Most of our furniture kits are made from two sorts of wood: oak and cherry. In this blog post, we want to show you why we’ve chosen oak and why oak furniture is so popular.
There are different types of oak wood. First of all, there’s a difference between American and European oak wood. European oak wood are usually held in higher regard. In the early eras of American life, many church pews were made out of European oak. Within the American oak that we use, there’s a difference between white oak and red oak. Most of our furniture kits are made from red oak.
One of the reasons red oak is often associated with high grade furniture is that it’s somewhat difficult to work with. Oak wood requires patience and must be handled with care. It can chip easily, and to prevent this, you need a soft touch and time. The grain is straight, and the way red oak looks is one of the reasons many woodworkers don’t finish their furniture too much (although you’re free to finish however you want). Something else to keep in mind about finishing is that it’s easier to finish cherry furniture kits, although oak is still one of the easier woods to finish.
There are many reasons to pick oak for our furniture kits, and we hope you’ll understand why we offer our furniture kits in oak. It’s readily available, strong, and deserves a true woodworker’s touch and time. When you’re holding our sanded, unfinished pieces, you will recognize and appreciate the oak grain that is so typical, most fake wood tries to imitate it.
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