“Black Gold” is a synonym of Old Pine wood that is procured from logs that were spread on railway tracks in the old days. It is compared to gold because of its scarcity & the beauty of the furniture made out of it.
Old railway tracks made of Pine wood, Sal wood or Teak wood were discarded & replaced by cement blocks. Earlier, when railway track work started, the constructors would cut wood from nearby areas or trees that were on the way of the track were cut and used. This is the reason we can see diversity in the wood texture as it was procured from different parts of India. These unique and old wood pieces are auctioned by the authorities periodically and are often purchased at a premium rate by bulk furniture manufacturers like Kernig Krafts.
The picture below will help you recall your childhood memories of visiting railway stations :
Being highly seasoned, old railway sleeper wood is the best reclaimed wood that can be used for outdoor or patio furniture. There is absolutely no need to put any protective coat of chemicals to keep the wood intact. This property also prevents bending of furniture and losing its beautiful colour in the course of time.
Renowned online companies, all across the world offer railway sleeper wood furniture as their premium product range. This is because of limited availability of this particular wood. The stockpile available currently will not last longer than 4-5 years. People who purchase such a rare collection will showcase it as one of a kind furniture in the future.
Railway sleeper wood is used to make rustic dining tables, centre tables and complete bed room furniture range. Some of the images below will definitely compel you to fall in love with this BLACK GOLD!
Furniture making companies like Kernig Krafts hold a handsome stock of railway sleeper wood that is available at all times. They made a 36 seater, long dining table for a valuable client in Dubai recently. Sleeper wood logs are of maximum 10 feet long so to achieve the length of 30 feet they used finger joinery to join 3 huge logs. The table base was made with mild steel. The table was made in knock down (KD) assembly style and it weighted 1050kg. Such challenging furniture making can be possible only with meticulous planning and a dedicated team. The image shown below shows the table made by Kernig Krafts in all its glory:
The uneven surface of the table, if used as a dining table can be uncomfortable, so to overcome this one can put a glass on the top to keep the rustic look intact.
There are many textures or mosaic patterns that can be made on table tops using railway sleeper wood. The upper layer of the log is peeled off and attached to waterproof MDF to give the table top a rustic look. The pictures attached below will give a much clearer understanding of how it's being used :
During manufacturing of furniture using railway sleeper wood, there is a lot of wastage of wood, this is also one of the reasons the products are costlier as compared to regular commercial wood. The wood is very soft due to the ageing effect.
If you want more information about railway sleeper wood furniture designs and how to use them you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, If you want to update your home or your café/restaurant/bar, and add a rustic, barn touch then sleeper wood furniture is a must-have!