Ready-to-finish furniture gives
you a wide range of options that can meet all your
furniture needs. Pop's
Furniture offers quality products from both
local craftsmen and national manufacturers that
will fit any budget.
Solid Wood means that all exposed
parts of the furniture are made of solid board,
either softwood or hardwood lumber. No veneers or
particle boards are used. When solid boards are
used in furniture construction, they are glued together
side by side along the edges. Often, a number of
boards are used to make the wood more stable and
reduce the chance of warping. By following a seam
to the end you can always identify solid board,
where you will find the "end" grain. Many veneers
are glued over the edges to look like solid wood,
but they will always be faced on the end and show
no end grain.
Remember, "all-wood furniture"
is not necessarily solid wood. A veneer can help
you achieve the look you desire at a cost lower
than solid lumber.
Artificial veneers can be overlaid
on plywood or particleboard. A plywood core is lighter,
less expensive and more forgiving if damaged, but
it can swell if it gets wet. If damaged, particleboard
will often fracture because the material is so hard
it cannot absorb a shock.
There are three types of glue-up in most solid
Plank is made of pieces that
have the same length but varying widths.
Laminated is made of pieces
that have the same length and width.
Butcher block is made of pieces
with varying length but the same width.
Veneer is a thin layer of wood
applied in sheets over underlying layers of wood,
plywood or particleboard. Plywood is made of thin
layers of solid wood glued over each other with
grains running at 90-degree angles to produce a
strong core. A "real wood" veneer is often glued
Gluing chips and particles of wood
together and pressing them into sheets, upon which
a veneer can be glued, makes particleboard. The
specific density of the wood determines hardness,
not by whether a tree is classified as a "hardwood"
or "softwood." Hardwoods come from deciduous trees.
(e.g. maple, oak, alder)
Softwoods come from conifers. (e.g.
pine, spruce, fir) Some hardwoods, such as balsa
wood, are softer than some softwoods, such as pine.
Drawer construction is generally
a good indication of overall furniture quality.
Some drawers have no guides. The lack of guides
allows more "play" and can cause the drawer to bind
when it is opened and closed. Others have wood-to-wood
center guides, nylon-to-wood center guides, side-mounted
roller guides or center-mounted metal guides. Roller
guides and center-mounted metal guides normally
have built-in drawer stops, and some have lifetime
warranties for drawer operation.
Many drawers have glue-blocks to
strengthen the bottom. Most ready-to-finish chests
have wood drawer bottoms not always the case with
prefinished furniture. Now, as in the past, doweled
and dovetailed drawer joints indicate a high degree
of craftsmanship. However, modern machine technology,
good bonding glue and pneumatically driven staples
coated with resin have afforded savings in construction
while providing durability.
The quality wood furniture you
purchase today can be used for a lifetime. There
are many benefits you'll find in Solid Wood furniture.
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