Use Reclaimed Wood Dining Benches as a way to make your home naturally beautiful & sustainable.

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 What is Reclaimed Wood?

 Reclaimed wood dining benches are made from re-purposed, leftover lumber. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timber and decking rescued from old barns, warehouses, factories, and the like. Reclaimed wood is considered a premium material for furniture building because it is very strong, durable, and plentiful! The salvaged lumber is cleaned and handcrafted into a new, workable material–then finely crafted into unique rustic looking furniture!

 

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Why Are Reclaimed Wood Dining Benches Great?

1. Reclaimed wood dining benches are eco-friendly. By re-purposing old lumber, they give this natural material a second life, renewing it and making it usable again. With the mass deforestation of our rainforests, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of the lifespan of your furniture and where it comes from. Buying a reclaimed wood bench isn’t going to save the planet, but buying a reclaimed bench over a bench that has been mass produced from rainforest wood, it’s an important contribution! (Note: None of our furniture comes from rainforest wood. Our craftsmen use as much wood as possible from North American forests)

2. Natural Character: Reclaimed wood dining benches are wonderful because they are unlike most pieces of dining furniture. The natural “flaws” in the wood stand out, making them unique pieces of furniture with lots of character.

3. Rustic Look: Reclaimed wood benches have a naturally rustic or antiqued look. This makes them perfect for passing down from generation to generation as they will never go out of style.

4. Versatility: These beautiful benches can be used in so many different ways. If you are tired of it in the kitchen, use it at the bottom of your bed to store books or blankets. Add a piece to your already rustic/farmhouse styled home to complete the look, or add this single rustic piece into your modern home for a chic fusion of styles.

Overall, reclaimed wood dining benches are wonderful additions to any home, no matter the style. They are easy solutions for a home looking to add some rustic charm to an unfinished space. What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments section!

The piece shown in this blog  is handcrafted in Vermont. The bench seat is made from high quality white pine or chestnut woods from reclaimed and recycled antique doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of historical New England Barns.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Shaker Dining Room Furniture

Admiring Shaker Dining Room Furniture

Shaker Dining Room Furniture is beautiful in it’s simplicity. Not only is it world renowned for it’s modestly elegant style, but it is also adored for it’s exquisite craftsmanship and usability. Shaker Dining Room Furniture can be used to complement existing decor and furniture, or if used alone, makes a beautifully harmonious dining space.

1. Form Follows Function.

One of the hallmarks of Shaker Dining Room Furniture is it’s unfussy, simplistic design. The Shakers believed that showiness was a sin, so they created furniture completely with functionality and usability in mind. The end result, however, was beyond utilitarian. Shaker furniture’s modest styling is unintentionally beautiful and perfect for the modern dining space.

2. Versatility.

The humble styling of Shaker Dining Room Furniture is gives it a widely versatile appeal. Shaker Dining Furniture can be mixed and matched with other styles and blend in quite well. The unfussy design makes it perfect for just adding in a piece or two as you slowly grow your Shaker collection, or for creating an entire new Shaker space with existing decor.

3. Sustainability.

The original Shakers had an inherent respect for the land and used as much local materials as possible. Our beautiful, solid wood furniture is built to order with sustainably harvested woods and non-toxic finishes, much like the way America’s first Shakers built their furniture over eight generations ago.

There is so much to love about Shaker Dining Room Furniture, and we hope you appreciate it’s beauty and simplicity as much as we do. At our store you will find hundreds of handcrafted pieces of Shaker Furniture, built to be usable, versatile, and naturally sustainable.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

 

Cherry Extension Table

Enhance your Holidays with a Cherry Extension Table!

Hosting a party or feast this holiday season? If so, it’s a great idea to consider an extension table for meals shared with large groups of family and friends! Our cherry extension tables are roomy, comfortable, and classically styled. They are wonderful both aesthetically and functionally, for years and years to come!

All of our Cherry extension tables are crafted in Vermont with sustainably harvested wood– making it the perfect choice for this traditional American holiday season! Our beautiful cherry extension tables are also guaranteed for life, giving you the confidence that this table will be one you share memories around for decades.

We think you’ll be proud to own one of these beautiful, traditionally crafted tables, and we think your friends and family will love it too.

Here are some of our favorites:

1) New England Shaker Round Extension Pedestal Table:

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In the images above you will see our New England Shaker Round table in it’s normal form and extended. On the left is the table without extension, perfect for a small family dinner or a intimate dining experience for two. On the right you will see the table after it’s been extended, an ideal table for large parties and holiday gatherings!

2)  Catalina Cherry Extension Table: 

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With our Catalina Cherry Extension table, you’ll have maximum flexibility when it comes to casual dining and entertaining guests at home for the holidays. In the above photos you can see this extension table in it’s normal form and when extended. On the left side you will see that the Catalina table regularly seats approximately 6 people. When extended, however, this beautiful table seats ten! This table is perfect for both diners with the family and large holiday festivities.

3)  Vermont Shaker Harvest Dining Table

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Our Vermont Shaker Harvest Dining Table is beautiful, charming, and the perfect addition to any home. Use as a regular dining table all year round, and extend the table when having guests. Bread board ends and gracefully tapered legs complete this timeless design. Easily add an extension leaf on one or both table ends for those special occasions, like Thanksgiving dinner, when you need a few extra place settings.

Which of these tables would you use for your holiday festivities? If you loved these, you’ll find dozens more tables in our online gallery!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Cyber Monday Fine Furniture Sale
America’s Top 5 choices for our 2014  Black Friday Fine Furniture Sale.  Save 20% on your favorite designs storewide!

Looking for the best fine furniture sale this Black Friday?  We polled our customers to find out what topped their wish list in fine furniture sales this year. The Top 5 Fine Furniture Features are listed below.  Naturally we’ve put them all on sale!  We’re offering a full 20% off* (plus free shipping) which is our best discount and lowest price ever.  So if you’re finally ready to invest in the fine furniture you’ve always dreamed of, take a serious look.  All of our real wood furniture is 100% American made, built to order right here in Vermont and guaranteed for a lifetime of service to your family.

Craftsman Style Furniture

Our customers’ favorite Vermont made Craftsman Style Furniture is the Cherry Moon Collection.   It’s contemporary Asian design has a light but grounded appearance.  Reverse-tapered legs, posts and an intricate cove under the tops round out the design to give any room a comforting and natural feeling.  Rich black walnut, half-moon drawer pulls complete the design of these natural cherry, maple, and walnut hardwood pieces.

Mission Style Furniture

Traditionally mission style furniture is characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, heavy proportion and exposed joinery.  It’s typically made with oak wood and given a medium or dark stain. Drawer pulls are often simple round brass rings or rectangular back plates of solid brass with canted corners and an oval bail handle.  But today’s Vermont made mission style furniture incorporates modern contemporary design features and is often crafted of cherry, walnut and maple wood.  You can customize it online to get whichever traditional and contemporary features you like.

Shaker Style Furniture

Vermont craftspeople have mastered the art of simple elegance in their many variations of American Shaker style furniture, ranging from a strict interpretation of the original Shaker pieces to creative versions with modern functionalities, curves and hardware.  Simple aesthetics and sturdy design remain at the heart of today’s Vermont Shaker style furniture.

Natural Cherry Wood Furniture

Natural Cherry Wood is a favorite among our customers as it develops a lustrous, rich reddish brown patina over the years.  Premium quality real cherry wood furniture is hard to find and often imitated (poorly) so don’t be fooled by the imports sporting cherry trade names.  Vermont is well established as the “go to” place to purchase real natural cherry wood furniture.

Black Walnut Furniture

American Black Walnut Wood is the only really dark North American wood. Like cherry it’s a prized, premium hardwood that carries a commensurate price tag.  Vermont woodworkers are specialists in black walnut furniture, handcrafting it from top quality solid walnut wood.

So there you have it, our customer’s Top 5 Fine Furniture Sale categories for Black Friday 2014.  Is there something here for you?  Let us know what you’re shopping for this Black Friday on our Facebook.

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Quality Furniture

 

If high quality furniture is important to you, there are some things you should know before you shop!

Quality furniture might not on the top of your priority list if you are in you’re early twenties or thirties, but as you get older and start building a home you really treasure, finding quality furniture is an important step. Sleeping on hand-me-down mattresses and buying the cheapest furniture you can find, whether it be on Craigslist or at a yard sale or at a discount furniture store, at some point becomes unthinkable. And the hunt for real, high quality furniture becomes an important challenge.

So if you’re in the market for a new bed and maybe a new dresser or chest, or some new pieces for your dining room, how can you find pieces that are not only fairly priced, but built with quality as well? Well, with some research and years of experience in the furniture industry, we’ve come up with 3 steps to ensuring you are getting good quality furniture!

1. Know your wood types

If you are on the market for good quality wood furniture, it’s essential to know the difference between the different types of wood. Wood furniture typically falls into three different categories: solid wood, veneers, and particle board.

Quality solid wood furniture is usually more expensive than the other types, and for good reason. It’s sturdy, beautiful, and more natural in look and feel. It’s important to take care of your solid wood furniture, however, because they can sometimes be susceptible to wear and tear like scratches and water rings. Cherry, Oak, and Maple are always good choices for wood furniture as they all look lovely and are strong, solid woods.

Veneers have an inexpensive wood base covered by thin layers of better quality wood. The cheaper core means it’s less costly than a true solid wood piece.  While veneers are less high quality than true solid wood, that doesn’t mean it is “bad” for furniture, though it is important to find a real veneer. Cheap, low quality furniture usually features a MDF (Medium-density fibreboard) with laminate coating on the sides that have the wood grain printed on it. 

Particle Board is made from a combination of compressed woodchips and resin, often coated or veneered for furniture. It’s basically the scraps of the furniture world, making it the cheapest type of wood furniture. While it can look decent, it will not hold up for long and is not a great choice for anyone looking for true, long lasting quality.

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2.  Check the Joinery

Drawers and Doors provide perhaps the quickest and easiest quality check on craftsmanship.  Make sure they are well fitted and adjusted properly.  Drawers and doors should close easily and be flush with the cabinet front.  The hardware should be substantial and adjustable in case of jostling during shipping and moving processes be sure to have your delivery crew make any necessary adjustments before they leave your home).

Dovetails: Dovetails are strong, attractive, joints that slide into one another and are noted for resistance to being pulled apart. Dovetail joints are commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. Once glued, a wooden dovetail joint requires no mechanical fasteners. Dovetails are harder to cut than most joints, so they are usually seen on top quality furniture pieces.  This type of joinery is so strong because of it’s unique shape, making it extremely difficult to pull them apart. It’s this incredible strength that makes them a staple of many top quality solid wood furniture pieces.

Mortise & Tenon: Simple and strong, mortise and tenon joinery has been used for millenia by woodworkers around the world to join pieces of wood, usually when the pieces are at a 90° angle. The joint may be glued, pinned, or wedged to lock it in place. By inserting one element of wood into another, a mortise-and-tenon joint provides unshakable strength.

3. Make sure it’s made in the USA 

Besides the fact that American made furniture has a centuries old heritage & reputation for incredible craftsmanship, furniture that’s hand made in America gets an immediate gold star for integrity, just for the fact that the wood is legally and sustainably harvested (this is often not the case with imported furniture).  You  can also feel good that USA made furniture is creating American jobs and sustainable economies.  Another benefit: no worries about toxic finishes and glues (common in imported furniture) that might offgas in your home or be ingested by small children.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.