means the furniture is made of solid board, either softwood
or hardwood lumber. When solid boards are used in furniture
construction, they are glued together side by side along the
edges. Often, a number of boards are used to make the wood
more stable and reduce the chance of warping. By following a
seam to the end you can always identify solid board, where
you will find the "end" grain.
Veneered Plywood is
used for its structural integrity and is considered part of
an "all wood" product. Layers of wood are glued
together at 90-degree angles for strength. A high
quality thin layer is then applied to the top which can be
finished beautifully. At its core, the veneered
plywood is real wood. The layers turned at 90-degrees
prevents the wood from warping, shrinking or splitting and
makes it 45 times stronger than solid wood.
board is not considered "all wood". Particle board is
made of wood scraps or sawdust held together with a resin.
It is never used in quality furniture. If damaged,
particleboard will often fracture because the material is so
hard it cannot absorb a shock.