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I do agree that veneered furniture can be beautiful and practical - especially for pieces where you need large panels of wood like dining tables, cabinets, and bookcases. I personally have some great veneered furniture from the 40s and 50s that still look great. Unfortunately the majority of veneered furniture on the market today is done as a cost-cutting move and not at all for fine craftsmanship. I also have a nightstand from Drexel furniture that has a paper thin veneer that has started to peel after a few years.

It is a great point that in some applications solid wood can change too much with the environment, but in those cases I prefer a plywood over any MDF or Particle board.

I do have an idea book on the different types of wood that you can see here.

I agree that it is challenging to find American-made, wood furniture. I encourage people to try their smaller, local furniture stores as opposed to the big furniture chains. There are MANY furniture companies making great items, they are just hard to find and the smaller boutiques are who tend to carry these manufacturers. This was actually the precise problem that I set out to solve when I started my store, The Stated Home, where we only carry high-quality, American-made items. Room and Board is also a good resource for good wood furniture made in America.

   
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hotzim

I dislike the smell of a lot of imported wood pieces. I don't know what kind of wood it is, but it, or the varnish on it smells and the odor does not disappear over time (10 years!). I also think it may support mold growth more than other kinds of wood.

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cityofoaks

hotzim, I agree and have found that acacia wood smells really bad. I read that urine is used to process acacia wood (I'm not sure if that's true but it sure seems to fit with the smell of the piece that I bought). I'm not *completely* grossed out that urine is used to process some items, I realize it's a common way (or at least used to be a common way) to process certain items but the I'm not on board when I can't stand the smell.

   

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