The Differences Between Solid, Genuine and Veneer
We recently found an issue of Better Homes & Gardens from 1963, and it has some amazing content! The photos are quintessentially 1960s and the issue has plenty of helpful tips to instruct the 1963 furniture buyer.
We wanted to share some of the wealth of information that maintains relevance today for the modern furniture enthusiast.
An excerpt from “The Beauty of Fine Woods” section:
Â Â “An understanding of the terms solid, genuine and veneerÂ will also
Â help you buy wisely. When a piece of furniture is marked ‘solid,’ it
indicates that it is made from solid hardwood. The label ‘genuine’
shows that the furniture is made of a single hardwood, veneered on
flat surfaces, and solid in structural parts, such as the legs.
Â Â Much fine furniture today is no longer made from solid wood, but
from veneers. Many people still believe that veneers are notÂ asÂ
strongÂ as solid pieces. However, quite the contrary isÂ true; the
finished product is much stronger and more resistant toÂ warping.
A veneered plywood panel is actually a wood “sandwich,”Â usually
made of five, seven,Â or more layers. The center is solid lumber,Â and
on both sides of this coreÂ thin sheets of strong hardwoodÂ are placed
at cross grain to fit for strengthÂ and to prevent warpingÂ or splitting.
Finally, a ‘face’ veneer of fine cabinetÂ wood is placedÂ over the layers,
again at cross grain. A backing sheet of the sameÂ hardwood on the
reverse side completes the panel.”Â
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