The Process of Making & The Responsibility of Owning A Solid Wood Planked Harvest Table
In todays world where most furniture is made from a form of sheet goods being a pressed board with a wood veneer most people do not know or understand that there is a responsibility to owning solid wood furniture.
Detailed below are the steps taken to build a table and then the steps that the new owner should take to create a good environment for their solid wood pieces.
Purchasing the wood
The first step is to find a reputable supplier if you don’t already have one and make sure that you are buying furniture grade material. Furniture grade material should be preferably kiln dried and should give moisture meter content readings under 10% and ideally between 6-8% to be properly dried to build furniture.
Second step, once you have purchased the material you should then bring it back to your shop which should be at a relative humidity of no less then 25% which is low. An ideal relative humidity in the winter would be above 30% and, in the summer, not higher then 45%-50%. If you need to check the relative humidity of your home you can purchase a humidity thermometer at Amazon.ca with this link,
of you find your home is reading too dry or too humid you can purchase humidifiers or de humidifiers to help control the level of humidity in your home to improve the climate for your solid wood pieces.
It is important to allow the wood to then climatize once bringing it to your shop for at least 2-4 weeks depending on the readings. Keep checking the readings of the boards with a moisture meter reader by sticking the prongs into the boards right in the middle to get an accurate reading.
Third step, once the table is built it needs to be properly sealed to resist moisture from entering the boards as much as possible. This is typically done with a type of oil based or water-based varnish or oil. This finish also helps to protect the woods surface.
Fourth step, your step, make sure that you keep your home at a relative humidity no less then 30% in the winter and no higher then 50% in the summer. Many homes will be able to control the climate in the summer but in some cases, you may need a humidifier in the winter to keep moisture in the air so the wood does not dry and shrink severely.
I hope this helps and if you have any questions please just drop a line.