Ready-To-Finish Wood Furniture Guide
How does furniture go from unfinished to the piece of your dreams? Basically, you supply the finishing touches, whether it be a particular stain, a decorative paint job, or special hardware. The finishing process not only protects the unfinished wood from dust and warping, it also gives your furniture the look you're going for. If you want a custom look for less, unfinished furniture is often the way to go.
Unfinished furniture, sometimes termed ready-to-finish furniture, is available in a broad range of styles and woods to fit most budgets. Produced both by national manufacturers and by local craftsmen, most unfinished furniture is of solid wood construction, made primarily from solid softwood or hardwood lumber. In this type of furniture, all exposed furniture parts are made of solid board rather than veneers or particle board. Solid boards used adjacent to each other are glued together side by side along their edges. Unexposed backs of case pieces and drawer bottoms may be constructed from plywood or particle board, which is made from bonded wood chips.
Finishing furniture isn't difficult, but it's time-consuming if you want the best results. First, you must remove any imperfections in the wood by filling it with an appropriate filler. After you've filled in the imperfections, the wood should be sanded to a smooth surface. Once the wood is filled and sanded, it may be stained. Your local hardware store or home improvement center should have several different colored wood stains available. After staining, the furniture is oiled or varnished to protect and beautify it. Lastly, the finished furniture may be waxed and buffed with furniture wax to bring out its natural luster.
Here is a sampling of unfinished, solid wood furniture items that are available from unfinished furniture suppliers:
Quality solid wood furniture is generally a good value because, with reasonable care, it can last a lifetime. On UnfinishedFurniture.us, you will find a good selection of pine, maple, oak, and cherry furniture suppliers as well as furniture finishing resources. Browse the furniture manufacturer websites and compare unfinished wood tables, chairs, bookcases, and occasional pieces in a variety of styles and sizes.
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