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Mango Wood Durability – Are You Giving Up Quality?

The fruit of the mango tree is no stranger to anyone who is familiar with exotic cocktails, fruit juices and cake recipes. It is popular for its sweet taste and characteristic texture, but is far from being the only produce the tree gives during its life time. If you are in the middle of doing up your home and looking for hardwood furniture you will be impressed by mango wood durability.

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The wood of this tree is particularly important export of eastern countries, the fruit comes from only that many years, but the tree can be timbered and used for everyday household items. Sustainability makes mango a very important raw material and allows for future generations to enjoy both the fruit and pieces of furniture coming from it.

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The wood is good enough to make heavy duty pieces, such as beds and tables. With the right technique these can be made long lasting and protected against deterioration.

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Demand for durable mango wood furniture raise sharply in the United Kingdom, and with the low price and sustainable source they will be able to keep their value to price ratio about the same while other non-sustainable sources will dry out and price for oak and teak will rise. They are not available everywhere just yet, but taking a look online will give you a general idea if it’s worth it to pay the shipment to where you live.

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If you need to finish a trim or furniture piece made of pine, and you're trying to stain the wood dark, you might run into problems getting the rich, dark tone that you would like.

And even if you obtain the deep, dark stain color you wanted, why are your results looking so "blotchy?"

To stain pine wood dark, every time, follow these steps.

Start with sanding

First things first, with any staining task, give the wood a good sanding. You're going to want to do this by hand. Pine wood is a softwood, and if you use a power sander, you'll often wind up with some noticeable scratches once you apply stain to the wood. There's no easy way out of this, a manual sanding job is required.

To ensure a dark finish, use a medium grit sanding sponge or the equivalent sandpaper, which is about 100-grit. The sanding sponge is best for trim molding that has curves and fine crevices. It's the best option for conforming to the curves and getting into the nooks and crannies. If you've got a strictly flat surface, wrap a small square piece of sandpaper around a sanding block (a simple block of wood will do) and sand with the grain, but at a slight angle.

Begin staining

How you get the stain on the wood is not important. You can use a foam brush, regular brush, or clean cloth. Apply generously. Try not to get drips, though. To ensure a nice dark finish, wait as long as the manufacturer allows before wiping off the excess stain. Make sure you don't wait too long though, or else the stain will get tacky and difficult to wipe off.

If your wood is not as dark as you'd hoped for, don't give up hope. Wait at least a day or more for the piece to totally dry. Then follow the steps above to re-stain your project. Your pine wood finish will have taken on a deeper, darker shade.

Usually a few coats of stain will help you achieve the finish results you would like. One more thing to try is to wipe down your piece with mineral spirits before staining again.

A Review of Leather Italia Furniture

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It is difficult to beat genuine Italian leather, and the Leather Italia range is exquisitely beautiful to look at, and soft and warm to snuggle into. Here we are reviewing the Dupin Pecan, Yuma and Dalton ranges of leather furniture.

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The Duplin Pecan range is in a beautiful soft pecan brown leather, designed in a traditional style with Bombay scrolled arms outlined with hand-crafted dome-head nails. The plush back cushions have been hand-stitched for strength, and the whole appearance of each piece is one of elegant but sumptuous comfort.

However, it is one thing to look comfortable, but how does it really feel? In fact the chair, three-seater sofa and loveseat are all exceptionally comfortable, thanks largely to the soft genuine leather that covers each entire piece, and also to the padding and memory foam used within the cushions. Many leather chairs feel cold and slightly hard due to the inherent stiffness of the leather used, but not the Leather Italia Duplin Pecan collection.

The double pillow seats are very comfortable to sit in, and set at just the right angle for maximum comfort. With some sofas you feel as though you are lying too far back for comfort, but these are just right. Nor do you fold too much into the cushions - either on the seat or the back. It is easy to stand up from the Pecan collection without have to push off from the arms.

In addition to the chair and sofa, the leather Italia Dalton collection also includes a loveseat, a recliner and an ottoman to rest your legs after a hard day. Apart from the ottoman, each is 38" high and the same deep. The loveseat is 67" wide and the sofa 90". The chair and recliner are 44" wide, the latter also being 39" high and deep.

Summary

These three Leather Italia collections of home furniture are solidly built and covered with beautiful Italian leather in different shades of brown. They are fairly heavy, which in furniture is an indication of solid hardwood construction. No faults in construction or in comfort could be found and the leather appeared to be of a high quality and was evenly colored.

The back and seat cushions were very comfortable, which likely reflects the quality of the high density foam core, the padding and the memory foam used in their construction. For many people, it is the cushions that make the sofa, and you cannot fault Leather Italia furniture in this respect. All in all an excellent buy at the price.

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