This is yet another cautionary tale against purchasing newly made furniture. Old furniture you can count on, when it looks like wood, it is wood. But new furniture, a person never knows. That is what happened to the unfortunate owner of this coffee table. It appeared to be made out of wood, then painted black. It even had a noticeable wood grain. The coffee table was made with just two legs, one on each side, and they ran the width of the table. One of them broke off. It was only then, that the true nature of this piece of 'wooden' furniture was truly revealed.
This 'Wood' was actually ground wood pulp which had been pressed into hard 'boards'. The outside of the 'boards' was given a wood grain pattern. The inside of each board is hollow and actually, (I can hardly believe I am going to say this) actually filled with strips of cardboard! CARDBOARD! I am horrified that someone out there is making this product and calling it furniture! They are essentially selling fancy painted cardboard furniture and calling it wood. I wonder what they would say if you asked them what type of wood was used? Would they try and claim whatever variety was used to make the wood pulp?
The truly sad thing about this is that an average consumer would have no idea, from looking at a piece like this (with out the break) that this was anything but wood. They could easily believe that they were actually purchasing a sturdy, genuine wooden coffee table. And that is where I get back to my original point. Take buying older furniture seriously my dear readers. It will actually last, and if some child dances on your coffee table a little to often, and a leg breaks off, at least it is made out of something that can easily be repaired, wood!