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Wood is wood is wood…right? Well, not exactly. After felling a tree, logs are processed into chunks of solid lumber or sliced into thin sheets of veneer. Some parts of the log are unsuitable for either lumber or veneer – these are made into engineered boards, which we use for the internal structure of the table.
Each type of wood is best used for a particular task:
Many people do not know what veneers are. Both solids and veneers are wood – they are just cut from the tree in different ways. Think of solids as being like a steak and veneers as something like prosciutto – same stuff, just cut much thinner. Veneers are sliced off of a log using an enormous knife. We use them for 3 reasons:
We use solids in places where we need to cut a complex shape, carve a molding, and wherever a piece is likely to be banged during its ordinary use. For conference tables, that means the edge of the table and parts of the base.
Wood has some inconvenient properties, particularly its tendency to change dimension when the weather changes and its variable structure. (Each tree’s grain responds to its local environment, so there are wide variations in appearance and strength in any pile of lumber. Not to mention knots.) Engineered panels have been developed to help wood do a better job in certain situations. We use two types:
Plywood is good for structural elements, particularly in the table base, and MDF is an excellent substrate for veneers. Our table tops are made with a layer of veneered MDF on top of a plywood structural base, which receives the hardware that holds the table together.
If you haven’t already, please look through our gallery of custom conference tables. You can choose any of these designs as a starting point for your project, or you can submit your own designs. For help designing your custom conference project, contact us today at 610-239-0142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Downs Cabinetmakers
401 E. 4th St. Bridgeport, PA 19405