Furniture & Design

The Brandberg Dining Chair

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

 

 
The Brandberg Dining Chair is a Shaker-style chair with a classic ladder back. The base has a skirt and stretcher bar curved around it, and the seat has comfortable saddle scoop contouring. We’re showing this chair in oak with the New Carrington stain.
 




Top 6 Tips to Keep Your Workshop Clean

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Settling for a messy workshop is far different than maintaining a messy house. A house may often be untidy and maybe even unsightly, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a hazard. A messy workshop, however, is usually a different story.

 

There are many reasons that you should aim to have a clean and neat workshop. Woodworking means that you are often handling a variety of materials and that means there is considerable risk of danger. There are also additional benefits to having a clean and neat workshop, such as saving time.

Many of the tips in this article will help you get organized, keep your workshop clean and keep it that way. Getting organized and keeping your workshop and space clean doesn’t have to be a laborious and time-consuming process. With some initial work and periodic maintenance, you can make your workshop cleaner, easier to use and even safer. If you want to save time and get more out of your woodworking then these tips are for you.

 

Tip One-Remove Scrap Wood Immediately and Store Safely

 

Scrap wood is most definitely a hazard. Letting scrap wood pile up isn’t like letting your dishes pile up in your house or having a messy desktop, real or virtual. Scrap wood is a fire hazard, especially if you smoke or have friends or family members that do then you should keep as little scrap wood in your workshop as possible.

If a fire breaks out your wood scraps will essentially act as kindling for a fire. It is also important to note that if you have worked with treated wood then the smoke created will also be toxic due to those treatments.

 

The best way to deal with your scrap wood is to recycle it as soon as possible. By not letting your scrap wood pile up you are definitely increasing the both the safety and the organization of your workshop.

 

Tip Two-Invest in a High-Quality HEPA Shop Vacuum Cleaner

 

Our second tip is to invest in a high-quality HEPA shop vacuum cleaner, or at the very least a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, such as a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

 

Many may feel that HEPA vacuum cleaners are “overkill” but where wood working is concerned, HEPA vacuum cleaners are a smart move. Wood working creates a consistently large amount of fine dust. Most homes have just a fraction of the fine dust that one would fine in a workshop.

 

Periodically vacuuming your workshop with a HEPA vacuum cleaner will remove fine wood dust particles. Removing these fine particles will help protect your lungs and reduce your fire risk. Additionally, it is prudent to wear a face mask and install an air purifier when you are cutting wood.

 

Tip Three-Get Bins, Label Them and Store Wisely

 

Organizing a woodworking workshop is much like organizing many spaces in that a few organizational bins will go a very long way. It might be obvious to have a tool chest to organize your woodworking tools, but what many woodworkers forget to do is have organizational bins for other items.

 

If you have chemicals such as finishes and varnishes, those chemicals should be stored and away from any flames or sparks. Labeling your bins is actually a very worthwhile activity even if you just use a black marker. Being able to quickly find what you need during your woodworking will definitely make your process faster and more enjoyable.

 

Simple shelving units can be the perfect complement to your bins, so consider investing in some shelving, or even making your own, to help you get organized and stay organized.

 

Tip Four-Invest in Proper Lighting

 

Good workshop lighting is relatively cheap. It is hard to get organized and stay that way if you can’t see your workspace. So, get rid of the dark corners of your workshop with some extra lighting! If you don’t have enough overhead lights, remember that plugging in desk lamps or floor lamps can make a big difference. Just remember to turn off all the lights when you leave the workshop to conserve energy.

 

Tip Five-Ask a Friend For Input

 

Asking a friend to evaluate your workspace for safety and organization could be time well-spent. While it may seem counterintuitive, the more time you spend doing something or in a given space the greater the chances that you develop habits and overlook key elements.

 

Having a friend or family member evaluate the organization and safety of your workshop could be a prudent move. Simply ask, “Does it seem like I covered everything,” and see what response you get. You might be surprised what you learn, especially if your friend is a fellow woodworker.

 

Tip Six-Periodically Set Aside Organization Time and Mark It on Your Calendar

 

Life can get in the way of keeping your workshop organized, clean and neat. You may find that the only way to keep your workspace clean is to mark it on your schedule. If you use a digital calendar on your computer or phone, be sure to plug in a few minutes every month that you use to specifically clean up your workspace. Otherwise years can go by and you can simply forget to maintain your space.

 

All of the ideas outlined in this article can be implemented quickly and easily, so there is no reason not to improve your space. Those looking to make their woodworking workshops safer and easier to lose will discover that these six tips are worth their weight in gold.

 

Combined, you can use these tips to improve your safety of your workshop while at the same time boosting your productivity. In the end, it is important to make cleaning and organizing your workshop a priority. An unclean workshop isn’t your friend as it can be both a safety hazard and a health hazard. When you know that your space is well thought through and safe, you’ll be able to boost your productivity and your results.




The McCoy TV Stand

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

 

 
The McCoy TV Stand from Amish Furniture FactoryThe McCoy TV Stand comes in several models with a lot of customizations possible for each one. What we’re showing on video is closest to the 3 Drawer 3 Door model on the left, but the one in the video is 60” wide, and you can see that we’ve flipped the openings. On these TV stands, you can mix and match drawers, doors, adjustable shelves and openings for your electronics. You can even transform any drawers into media drawers with separators inside. The wood in the video is quarter-sawn oak with Light Asbury stain.
 




How to Put the Legs on an Amish Leg Table

Saturday, November 25th, 2017

 

 
In this video, Laura uses an Ethan Leg Table to show you how to put your new leg table together. Leg tables arrive with the top fully assembled, and with the legs and leaves separate.
 
Regular Legs
 
To add the legs, prop up your table top on its side. The underside of the top has spaces for the legs in the corners with corner brackets for support. Slide the legs into the corners from the outside so the bolts in the legs go through the holes in the corner brackets. Once the bolts are through, slide the washer up the end of each bolt to protect the bracket, then twist the nut on. Most people will be able to get it tight enough with their bare hands, and using your hands will help you avoid tightening too much.
 
Five Legs?
 
If your table comes with three or four leaves, then it needs a fifth leg to support them. The fifth leg has one bolt sticking out the top, and bolts to a bar in the center of the table. You will have to slide the table open enough to get your hand around the bar.
 
Leaves
 
Now that your table is upright, you can add leaves if you like. When you open the table top, you will see dowels sticking out of one side of the opening, and holes in the other. The leaves have the same dowels and holes to line up. Slide them together, close your table, and enjoy!
 




The Top Four Amazing Online Resources for Learning Woodworking

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

The amount of information available on the Internet is truly staggering. Never before has it been so easy to learn so much. When it comes to woodworking, you’ll be happy to hear that there are plenty of online learning options available. In this article, we will dive in and explore some of the best locations on the web for learning all kinds of woodworking.

 

As it turns out, no matter what your current skill level may be, there are many online options that will help you sharpen and build your skill. If previously you have only learned new woodworking skills from books, then we have some great websites for you to check out so that you can expand your knowledge base in a whole new manner.

 

Not only do many of these websites have text and blueprints, but they also have video instructions and more. In choosing these websites, we looked for sites that not only had plenty of learning tools, but were easy to use and updated with new content on a regular basis. The end result is a list of woodworking websites that will help you build a wide range of items and have fun while doing it!

 

Woodworking Learning Option #1 YouTube Channels with Diverse and Interesting Woodworking Info and Projects

 

No discussion of learning about online woodworking is complete without a discussion of YouTube. Of course, YouTube is packed with lots of cat videos, but no matter what you want to learn you can find videos on that topic on YouTube. Here is some information you can use so you can go straight to the best sources without having to sift through too many cats.

 

Worthheffort Woodworking

 

One channel to check is out Worthheffort Woodworking. There are great videos for learning the basics as well as more advanced videos that feature such projects as making your own bowls in as little as 20 minutes.

 

The Wood Whisperer

 

Another good YouTuber to consider is The Wood Whisperer which as 400,000+ subscribers. The Wood Whisper has a lot of very diverse videos online, whither you want to learn to learn the best way to set up a band saw, how to make your own convertible bench, steps for your pets or larger projects such as a barbecue cart or an outdoor bench, The Wood Whisperdf has you covered. The videos have received millions of views and are well produced and easy to follow. Did you know that you can age wood using baking soda? Well, apparently The Wood Whisperer did, so check out his informative and practically endless YouTube page today.

 

Make Something

 

A third recommended YouTube option is the appropriately named channel Make Something. The Make Something YouTube page has about 340,000 subscribers and a long list of videos, including such fun ones as 13 Woodworking Projects You Can Make as Christmas Gifts! There is a tremendous amount of variety on the Make Something page, which includes everything from woodworking basics to have to make your own homemade wedding rings and more!

 

ThisWoodwork

 

Finally, check out ThisWoodwork, which features a 22 year old woodworker named Alex who has produced some really interesting woodworking videos on such topics as building your own bed, making a donut vase from a log and a very popular video with over 1.5 million views on how to make your own wireless wooden computer mouse. He may be only in his twenties, but this woodworker definitely has a lot of knowledge to impart.

 

 

Woodworking Learning Option #2 Popular Mechanics

 

Popular Mechanics magazine has most definitely built up a strong online presence. There “how-to-plans” section has many projects and plans for building all kinds of different projects. Not all the projects on Popular Mechanics are dedicated strictly to wood, but there are enough wood focused projects to definitely give the site a look.

One fun idea is to build a cup from a firewood log. The end result, is rather beautiful. There are even instructions for how to install and frame a partial wall.

 

Woodworking Learning Option #3  The Spruce

 

The Spruce is a website full of well-written and explained woodworking possibilities. There are plenty of tutorials for both beginners and more seasoned woodworkers. The bottom line is that you’ll find something of use during a visit to The Spruce. From building your own cabinets and tips for beginners to safety tips and tools that every woodworker should own, you’ll find it all at The Spruce.

 

There are also free plans such as this free plan on how to create attractive planter boxes and what how to build your own kitchen cabinets. Considering the expense of even the cheapest kitchen cabinets this is a page worth checking out. There is a lot to see, do and think about over at The Spruce. The site is updated frequently which means that for most woodworkers, The Spruce is likely to become a bookmarked favorite that gets visited again and again!

 

Woodworking Learning Option #4 Popular Woodworking Magazine

 

One quick visit to Popular Woodworking Magazine and you’ll understand why this informative site made our list. There are plenty of blog options as well as projects section, lots of videos and more. Those looking for free woodworking projects will definitely want to check out this site as there are DIY furniture plans aplenty!

 

While we covered four great options in this article there are, of course, many more. The Internet is a rich place to discover knowledge on virtually every topic imaginable and the woodworking community is well represented online.

 

Whether you are looking to begin your journey towards learning woodworking and building your very first masterpiece or you are seasoned, experienced woodworking all four of these sites can provide you with a surprisingly diverse body of knowledge. No matter what you want to build there is likely a free plan for it online. Before you know it, you may even be building high quality wood furniture just like the Amish! Just remember to always follow the proper safety protocols and have fun!

 




The Fontana Dining Chair

Monday, November 20th, 2017

 

 
The Fenmore Side Chair has curved corbels from the side of the seat up the back for beauty and stability—Amish Furniture FactoryThe Fontana Dining Chair is a contoured Shaker-style chair with stylish dowels in the headrest. While the Fontana is available as an arm or side chair, the side chair has unique corbels adding beauty and strength between the back and seat. In the video, we’re showing the side chair in rustic cherry with a distressed finish. Call us if you would like a custom finish on any piece you order.
 




The Fenmore Bar Stool or Dining Chair

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

 

 
The Fenmore Dining Chair is available as a bar stool or a swivel bar stool too. The bar stool is available in 24 or 30” seat heights, with or without arms. We’re showing these bar stools with a two-tone finish. The seat is in New Carrington stain and the frame is in Ebony stain. If you’re looking for a custom finish for your chairs, give us a call.
 




The Top Four Unhealthy Chemicals Frequently Found in Non-Wood Furniture

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Anyone familiar with wood furniture knows that it has many benefits ranging from long-lasting durability to beauty and more. However, what many don’t realize is that true wood furniture also comes with an array of health benefits.

 

Often, we don’t associate furniture with our health, but the link between health and the items we bring into our homes, including furniture, has received an increasing level of attention from both the scientific and medical communities. The idea that “furniture is furniture” is simply not accurate. Not only does wood furniture last long but as it turns out wood furniture may also help the protect the health of you and your family.

 

Chemical #1 Flame Retardants

No discussion of health consequences of selecting wood furniture over cheap pressboard or MDF furniture products can ignore flame retardants. Flame retardants in furniture are ubiquitous and sadly have been shown to be, at best, minimally effective.

 

What was effective, however, was a lobbying campaign to pass laws to place flame retardants into furniture in bedding. The campaign was so successful that now, most people simply take the presence of flame retardant chemicals as a given, despite the fact that flame retardant chemicals have been proven to be harmful to human health.

 

Yet, the chemicals remain due largely to the notion that they provide dramatic protection in the event of a fire. It is important to note that selecting wood furniture doesn’t necessarily eliminate flame retardant chemicals from the equation. Many all wood furniture manufactures still use flame retardant chemicals in the foam that goes into their cushions.

 

Eliminating flame retardant chemicals altogether can be difficult, but many believe that flame retardant chemicals are an unnecessary risk and should be avoided. That stated, when you opt for solid wood furniture, you are greatly reducing your exposure to flame retardants. For example, soft fabric couches verses couches made largely from wood, would generally have less flame retardant chemicals in them due to the simple fact that there is less soft material.

 

A Particular Concern for Children

 

A major problem with flame retardant chemicals found in non-wood furniture, such as soft couches and chairs is that they don’t stay contained. Studies have concluded that flame retardants, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, can make their way into their surrounding environment, which is particularly problematic for young children and infants. Since young children and infants are spending much more time on the ground than adults and putting their hands and objects into their mouths, they tend to consume much higher levels of PBDEs than adults.

 

Chemical #2  PCE or Perflourinated Compounds

 

Unfortunately, PBDEs are not the only chemicals that can leech from cushions and into the environment and ultimately into our bodies. Stain resistant materials have been very popular in recent years due to their obvious benefits; however, these chemicals, such as PCE or perflourinated compounds, have been linked to illnesses including reproductive problems and even cancer.

Air quality is another reason to choose real wood furniture over other options. Real wood furniture isn’t slowly degrading and breaking down, which is exactly what is happening with foam and MDF furniture products.

 

The EPA or Environmental Protection Agency has pointed out that several PFCs used in manufacturing are environmental contaminants. This list consists of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA) and perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS).

 

 

Chemical #3  Formaldehyde

 

Indoor air quality is a complex environmental mixture and as such is not one-dimensional. Many factors contribute to having either good or bad air quality. Achieving good air quality can be difficult and involves taking several steps. One of the most important steps to take is to eliminate items and furniture that are degassing chemicals into the environment.

 

Many kinds of non-wood furniture can release formaldehyde, which is known to be toxic and can even cause cancer. It is important to note that formaldehyde can also be present in many types of glues and furniture finishes, which underscores why it is so important to opt for the highest quality wood furniture possible.

 

Chemical #4 Phthalates

 

Choosing furniture items made with phthalates, often found in flexible forms of furniture, poses a threat to reproductive health and can lower sperm quality in men. Phthalates are a known hormone disruptor and should be avoided. Again, selecting real wood furniture is an easy way to achieve this goal and reduce one’s phthalate exposure.

 

Issues with Medium-Density Fiberboard

In addition to an array of potential health risks most non-wood furniture is also a poor buy. The reason is that non-wood furniture isn’t built to last. Instead, non-wood furniture is low-quality, manufactured from very inexpensive materials, but represents a high profit margin for the companies that make such furniture.

 

Furniture found in big-box stores is usually made from medium-density fiberboard or MDF. MDF is not known for being rich in quality but is known for being a rich source of formaldehyde and other chemicals. This engineered wood product breaks down regular wood into fibers. Then those fibers are combined with wax and resin at a high temperature.

 

The time and money you invest in finding and then buying real wood furniture is time and money well spent. A large percentage of the items we bring into our homes, from non-stick cook wear laced with Teflon to harmful chemicals infused into our future, are making us sick. Many of these chemicals are known hormone disruptors and many can even lead to cancer. Children and infants are particularly vulnerable.

 

Selecting real wood furniture is an easy way for you to protect both your own health and the health of your family. In the future, many of the chemicals currently found in furniture and other household products will be eliminated either through increased consumer awareness of new legislation. Until that time, it is the responsibility of every consumer to protect their health and the health of their family.




The Ethan Leg Table

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
The Ethan Leg Table has an optional fifth leg so it can accept 3 or 4 leaves and up to 12 people

The Ethan Leg Dining Table from Amish Furniture Factory

The Ethan Leg Table is a Shaker-style table with elegant tapered legs. Unique to most leg Cherry with Baywood stain (code CH FC-12108 Baywood)tables, the Ethan can accept a fifth leg in the center to support three or four leaves. This expands its seating capacity from six up to twelve.
 
In the video below, Laura is showing this table in cherry with the Baywood stain and three leaves in. Keep watching to see the open table with wood slides. She also shows the bolt that holds the fifth leg under the center. You may remove the fifth leg when you’re not using three or more leaves, but most people leave it in for convenience. Finally, she shows the table in its smallest form, which is 42” by 66” and seats six.
 

 
If you want the clean and simple look of a leg table, but you also need to entertain a lot of guests, the Ethan Leg Table can do both.

 




The Classic Heritage 6 Drawer Small Chest

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

 

 
The Classic Heritage 6 Drawer Small Chest is a mission-style chest with gilded age accents. Watch the video to see the standard full-extension side mount glides in action. You can also get full-extension soft-close glides, which are great for noisy families. Soft-close undermount glides are also full-extension, and make your furniture look elegant even while you’re using it.
 
The Classic Heritage series boasts a wide range of chests, dressers, and night stands. For a larger version of the chest in the video, try the Classic Heritage 6 Drawer Grand Chest.