Fall’s here. Have you noticed? One way its manifestation is made known to me is hiking, with uneven steps, through the leaf strewn woods. Ever try walking on acorns with the usual gracefulness of a normal gate and stride? Difficult isn’t it? Your foot lands on what you think is firm ground, only to realize you’ve stepped on another acorn. Oops! You adjust your body weight and center of gravity to keep your balance and recover even footing. Yup, no doubt about it, acorns on the forest floor are a sure indication that Fall is here once again. Such is life, walking in the woods replete with Oak trees.
Do you have Oak wood in your home? Perhaps you have it on your floors or in a gate leg dining table, an end table or some other piece. Oak has been used in abundance for furniture making because of its strength, beauty and relatively low cost. For example, in terms of strength Oak is quite similar to Maple as shown in the table below. Although this is an unnecessary consideration when choosing wood for furniture making, it does attest to Oak’s value as a building material.
|Wood Specie||Oak [psi]||Maple [psi]|
The honey color and grain of plain or flat sawn Oak make it appealing for the many uses it is found in. Plain sawn means cutting a board down the length of the log, which is the most typical technique. When we think about the beauty of Oak, let’s not forget the fabulous beauty of “tiger strips” evident in quarter sawn Oak. This is a technique of cutting radial slabs of lumber from one quadrant of the log. The resulting grain pattern is stunning and another reason to make Oak the wood of choice for a special piece of furniture.
Today’s blog about Oak is to begin unpacking the story about this wood specie which is so prevalent in the residential and corporate spaces that we inhabit. The builders of Vermont Furniture Works are familiar with Oak and have built furniture from this wood specie on many occasions for clients. We’ve done so to make the piece more affordable or due to client preference. Alternatively, we’ve built furniture that due to style, grain or color would be most complimentary to furniture in an existing setting. Either way, we have the skill and ability to make your dream come true. Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) about the furniture piece you’ve been designing for that alcove, corner, dining room or some other location in your home.
Happy furniture dreaming!
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