You should know how to distinguish whether you are offered a piece made of real wood, of veneers or particle board. The first distinction is a price. Solid oak mission furniture is almost always more expensive. Another one is the fact that it is very susceptible to water and scratches. That’s why proper maintenance is so important. The next step is to look at the piece, check drawers and cabinets. There shouldn’t be any scratches or other defects.