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With the hardwood used in the manufacturing of our tables each board has its own story. You can rest in the fact that your solid hardwood table looks like no other. Not even the one in our showroom.
The hardwoods used in these tables originate mostly from forest east of the Mississippi. It takes approximately 60 years for a hardwood tree to reach maturity. As it does, each tree has its own story, its own unique grain patterns and textures. When you get to know this tree, the individual boards reflect this unique process.
Don't Accept Synthetic Substitutes!
Solid hardwood tables have many synthetic substitutes, don't accept them! Solid hardwoods have become the standard in top quality home furnishings, especially dining room tables.
What you may think looks like solid hardwood table may very well be a cheap, Synthetic substitute. Ask questions. Take a critical look at all aspects of the table. Artificial wood substitutes will never look quite as authentic, won't hold screws as well, nor will it bear the shock, stresses or loads of the daily life of you table.
Be cautious when you hear the term "solid oak pedestal table" because true it is that only the pedestal is solid. The top, which is most important, could be anything from particle board to veneer to chip core, and is not water resistant.
Solid Wood means that each part is made of genuine hardwood lumber. Nothing else.
"All wood" is often counterfeit, and is the term used to describe thin slices of veneer bonded to composite boards of plywood.
Artificial laminate are surfaces made of plastic or other synthetic materials bonded, again, to composite boards or plywood.
Be sure the table you are looking at has a water resistant finish and a guarantee to back it.
Terms such as "Oak Finish" may refer to the color of the wood pattern printed on the artificial surface. It does not mean that the table is authentic hardwood.
Real or imitation?
Not sure if you're buying solid hardwood or a cheap imitation?
A check point is the glue joints. Put you finger on a glue joint and trace it along the top of the surface, over the edge and, and to the underside. If the line disappears its probably an imitation. Solid hardwood joints on the other hand can be traced across the top, the side, and the underside.
Care of Solid Wood Tables
If cared for properly you solid hardwood table can give you a lifetime of service and beauty. Here are several care tips that will enhance you solid hardwood table investment:
Routine Cleaning and Care
DUST CAREFULLY with a soft cloth, following the grain pattern of the wood. Use an old T-shirt, baby diaper or cheesecloth that has been laundered to remove the sizing.
DUST OFTEN to remove everyday abrasive particles from wood surfaces.
CONSIDER CLEANING with a mild non-alkaline soap and water. Use the suds in a damp sponge or cloth, but be sure to pre-test the solution on an out-of-sight section to make sure it doesn't damage the finish. Dry immediately with a soft cloth and buff lightly, following the grain.
DON'T WAX or use any polish that contains any silicones! Catalyzed heat and moisture resistant finishes don't need additional polish, but if you want to use a polish we recommend Guardsman Furniture Polish.