Amish Furniture ConstructionBy Bailiegh Basham · July 20, 2011
Amish Furniture Techniques and Construction Methods
A fine piece of furniture does not only involve the superior craftsmanship of the Amish, but also properly selecting the best, most consistent hardwood that ends up in the shop. Wood that eventually becomes our furniture provides unique colors and grain patterns providing a natural beauty.The hand selected lumber is stored in a humidity controlled environment to minimize expansion and contraction before it is handcrafted into your furniture.
Boards are cut to their appropriate dimensions, and edges are sanded. When the sanding is completed each edge is made to an exact fit. Boards are arranged for assembly based on grain and color matching, and then holes are drilled for pins. At this point in production, the base, slides, and aprons are assembled depending on what is being constructed. Some general methods and features include:
1. Dovetailed Drawers
Dovetailed drawers are used on all drawer components. In most cases, our dovetailed drawer boxes will stand true to 200 pounds of weight, ensuring your furniture will be around for many years to come.
2. Quality Extension Table Slides
Table slides allow you as the customer to open and close the table flawlessly. No more old wood grind slides that make it a difficult task to open the table. Also, within these gear driven slides, most tables can actually self store table leaves within the table.
3. Mortise and Tenon Joinery
Our furniture is constructed using mortise and tenon joints -the strongest joint that can be used. Securing the wood at right angles, the tenon is placed inside the mortise providing optimal strength and durability.
Preparation for Finishing
When it comes to solid wood tables, the tops are sanded on a custom sander for the proper fitting of all leaves. Then the edges are profiled. For the final touch before finishing, the tops are sanded by hand with an air sander then sanded by hand with a block sander. At this point, all edges are sealed with a wood stabilizer.
Each piece of our furniture is finished with a catalyzed conversion varnish which ensures years of protection from every day use, heat, and moisture.
Inspection and Packaging
Before each table leaves our facility each table top is fully assembled and carefully checked for defects in material and workmanship.