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Screw withdrawal capacity used in the eccentric joints of cabinet furniture connectors in particleboard and MDF


Eccentric joints are commonly used to join particleboard and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) in cabinet furniture construction. Screws and screws with plastic sockets are offered by many manufacturers for these kinds of joints, yet little information is available concerning their withdrawal capacity in these materials. Research reported here indicates that face withdrawal strengths of the screws differ slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer in particleboard and MDF, whereas withdrawal strengths of screws with plastic sockets differ greatly from one manufacturer to another. Furthermore, the withdrawal capacity of the screws was found to correlate with the density of both particleboard and MDF.


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Vassiliou, V., Barboutis, I. Screw withdrawal capacity used in the eccentric joints of cabinet furniture connectors in particleboard and MDF. J Wood Sci 51, 572–576 (2005).

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Key words

  • Withdrawal capacity
  • Eccentric joint
  • Cabinet furniture
  • Particleboard
  • MDF