A bench is often used for sitting. Benches can be commonly found in public places as seating arrangements. After seats and cushions, they are the most favoured sitting spots. A bench has many different components that make it whole. The components can be made of any material but wood or timber is the most common. It is supported by legs, has a back and a seat. The legs are often round pegs that are affixed to the ground. They keep the bench elevated and keep it on its place. The legs can be fixed or mobile. Lighter benches are usually mobile, while the heavier ones are usually fixed. The legs might be fixed to the ground with nuts and bolts. They might also be affixed using other arrangements such as welding, stitching and digging. The exact nature of the arrangement depends on the environmental factors.
Fixed benches offer additional security in the way that they are immobile and can not be stolen. The mobile benches are always in a risk of being stolen. The constituent components or the whole bench itself might be stolen. In places where fixed benches are common, the rate of theft goes low. This is because removing the fixing mechanism from a fixed bench is both tougher and takes more time. This dissuades people from attempting to remove the bench. The most commonly stolen component is the top. Solid wood tops are especially vulnerable. Recycled timber furniture is of a good quality and this makes it more valuable to poachers.
Solid timber benchtops are very durable. They are fire and water resistant. They can normally last for anywhere from ten to fifteen years. There have been instances of solid benchtops lasting for as long as forty and even fifty years. Since the benchtops is of solid wood, the top weighs more. A typical solid benchtop weighs as much as ten to fifteen kilos. It might weigh as much as fifteen to twenty kilos. The surface is hard and can resist a lot of pressure. The most durable solid wood benchtops are usually made of timber that is old and industrially processed.
Industrial processing has many benefits and adds a lot of value to the product. The processing starts with the raw material and goes all the way to the finished product. The wood is first cut into planks, all of which have to be of a uniform shape. The rough edges are smoothed out. The next step involves the wood being roughed up so that it might be polished. The wood to be used for solid benchtops is often processed for longer than for other types of good benchtops. The planks to be used for the benchtops are then polished. The polish makes it even more durable.