The Oxford Garden Siena Shorea Wood Chat Table offers the perfect spot for keeping your snacks, beverages, and magazines handy as you enjoy your day out in the sun. A winsome blend of clean lines, contemporary design, and upscale appeal, this table features a slatted tabletop that allows water to pass through, preventing water accumulation. Handcrafted of fine-sanded, weather-resistant shorea hardwood, using mortise and tenon joinery, this sturdy table will weather to a warm grey tone over the years, though teak oil can be used to maintain its original color. Closely related to teak, shorea is renowned for its strength, durability, and beauty, and like teak, shorea has natural oils that allow it to withstand the effects of sun, rain, snow, and frost. As fetching as it is functional, this chat table is sure to become a permanent fixture on your patio.
Shorea Wood: An Eco-Friendly Choice
Like teak, its more expensive counterpart, Shorea is a high-quality hardwood praised not only for its looks, but also for its longevity and resistance to decay. Shorea is hard and dense, like teak. In fact, it possesses an even tighter wood grain, making it heavier, denser, and harder than teak, and both woods are extremely resistant to decay. Shorea wood contains a comparatively high oil content, which not only enhances its defenses against the ravages of time and changing climate, but also against destructive insect infestations. So if teak and Shorea are so similar, why does teak cost up to twice as much? Shorea's lower cost can be attributed to its abundance compared to teak's rarity.
This abundance of supply is also what makes Shorea a green choice. Shorea wood is carefully regulated. Only mature trees can be legally harvested. This ensures a steady supply of Shorea wood, while also protecting irreplaceable forests. Because Oxford Garden obtains their Shorea wood from superior sources, minimal processing is required to bring out the wood's stunning color and grains. This means less chemicals used. Oxford Garden's factories use recycled wood to fuel production kilns. They take steps to conserve natural resources and the result is a smaller carbon footprint.
Shorea Wood Care Instructions
After assembly, furniture should be rinsed well with water to remove dust left over from manufacturing. This should be done before placing on concrete, or tile to prevent staining. Since shorea has such high oil content and is so dense, it weathers well outside without maintenance at all. Shorea will weather naturally to silver gray. If the original warm brown color is preferred, we suggest any teak oil to be used seasonally to preserve the color. The application of oil is simply cosmetic. Test in an inconspicuous spot to approve the color before applying to the whole piece of furniture. Application of oil is at the customer's discretion and is not included in the warranty. If the original wood color is preferred after graying has begun, we recommend using a wood cleaner to restore the color. Follow up with a new application of teak oil.
Painting or using polyurethane is NOT recommended due to the high oil content of shorea wood. Because some surface roughness may develop early in the weathering process, a very light sanding may be desired to smooth out the roughness. Follow up with a dry rough cleaning sponge to remove any remaining sawdust.
Seasonal cleaning can be done easily with a mild solution of water, laundry detergent and a little bleach. Just rinse the furniture and using a sponge or soft bristle brush scrub the furniture with the solution. Lastly, rinse the furniture with more fresh water.