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Before a single piece of wood is cut, a detailed scale drawing is made using a 3-D CAD program. From this drawing, all aspects of the design and joinery are refined. Clients can then preview the design from all angles through fully rendered 3-D images.

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Every joint is designed and fitted to last generations without failing.  Traditional mortise and tenon construction is utilized in every table and chair.  Several variations are used depending on the application, ensuring that components won't split, break, or loosen.

 

buffet-6.jpg (44031 bytes)Dovetail joints are used in every furniture drawer.  This ancient joint (dovetails have been found in Egyptian crafts dating to 100Dovetails.jpg (83521 bytes)0 B.C.) is more than attractive.  It provides an insurmountable mechanical resistance to lateral separation.  Although machine cut dovetails are quite adequate,  Dovetails are hand-cut to to add the element of distinctive appearance that a machined joint can't reproduce.

 

Lumber is purchased from dealers and importers in its' rough-sawn state and then milled to the desired dimensions.  Only wood with a moisture content of 7% or less is used to avoid shrinkage, checking and warping.  Every board is examined for checks, and defects, as well color and figure.  They are then trued on the jointer,  and thickness planed.

 

On some pieces, decorative veneer is required. While the word "veneer" may have acquired a bad reputation primarily because of the association of the term with inferior substrates laminated with synthetic materials,  there is nothing shoddy about good veneer work.  On the contrary quality veneer work is an art.  Veneers offer an advantage when the design calls for a decorative look that would be unwise or impossible to execute with solid wood,  or when the desired material is not available or practical in solid form.  WoodArt Design uses only the finest commercial veneers available, or re-saw our own veneers from solid stock.

Finishing

The finish of fine furniture is a little like sausage. However wonderful the finished product is and how much you may enjoy it, it is probably best that you not see the process. The type of finish used is determined by the type of piece, the way it will be used and the character of the wood. Typically, pieces like tabletops and other high use surfaces will receive either acrylic or nitrocellulose lacquer, which is hand rubbed to a fine sheen. Pieces that require less protection are given a very special hand-rubbed oil finish that I have developed over the last 25 years.

 

The hallmark of each of my pieces is a finish that feels just as good as it looks and will retain its qualities for many years to come.


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