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Wood Information

Hardwoods shed their leaves over a period of time in autumn and winter. Softwoods tend to keep their needles throughout the year. The distinction between hardwood and softwood actually has to do with plant reproduction. NOT with wood density or hardness. 

Ever wondered how wood hardness was determined? 

It's the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millieters into the wood to a depth of half the ball's diameter.

Here's a list of wood hardness for several of the wood species we carry.

  SpeciesPressure To Mar
  (Kiln-dried) (in pounds)
  Hickory 1,820
  Hard Maple 1,450
  White Oak 1,360
  Beech 1,300
  Red Oak 1,290
  Black Walnut  1,010
  Soft Maple 950
  Cherry 950
  Elm 830
  Alder 590

Source: Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material, USDA, Washington, D.C.
Caring for your furniture:

To clean the finish on your wood furniture just use a damp cloth with warm water and mild dish soap. This is all solid wood furniture needs when cleaning. Never use any chemicals such as silicones, wax, solvents or any abrasives on your furniture!  Dry your table using a soft microfiber cloth.

Accidents will happen so the catalyzed conversion varnish finish will do it's job but clean up spills as soon as you can. Only subjecting your furniture to prolonged moisture will damage it.

Keep your furniture out of the sun. The temperature of the summer sun coming through a window can go above 140 degrees. It will cook fine finishes, fading and destroying them over time, and dry out and shrink the wood, which will cause cracks. Rotate your accessories ever so often on your furniture. Some hardwoods such as cherry darkens with age.
Don't place wood furniture near heating units or vents. Dry heat will cause the wood to dry and shrink, leaving cracks. Use a humidifier in the drier months to bring the moisture up to the 40 to 45 percent level.

Our strong catalyzed finish and your gentle yet consistent cleaning will be able to protect your table from a lifetime of spills and give you a lifetime of memories.