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How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck? (Wood, Wood Products & Veneers – Part 1)

This is Part 1 in a series of posts about wood, wood products & veneers

A friend of mine recently purchased a dining table from a high end furniture store, after being told by the salesperson that it was solid wood.  While it is true that the table was made mostly from wood products, it was not solid wood. I am not going to say that she was purposely misled or lied to, because most furniture store workers are salespeople and not wood experts. A table or an armoire might look like it’s solid wood, but most furniture made today is made from a combination of any of the following wood products: wood veneers, plywood, particle board, medium density fibre board (commonly known as MDF) and solid wood.

Wood veneer is a thin layer of wood that is glued down onto other wooden boards. It is either cut or peeled from a log, so it is in fact real wood.

Plywood consists of multiple layers of wood veneers that are glued together.

Particle Board is a combination of wood chips, sawdust, glue and resin.

Medium Density Fibre Board (MDF) consists of wood dust and glue.

Solid wood is the actual wood cut from a tree.

The salesperson might have thought the table she sold my friend was solid wood because it was so well made, and the particle board cores were covered with beautiful wood veneer. If she had said it was a wooden table she might have been closer to the truth. I kind of compare it to misquotes and mistruths during political campaigns. Someone might repeat something out of context, or misrepresent a figure; while it might not be a total lie, it is misleading.

That being said, there ARE pieces of furniture being made today that are solid wood. Just make sure you know what you are buying.

This table top has veneer over particle board . Water caused the particle board to swell, making it difficult to repair.

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This chair has wood veneer over a solid wood base on the seat. When the veneer was damaged, we removed it, cleaned the glue and refinished the seat.

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This 1920s’ – 1940′s dining table has quarter sawn oak veneer over a solid wood core. Notice how the grain on the banding is not the same as the grain on the top. This is an indication that it is veneer

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This mahogany table top is made of solid wood planks. See how the graining continues over the edge.

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Please refer to Part 2 in this series about wood, wood products & veneers for more information about veneer and the history of veneer. Think King Tut!

http://thefurnituredoctorsllc.com/veneer-is-not-a-bad-word-unless-its-bad-veneer-wood-wood-products-veneers-part-2/

Please refer to Part 2 in this series about wood, wood products & veneers for more information about veneer and the history of veneer. Think King Tut!

http://thefurnituredoctorsllc.com/veneer-is-not-a-bad-word-unless-its-bad-veneer-wood-wood-products-veneers-part-2/

Note: I stole this title from my friend Jeff Jameson who used it as an opening when he substituted for me at my weekly networking breakfast.

One Response

  1. Millie

    Great information about veneer furniture. During our first year of married life, my husband and I traded in our Green Stamps (show how old I am) for a small, sleek looking side table. We have used it all over our house as an occasional table and still after 40 years it looks very much like it did when we first got it. Interestingly, it is veneer and I never thought it would last this long. Love your informative articles. Millie

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