Part#2- Points to consider while buying Wooden Furniture.

“ Good looks, doesn’t mean quality. “ This bit of the session will read about the construction of wooden furniture. And why it is important to have a slight technical knowledge that goes behind the making of any wooden furniture.

CONSTRUCTION:
Identify quality furniture by its ‘Joint Construction.’ Wooden furniture held together with staples or nails is substandard work. If its glue, you can see the glue.
The best joints are Dovetail (interlocking squarish ‘teeth) or mortise-and-tenon (narrowed end of one piece inserted into a hole in the other ), but Dowels ( wooden pegs fit into two opposing holes ) are also good.
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In a chest or a cabinet, for example, look for thin sheet of woods between the drawers. ‘ Dust panels’ bring sturdiness, which improves the structural strength, and protect the drawer contents.
Drawers should run smoothly on glides and have stops to prevent accidentally pulling them all the way out.

WORKINGS AND COMPONENTS:
Doors on cabinets should open and close easily with hardware that is of high quality, that is installed securely.

-If the interior of the piece has light, their switches should be easy to access.

-If the piece is to be used as an entertainment center or as a computer station, holes are drilled in for electrical cords.

-Again, be sure the drawers of a chest of a cabinet fit well and slide easily on glides. With stops and a little breathing space for them to react because of the weather.

-Lift the piece at one corner — it should not twist or squeak. Check that all legs are touching the floor.

With all of this in mind and a checklist- the final decision will not be as difficult.
One must consider all these guidelines before the decision is made.
Wooden Furniture can be passed on for generations. Investing in the right one would make it an ‘antique’ piece of art over time.

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Part#1- Points to consider while buying Wooden Furniture.

Points to consider while buying
Wooden Furniture.

Wood is the feeling part of a landscape, nature.’ and when you see a well-finished piece of furniture with artistically done craft, the need to own it dwells in.
And an appreciation for quality construction, fine, rare wood or unique design may lead to spending more, specifically for these features. Which will in turn lead to alterations in the budget.
But a strict budget, with proper parameters will make sure you don’t spend all your available funds on just one piece.

Here are some points to be considered, with a checklist in your hand, before you acquire a piece of wooden furniture.
This bit of the blog will talk about the appearance of the furniture.

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COMPOSITION:
Hardwood vs. Softwood. Hardwood just means ‘from a deciduous tree’ (trees that lose their leaves seasonally) and softwood means ‘from a coniferous tree’ (from trees that keep their leaves year round), and some hardwoods (like aspen, oak, maple) are softer than some softwood (like pine).

On the exposed surface, wood should be reasonably scratch-resistant. By attempting to draw a thin line with a fingernail (preferably yours) across the wood; if it makes a visible mark, know it wont stay for longer use.

Structurally, any kind of solid wood or sturdy plywood will do the trick. If plywood, look for at least nine layers. Check the wood for knots, even on unexposed pieces; all knots are susceptible to cracks. Some woods, like pine, are ‘knottier’ than others, and therefore less desirable.

Patterns : Wood-Solid, Bonded or Veneered

Wood-Solid meaning, all the exposed part of the piece would be of an expensive wood, for eg “ Solid-Walnut”, but the inner part may be of a less- costly wood like ‘ timber’. Because timber is a soft wood they are cut in smaller chunks.
The larger chunk (walnut) is then bonded with smaller chunks (timber) to give a decorative pattern. Thin layers of fine, decorative wood can also be bonded on the face of the furniture.
This quite old-practiced technique is called Veneered.
A combination of all three, or just any two can bring out different textures, tones and patterns in just one piece.

The next session will talk about how to identify Quality Wooden Furniture, and the technical aspect of wooden furniture.
Few necessary outlooks, and you will have an art piece that won’t only make your home look more linked to nature, but will also be an asset to pass on for generation.

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