Do you have a piece of furniture that has been passed down from the generations ahead of you? Maybe your grandparents have a handbuilt, solid oak dining table that is older than them? Why do these pieces seem to last for lifetimes, while all the pieces today’s trendy furniture stores sell can’t even withstand the wear and tear from your children? The answer is: American hardwood.
Building furniture using hardwood is definitely not a new idea, but it is slowly becoming a lost idea. As a company, Teak & Timber wants to ensure that the piece you purchase from us lasts for generations to come. We see memories being built around each dining table, chair, and coffee table you buy. One of the main reasons we can stand behind that vision is because our builders use hardwood when building.
So what is American hardwood and how does it gain its strength?
Walnut, ash, oak, and maple are just a few types of hardwoods you may be aware of. There are two main types of wood: hardwood and softwoods. The density and texture of the wood determine if it falls into the hardwood category or the softwood category. Hardwood trees are stronger than softwoods because the trees grow at a slower rate, giving the wood a greater density. A fun fact about hardwood trees, versus those in the softwood category, is that most hardwood trees lose their leaves annually. They are the ones that make the season of autumn come alive!
In today’s furniture building culture, many pieces are being made with MDF or other manufactured woods and softwoods. MDF stands for medium-density-fiberboard. It is a type of engineered wood made from recycled wood fibers, wax, and resin. This is becoming a common way to build furniture simply because of how inexpensive it is to produce bulk furniture with it. Unfortunately, a piece of furniture built with MDF will never be what is passed down from generation to generation.
Here is a great video to show just how much pressure hardwoods can handle versus MDF. Click HERE.
Although there are many options of wood types to use when building furniture, we have chosen a few beautiful and time-tested hardwoods to use at Teak & Timber. All our pieces are built with either maple, ash, white oak, cherry, or black walnut. We stand behind the fact that with the joinery and wood types used when your piece is built, it will definitely become that piece that you pass along to those following you years from now.
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Thoughtco.com – Steve Nix Identification of the most common hardwoods