The beauty of real wood is one of the purist expressions of nature. Its grain and texture, like snowflakes, are always beautiful and always unique. While snowflakes vanish, real wood will endure for generations.
It Takes Real Wood to Make Real Furniture.
Naturally beautiful and distinctive - plus strong and durable, real wood furniture provides long lasting satisfaction. Wood can be shaped and joined to form attractive and functional pieces that withstand stresses, loads, shocks, and abrasions. Wood fibers can be custom finished with stain, dyes, oils, paint, and other coatings to enhance its natural beauty and complement its surroundings. Wood furniture can be repaired, refinished, or modified as may be required.
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None of these attributes are present in furniture made of particle board.
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Centuries of Woodworking Ingenuity
Properly maintained, real wood furniture will remain beautiful and functional for generations. One reason for this is the heritage of traditional woodworking craftsmanship that has given us resourceful joinery for locking wood pieces together.
Dovetail, mortise and tenon, dado, tongue and groove, finger, and rabbet joints are some examples of joinery only possible in furniture made with solid wood. Table tops, shelves, chair seats, and other furniture surfaces wider than a single board derive dimension, contour, beauty, and strength using solid wood joinery. (Click here for an illustrated guide to wood joinery.)
High quality cabinet-grade plywood or Baltic birch panels offer an alternative to solid wood that provides significant economies while adding strength to furniture case construction. These panels are made by gluing several layers of wood together with the grain of each running at right angles with the next. Veneers of different wood species (maple, oak, etc.) can be used for the outside layers.
In particle board and fiber board, only the veneer may be wood, but often it is just a synthetic material made to look like wood.