Nearly all fine wood furniture is constructed with veneer wood species over a solid hardwood underlying base. Wood veneers are not to be constructed as an inferior construction method, as veneers add significantly to the appearance and durability of the finished product. Veneers have long been used in fine furniture making and are stronger and more durable than solid wood. By resisting shrinking, swelling, warping, and cracking due to humidity and other environmental changes they create a stable finished surface. Many of the exquisite surface grain patterns found on high end furniture would not be possible without the use of veneers. High quality cabinetry construction details are still joined with the centuries old mortise and tenon method, which securely fastens pieces of wood, creating a stronger joint for lasting stability. Doors and drawers are constructed with a precise, tight fit to prevent gaps and sagging, enhancing their appearance and structural strength.
Dovetail joinery is used in all drawer fronts and backs (French dovetail is incorporated where design dictates) to deliver a durable box that will remain solid over time. Structural corners, such as dining tables, dresser cases, buffet corners etc. are connected with glued and lag bolt screwed in corner blocks, increasing the overall strength and rigidity of each piece. There is a lot of furniture sold today that is absent many of the enhancements. Remember the generations’ old adage when looking at the price tag; “you get what you pay for.”
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