How to Choose Wooden Garden Furniture Set?
Besides other material, wooden garden furniture is the most popular as ancient furniture makers use wood to make tables, chairs, beds, so furniture manufacturing skills are thousands of years of experience.
Wood is the best material for creativity, and only the joiner’s mastery is a limit to the next unrepeatable masterpiece. Doesn’t matter is it patio table or stylish garden furniture set.
In my last post, I wrote a little about What is the teak garden furniture, but now I would like to say a couple of words of other durable wood for outdoor garden and patio furniture.
I will count just some of the most popular, and I guess durable wood.
Let’s begin with cedar.
For example, the California incense-cedar is the primary type of wood used for making pencils. As our topic is about garden furniture so let find out which cedar mostly is used to make outdoor furniture sets.
It is Western Red cedar and Northern white which are mostly used for outdoor projects such as furniture, decks, and building exteriors because it can handle moist environments without rotting. Western red cedar tables and chairs are moderately priced and can be found almost in every furniture shop.
Cedar is a lightweight wood, making it the perfect choice if you plan to move or rearrange your garden furniture often or move it to the garage in the winter time.
Cedar retains moisture and therefore do not drying out. It gives this wood more ability of resistant to cracking than other kinds of wood.
Unfortunately, cedar is rather soft so that it will dent and scratch more easily than harder woods like teak or eucalyptus.
The cool feature for the cedar is that color over the time turns into wonderful silver gray.
My grandmother’s, more than a hundred years old shed, is in this color and I’m afraid that someone wants to buy and demolish it just for the planks. I have heard that prices for such wood are very high.
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The next is ACACIA.
Acacia is a durable and attractive hardwood. It is widely used for garden furniture sets, and when properly treated it can survive for decades. Only you need is use the waterproof covers and oil it from time to time.
Be careful when leaving uncovered since constant contact with the damp ground of a garden may cause the wood to discolor.
Even more for those who care about eco. Acacia hardwood is a right choice as it grows in such abundance in many regions of the world that they’re often considered an invasive species.
The biggest attribute of shorea is undoubtedly the strength of the timber. It’s renowned for its excellent resistance to everyday wear and tear. Shorea is extremely durable and tightly grained to produce a desirable density, even more so than teak which is traditionally seen to be the greater luxury and thus slightly more expensive.
Left to its own devices, the patina of shorea fades from gold to gray over time. The wood’s youthful glow can be sustained by treating it annually with oil from its more expensive cousin, teak.
Cypress wood contains a natural preservative that is both rot and insect resistant. Cypress can withstand the elements without a finish of any kind, though a periodic coat of oil will keep the wood looking fresh longer. Cypress is almost not shrinking or swelling with weather changes.
The only problem is a scarcity of mature trees, and therefore the choice is not as high as wanted.
And finally, REDWOOD.
Redwood is slowly growing trees so not for eco friends.
Despite this, the wood has so many fine features, so it always is one of the standards of best quality garden furniture.
Redwood is durable all seasons material. It is also naturally resistant to decay and insects.
Redwood is rather soft so it could easily be scratched or dented. Keep with care.
Use cushions or covers on sits to avoid red spots on your pants or skirts due to the natural tannins that give the tree its name.
There are some other woods as oak, Brazilian walnut or ironwood, pine, birch and many others for garden furniture making. Every wood has his pros and cons for outdoor use.
Not always a purchasing of the most expensive wooden garden furniture set is the smartest choice so use your common sense and buy what you like more yourself.
Tags: acacia, cedar, cypress, redwood, shorea
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