Why Hardwood Slider for Drawers?

Why Hardwood Slider for Drawers? 0

When buying a solid wooden furniture with drawers, you may think about what types of sliding system for the drawers you should choose? Any types of the metal sliding system have a certain number of years for its life, they don’t last forever. At Oak Furniture Store & Sofas, we make the drawer slides as an integral part of the drawer, and out of solid wood. Metal drawer slides are often not very strong and easy to break, and also make it harder to take the drawer out of the wooden cabinet nz when you want to take them out for a cleaning for maintenance.

All Our drawer slot rails are on hardwood rail

The best sliding system and most durable drawer slides for solid hard wood furniture are the hardwood sliding system. Preferably with a very dense and close-grained hardwood such as OAK.

In our concept, we never use cheap metal drawer system as we have our own source of hardwood, although it’s too expensive to buy for some local cabinet makers just to make drawers. But we ensure every pieces of furniture sold by Oak Furniture Store & Sofas has a life time quality, they never break is our top priority.

Hardwood Sliding Rail

To economize on the use of hardwood, we often make drawers with a hardwood rail sticking out the side, and made that slide in a hardwood channel in the piece of furniture. In this sliding system, the drawers go right to the edge of the cabinet, so it was more expedient and space efficient to just attach pieces of hardwood to the inside sides of the cabinet.

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How Our Quality Assurance work!

How Our Quality Assurance work! 0

As Oak Furniture Store's Quality Assurance, I know that consumers browsing the web could be forgiven for thinking that many similar items of the wooden cabinet in New Zealand are in fact identical. It is therefore my responsibility to illustrate the difference between different pieces of furniture. A reputable manufacturer such as ourselves will take the time to point out signs of the quality of the timber used to make the furniture, as opposed to some Internet traders, who may care only for the sale and not the substance. I hope that the following guide will help you, a valued customer, to understand how our products differ to those of some other online retailers.

Here are two bedsides wooden cabinet in NZ in order to inspect and compare the quality of the two pieces. To the naked eye, the two cabinets look very similar in style and seem to be made from a similar type of wood. The bedside on the left I purchased online for $255. It was advertised as being made of solid oak. The bedside on the right is our own factory manufactured product, from the sought-after Cambridge range. The first difference to mention is the design of both items. The bedside drawer on the left has a square top. However, the Cambridge chest of drawers has a bevelled machined top. This adds to the uniqueness of its design and hence its appeal as a stylish item of bedroom furniture. Next there is the question of colour.

The Cambridge has the same colour throughout, whereas the other bedside has lighter drawer fronts and darker legs. The left hand side drawer is not in fact made of solid oak, thus it is lighter than the Cambridge bedside which is made from grade A North American White Oak. This is why on the Cambridge product the colour remains consistent throughout. Now let’s delve deeper. I can clearly see that the $255 bedside has a different backing, namely a sheet of very cheap plywood which has been stapled on. Our Oak Furniture Store’s Cambridge range bedside on the other hand has a full solid oak back. This ensures quality and full stability to the unit. Another point to mention is the tops of the units from behind. The unit on the left isn’t in fact a solid top. Instead, it has a ‘sandwich’ of timber, made up of a cheaper timber with just a slither of an oak veneered top. The Cambridge range top on the right has a solid top throughout, again manufactured from grade A North American White Oak. My job as Quality Inspector is to ensure that all our pieces are made only from this sought-after material. This photograph shows the internal construction of the $255 bedside. It demonstrates that the drawer frame is actually constructed from soft wood pine which meets a sheet of plywood at the back. From a Quality Inspector’s point of view, this type of corner cutting is unacceptable.

By looking at the internal side of the chest I can also see that the material is not oak. It is in fact the back of a slice of oak veneer. This demonstrates that the unit in question has complete oak veneer sides, supported with a pine cross bar panel. To the right is an image of the internal Oak Furniture Shops in NZ manufactured unit. The difference is immediately clear. You can see the solid oak back, the solid oak drawer runners, solid oak cross bars and of course the solid oak sides to the units. This unit is clearly 100% solid American White Oak. The differences will continue to astound you, so read on.

As you can see above pictures, the drawer slider on both cabinets are different. There is no wooden rail on the left-hand unit, the drawer box is sitting on soft pine to slide in and out, which is a much cheaper material, whereas our Cambridge drawer box is manufactured from 100% solid oak with center oak sliding rail, which is the best sliding system for solid hardwood furniture. 

By this point you have probably fully understood the differences in these units. There is, however, one further point to consider, a point which I, as Quality Inspector, feel is important for you, the customer, to note. The Cambridge range is clearly made of solid oak, whilst its lesser counterpart is simply an oak frame filled with a middle veneer. This is what causes the shade difference between the two. Of course, the view below is also a great view to demonstrate the huge differences in the actual size of the bedsides too! From studying this series of pictures, it is clear to see the difference between buying an item of furniture from a trader online or purchasing an item from a reputable manufacturer such as myself. It is simple to buy direct a 100% Solid North American wood furniture unit from Woods Furniture. Hopefully you can see the full advantages of ordering from the direct manufacturer, namely real value for your money! But even the QA admits that they look the same on the Internet: Of course, we know now that these two products are totally different. Luckily, you have found our website, where you can order your top quality 100% solid oak furniture direct from us at Oak Furniture Store & Sofas the actual manufacturer. This ensures that you get the finest quality furniture direct at the lowest price, instead of some cheap imitation. Oak Furniture Store & Sofas – Solid oak furniture, built to last, as guaranteed by me, the Oak Furniture Store & Sofas Quality Assurance .

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How to look after your Oak Furniture?

How to look after your Oak Furniture? 0

Oak is otherwise known as the Living wood this means that extremes of heat or cold, dryness or damp, are likely to have an effect on your Oak Furniture.

About OAK

Oak wood is one of the most valued and desired types of wood for fireplace mantes and flooring but there are several types of oak wood and not all are the same. For that reason, it is highly important to be well informed about different types of oak wood, their properties and uses because a carefully chosen oak custom timber furniture, for instance, can last for several generations.
Like its name suggests, oak wood is obtained from oak but there are over 600 oak species and not all of them are used for furniture making and flooring only. Oak genus includes large deciduous oak trees most people are familiar with as well as small shrub-like species. All oak species are native to the northern hemisphere from cold latitudes to tropical areas of Asia and America but not all of them are used for wood. Oak trees are hardwoods which means that they are strong and hard yet easy to work with which makes oak wood very useful for both custom timber furniture making and a variety of other wood objects. In addition, oak wood is one of the densest naturally occurring materials, while the high content of tannin makes it resistant to both fungal diseases and insects. It has a density of about 0.75 grams per cubic centimeter. For example, pine wood has a density of 0.43 grams per cubic centimeter.

Oak wood has been highly valued since the Middle Ages for its strength and durability as well as highly attractive grain markings when quarter-sawn. It has been used for both garden furniture making, floors and construction as well as interior paneling. One of the finest examples are the oak panels in the debating chamber of the House of Commons. Oak wood from species Quercus petraea and Quercus robur was also used in shipbuilding until the 19th century when wood was slowly replaced by iron and other metals.
Both European and American oak species are also used for making barrels for ageing of a number of wines, brandy, whiskey including Scotch whiskey, while the bark of Cork oak (Quercus suber) that grows in the Mediterranean countries is used for making corks. Of the American species, the Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) and White Oak (Quercus alba) are the most sought after. The Northern red oak is particularly valued for its highly attractive colour but it is not appropriate for outdoor use such as garden furniture because its large openings make it vulnerable to fungal infestation.
Of the European oak trees, wood from Quercus robur also known as English Oak (although it is found in most parts of Europe and even North Africa) is the most popular oak wood for interior use because of its durability and highly attractive dark and light brown rings. Quercus petraea or the Sessile oak, on the other hand, is more popular for making wine barrels and timber framing.
Oak wood has one disadvantage. Oak trees mature very slowly, white the acorns that contain seeds do not appear until the oak tree is mature and may take many years before start growing which is why oak wood is relatively expensive.

1. Waxed Oak

Waxed oak furniture is not sealed like lacquered Oak Furniture; therefore it will absorb the elements from its surroundings. If anything is spilt on the furniture make sure you act fast or it could be absorbed into the wooden cabinet nz, leaving marks. This is exactly the same with heat, dark rings will be left if the heated item is placed directly on to the waxed Oak Furniture, we recommend using place mats where possible, or covering the item with a table cloth etc.
Care instructions:
Dusting your Oak furniture is best carried out with a damp soft cloth to stop the dust billowing and re-settling on the oak. Try not to use any strong spray polishes as this could seep under the waxed layer and cause cracks to occur. If the item of furniture is dirty and you cannot remove the mark simply with dusting, you can use a damp cloth. Make sure you try to remove any excess water, and again follow the grain of the wooden cabinet nz. Make sure to dry off the Oak Furniture after you have finished. Apply wax to your Oak Furniture once or twice a year and this will help maintain the grain and keep the durability of your Oak Furniture. Please see our section on Re-waxing your Oak Furniture for further information.
Re- waxing your Oak Furniture:
Your Oak furniture is going to need a thorough waxing, especially in its first few years in your home. Waxing helps the grain remain protected, helps the wood resist cracking and crazing, and of course keeps any finishes on your oak furniture in the best possible condition. This can be done with any Oak furniture wax you can find in your local custom timber furniture shop. Waxing doesn’t work well if you make little circles or broad back and forth strokes. You want to apply the wax with a clean cloth. Move in the same direction as the grain, leave for approx 5 minutes, and then remove the wax by buffing, again following the direction of the grain. This allows for optimum protection within the grain while minimizing streaking and air pockets.
CAUTION: When applying new wax finishes to your oak furniture the colours may differ. To make sure the colour is to your liking you may want to try the wax on the underneath of the table or somewhere not in plain sight so you can decide if the finish is to your taste or not.

2. Oiled Oak – Tung Oil or Linseed Oil

Oiled Oak is a gorgeous finish that aims to bring out the warmth and depth in the natural grain of the wood, which all round makes a wonderful piece of Oak Furniture. Oiled oak furniture usually consists of several coats of pure Tung Oil or Linseed oil to give the wood the resistance needed against the elements. Unlike conventional lacquers, the drying oils penetrate deep into the timber, which gives the Oak protection from the inside, rather than a layer sitting on top. They are not easy to chip and small scratches can be repaired simply by adding a little extra oil to the damaged area. Oiled Oak Furniture also keeps some of the roughness of the natural wood as it is not a layer over the natural oak, this gives for a lovely natural and warm piece of Oak Furniture.
Care instructions:
Oak furniture is oiled to make sure it is protected from heat, sunlight, and liquids. However, it is not immune to damage from these situations. Try to use placemats where heated objects may be placed directly on to the oak furniture, and try to tend to any spillages as soon as possible so as not to damage the integrity of the oiled finish. Try not to use any strong cleaning detergents on the Oak furniture as this can react with the finish and leave a mottled or cracked finish on your furniture. If the furniture is exposed to any of the aforementioned for long periods of time the oiled finish may need reapplying on a regular basis. To see how this is done please see our Re-applying oil to your oak furniture section for more information.
How to Re-Apply Oil to your Oak Furniture:
If your oak furniture is exposed to hot or cold, damp or dry for prolonged periods of time you may need to re-apply oil on quite a regular basis, otherwise once or twice a year is fine. If you feel that the Oak is to dry you can also decide to apply more oil to the Oak Furniture. • Lightly sand the surface along the wood fibers with fine-grained sandpaper. (400 Grit)
• Apply the oil with a dry cloth or rag. Make sure to apply the oil evenly over the surface. Wait until dry and then repeat.
• Leave to partially dry for 10 – 20 minutes, then go and wipe up all excess oil and buff the furniture.
• Then leave the Oak Furniture to dry for at least a day.
CAUTION: Make sure that the cloth you use to oil your furniture is thoroughly soaked in water after use or disposed off.

3. Lacquered Oak

Lacquered finishes give a glossy appeal to the Oak Furniture. The colour is applied and a polyurethane top coat is applied to give a glossy or semi matt finish. Generally it is a glossy finish however it does depend on the colour used as to whether the finished Oak Furniture is shiny or not. The top coat gives a hard protection and seals the wood. Lacquered oak tends to be more durable than other oak finishes as it has been sealed against liquid penetration, hot cups and such like. However, it is advised that you still use mats and try to attend any spillages as soon as possible.
Care instructions:
Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt, but dry off the surface when finished. When dusting it is safe to use an everyday spray polish on this type of Oak Furniture as it is a more durable finish, you can polish this Oak finish as part of your weekly routine. However do be careful you are not using any harsh chemicals as this could affect the overall finish on your Oak Furniture. As an alternative you can use warm water with a mild soap. Never use oiled or treated cloths on a lacquered finish as this could remove the hard top layer from your furniture leaving it open to damage.
WARNING: Constant water will wear down the lacquer leaving it dull, which gives a mottled appearance.
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About Oak furniture - How good they are...

About Oak furniture - How good they are... 0

These days, people can choose over a variety of furniture options. Furniture prepared from expensive as well as cheap materials is available readily. Similarly, oak furniture is gaining widespread popularity due to its various advantages. The oak wood is durable and long lasting. One can also craft beautiful designs in them. If fact with proper care, you can continue using these oak furniture for even a century.

Oak is available in different color schemes. This implies that you can get hold of various hues of drawers to choose from. Also, it is possible to procure oak furniture with the same color as the interiors of your room. Oak wood is known to be scratch, stain and dust resistance; hence it does not need regular cleaning like other woods. With detailed finishing, oak furniture presents the most exquisite piece of art. Oak’s beauty is incomparable, since the rich tinge is absent in most other furniture.

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