Natural wood, better known as solid wood, is harvested from trees or similar natural resources. There’s minimal pre-processing done as it is almost always cut down by arborists or lumberjacks. Manufactured wood on the other hand is a man-made product obtained by binding wood veneers, strands, fibres, sawdust, or scraps with adhesives to form one single sheet. Manufactured wood can be processed into different forms such as plywood, particleboard, high-density fibreboard (HDF) and medium-density fibreboard (MDF).
The frank answer would be “it depends”. Manufactured wood is longer-lasting since it is engineered to deal better with moisture. Because of the Polywood base in it, manufactured wood is more dimensionally stable and does not warp, expand, or contract when there are changes in temperature and humidity. Also, they fare better against rot and termite attacks. Solid wood, on the other hand, usually cannot withstand extreme temperatures and moisture and unless chemically treated, are susceptible to termite attacks.
Caring for manufactured wood is simple because of all the pre-processing it goes through behind the scenes while solid wood requires regular care to preserve it’s condition. For carpenters and manufacturers, manufactured wood is easier to work and shift around because of its lightweight nature. Solid wood often requires more than 1 person to work it as it is dense and heavy. Cost-wise, solid natural wood has a steep asking price ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars as compared to manufactured wood.
ONESTOP AND THE ENVIRONMENT
One of the reasons why we at onestop prefer manufactured wood is because it allows us to preserve the environment. Deforestation is a major concern when it comes to harvesting solid wood. Forests and trees are constantly being destroyed to provide a constant supply to the masses. Manufactured wood is made from wood scraps, therefore, fresh timber is not needed in the process thus making it an environmentally friendly product.
While both solid wood and manufactured wood are great options for furniture making, it ultimately boils down to the preferences of the woodworkers, the design and their beliefs. At onestop, preserving the environment is a priority in our business and that is why we will continue to promote the use of manufactured wood in our projects.
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