I have heard people say this, and finally have a written example: "The lower grade wood would go into window frames." https://thehistoricdistrict.org/viewtopic.php?t=304

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    I sense an elliptical making: The lower grade wood would go into [making] window frames. Commented May 26 at 18:34
  • What makes you think it can be used in the sense "made of" from the example you provide? Commented May 27 at 13:51

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The phrasal verb go into is used in the sense of be used in quite frequently. An example found on line is

Steel production accounts for around 12% of global carbon emissions and over one tenth of global steel production by volume goes into the automotive sector.

It is not used to mean be made of.

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    It's used even more frequently of time, money, and effort ("Three years' work went into...", "All his money goes into...", etc). But perfectly fine with other resources and raw materials.
    – Stuart F
    Commented May 26 at 11:55
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    The nearest mention of this sense (for materials) I can find in the usual sources is << go into something ... [5]: To be added to something: • In this cake recipe, the sugar goes into the batter before the flour. >> [ American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs.] But this is subtly different; OP's usage means 'be a component of some manufactured (large scale implied) item'. Commented May 26 at 14:53
  • @EdwinAshworth That's close to literal, the sugar is moving into the batter.
    – Barmar
    Commented May 27 at 4:45
  • @Barmar: The example is. 'Flour, eggs, butter and sugar go into most cakes' obviously = 'Flour, eggs, butter and sugar go into making most cakes'. I'd have added an answer if I'd found a dictionary definition that was spot on. CD has 'If time, money, or effort goes into a product or activity, it is used when producing or doing it: A considerable amount of time and effort has gone into this exhibition.' Commented May 27 at 13:21
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    @EdwinAshworth, our exchange motivated me to find a good citation of the usage, and ironically I found one nearly identical to the one I had made up. My answer has been edited accordingly. Commented May 27 at 16:15

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