I have been asked to address why solid wood products are much more superior to veneer products. I have owned my own Custom Furniture Business for an excess of thirty-five plus years, in which I specialize in one hundred percent solid wood construction. First of all, solid wood is a product that moisture content is a critical step in building long term wood products that lasts a life time or longer. My shop is set up with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. This lets me manufacture with designated moisture content throughout the building and finishing process of my products. My products are constructed for the area they reside in. I have products in thirty-eight states at this time, and have had no problems when building a solid wood product, for an (example will use a conference room table.)
First of all, I purchase my products through a wholesaler that buys directly from the mills that cuts the wood down at the forests. Then they dry it and process it for the industry. Once we determine the type of solid wood were going to use. I hand select the boards myself because I know what grain structure I need to look for in order to build a long term product.
Once I bring the materials back to my shop, I first check moisture content and that will tell if I need to add or takeaway moisture. Then I let the wood acclimate to my shop for approximately five to ten days. Depending on the density of the wood and the area in which it will reside in. Once that first step has been established I will begin the building process. I then take the boards and plane them, because they come in rough cut. Once they are planed I will use my stationary tools to re-rip the boards in the width I need in order to crease a neutral in the panels.
Then, I prepare the edges for the glue up. I use a special joint process that is well-known in the custom furniture industry. It allows for equalization of the boards and also allows for the expansion and contraction of the boards. Which is the main reason why my products do not have issues, like the others do. Once the panel processing is completed, I prep the panels for the end caps and side caps. All my products are sanded in a large overhead sander. This means that all panels are flat and flawless.
My pedestals are all notched and marked for easy assembly. My conference room tables are supported in the center between the pedestals for optimum support.
I use a hand-rubbed oil process for finishing my products. The big advantage of oil is that you do not need to worry about drink rings. And wood can move if it needs to, like it was meant to naturally. My conference room tables typically finish up at one and one half inches to one and five eighths inches thickness. Not like veneer that is less than one sixteenth inch in thickness.
Keeping forward, veneer products take a particle board or M.D.F. substrate to give it its strength. Which also is very tonic for our well-being, if you scratch or have any issues with veneer, such as cracking or warping. If you try to repair it, it will look like a patch or a defect. If you have an, issue with solid wood products, you can repair or replace the issue and oil it and never have to strip the entire product. Unlike veneer that has to be completely stripped and refinished and hope that the veneer does not separate from the substrate, which is common. Also, veneer typically gets a spray on poly or lacquer top coat in which moisture can get under the finish, and leave unsightly results.
After I complete my projects I pad, shrink wrap, and then place them in a multi-ply crate that is glued, screwed and clipped to endure the trip to its final destination. More information on my wood products coming soon.