​The Process

Deconstrucing Construction

     Since we started making furniture we have new eyes on how things are made. We have learned the differences between something that is built to last, and those that are less than.  As we continue making furniture we keep progressing our skills. Our goal is to incorporate those tried and true methods of building to give our customers something that will last.  Some of these construction elements aren't noticed without looking closely or knowing the process of building.  We ourselves would not have known a few years ago.  

     Recently we started taking time to visit furniture shops.  We did it to find inspiration for new pieces.  One of the first places that we visited is a nationally known retailer, which has pieces that some of our tables are based on.  It had been years since we had visited, and we wanted to see their work close up.  As we begin looking we were rather dismayed that these pieces, which seem to be solid wood, were no more than veneered pieces.  Another visit to a store selling Amish made furniture gave us another similar encounter.  While the tables were made from solid wood the construction was lacking.  Both of these places are not inexpensive places, each having dining tables ranging from $2500 up to over $6000. For quality tables, built of solid wood, and time honored construction methods those prices may seem reasonable.  Armed with what we know, we question the longevity of such pieces.

     When we started building it was for us.  We were just looking to replace the kitchen table.  We started with a free plan that we'd seen circulating around Pinterest.  We had never really done any woodworking, but we're both DIYers and are pretty handy.  When that table was done, we thought it was great.  That's when Jeff really started wanting to learn more about woodworking.  He spent some time experimenting and learning. The next table we built with much more attention to detail, thinking about the things that we didn't like about our table. For instance, the top of our table has gaps, which crumbs easily fall into. We now have a process to eliminate those gaps, while still having the appearance round boards.  One thing that is always in our mind is wood movement.  Wood expands and contracts as moisture level changes, and we want to construct our pieces in a way to allow this process without any flaws from occurring.  The more we build the more we learn. The more we use the pieces we've made for ourselves, the more we see how to make things better.  We still use our table, and every time we sit down at it, we see how far we have come. 

Whenever we do the "X's" on the farmhouse furniture, we always use a half lap joint. It looks better, more professional and a heck of a lot stronger than slapping it together and hoping the glue holds it! More work, but it adds a lot to it!

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.  -Henry Ford