By James Hopson. Home Design. Published at Sunday, February 10th, 2019 - 23:39:15 PM.
Wood and How it is Jointed. Choosing the correct wood is an art in itself, and fashioning an elegant piece of furniture using traditional carpentry joints that is as sturdy and strong as you require it to be is a sign of a master-craftsman. This is the quality only attainable with handmade furniture, no matter where it is crafted. Britain, the USA and Scandinavia are noted for the high quality of their craftsmanship, and France, Germany and Holland have all had their moments in furniture history. Today it is predominantly the first mentioned three that provide most of the higher-end handmade furniture. It is difficult to beat the craftsmanship of American furniture firms such The Custom Shoppe, American Craftsman and Stickley, while Southwood are without doubt the premier producer of reproduction furniture in the USA. There are many Amish furniture retailers that market products that have been handmade by individual craftsmen, using the traditional techniques passed down from father to son. The old jointing techniques are the best because they have been devised over time to provide the strongest and most enduring joint between two or more pieces of wood.
Another benefit of using cardboard furniture is that these pieces are much easier to clean and maintain than most types of traditional furniture. In the case of many types of wooden furniture, owners need to perform a number of routine maintenance tasks in order to keep their furniture looking its best. While some people actually enjoy performing the tasks of keeping their favorite pieces of furniture well oiled and polished, many people find the amount of maintenance that most furniture requires to be a bit of a nuisance. With cardboard furniture on the other hand, very little maintenance is require in order to keep ones home looking sharp. So long as these pieces are dusted off from time to time, this type of furniture is virtually maintenance free.
Aside from young people who are trying to find their place in the world, items like cardboard tables and cardboard chairs are also perfect for certain types of households and individuals regardless of their age. For example, cardboard furniture is particularly useful for military families who find themselves being restationed from one corner of the country or the planet once every couple of years. While military service is a great way to see the world and serve your country, this type of lifestyle makes it pretty tough to hold on to traditional wooden furniture for very long. With cardboard furniture, a military family can take some of their favorite pieces of furniture with them every time they move and be assured that their furniture will arrive in their new home in relatively good condition.
How to Identify Genuine Fine Furniture. First check the legs. No cabinet maker would ever fashion a fabulous table from solid mahogany and then put some screw-on legs under it! The legs will also be solid - and made from the same wood as the table is built from. Check beneath the table: all cheap mass-producers will veneer the top of the table but not the underside. If the wood at the bottom and the top look different, then you are being conned. Check the joints: high quality furniture should be made using proper joints: mortise and tenon for rails and dovetail joints for drawers and cabinet sides - absolutely not using commercial plastic joining pieces or metal or plastic corner joints, and certainly not just screwed or nailed together. Lift a chair upside down and examine it: high quality chairs will have a canvas on the bottom, or at the very least proper webbing and springs on the seats to offer support and comfort. Cheap furniture will have a plywood base and a slab of foam! Quality furniture, whether in the form of fine living bedroom furniture or quality living room furniture, can make an ordinary room look good and raise your esteem in the eyes of your visitors. Learn how to distinguish between the mass-production furniture stores and the quality furniture manufacturers such as Stickley, Southwood, American Craftsman and Sherrill.
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