Solid wood is a prestigious variety of wood, derived from the innermost part of the trunk and
concentrates the best qualities of a tree. The result is a high aesthetic impact material that stands out in strength and durability.
For these reasons, massive wood is used to create a wide variety of prestige furniture, such as tables,
bookcases, furnishing accessories, and washbasin plates.
However, not all solid woods are the same: depending on the tree’s origin, they will have different
mechanical properties and aesthetic characteristics, making them suitable for certain processes and uses.
For example, a table must be able to be used to work on it without the fear of ruining it; otherwise, if you
want to use it for meals, it will not be affected by stains and liquids, while for external use it will be
essential to evaluate its behaviour in reaction with moisture.
In conclusion, there are several characteristics to take into consideration.
The hardness and softness of the wood indicate its inclination to form concavity when subjected to an
impact: consequently if you intend to carry out various activities on your table, you will prefer the
hardest woods such as mahogany, oak, and birch or, if you want to aim for maximum hardness mahogany and ebony; better instead avoid softer ones like fir and pine.
The weight of the wood will also be an aspect to consider: if the purpose is to not move the table from its position, like in an office, there will not be any problems, but in the case of a dining table it could occur to must move it to better accommodate the guests. It will therefore be necessary to verify its density, with oak, mahogany, cherry, and boxwood reaching the highest values and pine, linden, maple, and fir at the other end of the scale.
For external uses it is necessary to evaluate the wood’s behaviour in the presence of atmospheric agents and the resistance to fungi and parasites; alternatively, the surfaces can be treated with specific substances to protect them, but even in this case not all the woods act in the same way. Pine, fir, and ash fit into the latest category, while oak, olive, teak, and chestnut naturally resist external agents; in particular, chestnut contains a substance, tannin, which protects it from fungi and pests.
In conclusion, appearance matters too, so it will be necessary to consider the aesthetic impact and the
chromatic shades of the different varieties of solid wood, keeping in mind that this material is characterized by veins, knots, marks, and cracks that make each board unique.
From the lighter ones, such as pear, fir, and larch, to the darker ones, such as chestnut, walnut, and
ebony, passing through different shades of brown and red, such as oak, cherry, and elm: the colour
palette available is very wide, allowing you to adapt the table to the rest of the environment and the
dominant style of your home.
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