Many furniture boasts about strength and durability, but reclaimed wood lives up to expectations. It takes pride in being drier, lighter, and stronger than new wood, making it ideal for furniture making. Newer wood can’t compete with reclaimed wood because new wood is much softer and heavier.
Because reclaimed wood furniture dining tables have matured through various climates and conditions over thousands of years, its tighter grain makes it more resistant to wear and tear in high-traffic areas. Reclaimed wood ranks significantly higher on the Janka hardness scale than other manufactured woods.
Reclaimed wood was initially harvested from naturally grown trees. Natural-growing trees have several advantages that lumber farm trees do not have. For one, naturally grown trees mature fully. Each tree has its own maturity period. The trunk is the thickest at this point, and the planks come out to be the widest.
Most manufacturers do not allow this much time for the trees to grow fully and mature in mass production. As a result, the wood is of inferior quality, and the planks are narrower. Today's mass-produced wood will never match the quality and strength of authentic reclaimed timber.
Another reason to choose furniture made out of reclaimed wood is stronger than new wood is that it is older. That said, reclaimed wood has been subjected to more weather and seasons than new timber has. This makes the plant cells more tensile and stronger, giving the wooden planks a higher overall strength than newer wood.
This is why antique or reclaimed wood has become so popular. Many sellers are having difficulty sourcing reclaimed wood because there is only a finite amount of it. The cost of reclaimed wood is also justified because you are not only getting a good investment, but you are also helping to save the environment.