Amish furniture has experienced an explosion in popularity over the last few decades, doubtless due to the poor construction methods employed by the major mass production furniture companies. Everyone has to have Amish furniture these days! And yet, with all that popularity, Amish furniture construction methods remain a bit mysterious. How exactly do the Amish do it?
Amish furniture construction methods are integrated into a larger philosophy on furniture and craftsmanship as a whole. With their values and their direct connection to the land, the Amish understand that natural American hardwoods are our best resource when it comes to furniture. But the Amish know more than that. They know that wood must be properly cut, properly dried (stabilized around 6% moisture content), and properly matched to the role it will have in the finished piece of furniture. All of that, before construction even begins!
Amish furniture construction methods depend on proper wood selection. With wood that is still green (not fully dried), the highest quality furniture would still crack or deform after 1-2 years in service. As the wood continues to stabilize in moisture content, it actually changes size and shape. That means that precise joinery, like mortise-and-tenon joints and dovetail joints, would lose their perfect fit. Fully dried wood really is the foundation of long-lasting Amish furniture.
Of course, every piece from Online Amish Furniture is built with wood that has been properly dried and stabilized. That means that our wood is ready to play its part in the carefully-designed structure of a typical Amish furniture piece.
The hardwoods used in Amish furniture are Nature’s gift to craftsmen. With the proper sanding, staining, and finishing, these woods are simply breathtaking. Amish craftsmen really do work alongside Nature, preserving the best of its offerings and enhancing its beauty and durability.