The Larson TV Stand

November 10th, 2015


The Larson TV Stand is styled with luxurious details. Vertical fluting decorates either end while the doors are mitered. A crown molded base cascades down to sophisticated bun feet. The video shows the Larson in cherry with the Washington stain and standard hardware. Other hardware is available.
Larson 73'' Flat Panel TV Stand from Amish Furniture Factory
This TV stand is ideal for a 72” flat panel TV. It is 73” wide, 18” deep and 26½” tall. It has two center cabinets, each with two adjustable shelves and plenty of ventilation. Each side cabinet has DVD storage that slides out for easy access.
There is a version of the Larson TV Stand with a Hutch. To ensure a 72” TV still fits, the model with the hutch is 75½” wide.
Larson 73'' TV Stand with Hutch, Amish Furniture Factory

The Hickory Mission Trestle Table

November 10th, 2015


The Hickory Mission Trestle Table is one of our strongest tables. Hickory is a very hard wood and trestle construction will make this table last a lifetime.
The finished hickory top makes an elegant beauty of a table, while the natural hickory twig base adds rustic style. Watch the video to see how easily the table opens with ball bearing slides. This table stores up to four leaves: two with skirts and two without.
Hickory Mission Trestle Table
Branch Captain Chair from Amish Furniture FactoryHickory Diner Chair from Amish Furniture FactoryWe suggest you match this branch base table with the Hickory Diner Chair. We’re showing the chair with upholstered seat and back, but you may prefer a twig back for a more rustic style.
If you would like to match arm chairs to your side chairs, the Branch Captain Chair is the perfect match for the diner chair. It has the same upholstery or twig options. This arm chair has a candid twig decorating where there is traditionally an end cap. The video shows the chairs in natural hickory with bark.

The Carlisle End Table

November 9th, 2015


The Carlisle End Table has elegant legs that flare outward near the feet. We’re showing this end table in cherry with the Washington stain. This video shows the Carlisle Open End Table with Drawer. There is also a Carlisle Enclosed End Table with the top drawer plus a bottom door.
Carlisle Enclosed End Table with Drawer & Door
Carlisle Open End Table with Drawer

The Bradbury Dining Chair

November 9th, 2015


Bradbury Dining Chair from Amish Furniture FactoryThe Bradbury Dining Chair is one of our most comfortable dining chairs with both the seat and the back padded. We’re showing this side chair in cherry with a natural finish and pecan leather upholstery.
The arm chair has fully upholstered arms for modern style.

The Boulder Creek Bed

November 9th, 2015


The Boulder Creek Bed has a huge panel headboard. The headboard comes standard at 59” high and has an ebony-colored walnut inlay. We’re showcasing this bed in rustic hickory with the Golden Harvest stain. The footboard shown matches the headboard and is 33” high, but this bed has 7 unique options for a low footboard. Visit the store to see the low footboards available. Choose the Boulder Creek for a big, bold heirloom bed.
Boulder Creek Panel Bed from Amish Furniture Factory

The Traditional Barrister Bookcase

November 9th, 2015


Traditional Barrister Bookcase from Amish Furniture FactoryThe Traditional Barrister Bookcase has glass doors which provide a dignified way to protect books while reflecting light to create more brightness in a room.
This model is shown in oak with our MV Special stain. This is the three-door, 48” version; you may order this bookcase with two, three, four or five doors.
Each Traditional Barrister Bookcase is 36” wide at the top. The inside storage is 32” wide. The top is 13” deep while the storage is 11” deep. Each shelf fits books up to 12” high.
The glass doors are available plain or in one of our leaded stain glass styles. Each door lifts and slides up over the corresponding shelf.

A Guide to DIY Furniture Touch Up Techniques

October 18th, 2015

Dark brown scratched wooden cutting board. Wood texture.


Even the best-made wood furniture isn’t indestructible. No matter how careful you may be, in time your furniture will likely experience some minor damage in the form of scratches and dents. Of course, if you have pets or children, then the odds that your furniture will need some periodic touch ups will soar. In this do-it-yourself guide to furniture touch up techniques, we are going to cover what you need to know to rescue your furniture from life’s dents, dings and scratches.


Tip One-Don’t Panic


Okay, nobody wants to start his or her day realizing that a beloved piece of furniture has been damaged. Begin by realizing that, while valuable, it is furniture. Even if your furniture is severely scratched it, can be still be sanded and refinished. Life will go on.


Tip Two-Go Nuts, No Really



You may be confused. In the first tip we suggested that you don’t panic and now we are telling you to go nuts. As you may have guessed, what we are referring to are actual nuts.


Nuts have natural oils that soak right into wood and, in the process, can help to conceal scratched areas. Test out a small area first.  If you like the results, well, go nuts. This tip is easy, fast and inexpensive but can make a huge difference with scratched furniture. Wood furniture likes being treated well and, as it turns out, the natural oils in nuts is a great option.


Tip Three-Linseed Oil



Linseed oil is a great way to give old furniture a new look and a new lease on life. Just as the oil found in nuts can help decrease the appearance of scratches on furniture, the same holds true for linseed oil.


Linseed oil has been used for generations to help restore the vitality of furniture. Just be sure to select linseed oil with as few added ingredients as possible. You want high quality linseed oil for optimal results.



Tip Four-Sticks and Pens to the Rescue



Many companies manufacture scratch repair wood fix sticks. These sticks come in a variety of colors and include instructions for how to use. Usually they are made of wax so their results may not be completely permanent. Like all the DIY tips we are suggesting you should do a test area before moving forward.


Another widely used option for scratch repair comes in the form of scratch repair fix pens. The stick pens add color to an area, dry quickly and may last longer than wax options.


Like wax, scratch repair pens are inexpensive, but it may take a little trial and error in order to achieve the exact color match you need. However, when you have very noticeable scratches, options such as scratch repair pens and wax sticks may be a good place to begin your furniture repair journey. If you have leather or glass furniture, there are also replacement kits available.


Tip Five-Use Wood Filler for Furniture Dents


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Furniture dents are trickier than furniture scratches; after all, if material is missing it is missing. Fixing dents in furniture can be very pricey as professionals charge a considerable amount for this precision work. The bottom line is that for most furniture this kind of expense might not seem worth it. So can you tackle this one yourself? Yes!


When it comes to dents, your best friend is wood filler, such as Minimax. Think of wood filler is a kind of putty like you might use on walls, but instead you use it on wood. Wood filler dries fairly quickly and can set in just a couple of days. In a very skilled hands, small dents can become almost unnoticeable.


Once you’ve applied the correctly colored wood putty to a dent (and be sure to experiment first) and the putty has set for a couple of days, you can move on to the next step which is sanding. Now, don’t get out your sander and go to work, instead you’ll need No. 0000 steel wool; this type of steel wool is very gentle and exactly what you need.


Another, somewhat more difficult option, for dealing with dents is a shellac stick. Shellac sticks must be melted. Once melted a shellac stick can be used to fill in a crack or a dent, much as you would with wood filler. Also just like wood filler, shellac sticks come in different colors and wood looks.


It might take some extra work to remove furniture dents, but once you know how to do it, you have gained a real DIY skill. This is particularly true if you live in a home with wood floors, as no matter how hard you try to care for wood floors they will invariably become damaged. If you live with pets or children, then your wood floors (and to some extent your wood furniture) is in a constant state of peril. Learning how to repair scratches and dents is time well spent and can save you a bundle on repair costs.


Together these five DIY scratch and dent tips can help you keep your furniture looking its best. Solid wood furniture is unlike cheap furniture in that it can be repaired or even refinished if damaged. Poor constructed “big box” particleboard furniture, which is really just a combination of glues, chemicals, sawdust and wood scraps, can’t be repaired so easily, elegantly or with results you’ll love. This is just another reason why wood furniture wins out over its cheaper, low quality rivals.

The Top 5 Essential Tools for Woodworking Beginners

September 11th, 2015


Ask anyone that has been working with wood for years and you’ll quickly learn that the benefits of woodworking go well beyond being “handy” or creating something beautiful and useful. Developing one’s woodworking skill is also an opportunity to relax and unwind. Woodworkers know all too well that woodworking can be an almost meditative activity. The fact that something useful and beautiful comes from the effort is, of course, no small bonus. Woodworking is fun, and the skills one acquires from woodworking last for a lifetime. Anyone looking to become more self-sufficient will love what woodworking has to offer.


If you want to be successful in the realm of woodworking you’ll want to first make certain you have the most essential woodworking tools; after all, having the right tools for the job always makes a world of difference. Having the right woodworking tools doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to spend a king’s ransom to get the supplies you need to begin woodworking.


Essential Woodworking Tool Number One-The Table Saw



Working with wood means you are going to need to of course cut wood. The reason that a table saw is so important is that it allows you to cut wood and do other jobs in a safer fashion.


Your table saw will often be the centerpiece of what you do in your woodworking and, for that reason, you’ll want to have a reliable, durable and versatile table saw. You can break the bank on a table saw, but there are many inexpensive options out there as well.


How do you know what to pick? A site like Amazon is a smart move for woodworking beginners. The reason is that you can read Amazon reviews and get a feel for what table saw seems to be the right pick for you. As a beginner, you’ll want to pay extra attention to safety features, such as the blade guard.


Working with saws is dangerous and you should never think otherwise. While you may be shopping on a budget when it comes to table saws, pay close attention to safety features. Once you’ve purchased your table saw, spend some time examining how these features work to protect you.


Essential Woodworking Tool Number Two-Your Circular Saw



A circular saw is also an incredibly important tool. The circular saw provides you with a great deal of versatility, as it is highly portable and can cut through a very wide range of materials. Additionally, a circular saw provides a good level of accuracy. There are plenty of great circular saws for all budgets. Just be certain to look for a circular saw with ample safety features and then consistently use those safety features.



Essential Woodworking Tool Number Three-The Jigsaw


young man carpenter working with electric jigsaw and wood

If you don’t buy a jigsaw when you begin woodworking you’ll likely soon regret it. A jigsaw lets you cut a range of curved designs and shapes. Curved lines and shapes will see far, far less intimidating with a reliable jigsaw in your corner.


Jigsaws also feature blades that can be quickly switched out so that they can cut a range of materials. The bottom line is that the jigsaw is extremely useful and extremely versatile. It is lightweight, easy to transport and easy to use. Don’t skip this essential woodworking tool!

Essential Woodworking Tool Number Four-The Sander


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All woodworkers need a good sander and this includes beginners. The right saws might be the foundation of your woodworking but without a good sander your finished pieces will look, well, unfinished. That is why every woodworker opts for a high quality sander. Just remember to wear safety goggles as wood fragments can be released at any time whether you are sanding or cutting.


Essential Woodworking Tool Number Five-The Drill Press



It is obviously difficult to limit our list of woodworking essentials for beginners to just five items. There are additional items worth considering such as a wood router and a wood-sharpening tool. That stated, our fifth woodworking essential truly does stand out. During your woodworking you will need to make cuts and holes and that is where the drill press comes into play. Without a drill press many of the projects you want to tackle will simply not be possible. Drill presses can be pricy so shop around!

Bonus Tool-The Power Drill


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You’ll always need a power drill even if you aren’t a woodworker. Today’s power drills are highly reliable and surprisingly versatile. Cordless power drills have been a real time saver and game changer.



Many of the most simple woodworking projects will require you to screw pieces together, and the last thing you want to do is complete that task by hand. Instead simply reach for your power drill and save a whole lot of time while achieving a superior result.


Armed with these six woodworking essential tools, most beginners will be able to tackle a surprisingly diverse number of projects. So get out there and start creating your masterpieces!


The time that you invest in finding those tools is definitely time well spent and you won’t regret it! So before you roll up your sleeves and begin, first roll up your sleeves and do a little Internet research on the right tools for you and your budget. As a beginner, you’ll want to pay special attention to safety features and use those safety features while woodworking

Watch for These 3 Hidden Costs Before You Buy Low-Grade Furniture

August 29th, 2015

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Inexpensive furniture might not be quite as “inexpensive” as it seems, especially from a long-term perspective. While it may be tempting to purchase inexpensive furniture for a variety of reasons, consumers pay dearly for this decision over the long term.


Very inexpensive furniture is, not surprisingly, cheap for a reason. The reason that cheap furniture can be so inexpensive is that it isn’t exactly what it seems. MDF or particleboard furniture is really nothing more than sawdust mixed together with glue and chemicals. These chemicals are often dangerous and degas into the air.


MDF and particleboard furniture, in addition to being of inferior quality, also emit formaldehyde and other chemicals into the air. If you want great indoor air quality, then you’ll want to stay away from inexpensive furniture. Manufacturers of inexpensive furniture build their furniture to look attractive and even seem durable, but over the long haul such furniture literally is not built to stand the test of time.


Manufacturers also know that low-grade furniture will have to be replaced much sooner than real wood furniture, and that means a sizeable boost in profits. In short, inexpensive furniture is a “lose-lose’ proposition and one that you definitely will want to avoid. Let’s explore three of the main reasons why you’ll want to avoid inexpensive furniture. The simple fact is that there are significant hidden costs to buying low-grade furniture. In the end, you’re better off investing in real furniture made from real wood.


#1 Reason to Avoid Low-Grade Furniture – Some Assembly Required


Man Assembling Flat Pack Furniture

When you buy cheap furniture at a big box “value” store, you have to be ready with for what comes next. Part of the “value” comes in assembling the furniture. Usually this means a considerable investment in your time, effort and aggravation. It is rather common for cheap furniture to have issues with construction and instructions that often fail to make sense.


The notion that consumers should put together their own furniture has become commonplace, but it is also comical. Most consumers are not skilled craftspeople, and the idea that the average consumer should have to put together his or her own furniture to enhance a company’s bottom line is laughable.


When you opt to purchase low-grade furniture you are in fact helping to buy into a process where you are expected to do the work that the manufacturer should have performed for the money.

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Don’t you have something better to do with your time? Of course you do! Putting together furniture for a large company isn’t a prudent investment of your time, effort or energy. Additionally, since most people are not skilled craftspeople, the furniture they assemble will not be of the highest quality possible and often the instructions will be completely incomprehensible. Many consumers have even encountered instructions for putting together furniture that is full of errors!


#2 Reason to Avoid Low-Grade Furniture – Harmful Chemicals are Used in the Manufacturing Process



It is understandable that most people never give much thought to the chemicals that go into the making of the cheap furniture they purchase. After all, a great deal of effort goes into making low-grade furniture look like real, substantial wood furniture. Reasonably enough, most people don’t realize that the furniture they are buying is in fact held together with glues and chemicals.

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Unfortunately, many low-grade furniture products contain dangerous chemicals, which degas into your environment around the clock. It is important to note that the idea that degassing furniture only degasses for a short time is a myth. A great example of this fact is foam cushions used in chairs, couches and more. These foam cushions are usually infused with flame retardant chemicals, which have been proven to be both hazardous and cancer causing and amazingly enough not very effective at stopping the spread of fire.


These chemicals make their way into their environments and show up in dust. They have, in fact, been shown to be very hazardous for infants and children. For those looking for a healthy indoor environment, the most prudent move is to skip the low-grade furniture and opt instead for high-quality solid wood furniture that is free of chemicals and hazardous finishes.


#3 Reason to Avoid Low-Grade Furniture – The Good Looks Don’t Last


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Buying furniture is an investment in your time and energy. Not only do you have to pick out the furniture, but you usually also have to waste time assembling it, when you opt for low-grade furniture. The “deal” that low-grade furniture seems like at first is nothing of the sort, as you have to buy new furniture just a few years later. In the end, you lose money and you lose time.


The initial good looks for low-grade furniture don’t last because they can’t last. Furniture that is constructed from low-grade materials and essentially fused together with chemicals was not designed to last. The furniture was not designed to stand the test of time like real wood furniture.


When all the factors are added up, the superior furniture choice truly couldn’t be any more obvious. Real wood furniture is an investment and one that will last. It is not a winning proposition to assemble your furniture only to watch it slowly fall apart.


The true winning proposition is real wood furniture. Real wood furniture is healthy furniture and represents an amazing value. It will last for years, decades and even generations.



5 Reasons Why You Need to Reduce Your Formaldehyde Exposure Right Away

August 4th, 2015



It seems as though there is something new to worry about every day. Some concerns are overblown and others are right on target. There can be little doubt that one of the world’s most ubiquitous and dangerous air pollutants should be avoided. Formaldehyde is dangerous and no one really disputes this fact. For years science has known that formaldehyde should be avoided, but that is easier stated than done.


Formaldehyde is everywhere and often found in unsuspecting products in your home. Particleboard has become commonplace in many homes around the world. It is very cheap and it is also very toxic, as it off gases formaldehyde and other harmful airborne contaminants. Rather alarmingly, it isn’t just “cheap” furniture that often contains particleboard. Expensive furniture options also have particleboard as well.


Reason #1 to Reduce Formaldehyde Exposure-It Never Stops


No doubt formaldehyde is bad for human health. Unfortunately, formaldehyde like many chemicals that make their way into our homes never stops degasing. For example, particleboard furniture will degas for years.


That television stand or even bedframe that you bought years ago and no longer give a second thought is still degasing dangerous formaldehyde and other chemicals into your air.


Reason #2 to Reduce Formaldehyde Exposure-It Is Horrible for Children



Formaldehyde exposure harms children and adults like. However, the cells of children are dividing at a much faster pace than the cells of adults and that can translate into more significant problems. Reducing products in your home that contain formaldehyde can help protect children from DNA damage.


Reason #3 to Reduce Formaldehyde Exposure-Formaldehyde Harms Indoor Air Quality


Formaldehyde can dramatically impact the quality of indoor air. In modern society, most people spend a large percentage of their time indoors and that comes with a range of dangers. At the top of the list is poor air quality.


Indoor air quality is often several times more polluted than outdoor air quality. Opening a window, having plants in your home, investing in an air purifier and changing your HVAC systems air filters frequently can make a tremendous difference in improving indoor air quality.


Reason #4 to Reduce Formaldehyde Exposure-Send a Message to Manufacturers


Money is the main focus of the vast majority of companies. Refusing to buy products that contain formaldehyde and other damaging chemicals sends a powerful message. If companies see sales falling they will research why. Once they learn that people are skipping their products or opting for competitors due to the toxic nature of those products they will make changes.


Often those changes are window dressing but if the public votes with its dollars you can expect to see results. One of the single best ways to eliminate harmful formaldehyde from your environment is to simply refuse to buy toxic products.


Reason #5 to Reduce Formaldehyde Exposure-Help the Planet



Products that contain harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, have no place in your home. These chemicals also have no place on the earth. Unfortunately, of the tens of thousands of chemicals currently in use only a small fraction have been tested for their impact on humans, and even fewer of these chemicals have been tested for their impact on wildlife and the planet at large. When you avoid formaldehyde containing products you are doing something to help the planet.


Key Ways to Avoid Formaldehyde


Yes formaldehyde is in a very wide range of products, but there are concrete steps you can take to reduce your exposure. Tobacco smoke, in addition to all of its other ills, is also a potent source of formaldehyde. That means you shouldn’t smoke and you should try to stay away from smokers as much as possible.


Buy Solid Wood Furniture


As we mentioned earlier in this article another prime formaldehyde offender comes in the form of particleboard and MDF or medium density fiberboard. Both of these products such toxic glues to hold products together and these products contain formaldehyde. Cheap furniture and building materials are usually packed with formaldehyde producing chemicals. Opting for solid wood furniture is one easy way to bypass this source of formaldehyde.


Look for Low VOC Paints


Another key source of formaldehyde are paint and varnishes. In fact, paint, varnishes and floor finishes can be a powerful source of formaldehyde. That “paint smell” you hate is your body’s way of telling you that something is very wrong and that you need to avoid it.


The bad news is that paint can be a source of formaldehyde, but there are plenty of low VOC paint options including many from large manufacturers. Consumers demanded safer paint and to an extent the industry did in fact respond. There are low VOC paints that are very durable and will provide essentially the same performance as VOC laden paint options.


Take Proactive Steps Such as Air Purifiers and Plants for Fighting Indoor Air Pollution



Fighting formaldehyde means taking proactive steps such as investing in plants and air purifiers. Plants such as snake plants and ferns have been shown in NASA air quality studies to work wonders for breaking down harmful gases including formaldehyde. Air purifiers can be expensive but they can also keep VOCs at bay.


Of course, one of the greatest weapons in your fight against VOC and formaldehyde is to open plenty of windows, clean your air ducts and HVAC systems annually. These steps are not always inexpensive, but they do greatly contribute to improving indoor air quality, often dramatically