Our joinery makes for heirloom quality furniture

Our joinery makes for heirloom quality furniture from Spiritcraft Design Furniture

By: Spiritcraft Design Furniture  09/26/2015
Keywords: Custom Woodworking, Coffee Tables, cabinet maker

We offer quality handcrafted furniture that is designed and made to endure generations. Our furniture is crafted using the finest traditional joinery including mortise and tenon joints, exquisitely crafted dovetails and other time tested fine furniture joinery. Unlike much of what is available from designers and furniture stores, each piece of our fine furniture is handcrafted using joinery that will ensure longevity, function and eye appeal. Some of the joinery methods we employ are detailed below. Mortise and Tenon Joinery The most essential joinery method in quality furniture making, mortise and tenon joinery is commonly called upon in any frame and panel construction (Tables, Chairs, Beds, Casework etc.). A mortise is a hollowed out recess that mates with a corresponding tenon. In a through mortise and tenon joint, the tenon passes directly through an open mortise which allows us to wedge the exposed tenon in place for added strength. The blind mortise and tenon utilizes a hidden tenon concealing the joint. Mortise and tenon joinery is a foundation of quality furniture and this time tested joint can also become an ornate element when used with a through tenon. Dovetail Joinery Dovetail joints are immensely popular, quite pleasing to the eye and a structurally sound joint that can be traced to ancient Egypt. A set of "tails" on one board locks into a set of "pins" on another, forming a durable 90-degree mechanical joint. We use dovetails for our drawer construction in all of our heirloom quality furniture designs. With through dovetails the ends of each board are exposed, whereas half-blind dovetails hide the joint on one face. We use half blind dovetails on most of our drawers and take great care in their artistry and their fitting. In fact, we have a client who still pulls out a drawer on occasion to marvel at the joinery five years after her sideboard was delivered! Splined Miter and Lap Joinery Our Perfected Splined Miter Joints: A mitered joint is when two boards are each cut, or beveled, at 45 degree angles, then fixed together to meet at a point. Since endgrain acts as a poor glue surface, additional support is necessary to keep the joint from splitting apart. A splined miter is an attractive way to achieve this structural strength. Splines are small wooden inserts that fit into a saw cut, or kerf, made in the miter. We do use splined miter joints on casework, cabinetry and some furniture frames as this joint is very solid when splined and adds an interesting detail. Additionally, we employ splined miter joints within our Mod Century Collection for our open legs on dining and cocktail tables in an angle slightly more open than the usual 90 degrees. We also employ lap joinery for some of our cases in our Madison Avenue collection for instance. We have also perfected the art of splining lap joints in these and other casework to ensure generational endurance and eye appeal. These spined lap joints are attractive and provide a very solid joint for the cases in our modern consoles. We use a special boatbuilding influenced sealing and gluing method that ensures a lasting joint with adequate allowance for seasonal wood movement.

Keywords: cabinet maker, Cocktail Tables, Coffee Tables, Custom Made Furniture, Custom Woodworking, Dovetail, End Tables, Handcrafted Furniture, Hardwood Furniture, Night Stands, Sofa Tables

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