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The Wood Wardrobe – A Choice Of Distinction

By Ronnie J. Schwartz

The crafting of a wooden wardrobe starts with the selection of wood. For the construction to be solid and to withstand years of use, quality materials are essential. Careful thought should be put into the choice of wood. In order to determine the best wooden to use, consider the type of finish. Just as important is how easy the wood is to work with and the cost. A look at a couple of different wood types will clarify the best type to use for crafting a good wood wardrobe.

Hardwoods such as oak, maple, poplar and cherry are all popular choices for building furniture. They are broadly more durable than softwoods and all have a distinctive tight grain. Each has its own characteristic markings and coloring that add to their individual appeal.

Out of all the hardwoods, oak is a popular choice and has been used for centuries. It is noted for its durability and strength. However, it can be hard to work with. Tools must be kept very sharp to avoid chipping and splitting the wood. Drilling pilot holes for any screws is necessary due to its hard nature.

Maple is also very durable and its many species have extremely unique character. When used for furniture, maple requires special care to keep it from warping. It is not as very easily available as oak and is much more expensive. For these reasons, it might not be the best choice for the crafting of a wood wardrobe.

Cherry wood is rich in color and character. The tight grain of cherry gives it a very actually texture. Although a durable hardwood, cherry is much better for smaller pieces of furniture that will be stained to enhance its natural reddish color. Additionally, the cost of cherry might be prohibitive for such a large piece of furniture.

If the wood wardrobe is to have a painted finish, poplar is a fine choice. It has a extremely unusual color, varying from beige to olive green with hints of purple. It is less expensive than cherry and maple. Poplar is fairly easy to work with and takes nails and screws well. Tools must be kept razor-sharp or the wood may tear. Poplar is difficult to stain and with its unique color, painting might be the best finish.

Pine is the predominant softwood used in furniture, especially wardrobes. It is stable, durable and has good natural character. It is notably easy to work with, though caution should be taken as it dents easily. Sharp tools are a must due to pines nature to be crushed instead of cut. Pine is preferred wooden of choice for many woodworkers and manufacturers because of its low cost and ease of workability.

Choosing the best wood for crafting a wardrobe can be daunting. But when you think in terms of durability, natural characteristics and ease of workability, the choice can be easier. Add to that affordability and the finished look, and the choice becomes clearer. Oak and pine measure up to these distinctions and transform into a fine wooden wardrobe.

The author has written more about wood wardrobe doors here: wood wardrobe doors

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