Working with BauBuche – An experience report by the project manager Jens Moser, Gumpp & Maier GmbH (timber construction company)
How did your first timber construction project involving BauBuche go?
The Eurogen office building was the first project for which we used the new BauBuche material. When I took over management of the project, I was surprised by the small cross sections of the columns and beams. And I am still fascinated by just how streamlined constructions with BauBuche are. This is what makes BauBuche so special in my opinion. Processing and assembly were not without their complications. We had to go through an in-house learning process. Nevertheless, we would certainly use BauBuche again. And I am already looking forward to the next project.
What was your experience of trimming BauBuche?
After we received delivery of the first beams, I was of course struck by the high deadweight. The density of BauBuche is around 800 kg/m3 and the material boasts a corresponding strength. We trimmed the beams on our Hundegger K2. To keep the cutters on course, we had to set the speed of the joinery machine to the lowest track speed. This worked well.
Since all the screw holes for BauBuche had to be predrilled, there was a lot of drilling to be done. How was this?
We essentially made the drill holes with a diameter of 6 mm by hand. Spiral drills were great for this. Given the great hardness of BauBuche, the drills became very hot quickly. That's why the colleagues always worked with numerous drills. After each drilled hole, the machine was changed to allow the drill to cool down. As an alternative, the drills can also be cooled down in an oil bath. I would not, however, recommend this since the oil drops can quickly soil the wood. Compared to softwood, significantly greater drill wear must be anticipated.
Recommendation from Pollmeier: When drilling in BauBuche, fully ground drills ensure the best results; e.g., FAMAG wood drill HSS-G long.