Different Wood Processing of Solid Wood Furniture
Solid wood is an extremely high quality material that is ideal for making furniture. So it’s no wonder that the demand for solid wood beds continues unabated. Solid wood panels are used for the production of these coveted pieces of furniture: In beds, they form the head and foot sections as well as the sides of the bed. You have probably already noticed that solid wood beds can look very different. But have you ever thought about how this visual difference comes about? Quite simply: The secret lies in the various manufacturing methods used to manufacture solid wood panels.
Solid wood panels are produced in very different ways. The method of processing not only influences the appearance: It also has a lasting effect on the stability and service life of real wood furniture. The three most common variants of solid wood processing are parquet gluing, bar gluing and – much less often found – the use of solid wooden planks. We have put together the properties and advantages of the different variations for you.
The parquet gluing
The parquet gluing is also called finger jointed gluing. For this production method, short wooden lamellas are used, which are joined together to form a panel by means of finger jointing and glue. The finished panels look very similar to a parquet floor. The slats are aligned according to the existing wood structure and may have slight color differences. The use of relatively short pieces of solid wood with different colors creates an attractive look that is very much appreciated by many customers.
A big advantage of parquet gluing is that smaller pieces of wood can also be used with this method. This makes the parquet gluing environmentally friendly, as there is less wood waste. In addition, parquet-glued solid wood panels are cheaper to manufacture than other variants, and this has a positive effect on the final price of solid wood furniture. Incidentally, it is the most stable and long-lasting form of processing: the risk of warping the working wood is rather low due to the relatively short wooden lamellas.
The lamellar gluing is also called stick gluing. With this processing method, solid wood panels are produced from continuous wooden slats. A denomination in length does not take place with this variant. This type of production is considerably more costly than gluing the parquet, since the pieces of wood required are not only longer, but also have to fit together well. When gluing the lamellas, only very small color differences are allowed so that hardly any visible transitions arise.
Many perceive the gluing of the lamellas to be the optically most beautiful variant of solid wood processing, because it creates a very even, homogeneous wood appearance. The price difference to the cheaper parquet gluing is noticeable, however. The stability and durability of lamellar-glued solid wood panels is good, but not as excellent as that of parquet-glued panels. The reason: The considerably longer wooden slats work harder and therefore tend to warp over time.
This very exclusive solid wood processing completely dispenses with the glueing of individual wooden parts to form a panel. Instead, a continuous piece of solid wood is used per solid wood panel. This extremely expensive processing method is rare and is mostly offered by carpenters or small designer blacksmiths who specialize in the production of one-off pieces.
Due to the natural limitation of trunk diameter and trunk length, plank processing in beds is usually only possible for the head and foot sections. The prices of this solid wood furniture are of course astronomical. In addition, when processing boards there is a great risk that the wood will warp over time. Even if this form of production is the most original of the three variants, the high price, low stability and a relatively short service life speak against the processing of entire boards.
And which form of processing is now the best?
Of course, there is no general answer to this question. Personal preferences as well as taste and of course the available budget play a major role here. That is why everyone should decide for themselves which solid wood variant suits them.
Of course, each type of processing has its own visual appeal. However, if you are looking for an inexpensive variant that is both stable and visually appealing, you should take a closer look at solid wood furniture with parquet gluing. The contrast of the different shades of wood, which is created through the use of many smaller pieces of solid wood, gives this solid wood furniture its very own charm. In addition, parquet gluing is the most environmentally friendly of all variants because it causes the least amount of wood waste.
As you can see: the topic of solid wood is broad and there are many exciting details to consider. Would you like to find out more about solid wood? We have other interesting articles on this topic ready for you: Find out here when solid wood can also be called solid wood. You can find out more about the various methods of surface treatment of solid wood here.
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