Posted at Tuesday, August 22nd 2017 10:14:44 AM under Wall Shelves by Sharon
Decide what purpose your wooden shelf will serve before you acquire it. If heavy possessions will be placed on it then you will require hard wood. If lighter items will be placed on the shelf than a soft wood will due. Decorative wall shelves have become popular for displaying ornamental items. A decorative wood wall shelf often has engravings in it and is generally made out of soft wood. Pine is a variety of soft wood that is used for this purpose.
Different woods have different properties. Alder, for instance, is a light, easy to stain wood with no particular grain pattern and a very consistent color. It doesn`t have a lot of resistance to shock, however, so you shouldn`t try using it for shelves that might be easily dinged or damaged. Birch is another light colored wood that stains well, but it`s strong and hard, and has a noticeable fine wavy grain. Aspen is similarly light and evenly grained. It`s also very easy to find in shelves.
Pine and other softwoods represent the cheapest shelves out there, and aren`t usually worth buying in most cases. They`re easily damaged and don`t hold as much weight, making them suitable only for short shelves or longer ones with lots of support. They shouldn`t be used in places where they`re likely to get dinged, either. Only choose pine if you know what you`re getting into. Avoid engineered woods, like particle board, for shelves that need to support any significant weight along a long span. They`ll only bow and warp over time.