oakfurniturelandreview http://oakfurniturelandreview.com Just another WordPress site Sat, 02 May 2015 10:10:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.11 Why You Should Purchase An Oak Dining Room Table http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/why-you-should-purchase-an-oak-dining-room-table/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/why-you-should-purchase-an-oak-dining-room-table/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:06:54 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=331 oakfurnitureChoosing furnishings for your house is an important task. Each room has its function and the pieces you select should serve both that function and your own preferences as to color and style.

For most of us, the dining room serves as the conversation center of the home. Family meals, holiday dinners and special occasions all happen in the dining room. So the table you choose should be one that is up to the task of supporting these special events in your life.

Why Choose Oak

Dining room tables face a lot of wear and tear. They are usually a huge investment and not a piece you want to have to replace very often. Many of them even become family heirlooms. So the table you choose should be crafted of sturdy material that will last. One of the most popular and long lasting materials is oak wood.

A solid oak dining room table optimises quality and an ageless style, effortlessly providing a high standard of elegant luxury, which is as relevant for a party of twenty as it is for an intimate dinner for two.

A solid oak dining table, complemented by solid oak dining chairs, can provide a robust and stylish alternative to veneer which will not only quickly date stylistically, but in terms of quality fails to match the longevity of solid oak dining room furniture.

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Oak comes with some important advantages for a dining room table. Its dense composition, developed over the many years it takes an oak tree to grow to maturity, makes its surface better able to resist scratching, scuffing and indentations. Since there will be many activities at the table that could mar the surface, it helps that oak wood can fend off some of these potential scars. The surface of your table will remain beautiful for many years because of it.

Another trait of oak wood that makes it a good choice for a dining room table is its ability to resist water damage. Oak was a traditional wood for shipbuilding many years ago due to its waterproof tendencies. Serving drinks and liquids on your table will be less of a hazard for a wood that is able to resist staining and degradation from those liquids.

Oak is a dense hardwood, which is super-strong, and able to resist insect and fungal attacks. Used in the past to build naval ships, today it makes great looking furniture. The perfect choice for people with an active lifestyle, it doesn’t damage easily, stains well, and suits both traditional and contemporary interiors. One of the most attractive woods due to its striking grain, it’s warm and tactile, and looks fabulous in any guise, whether a bed, dining table or kitchen cabinet.

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Oak wood is also more resistant to decay, warping and cracking due to climate conditions such as humidity. This resistance ensures that your oak table will be around for many years. Since purchasing a dining room set can be a major financial investment, this makes the purchase of an oak dining room table a wise choice.

Whatever the color and style of your dining room, oak can still be a good choice. Due to its ability to absorb stain well, oak tables come in a variety of colors or are even coated in a clear urethane to maintain their natural look. This versatility means you can find an oak table to suit most any décor.

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Or you can refinish an old oak table to make it a wonderful new addition to your dining room. Thanks to the quality craftsmanship of fine furniture, even an antique oak table can be refinished to shine in a new setting. Since it is such a durable wood, it is likely that the old table will still have the strength and beauty to serve a new generation as well as it served the one in the past.

While a solid oak table will be the sturdier and more long lasting choice, budget considerations can keep such a set out of your price range. Although it is found in abundance in the US, oak furniture is not always an inexpensive choice. There is another, more affordable option. Some tables come with an oak veneer which covers other types of wood such as pine and particleboard. However, do not get tricked into buying veneer. These veneers can strengthen the other wood and offer some of the advantages of oak to the piece. If you have to choose the table with the veneer, it is still a good choice to go with an oak one.

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Why You Should Choose An Oak Dresser For Your Bedroom http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/why-you-should-choose-an-oak-dresser-for-your-bedroom/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/why-you-should-choose-an-oak-dresser-for-your-bedroom/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:26:09 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=320 sideboardSelecting the right furniture for your home takes understanding what you want and how you want it to look. With furniture you are probably searching not only for something that makes your home reflect your personality and lifestyle, but also a piece that will last a long time.

Furniture is one of those big investments you don’t want to make very often. Most of us tend to hang on to the pieces we enjoy, even passing them down as family heirlooms. To do that, what we choose must be sturdy, well crafted and durable. This is especially true when it comes to the pieces we use the most, such as the dresser in the bedroom.

Through the years certain woods have come to be favored for crafting furniture. Oak is a popular choice, not only for its durability but also for its beauty. It has been used for the making of fine furniture for many years and many antique dealers will tell you that a piece of oak furniture is almost always worth restoring because of the fine craftsmanship and the strength of the oak.

Because it is a hard wood, oak holds up to the wear and tear of daily life. It resists the scratching and scuffing that can mar other woods. This density also helps oak hold up to dents, warping, cracking and climate factors such as humidity. Its natural strength makes it an excellent choice to build durable furnishings that will last long enough to become a family heirloom.

Solid oak furniture does tend to be a bit more expensive. This price factor means that purchasing an oak dresser is an investment in your home. Your bedroom in particular is a place in which you should be able to relax and enjoy the feel that you’ve created through your interior design. Oak furnishings come in a variety of styles and finishes so it is easy to find one that will complement your décor.

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If cost is a factor, you can also find bedroom dressers that are not solid oak. Many times oak veneers are placed on pieces that are constructed of other materials, usually pine and particle board. The veneer not only makes the other wood more aesthetically pleasing, it can add some strength to the dresser. It will not be as strong or sturdy as one made entirely of oak, but it can add to the overall durability of the piece. And the dresser will not be as expensive as solid oak.

sieboard 3When you are shopping for good quality oak dressers, you can look at the construction and tell what type of craftsmanship went into its creation. Each piece should be fitted together so there are no gaps. Even though in its natural state, oak has a rough texture, the finished product should be smooth and level. A coarse texture would mean your clothing or other fabric items could snag on the surface of the dresser and that would take away from your enjoyment of it.

Should you want to purchase an oak dresser that is unfinished, or refinish an older dresser, oak is a good wood to choose in that situation too. Oak wood holds stain well so that you have an even finish. Or you can cover the wood with clear urethane for a more natural look.

Whatever style or finish you are looking for, you can know that an oak dresser which is also great for storage will be one of the best choices you can make. There are many retail outlets that offer elegant pieces at good prices.

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Determine your budget. Transforming a kitchen need not cost a lot of money, but it’s best to keep this factor in mind throughout the process. Transforming a kitchen can mean anything from a few new decorations and accessories to a full remodel. Pick the right middle ground for you and your kitchen, and do only the steps here that best suit you and your room.

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One of the wonderful things about oak is that it takes stain really well. What this means for your kitchen is you can design the color scheme you want and make your oak cabinets fit the theme. Because the warmth of the wood still radiates through the finish you put on, your cabinets will still help create the comfortable space you’re looking for no matter what color you choose.

Warm kitchen

Thanks to the sturdy craftsmanship of solid oak furnishings, you can fill your kitchen with cool antiques such as old pie safes. Even if you have to strip the wood and re-stain it, the piece has likely weathered the years without losing its support and strength. This means your antiques can still serve not only as conversation pieces, but as actual storage too. You can use them as they were meant to be used, or repurpose them for whatever you need in your kitchen. Sanding, adding molding or painting can make your antique an excellent addition to today’s kitchen.

Oak can blend with more modern designs too. The light feel of honey colored oak combined with sleek white appliances can make even a small kitchen feel more open and spacious. Both the wood and the white will make the sunshine reflect through your kitchen for a cozy feel. The wonderful thing about oak is it goes with almost everything. And it can make your kitchen look elegant, folksy or natural. The theme is yours to choose.

Bright, natural colours are a great option, particularly when all is grey and drizzly outside! This is really down to personal preference, but warm shades like red, orange and yellow are the first choices, while greens and pinks add depth and complexity to a vibrant colour scheme. If you’d rather tone it down, deep reds and browns are a great way to create a traditional look.

Read more – http://www.wrenliving.com/blog/make-kitchen-warm-welcoming-autumn/

Don’t throw out those old oak cabinets. Repurpose them instead. You can add a plate rack to add space to them. Or remove the doors to create open storage to make your kitchen space feel bigger. Solid oak cabinets should hold their strength so why toss them when you can remake them into what you want.

Another way to add the warmth of oak to your kitchen is with barstools. Create a breakfast nook that everyone can enjoy by adding solid, comfortable stools to your counter. You can use the traditional backed chair type stool, the scooped seat stools such as Homelegance Saddleback barstools, or go for the electric appeal of the Haussmann Twist Oak Oil stool. Made in Thailand, these unique stools are hand carved and eco-friendly. The beautiful finish on this simple design is golden oak oil.

Thanks to its ability to resist dents, scarring and other wear and tear, oak makes a great wood for your dining room table too, proving you don’t get tricked into buy veneer. Unless of course you want that. Your family can feel comfortable eating on it without the worry that your investment in a dining room set will be destroyed by normal use. Oak is a hard wood and its density makes the surface of oak pieces stronger. That kind of durability will really come in handy in the kitchen.

You can add to the storage space in your kitchen with items such as Sunset Trading’s kitchen cart. This charming piece has four drawers that open from either side for easy access and two open shelves to store and display your decorative cookware and other kitchen items.



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Should You Varnish Your Oak Furniture? http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/should-you-varnish-your-oak-furniture/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/should-you-varnish-your-oak-furniture/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:30:25 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=299 perfect-finish-varnish1If you have oak furniture, chances are you enjoy showing it off almost as much as you enjoy using it.

For this reason, you may be considering adding a varnish to it in order to further accentuate its appearance and otherwise add another level of protection. Before you make a final decision, though, be sure to read the following on the topic.

Considering Application

One of the main things you need to think about when it comes to considering a varnish is how you will apply it. Most people are under the false impression that because you can go pick up at varnish at just about any home improvement or department store, it will be naturally easy to apply to your oak furniture.

The truth, however, is that this is a really easy attitude for making a big problem where your varnish is involved. For one thing, it can dry too slowly if you lay it on too thick or aren’t doing it in a well-ventilated area where it will get the air it needs. Also, keep in mind that varnish is flammable. So you want to keep an eye on it until it soaks into the wood, in case something ignites it.

Any excess varnish or any that gets spilled can also be a pain to clean up. So be sure you only apply the amount you need and then keep newspaper on the floor all around it. Obviously, you don’t want to apply varnish on your wood furniture anywhere but out in the garage (keeping in mind anything that could cause a fire) or elsewhere where you don’t need to worry about some minor spills.

Lastly, you need to make sure you know what type of material you’re actually applying your varnish to. Yes, it’s oak, but is that it? Dot it have lacquer or a veneer you need to think about? Are there water-based products on the wood that will fend the varnish off? Again, consider all these factors before you purchase a varnish, much less apply it.

Apply the Varnish

Apply the varnish using a soft-bristle paint brush. Dip the paint brush in the varnish and coat in smooth even strokes. Follow the grain of the wood as much as possible as this will lead to a superior finish. Do not more varnish than it takes to apply an even coat to the wood. Too much varnish can lead to bubbling. You will need to add a second coat. Allow the furniture to dry for 24 hours before applying a second coat of varnish using the same technique.

Apply Wood Sealant

While it isn’t necessary to add a wood sealant, it will help to improve the finish and protect the wood from stains. Use a paint brush and apply the sealant to the furniture using a smooth back-and-forth motion. Allow to dry for 12 hours. It may be necessary to add a second coat of sealant to ensure maximum protection.

Various Looks

There are a number of advantages that come with applying a varnish to your wood furniture. Obviously, one of the main ones is the finished result comes with a unique appearance. You can choose from all different kinds of patterns and textures to help your oak furniture stand apart from similar types or even the other versions you have in your home.

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Either way, you get a radiant look that will both grab the eye and attract light in some beautiful ways too. All the colors in the wood will benefit.

Just be sure to keep an eye on it as, over time, it can begin to turn an unsightly yellow.

Oil, for instance, produces a very natural finish. Shellac dries fast and is easy to use. But for most refinishing, varnish or penetrating resin is probably the best choice.

Whatever finish you choose, it’s important to know exactly what you’re working with. Some finishes can be mixed and some cannot. Each finish has its own individual application techniques; each finish requires different tools and materials. Before you buy and apply a finish, always read the ingredient and application information on the container. And always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.

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For a truly hard wearing finish I would use a polyurethane varnish but it will darken the wood a bit also make sure it is the old fashioned polyurethane that needs white spirits to clean the brush. I would not use an acrylic varnish as these tend to go a slightly milky colour which would not suit oak. If you can cope with being slightly protective of the table I would go for an oil finish. My preference is the Liberon finishing oil but danish oil and tung oil are also good. I have found if you apply the finishing oil quite thick it is hot coffee cup proof but this might be more glossy than you want.

These oil finishes will still mark if alcohol is left on the surface for any length of time (home made wine marked our top). I love linseed oil and it does give one of the most beautiful finishes over time but is very slow to dry and will need many coats before the table is well protected. I did one and it took about six months to get a deep build up and protection. I have no experience of the mentioned Osmo wax/oil but previous experience tells me that wax will not cope with heat well but am happy to be corrected on this. The big advantage with the oil finishes is it is easy to touch up any marks whereas if you damage a varnished finish you really ought to re do the whole top.

Source – http://arbtalk.co.uk/forum/woodcraft-forum/57381-oil-varnish-oak-table.html

Protection

By binding the surface, varnish can also enhances the wood’s natural defenses. While oak is certainly a hearty wood, that doesn’t mean it’s capable of fending off every possible attack. Wear and tear will definitely add up over time. So varnish can be a welcomed addition for helping your wood stand the test of time. Say goodbye to hairline cracks.

Amongst other things, it can absorb the light scratches that wood often comes up against and really can’t do much about. Minor damage that can otherwise hurt oak won’t stand a chance when you have a quality varnish applied.

In the end, varnish makes a lot of sense for your oak furniture. It comes with all kinds of advantages, besides just the ones listed above and the drawbacks really aren’t all that much to worry about. Plus, it’s an extremely affordable addition when you consider all it can do.

Clear wax polish is the one exception to the above… If a clear wax polish is applied to bare oak (or just about any other wood for that matter) then the colour is kept very natural indeed, it’s just a question of whether a wax polish is going to be durable enough. Internal doors, for example are considered, by most people, to be ideal for finishing with a wax, where as a floor will look nice once waxed but regular maintenance is required, so most people don’t opt for wax for this reason.

If the oak needs to be made darker then hard wax oil is ideal because it colours and protects the wood in the same application. It is always good to try and finish with a clear coat if possible because if the wood gets scratched it is the clear coat that scratches before the coloured coat and therefore the scratch is not as noticeable.

Read more – http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/blog/what-everyone-should-know-about-finishing-oak/

 

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How to Remove Water Stains from Oak http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/how-to-remove-water-stains-from-oak/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/how-to-remove-water-stains-from-oak/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:11:15 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=286 Considering how good it looks and how much you often pay for it, wanting to take care of your wood furniture only makes sense. Unfortunately, this beautiful furniture can often be damaged by nothing more than something as simple as water. While wiping it off right away is usually good enough to handle the problem, you can run into a lot of issues if water is left to sit on your wood furniture for too long.

Nothing ruins the look of beautiful wood furniture quite like a nasty water mark. While we all try our hardest to protect the surface, there just never seem to be enough coasters, are we right? sometimes we just don’t have enough coasters to place everyone’s drink upon. Luckily, you don’t have to live with the unsightly stain because How To Clean Stuff found a great way to remove water marks from wood… with a hair dryer.

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White Stains

Water-markFor the most part, these stains come in one of two varieties: white and dark stains. Knowing the type of stain you’re dealing with is the first step you need to take toward actually dealing with it.

White stains occur when water penetrates the surface of the furniture—the finish—but not into the actual wood itself. These are the stains you get when someone leaves their glass on a wood table for too long without a coaster and condensation builds up.

Dark stains are the result of water penetrating the finish and actually making it to the wood itself. These are the types of stains you often get when a planter is left on a wood floor and begins leaking. After enough time, the moisture finally makes it to the wood below.

Hair dryers have also been know to be effective at removing white stains

Remove Water Marks on Wood Furniture with a Hair Dryer

Rebecca found this guy on her coffee table and thought the table was ruined. . . We used a blow dryer on high. We held it fairly close to the stain. Slowly it stared disappearing!

After about 20 minutes the stain was almost completely gone. We put a little olive oil on it to moisturize the wood.

Source – http://lifehacker.com/remove-water-marks-on-wood-furniture-with-a-hair-dryer-476458221

Removing White Stains

Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to get rid of as common a stain as the white kind. All it takes is a little mineral oil and a soft rag to begin working the stain out. Simply use the soft rag to apply the mineral oil to the stain and then let it sit like that overnight. It may take several applications, but eventually you’ll wake up one morning to a noticeably diminished stain.

If you don’t see any traction with this method, try mineral spirits instead. Once again, apply the liquid directly to the stain. Be sure you’re wearing gloves and handling this application in a well-ventilated room. Give it a few minutes before reapplying if necessary. Once the stain is gone, give the surface a new coat of furniture polish.

Otherwise, try mixing toothpaste with baking soda if these other two options aren’t doing it. Don’t use toothpaste gel, but otherwise the exact proportions you use really aren’t that important. Use that damp cloth again to rub the mixture into the grain until you don’t see the stain anymore. Then wash the area with oil soap. Follow with furniture wax.

Heloise Hints (from the Arizona Tribune) suggests to start by making a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and white non-gel toothpaste. Dampen a sponge or a clean, soft cloth with water and then dip it into the paste and work at the stain using a circular motion. Do a small area at a time until the stain is removed. It may require more than one application and lots of elbow grease! Once the stain has been removed, wipe with a soft, damp cloth and buff dry. Lastly, rub on some of your favorite furniture polish.

Read more – http://www.homefamily.net/how-to-remove-water-stains-from-wood-furniture/

Removing Dark Stains

Water-marksTo start, you’ll need to remove the finish on your furniture. Sandpaper will do the trick, just be sure to apply it along the grain of the wood. Then sand the stain itself using #150-grit sandpaper. Once the stain is gone, use tack cloth to remove any remaining dust.

When the surface is repaired, the final step is to add several light coats of varnish to it in order to match the original finish. End by waxing the wood with quality polish.

Another reliable method is to use bleach on a dark stain. This is the route to take if you can’t reach the stain without excessive amounts of sanding. Chlorine bleach and a brush are all you need, but be sure you’re wearing gloves when it’s applied. Let it sit for a few hours. Though it’s a slow process, you should finally see the stain faded into the wood’s original color.

After a few hours is up, just apply some water with a sponge in order to remove the bleach completely. This will remove any leftover bleach and keep the wood color from fading further. Then apply vinegar to neutralize any remaining bleach and finally a wood stain.

Tips from Dummies.com:

  1. Rub the area with an oily furniture polish, mayonnaise, or petroleum jelly.

    The goal is to displace the water mark with the oil. If the stain disappears, good; skip to Step 6. If the stain is still there, try Step 2.

  2. Put a little toothpaste on a wet cloth and rub the stain gently until the spot disappears.

    Toothpaste sometimes contains a mild abrasive that will help get rid of the stain. If toothpaste does the job, skip to Step 6.

  3. If the stain is still there, mix equal amounts of baking soda and toothpaste together to make a slightly stronger, yet still mild, abrasive and rub that mixture on the stain.

    Depending on the size of the stain, 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of each should do the trick. Apply a little more pressure than you did in Step 2. If the stain is gone, go to Step 6; otherwise, proceed with Steps 4 and 5 for stubborn water marks.

From – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-remove-water-stains-from-wood-furniture.html

Tips from about.com:

  1. Spread about 2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise on a paper towel.
  2. Place the paper towel on the white water mark. Press lightly.
  3. Leave the mayonnaise on the stain about 15 minutes.
  4. Lift the paper towel and check the stain. If the mark remains, rub more mayo into it again and check it later.
  5. Stain should be gone. Reapply if necessary.

Read more – http://interiordec.about.com/od/cleaning/ht/ht_furnwatermks.htm

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How Long Does Oak Furniture Last? http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/how-long-does-oak-furniture-last/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/how-long-does-oak-furniture-last/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:58:35 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=274  

Oak tableThere are too many reasons to list why so many people love oak furniture. The main one is the look it gives off. Simply put, oak is a timeless beauty that works in just about any style room. Plus, it’s easy to keep up and maintain.

Speaking of timeless beauty, though, you may be wondering how long oak furniture will last you for. Obviously, no matter how beautiful a piece of furniture is, if it won’t last long, you don’t want to be spending your money on it, much less planning a room around that single piece.

The Life of Oak

Oak furniture can potentially last forever. There’s a reason this material has been used throughout the ages—mainly because it can last ages. People have been using oak to make their furniture since the Middle Ages. Not a lot of materials can make the same claim, especially when you consider how little oak has changed over all these years.

So if you properly take care of your oak furniture, there’s no reason you should ever need to buy more of it over the course of your life. Again, oak is simply made to live on and on and on.

The Different Types of Oak

That being said, there’s also the type of oak you own to consider. While many exist, commercial oak generally comes in two different types: red and white. Depending on which one you choose, you Oak bedroom 2will get two very different experiences (though both are still quite remarkable).

If you decide to go with red oak, you won’t be alone. It’s extremely popular with homeowners thanks to its sleek appearance and overall durability. You can generally tell red oak just by looking at it because of the prominent and distinctive rays or streaks that run across it. When compared with white oak, you’ll find that the red version is going to be a bit more affordable too.

The real appeal of oak furniture is that it can suit any room and it’s truly built to last. Oak takes a long time to grow, which is why it’s naturally very strong and long lasting. That strength and longevity is something that’s very important to us. If you choose one of these solid oak ranges, you can comfortably know that it was built with you in mind to be a long lasting and much loved piece of furniture in your home.

More – http://www.pinesolutions.co.uk/oak-furniture/

White oak is also quite popular with consumers in the market for fine furniture. It’s an especially common choice for those who want dining furniture that has a real touch of class. This version is going to be more durable than red oak and is often chosen for dining applications because it’s naturally waterproof. Because of this natural defense, countless sailing vessels have been built from white oak over the centuries. When it comes to appearance, the streaks or rays on white oak are noticeably longer than those on red.

The good news is that both of these options can last you a lifetime if you know what you’re doing. White oak is waterproof, but even red can be protected if you keep an eye on it and clean away moisture as necessary.

Obviously, the key to maintaining your oak furniture is to treat it right:

Maintain oak furniture by treating it periodically with special furniture oil. Once a month is sufficient to prevent cracking and to create a moisture resistant layer with regular use, but if a piece of furniture is exposed to wear and tear daily, such as a table, chair or desk, oil it once a week. If you buy a new or used piece of oak furniture and it appears dry, oil it before use to restore the wood’s sheen and protect it.

http://www.wikihow.com/Maintain-Oak-Furniture

Natural Durability

Obviously, any material will give up after a while if you put it through the ringer. Even steel will eventually bend, for example, if you’re not kind to it. However, oak is definitely naturally durable, meaning it has a better chance of surviving abuse than other materials. Again, there’s a reason why some people have oak furniture that has been passed down through their family and still looks great.

Furthermore, you can coat, paint, stain and varnish your oak furniture to add even greater amounts of protection to it. This is one of the ways so many people maintain their pieces as natural heirlooms.

Because of this strong durability, oak is also a great option for storage.

While there are a million reasons it makes sense to buy oak furniture, one absolutely has to be how long it will last you for. So long as you take care of it properly, your beautiful oak piece can live on throughout your family for generations to come.

Why Buy Oak Furniture?

Oak is a durable, heavy hardwood with beautiful grain. Furniture built from oak is sturdier than that crafted from some other hardwoods, such as mahogany. If you have an active family and furniture gets a lot of wear in your house, oak furniture would be a good choice in part because it does not damage easily. Unfinished oak furniture is second only to pine in popularity among buyers. It stains well or it can be coated in a clear urethane. Oak is the most popular wood for American and English country styles, but it is a popular choice for all furniture types and styles and has wide appeal.

Read more – http://interiordec.about.com/od/furnituregeneral/a/buyoakfurniturF.htm

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Don’t Get Tricked into Buying Oak Veneer http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/dont-get-tricked-into-buying-oak-veneer/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/dont-get-tricked-into-buying-oak-veneer/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:36:36 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=255 veeneerWhen it comes to buying furniture, one of the most popular options is to go with solid oak. This is for good reason, of course. You just can’t match how beautiful oak looks and how well it will maintain that look for itself over the years.

That being said, simply because a piece of furniture appears to be oak, doesn’t mean it necessarily is. So before you go spending any of your hard-earned money, be sure you understand the following telltale signs that it’s really just oak veneer.

In woodworking, veneer refers to thin slices of wood, usually thinner than 3 mm (1/8 inch), that typically are glued onto core panels (typically, wood, particle board or medium-density fiberboard) to produce flat panels such as doors, tops and panels for cabinets, parquet floors and parts of furniture. They are also used in marquetry. Plywood consists of three or more layers of veneer, each glued with its grain at right angles to adjacent layers for strength.

Veneer beading is a thin layer of decorative edging placed around objects, such as jewelry boxes. Veneer is also used to replace decorative papers in Wood Veneer HPL. Veneer is also a type of manufactured board.

Veneer is obtained either by “peeling” the trunk of a tree or by slicing large rectangular blocks of wood known as flitches. The appearance of the grain and figure in wood comes from slicing through the growth rings of a tree and depends upon the angle at which the wood is sliced.

Read more – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_veneer

It’s Too Good to Be True

One of the easiest ways to know if you’re buying real oak or just a veneer is if the cost is substantially lower than what you’re seeing on the rest of the market. That should set off immediate alarm bells. Depending on the piece of furniture you’re buying, the cost will vary considerably. But let’s say you’re looking at a dining room table. Take a look at what other companies are charging for one. Any model that falls substantially below comparable models should probably not be trusted.

The only exception to this rule would be if you’re dealing with a company that is going out of business and throwing a liquidation sale or you’re dealing with a secondhand option which can be great for buying in bulk.

A solid top ‘plank table’ is very likely to warp or crack, especially if it’s made of oak. Using a good quality veneer on top is much to be preferred for durability and stability. In any case, the best solution is usually to combine the best attributes of both types of production methods and create furniture that has both  components. Furniture which has been designed with the correct timber selection and highest quality choice of material used for each component will create a strong, durable and high quality product.

http://www.oakea.co.uk/article/107/solid-wood-or-veneer-which-one-is-better.html

Inspect the Surface

If you can actually get close to the piece of furniture you’re curious about, you have another big advantage. A veneer is nothing more than a coat put over another surface. So in this case, we’re talking about some kind of wood that’s been covered with an oak veneer to give off a different look.

So you’ll want to get right up close to it and see if you notice this issue. Look at the top of the furniture from eye level and see if you can notice a two or three millimeter veneer on top. Sometimes simply touching or tapping the surface is enough to let you know if you’re dealing with an actual veneer or real solid oak.

A veneered product is made out of thin, decorative slices of high quality oak, affixed to a lower density core that will resist warping and moisture and therefore offer a good value alternative to solid oak. They can also be stained to produce a warm, rich finish.

Solid oak products are just that – oak all the way through – making them more expensive, but their naturally dense material delivers a much better quality feel.

More – http://www.jeld-wen.co.uk/advice/making-the-right-choice/choosing-patio-doors/solid-oak-vs-veneer/

Take the Real Thing with You

Alright, so we’re not actually suggesting you bring real oak with you when you go shopping; that would be inconvenient and, frankly, odd. But it is a good idea to bring a photo with you. Depending on the type of phone you have, it’s probably possible to keep a high-definition color photo on you.

The advantage here is that oak has a very specific grain to it that can be hard to mimic with artificial veneers. So by having a picture of the real deal on you, you’ll be able to make instant comparisons.

There has always been good and bad workmanship in veneered furniture, just as there has been in solid wood furniture.  Old veneer that has bubbles, loose edges, missing pieces and so on is difficult to repair.  Old veneer that is in great condition will probably stay in great condition, and can be refinished or restored when it becomes necessary, perhaps far in the future.  Modern veneer is another matter entirely.  Ultra-thin veneer has its place in new furniture that is intended to be used and then discarded when worn, rather than restored for future generations.

http://www.harpgallery.com/library/veneer.htm

Consider the Piece

While oak is durable, it definitely isn’t immune to abuse. So you should be suspicious of any pieces of furniture that claim to be solid oak, yet are going to be made to take some punishment. Oak furniture tends to be more high-end, where its appearance is more important than whether or not it can take a beating. A children’s desk made from solid oak would seem highly suspect. On the other hand, a beautiful solid oak dining room set would make a lot of sense.

Spotting Veneer

Check Where Others Won’t See

Another easy way to spot when a veneer is being used is to simply look at areas the eyes wouldn’t otherwise see. Look under the table, the arm rests, etc. and compare the wood to the surfaces that are always visible. If you notice a difference, it’s because you’ve spotted a veneer.

There’s nothing wrong with paying for a veneer if that’s what you actually want. However, if you are paying solid oak prices, you better be sure that’s what you’re getting.

Thin. This is more of a problem for the builder than the buyer. Sand-through in preparation for finishing is ‘touching the third rail’ of woodworking. Such pieces are almost impossible to repair and frequently involve ‘re-design’ (as in cutting off the sanded through area) or making a speculative, difficult repair which can be difficult to hide. Once the piece is completed thickness of the veneer is of no concern.

From – http://www.ebay.com/gds/Solid-Wood-vs-Veneer-/10000000000778659/g.html

External Links:

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Designing Your Bedroom With Fine Oak Furniture http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/designing-your-bedroom-with-fine-oak-furniture/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/designing-your-bedroom-with-fine-oak-furniture/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:19:39 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=237 Oak bedroomOak is a popular choice for fine furniture. Its appeal lies in the beauty of the wood and the sturdy strength it brings to each piece created with it. Oak is a hard wood and its density is greater than many other types of wood. That density adds to its ability to provide the support needed for a solid piece of furniture.

Because it is a slow growing tree, the oak develops its great strength over a long period of time. This strength is of particular importance in bedroom furniture. Oak can support the weight of both mattresses and occupants while resisting the stress that can make other woods come apart. Few other types of wood can support as much weight without breaking under the stress. Oak is also resistant to decay, a trait that allows it to maintain its strength over the years. And oak’s beautiful texture adds to the beauty of the room whilst also providing durability.

There is no piece of furniture quite like a traditional, handcrafted, oak bed. The light wood, with its natural markings and patterns, can fit perfectly into any room, whether you have a classic, vintage, or more modern décor. Oak is a strong, hard-wearing wood, which makes it durable enough to provide the support needed to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. In addition, oak’s natural qualities means an oak bed will last for years, even in the busiest of households. The soft rounded edges of an oak bed frame are beautiful and elegant, making the oak seem to simply blend into its surroundings, and it will compliment any room, whilst instantly becoming the focal point.

Read more – http://www.fortunewoods.co.uk/why-choose-an-oak-bed/

Oak wood resists other problems as well. Because of its density, the wood resists scratches, scuffs and dents better than other woods. Certain types of oak are also resistant to water damage. This makes them less vulnerable to warping and cracking that can come in climates with higher levels of humidity. In the past oak was even used to build ships because of its waterproof tendencies.

It isn’t strength alone that makes oak such a popular choice for furniture. The beauty of its natural grain and its ability to absorb stain make it a fine choice for creating a wide variety of looks and styles. Such beauty is important in any part of a home, but is perhaps especially important in a bedroom.

Turn a bedroom into the ultimate relaxation center by choosing to furnish the room with oak furniture. Available in a wide variety of styles and colors, oak bedroom furniture will add a polished, sleek, stylish accent to the surrounding décor and color scheme.

Various types of furniture can be classified as bedroom furniture. Headboards, bedframes, and mattresses provide a comfortable and luxurious place to drift off to dreamland. Dressers and nightstands can produce extra storage space for clothing, knickknacks, and other items. Each bedroom furniture piece can be mix and matched for a customized look, or purchased as a set for uniform, sleek, stylish look.

More – http://www1.macys.com/cms/slp/2/Oak-Bedroom-Furniture

The bedroom is where most of us relax and let go of the worries and stresses of the day. It’s a room that we want to be aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. Achieving the look we want means finding the right pieces for the room. And the centerpiece of a bedroom is the bed itself.

Oak bedroom sets are an important piece to fashion the entire room around. They come in light or dark colors so the choices available are of many. It would be too simplistic to see oak beds as old fashioned or only for rooms meant to feel cozy and traditional. Oak goes with modern design as well. The soft honey color of many light oaks opens up a room, making it feel more spacious than it is. It can also combine with sleek, modern furnishings, allowing their simple lines and angles to complement the wood.

The choices available in oak bedroom sets show off the popularity of this wood. A perfect example of this can be seen in the classic sleigh bed found in Furniture Traditions Alder Hill Collection. This bed is made from Northern Red Oak and its elegant curved design is a perfect match for either traditional or contemporary rooms.

The more traditional Spindle bed offered by Furniture Traditions shows off Northern Red Oak’s beauty as well. This timeless design comes in twin, full, queen or king sizes and can set off your bedroom magnificently.

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You can combine these elegant beds with pieces such as the Master-Piece Treasure Chest, a functional oak unit designed to provide maximum storage space. It has a velvet-lined jewelry drawer and a secret drawer that locks behind the decorative moulding. It comes with Furniture Traditions Heirloom Warranty that shows the company’s faith in its amazing oak furniture. Each piece is so well crafted it will become an heirloom.

Before you choose which oak furniture you want to use for your bedroom, it’s best to find out your perfect layout first:

Have you ever been in a room that just feels right? Nine times out of 10, it’s because it has a simple design that functions well. But creating a simple design is harder than it looks — particularly in bedrooms.

Why? Because every bedroom absolutely has to have a bed in it. And beds are big and ungainly, and dictate the placement of every other object in the room. But if you’re lucky enough to be planning a bedroom from scratch or remodeling an existing bedroom, you can control the other elements and create a space that’s both practical and pretty.

Read more: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/18311359/list/7-tips-for-designing-your-bedroom


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Choosing Oak for Storage http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/choosing-oak-for-storage/ http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/choosing-oak-for-storage/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:00:54 +0000 http://oakfurniturelandreview.com/?p=232 When it comes to the furniture you use to store your valuables in, you want the strongest material you can find. Leaving your important papers, family heirlooms or valuable items to the whim of a piece that is far less than sturdy can mean losing the things that are important to you.

One of the best choices available is furniture made from oak. Oak wood is heavy, durable and popular for use in furniture making. It can sometimes be less expensive because oak is one of the most abundant hardwoods in the US. There are two types of oak: red and white. White oak wood is waterproof and was used historically to build ships because of this fact. Red oak was favored for hardwood floors and railroad ties. Both are sturdy and long lasting. These traits make the furniture built from oak more durable than that made from other hardwoods.

What Are Other Advantages to Oak Furniture?

Part of the reason oak wood holds up for so long is that it does not damage easily. If you’re looking for file cabinets that will hold up to moves and the wear and tear of daily use, then oak is a good choice. Or if you are putting a dresser into a child’s room, where it might face some heavy use, oak would make a sturdy choice.

Another advantage to choosing unfinished oak furniture is that it stains well. You can use the color stain that matches your other furniture with the confidence that the oak piece will absorb the color and be a good match to the rest of the room.

What to Watch for When Choosing Oak Storage Furniture

Well constructed oak storage furniture will deliver the durability you are looking for. One of the things you should watch for, however, is whether or not the piece you are considering is truly “oak” furniture, or merely another type of wood covered with an oak veneer. A thin veneer is sometimes used to dress up the appearance of less expensive wood such as pine, or of particleboard.

With true oak furniture you should check to make sure the pieces are put together with no visible gaps between them. New pieces should have no indentations and the surfaces should be smooth and level. The stain should be uniform and the grain of the wood visible beneath it.

Finding Good Oak Storage Options

There are many good oak storage pieces on the market. Your budget may determine whether you choose solid oak furniture or those with oak veneers. Even if the piece is not solid oak, the oak veneer will help make it more durable.

For file cabinets you can look to pieces such as Modern Crafts’ mobile file cart. This is an affordable choice with oak veneers and a distressed oak finish that will look stylish and function well for your office. The cabinet is finished on all four sides so it can be placed wherever you need it and still complement the room. Both of the drawers fully extend for complete access to all of your files.

Making the choice to use solid oak or oak veneer storage furniture for your home or office storage needs means long term savings. Purchasing a well built, durable cabinet that can stand up to the demands you put on it saves you the trouble and financial outlay of having to replace your file cabinets or storage furniture as often. Cheaper particle board pieces are generally not a good investment if you are looking for something to keep your papers safe.

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It’s Time to Roll Out the Welcome Mat

You’ve purchased your dream home, and it is indeed a dream come true. Everything you’ve always wanted, from a backyard to a gourmet kitchen to a great room to the man cave, the welcome mat is out and “home sweet home” has never been sweeter. Now it’s time to furnish, fill and decorate with treasures that are a reflection of your personal taste and style.

Why choose oak?

Oak is a dense hardwood, which is super-strong, and able to resist insect and fungal attacks. Used in the past to build naval ships, today it makes great looking furniture. The perfect choice for people with an active lifestyle, it doesn’t damage easily, stains well, and suits both traditional and contemporary interiors. One of the most attractive woods due to its striking grain, it’s warm and tactile, and looks fabulous in any guise, whether a bed, dining table or kitchen cabinet.

Are there different types?

There are many types of oak, but only some are used for making furniture. Natural oak has a honey colour running through it, Tiger oak has a stripy look, Pippy oak has what is known as a ‘cat’s paw’ appearance, while Burr oak is similar to Pippy, but much denser. White American oak is very popular for interiors and furniture because of its durability and attractive rings. Of course, we make sure that Harveys White American oak is sourced from well-managed sustainable forests.

Read more – http://harveys-realliving.co.uk/get-into-the-groove.html

Stronger Than Oak

The “bones” of any home lie in the furniture, which is often the first step in “decorating 101.” One of the most beautiful, durable and impressive woods is oak. The sturdiness of oak furniture is unmatched. While the price tag can cause some initial sticker shock, you must consider that you’re not just buying a piece of furniture, you’re making an investment in your family. Think about all the family and holiday dinners that will be shared around that table, the endless amount of homework assignments you and your children will share while sitting at that table. You want something that will stand the test of time, and oak is timeless. (They didn’t coin the phrase “stronger than oak” for nothing.)

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Oak Furniture Makes a Statement

Homeowners choose oak for a variety of reasons. Some purchase it for the style and look as mentioned above, others for durability. Furniture made from oak can withstand scrapes and scratches, unlike other softer woods. Caring for oak wood furniture is very low maintenance, only needing to be polished every few months. Most important, however, is its beauty. It makes a statement in a room. Many people purchase oak furniture that way will use a lot and will be prominently seen in their home. A piece of oak furniture is regarded as a “statement” piece- from a dining room or matching coffee tables to armoires’ and oak bookcases, oak commands attention and quickly becomes the focal point of the room.

Some facts about oak

  • Oak wood has been used for making garden furniture as well. The oak panels in the debating chamber of the House of Commons speak best for the durability of this wood. It was also used for shipbuilding as well, until it was replaced by metal and iron later in the 19th century.
  • The English Oak is one of the most popular oak wood species used for making European Oak furniture. This oak stands for its durability and attractive dark and light rings. This type of wood belongs to the group of Quercus robur and can be found in most parts of Europe and North Africa. More – http://www.interestingreality.com/facts-about-oak-wood/

Oak Furniture Guarantees a Lifetime of Happy Use

While oak furniture does come at a higher cost than other furniture, its sustainability, functionality, resilience and beauty are worth the investment. You don’t purchase a piece of oak furniture as an accent piece or as a “temporary fill in” piece, you purchase it with the intention of keeping it in your home for many, many years. Oak furniture is what people choose to hand down from one generation to the next. It carries a legacy that holds memories of a lifetime of love and laughter within the home. Oak furniture offers both the style and strength to guarantee a lifetime of happy use.

Unfinished Oak Offers Limitless Possibilities

If you’re looking to purchase oak furniture but can’t find the exact piece in the finish you want, you can purchase unfinished pieces very easily, purchase the stain you want and make it a statement piece that is a true reflection of your personal taste and individual style. A faulty piece of oak furniture can usually be bought for a big discount which can then be repaired.

If you have a passion for woodworking, this may be an excellent option for you. When you complete your project, not only will you have a beautiful piece of furniture, you can also be proud of the labor of love you put into it. Think of how excited your daughter will be when you present her with an oak hope chest that you handcrafted especially for her wedding day.

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If It’s Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

One thing to be cautioned against is to check and make certain if the advertisement is for solid oak versus oak veneer. Sometimes oak veneer is glued to another, less solid piece of wood such as pine. Follow the phrase “if it’s too good to be true” (or in this case, if the price is too good to be true), it probably is.

If you’re thinking of furnishing your home and are in a dilemma as to which type of wood to choose for your furniture, consider oak, it stands the test of time and will offer a lifetime of memories.

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