Common Wood Finishes for Furniture & Flooring

Beyond their capabilities to create biodiverse ecosystems and turn greenhouse gases into clean oxygen, trees also provide one of the most versatile materials on the planet- wood. In addition to being used by carpenters and builders for framing houses, wood is perhaps most commonly used for furniture and flooring, here in the US and around the world.

When properly maintained, wood lasts a long time- generations. But part of maintaining wood means adding a finish. Using a finish on wood furniture and flooring helps modulate the humidity content of the wood. When wood dries out too much, it is prone to cracking and splitting, so it’s important to seal in the appropriate moisture content.

There are lots of options for finishing wood, but when it comes to furniture and flooring, most products fall into one of these categories: oils, varnishes, polyurethanes, lacquers, and waxes.

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Green Team Profile: Alex Chisholm

Last updated on July 8th, 2021 at 03:47 pm

Alex Chisholm at Stonehurst | Vermont Woods Studios Furniture StoreAlex joined our sales and operations team in early 2021, and she’s been busy taking orders and soaking up as much training as she can from the rest of the team. We are growing quickly, so Alex is being pushed into the deep end and learning how to swim as she goes. Luckily, she comes to us with some great prior experience, including an interest in furniture and experience in marketing and sales.

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2020 Highlights

Last updated on February 9th, 2021 at 09:37 am

2020 was a crazy year for all of us but looking back, we actually got a lot done. Here’s the run down…

We Learned How to Zoom & #WFH

The Green Team on a weekly Zoom meeting

When the seriousness of the pandemic became clear, we made significant changes to facilitate and implement a work-from-home #WFH strategy. We owe a big debt of gratitude to Brian, who helped facilitate a smooth transition to remote work, implementing new technology solutions like Slack, Zoom, and AirCall to ensure we maintained communication both within the organization as well as with customers. Read More

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29 Vermont Made Holiday Gift Ideas for 2020

Last updated on November 25th, 2020 at 09:56 am

Vermont made products that you give as gifts

We all know the importance of supporting the US economy and buying American made holiday gifts, but let’s not forget about supporting our own local economy here in Vermont. The Green Mountain State has become a bastion for high-quality craftsmanship and original artistry, and there’s tons of Vermont made products that could put a smile on any face.

When you think of products from Vermont your mind probably goes to maple syrup, craft beer and cheese, and of course those made our list, but we’ve included some other great products as well!

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Our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale for 2020

Last updated on November 25th, 2020 at 01:39 pm

Black Friday Sale at Vermont Woods Studios
Our biggest savings of the year! Get 20% off storewide. Excludes all home decor, outdoor furniture, artisan furniture, and Copeland collections. $2,000 minimum to qualify. Sale ends Thursday, December 10th at 11:59pm. See additional details.

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Dovetail Joinery: Everything You Need to Know

Dovetail joinery technique shown on cherry dresser drawer front

 

Dovetail joints have long been a symbol in woodworking for high quality craftsmanship. Their appearance on a drawer box usually indicates that the furniture is built to last for many years. And while traditional dovetails are fairly easy to recognize, many people might not know that there are actually many different types of dovetail joinery techniques.

In this article, we’ll explain the four most common types of dovetail joints, and also explain the different between English dovetails and French dovetails.

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Lyndon Furniture: Reviews & Testimonials

American Mission Dining Collection by Lyndon Furniture
Our American Mission dining collection by Lyndon Furniture

Lyndon Furniture is one of the most prolific furniture manufacturers in the state of Vermont. Founded by Dave Allard in 1976, Lyndon employs over 100 craftspeople in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Known for their classic designs and quality craftsmanship, Lyndon’s best-selling collections include the Classic Shaker Collection, Brighton Collection, American Mission, Vermont Modern, and Andrews Collection, among others (Note: We have re-named some of Lyndon’s collections to better reflect the designs).

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about the workmanship and quality of furniture coming out of the Lyndon Furniture workshop:

  • “We are thrilled with style, workmanship and function.” – Drew F, Kentucky
  • “We love it.” – Charles & Jessica S, Connecticut
  • “We love the chairs, they are just what we wanted.” – E&J
  • “The tables are amazing and we will be back!” – Paul B, Ohio

Read more about Lyndon Furniture or shop the entire catalog of Lyndon Furniture online.

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Maple Corner Woodworks: Testimonials & Reviews

Vermont Shaker Bedroom Set by Maple Corner Woodworks

Maple Corner Woodworks, located in Calais, Vermont, creates some of the finest wood furniture made anywhere in the world. Lead by visionary craftsman Robin Chase, Maple Corner produces some of our most sought after designs. Best-selling collections by Maple Corner Woodworks include the Vermont Shaker collection, American Shaker, Cherry Moon, and Andover Modern.

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about the workmanship and quality of furniture coming out of the Maple Corner Woodworks team:

  • “I see Robin’s furniture as a reflection of his own demeanor: elegant, refined and genuine.  He’s a master at combining authentic Shaker sensibilities with modern, contemporary design.” -Peggy Farabaugh, Founder @ Vermont Woods Studios
  • “Beautiful and fantastically crafted furniture. The furniture is just a delight to be around.” – Customer from Menlo Park, CA
  • “[Their furniture] is truly a work of art. This is a gorgeous piece of furniture, impeccably finished and about as high a quality as I’ve ever seen.” – Customer from Alexandria, VA
  • “We love [their] craftsmanship. Each piece is a work of art.” – Customer from Shaftsbury, VT
  • “This exceeds anything we ever dreamed of!  Every piece is just spectacular.” – Customer from Maryland
  • “It’s quite simply beautiful, and exactly what I needed. It is so exquisitely crafted- I keep opening and closing the drawer, amazed at how smooth it is, and stroking the grain! It is the first piece of ‘real’ furniture I’ve ever bought for myself. There’ s a palpable difference sitting at a desk made from living wood as opposed to all the fake industrial substances out there.” – Customer from Chicago, IL

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George Nakashima: Everything You Need to Know

Modern American Bedroom Furniture Collection inspired by George Nakashima
Our Modern American Collection features natural cherry wood with walnut accents and was inspired by the work of George Nakashima.

George Nakashima (1905-1990) was an architect, designer, and woodworker that was a driving force behind 20th-century furniture innovation. The aesthetic of his furniture can be described as a unique mix of European Modernism with Japanese woodwork. Elements woven through his body of work can also be attributed to the influence of his love of nature, formal education in architecture, and his time spent in India.

Nakashima practiced during the mid-20th century, but his work was a divergence from most of the other designers of that period. Whereas many designers during the time looked to incorporate new materials like metal, plastic, plywood, and glass into their designs, Nakashima preferred to work with solid, natural wood. No doubt his relationship with Antonin Raymond, a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright (the father of “Organic Architecture”), influenced this propensity.

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25 Facts About Climate Change & Deforestation

This Global Forest Watch interactive map shows tree cover loss since the year 2000. Areas in pink are those suffering the worst rates of deforestation. They are the areas where timber is being illegally harvested and used to make imported furniture.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we certainly have a passion and appreciation for high quality craftsmanship and woodworking, but, the truth is, Peggy founded this business out of a passion for forest conservation.

It was this one astounding statistic that really lit a fire under her in 2005:

Every second, an acre of rainforest is lost forever

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