Points to consider while buying
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.
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.