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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOLID WOOD USED AT WOODPENTRY AND OTHER HARDWOOD SUCH AS SHEESHAM WOOD, RUBBER WOOD, MDF AND ENGINEERED WOOD
Wood is basically defined in two categories hardwood and softwood. In most cases price is a very good indicator of construction quality for new furniture. Solid wood is directly cut from the trunk and then dried & stabilised to eliminate internal torsions, which could cause it bend and twist over time. Hardwood takes longer to grow and hence is more dense, durable, sturdier and survives for a longer period, as compared to furniture made from other categories of wood. This is the reason hardwood is more expensive.
Some of the famous hardwood include maple, oak, teak, rosewood, sycamore. All Woodpentry products are made from Paduk, Teak, White Oak and Sappeli. At Woodpentry solid wood and hardwood are utilized as they come in their natural form; without subjecting them to any engineering process like, chemical treatment, impregnating them with glues and other agents or subjecting them to high pressure plating to achieve a sheet form in other to produce the final product, as compared to rubber wood and engineered wood or MDF wood.
Solid hardwoods as such are so durable that even when not treated with oil or varnish, it may continue to last over a large period and mature overtime, does giving high tensile strength and tight grain. Most solid hardwoods have low shrinkage ratio; thus, it can be used in areas with high or fluctuating moisture content.
SHEESHAM WOOD, RUBBER WOOD AND OTHER ENGINEERED WOOD
Engineered woods are woods in which the wood fibres are held together using adhesives, glues and other agents and thus wraps easily (uneven flatness as a result from stress and shrinkage, over a period).
Other type of hardwoods such Sheesham, rubber wood, and fruit / flower based hardwoods such acacia, balsa, mango all classified at times as country wood are cheaper versions of hardwoods - as they grow faster and don't mature as well. Rubber wood comes from the rubber tree which is a by-product of the tire Industry. Hardwoods from rubber, fruit and flower based trees are loaded with insects and termites and thus subjected to a high treatment with insecticides.
These woods need to be constantly fumigated to get rid of any critters. Thus, these woods thus result in not having visible grains, making them unsuitable for fine furniture. Also, most customers are not interested with whole product being made from this wood as the grains from these types of wood are not nice and appealing. Also, wood is a living material and is not inert; wood responds to temperature and humidity conditions. Excessive moisture also causes these woods to warp and rot.
This is the reason why such woods need to be used in conjunction with thin sheets of processed and engineered wood such as veneers and MDF of other noble wood species to provide a more appealing product and thus compromising quality and longevity.
That said rubber & fruit/flower based hardwood are wonderful and inexpensive material's, well suited to the production of sturdy and cheap material.