Big with Mass Timber Protection|
Researchers are leading efforts to better understand mass timber as a next generation building material and provide safe effective protection strategies to ensure public safety and responsible forest stewardship. ...
Highlight ID: 1324
|Method for Estimating Wood Preservative Leaching|
Pressure-treated wood is widely used for construction projects in sensitive environments. This research project developed a method to estimate biocide leaching from pressure-treated wood exposed to precipitation. ...
|Publication Year: 2012|
Highlight ID: 10
|New Guide Advises Treatments and Technologies To Protect Historic Wooden Bridges|
Forest Service and university researchers collaborate to evaluate methods of protecting wooden bridges from fire and biodegradation. ...
|Publication Year: 2011|
Highlight ID: 291
|Durable wood product evaluations|
In an effort to reduce the amount of time required to obtain meaningful durability data for wood products, it has become widely accepted to use smaller specimens in field tests. Smaller specimens generally yield faster results but tests comparing sma ...
|Publication Year: 2010|
Highlight ID: 170
|Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material|
The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood in highly engineered structures. ...
Highlight ID: 156
|Improving Accelerated Testing of Durable Wood Products|
Durable wood products such as posts, poles and timbers are expected to resist decay and termite attack for several decades. Testing the durability of new types of wood products is challenging because it is impractical to conduct tests for more than a ...
|There’s a Superhero Beneath Your Feet|
Imagine a trail dipping below a steep valley edge surrounded by lush, verdant greens. A brook chatters below and in its soft watery tones invites hikers to a moment of relaxation and communion. The breeze is soft and sweet as the leaf canopy dances in unison overhead. It is idyllic and accessib...
A new report has just been published: Wood Protection Research Council, Research Priorities 2013
|Evaluating Wood Species and Preservatives for Highway Sign Posts|
Wooden sign posts have been around about as long as roads. While most people take such roadside attractions for granted, researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory - as usual - take the time to investigate potential improvements...
|Looking into the Future of Wood Preservation|
Carol Clausen and her group are serious about wood as a sustainable and versatile building material. Here Amy Blodgett, Rachel Arango, and Bessie Woodword check soil block samples in their ongoing research...
|In-Place Preservative Treatments for Covered Bridges|
Most covered bridges are made of wood and can be vulnerable to damage from fungi and insect attack. A recent paper from FPL forest products technologist Stan Lebow and Oregon State University professor Jeff Morrell describes treatment options that help prevent or slow down biodegradation...
|Documenting the Durability and Service Life of Pressure-treated Wood|
Preservative treatments can greatly extend the useful life of wood products. Estimates of expected service life are commonly used to compare long-term life-cycle costs for a variety of building materials. Quantifying the expected increase in service-life for treated wood is a challenge few have unde...
|Wood Decay: Homeowners must remain vigilant.|
Harkening back to our Lab Notes post on the report, Build Green: Wood Can Last for Centuries, let’s discuss what causes wood to decay...
|What Is Treated Wood?|
Last week we introduced the subject of corrosion in the fasteners used in wood construction. Homeowners have an enormous choice of lumber to use in their projects. We all know the feeling of being in the big box store and looking at the seemingly endless choices of lumber stacked in huge piles. And...