AbstractMechanical properties of the core layer (in-plane) of high density fiberboards (HDF) were analyzed across the width of the board (i.e., across the feed direction). The tests were performed by means of a newly developed double cantilever I beam (DCIB) testing system, with analysis of internal bond strength and bending strength. The specimens were selected from a large-scale experiment in a central European HDF plant, including a completely different machine setting for each sample set. Homogeneous density and property distributions across the feed direction of the boards were generally assumed. During this trial the question arose as to whether processing leads to unequal mechanical properties across the feed direction. In total, 20 sample sets were tested longitudinally and laterally to the feed direction at eight measurement points, revealing 320 test specimens per testing procedure. In contrast to standard testing procedures, the specific fracture energy and the stress intensity factor revealed significant differences between the centre and the edge across the feed direction. This study revealed variations of mechanical properties across the width of the board using the DCIB approach.