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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5 of the Most Well Known American Furniture Designers

Our Contemporary Craftsman Collection

Vermont Woods Studios was founded on two core principles- a desire to protect the world’s forests and a reverence for high quality craftsmanship.

Over the years, we’ve added a handful of Vermont craftsmen to our offerings, all of whom design furniture and decor that is beautiful, high quality, and uniquely their own. However, it’s hard to ignore the influence that some of America’s most prolific designers have had on the furniture designs produced today.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” -Isaac Newton

Here are some of the most renowned American furniture designers of all time, which continue to inspire craftsman all over the world today:

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5 Exotic Hardwoods to Avoid & Why

Last updated on July 18th, 2020 at 06:32 pm

The environmental and societal cost of exotic woods is high. We choose to only source our woods from sustainably managed forests in the US. Here, some examples of the different types of wood and stains we can offer. Order wood samples.

Wood is generally an earth friendly material because it is a renewable resource, meaning it grows back naturally and isn’t finite like oil, metals, or even rocks like marble and granite. But not all species of wood are inherently sustainable.

Woods that grow locally like maple, oak, cherry, walnut, ash, pine, and others travel short distances between harvesting and processing and are taken from sustainably managed forests in the US.

But that’s not the case for many types of woods that come from different parts of the world. The term “exotic hardwoods” refers to woods that originate in other parts of the world (often tropical forests), and the impact of using these woods is high.

Did you know that the harvesting of certain species of wood is linked to organized crime, sex trafficking, corruption, human rights violations, illegal logging, species extinction and climate change?

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Adrian Pearsall: Everything You Need to Know

Last updated on June 22nd, 2020 at 04:52 pm

Adrian Pearsall's Compass Dining Table
Shown here, an authentic Compass Table, designed by Pearsall and built by Craft Associates in the mid 1900’s.

Adrian Pearsall may not be as widely recognized as other furniture designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, but his contributions to the world of design have not been forgotten. After founding Craft Associates in 1952, Pearsall went on to become one of America’s most prominent furniture designers during the “Atomic Age” of mid-century modern stylings.

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6 of Our Most Affordable Wood Dining Tables

Customer Photo: Sarah Shaker Dining Table
A customer in Ohio sent us this picture of his new Sarah Shaker dining table in natural cherry alongside our Contemporary Windsor Dining Chairs.

Lots of customers are spending more time at home nowadays, and they’re looking for ways to upgrade their home furnishings. What better piece of furniture to upgrade than your dining table?

Gustav Stickley, one of the most prominent American furniture designers of the last 200 years, was the first to note that the dining table is the “heart of the home.” But investing in a solid wood table can be expensive. All of our tables are built to last forever and guaranteed for life, and the prices reflect that. So we wanted to put together a guide to help people find high quality, solid wood dining tables at affordable prices.

Here are some of our most affordable wood dining tables:

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GreenGuard Certified Furniture: Everything You Need to Know

Lynn Bed by Copeland Furniture with an eco friendly GreenGuard Certified lacquer finish

The furniture finishing industry is somewhat renowned for its use of questionable chemicals and behind-the-curtain practices. At one point in time, craftsmen used natural finishes like oil and wax or shellac.

But somewhere along the line there was a movement towards more durable, highly engineered wood finishes.

While these advancements in technology created finishes that are more durable, easier to apply, and cheaper than the traditional alternatives, they have also added some concerns about environmental sustainability and toxicity.

Just check out the standard warning that the State of California requires on many of the most common finishes sold in the US today:

WARNING: This product is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive issues.

This movement towards chemically engineered wood finishes has created enough concern among consumers that third party testing organizations have sprung up to evaluate the safety of these finishes. One of the most common standards for verifying the safety of wood finishes is GreenGuard Certification.

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5 Solid Wood Oval Coffee Tables You’ll Love

Last updated on January 4th, 2020 at 10:04 am

French Country Oval Coffee Table
Our French Country Oval Coffee Table made in solid cherry wood with a Mahogany stain.

Our solid wood oval coffee tables are handcrafted in Vermont using real, North-American hardwoods: natural cherry, walnut, maple and oak. Designed and built to last forever, our coffee tables are made to order just for you and can be customized to perfectly fit your space and style.

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Wood Stains from Copeland Furniture

Copeland Audrey Table

If you’re not familiar with Copeland Furniture, they’re one of the leading manufacturers of modern and mid century furniture in the country. Located in Bradford, Vermont, Copeland was founded in 1976 by Tim Copeland.

Copeland offers furniture in cherry, walnut, maple, oak, and ash woods, and they use a clear, non-toxic lacquer as a wood finish.

In addition to offering furniture in several popular domestic hardwoods, Copeland also offers stained finishes on most of their collections. Here are their stain options for cherry, maple, ash, and oak (walnut is not typically stained due to its natural color).

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Wood Stains from Lyndon Furniture

If you’re not familiar with Lyndon Furniture, they’re one of the leading furniture makers in the state of Vermont. Founded by Dave Allard in 1976, Lyndon has spent the last several decades producing some of the highest quality furniture in New England.

Most of the furniture made at Lyndon is available in cherry, maple, oak, and walnut, and they use a clear, non-toxic lacquer as a wood finish. We also offer several stain options on cherry, maple, and oak (we don’t recommend staining walnut).

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Shabby Chic 101: What it is and How to Apply it in Your Home

Last updated on December 23rd, 2019 at 11:48 am

Shabby Chic kitchen decor
Notice the unsanded, unfinished, and reused wood palettes being used as shelves in this kitchen design, along with vintage rusting ornaments. These design aspects add a feeling of nostalgia and contribute to the shabby chic style. (Source)

Shabby chic is a style of interior design that utilizes distressed, worn, and antiquated decor to deliver an artistic and earthy aesthetic. It originates from Great Britain and in its early form, it was a rather grand style utilized by large country houses. Today this style usually isn’t quite as grandiose since it can be found in a variety of homes, both big and small, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that it still makes for instantaneously captivating accent pieces and furniture.

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