Outdoor Wood Furniture - Check the Method of Construction Before Buying

 


Article by: Malcolm Kay

Before the advent of mass production, most furniture , Lawnmowers and How to Save Work Installing Synthetic Turf on Tennis Courts was largely handcrafted , Stock Lawn Mower Parts For Greater Availability Of Mowers by artisans. Of course, time has moved on and construction techniques, mechanical tools, , Redwood Outdoor Decor: Relax This Season With Furniture You Can Trust and methods have advanced significantly. But in choosing outdoor furniture, , Growing Orchids In Greenhouses, Can You ? it's very important to take note on how the particular item is assembled, how the joints are made, what fixings are used, the strength of the individual components and the quality of the finish.

For commercial outdoor furniture, , Preformed Ponds Manufactured from New Rubber/Plastic Composite More Durable and Resistant to Wear which needs to withstand not only the weather , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape but also mistreatment and neglect, the centuries old joining method of mortice and tenon is still generally preferred. A well-made item of furniture, , Deck Swing Buying and Assembling Tips with mortice and tenon joints will be solid, with tight joints and will last for years. But of course the extra time and care taken in this method of construction means the price will inevitably be higher of the furniture , Planning the Vegetable Patch item.

To speed up construction and keep costs down, allot of furniture , Growing Sweet Peas is now constructed using a dowelled joints. Whilst not as strong as traditional mortice and tenon joints, a dowelled joint can give many years of good service. In fact a lot of furniture , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design may use mortice and tenon joints for the main structural elements but dowels for the more decorative elements in the design , The Coliseum Is One Of The Best Complete Hydroponic Systems On The Market - a perfectly acceptable compromise. Of course any adhesives used should be water , Gardening Tips, Hints and Advice resistant, something that is not really possible to check, but generally this does not seem to be a problem in practice, except maybe in really low cost outdoor furniture. , Vacation Proofing your Garden

For added strength, some makers will combine brass fittings with dowelled joints to ensure the dowelled joints are pulled together and kept as tight as possible.

The cheapest method of construction uses metal , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes fixings only. Often these are used with kit-set or knock-down self assembly furniture, , Japanese Garden Lights Bring Tranquillity to your Garden and Peace to your Body and Mind as it allows the homeowner to save , Imagine Your Own Orchid Garden In A Pond more money by assembling the product , Imagine Your Own Orchid Garden In A Pond themselves. The downside is that such furniture , Growing Orchids In Greenhouses, Can You ? is generally not as strong and involves regular tightening of the fittings, as they tend to bed , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs into the wood , Don't Forget the Birds this Winter with continual use of the furniture. , Ultra Violet Pond Filter Also inferior quality fittings may be used which are neither made of corrosion resistant metals , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration such as brass, nor have a high quality plated finish, so can be subject to rusting or other corrosion at quite an early stage.

Another less obvious problem with tables in particular, is swelling of the wood. , Patio Design - Add Awnings As A Colorful Finish For Your Patio Design As wood , Backyard Landscaping Ideas - A Guide To Evergreen Trees And Shrubs generally expands at a different rate in its longitudinal and tangential planes, this means that as the timber , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design gets wet or dries out, unsightly gaps can occur at joints, or in the worst cases, the timber , Relaxation in the Garden Starts With a Swing Bed twists out of shape, if the maker has not taken sufficient care at the design , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration stage. You need to take care for example with some wooden , Planting Bare Root Roses table tops, if the middle of the table is a more complex design , Ultra Violet Pond Filter with elements running both straight and perpendicular. Most manufacturers , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape will leave small expansion gaps at the end of the longitudinal wood , House Name Plates sections to allow for some expansion and contraction. With some more stable wood , Some Great Ideas for Spring Patio Furniture species such as teak, this is typically not a problem, but with some other species, expansion in both directions can be significantly different and problems can arise.

Take note also of the finish of the piece. With certain wood , House Name Plates species, the grain of the timber , Deck Swing Buying and Assembling Tips can be rather coarse, so unless the edges of the piece are sanded well, it's possible to get splinters. Take particular note of the end grain. Many manufacturers , Some Great Ideas for Spring Patio Furniture apply a special oil coating or wax to the end grain to prevent the ingress of water , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience and help to prolong the life of the furniture. , Deck Swing Buying and Assembling Tips Most manufacturers , How Bat Houses Can Improve Your Backyard Experience will apply some type of initial protective coating, although this is generally a rather basic coating which tends to enhance the colour , Landscaping, An American Pass Time of the wood , Choosing Lawnmowers For Cutting Grass On Tennis Courts rather than contributing to any particular preservative properties. , Mow A Better Lawn, The Easy Way To ensure a longer life, it is thus recommended that you give your furniture , Wild Flower Garden - Recreate the Splendor of Nature in Your Own Backyard a further coating with a good quality decking or furniture , Mow A Better Lawn, The Easy Way oil very shortly after you purchase the item, and certainly within the first six months of its use.

And so, in conclusion, when looking at purchasing outdoor furniture, , Vacation Proofing your Garden the important points to consider (apart from the durability of the wood , Stock Lawn Mower Parts For Greater Availability Of Mowers species) are the type of joints, the thickness of timber , Greenhouse Gardening as a Hobby used, the quality of any metal , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes fixings and the actual design , How to Grow Apples aspects of the particular piece.
Malcolm Kay is the CEO of Intex Pacific Pty. Ltd. an international supplier of landscape , Garden Pond Liners materials including modular decking tiles. , How to Grow Apples For more information , Growing Sweet Peas see http://www.ezydeck.net or http://www.patiomakeover.com

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