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Old 01-02-2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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which wood is strongest?

I'm shopping for furniture and am getting so confused when it comes to the wood they use so I figured people who work with wood should be able to help me out...here's hoping.

Now furniture frames (sofas for instance) seem to come in 'kiln dried hardwood', laminate (plywood), and something like MDF framed in 1X2 fir. Each and every salesperson can justify any one of those to me depending on which sofa I am looking at. Each and every one says which ever one they are selling is strong, durable, and won't crack or warp. Then I go to another store and of course am told that other stuff is crap. Apparently they are all right or they are all wrong and I'm afraid I am being hosed.

So, what type of wood is good for strength, durability, and won't crack or break over time (especially in a dry climate)? How would you rate them from good to worst?


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Old 01-02-2007, 11:03 PM   #2
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I am no proffesional on this subject. But just about any hardwood would meet the criteria. Don't sell the laminates short either, they have come along way with the bonding agents. Probably the most durable wood but I am not sure you see it in furniture much is cottonwood. About 2/3 of this country's shipping pallets are made out of this stuff. It almost takes a bulldozer to break it. Thats about all I know.



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I have included a website that MAY help with your question.

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It's all in the joints which is why salespeople can all claim the material is strong. They have no idea how it is connected.
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Old 01-15-2007, 10:10 PM   #5
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Yea, like was said, its the construction, not the wood per se. Stay away from particle board for sure. MDF is suspect for structural items but is very stable for things like doors that are painted. I would NOT want a couch built from it. Plywood is OK but again, not for major structural parts. hardwood can be bad too if there are a lot of knots and stuff. Check out the woodnet forum and post your question there. Make it more specific. Like which is stronger, or better built, A (describe) or B (describe). You may even be able to find somone to build you a piece of even better quality!
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Thanks for the info folks. I still haven't made up my mind about it all but fingers crossed.


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