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Things to take care of when buying Wooden Tables
The wooden tables are available in different colors, materials, qualities, styles and designs. However to buy a good table, you should check out the purpose of the table, how much space you have in which you are using the wooden table and how much cost you can afford for buying the table. After checking all the aspects, you can visit the market and should collect the prices of tables according to the size of the table and chairs that you want to buy with the table (if you are planning for a dining table).
One thing what you have to note is that how much space you have then we should decide that which type of wooden table will look good -- a circular or an oval or a rectangular or a square, and so on. Most commonly used wooden (picnic as well as dining) tables are rectangular tables. Square type of wooden tables is usually used for short seating. Mostly square types of wooden tables are used for the seating of 4 persons only.
Round tables are used where people need to get in or get up more frequently. Hexagon and octagon shape of wooden tables are used where more capacity of the sitting is required. Hexagon tables can seat 8 or more people comfortably while Octagons tables can seat anywhere between 12 and 14 people. Tables can be coffee table, dining table, game table, picnic table, side table, sofa table, patio table, bar table, etc. It could be carved or plain. It can be made using rosewood, teakwood, mahogany, cherry, walnut, sheesham, bamboo, rubber wood or some cheap quality wood.
Some of the types of wooden tables according to design are cresto type, vinyl type, coated steel, flip top bench style table, plastisol table with galvanized frame, aluminum frame wooden table with galvanized frame. Catalogue of these tables will be available in the market. Using these catalogues one can easily select a good wooden table. Prices may vary from place to place. Good wooden tables can also be bought using internet. There are various brands available in wooden tables. These brands have their own sites. They have provided the catalogues on their sites. You can choose and buy the wooden picnic table from there.
Some people can just naturally look at a piece of wood and immediately identify what it is. I came across three sites for identifying wood types - www.antiqueclockspriceguide.com, www.petelorenz.com and www.millstores.com . Most wood fall into three categories: hard wood, soft wood and composites.
The highest quality, and most expensive, woods are hardwoods. They have a vast range of natural colors, from very light to very dark, and can all be stained for additional color variation. Harwood furniture can be found in the best homes, and is more resistant to warping and bending than other woods. The five most common hardwoods for furniture production are oak, maple, cherry, walnut, and mahogany.
While softwoods will require more care than hardwoods, they are less expensive. They tend to be less durable and easily scratch and dent. Softwoods are often less attractive than hardwoods, as they have less grain as will not stain as well. The most common softwood used in furniture construction is pine.
Composite woods are made rather than grown, and are the least expensive wood available. There are four main types of composite board used in the manufacture of furniture: Plywood, Particle board, Hardboard and MDF or Medium Density Fiberboard.
Plywood: Thin layers of wood are pressed together with a layer of glue in between each sheet. Plywood has strength and the ability to resist warping, shrinking, and swelling.
Particle Board: This is made by combining small wood chips and sawdust with a glue or resin, and then shaping and pressure treating it. Particle board is often covered with either a veneer or laminate when it is used for furniture production. The laminate or veneer helps to keep the particle board from splitting. Particle board is very vulnerable to temperature and humidity changes, both of which could cause shrinking and swelling and a separation of the laminate.
Hardboard: This is constructed very much the same way as particle board. The difference is that much more pressure is applied, giving you a stronger material.
MDF or Medium Density Fiberboard: Wood particles and resin are combined and compressed. While it is not as strong, it can be cut like plywood. It is, however, stronger than particle board or hardboard. MDF is often covered with a plastic resin called melamine. MDF has rough edges that need to be covered with some other material.
There is a vast range of prices, with hardwoods being the most expensive and composites costing the least. Hardwood furniture is almost always a good investment if you can afford it, as it will be with your family for years. If you are able to identify the type of wood used for making the table, you can determine table’s real value. Knowing the basic characteristic of wood such as hardness, grains, color, too helps in identifying the real value of the furniture. Furniture woods are chosen and valued for the character of their grain and color. Hardwoods usually have a richer and finer-textured grain than softwoods, but there are rich grains of all colors and patterns. Woods with very distinctive patterns are usually more valuable than woods with subdued or indistinct patterns, and the weaker-grained woods are often stained to give them character.