Is it hardwood or veneer?
I apologize if this is a stupid question, but I'm in the market for some used furniture, specifically a dining table and dresser, and have been looking at consignment/"antique" stores and CL. I see so many tables that are advertised as "solid wood" that I'm pretty sure are not. Mind you, I don't think that many of the people are trying to cheat the potential buyer; they really think they have a solid wood table there, or perhaps more precisely, a piece of furniture where the top is not a veneer. I bought one of them and only realized after a fair amount of rigorous sanding, that I was dealing with a thick veneer on top of a cheaper wood. http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/wood/msg021355026134.html?17 (By the way, the table turned out great until I left it out overnight in a light drizzle. Haven't succeeded in gluing down the lifted veneer :(
So, how can I tell whether a piece is indeed the solid wood that's on the surface or veneer over another wood or plywood?