Most fine furniture and furnishings can be distinguished by three important characteristics: Materials, Joinery and Finishing.
EverLasting Furniture uses only quality local hardwoods, harvested within one hundred miles of Ada, Ohio. These include maple, cherry, walnut, oak and ash.
At the start of any project, the rough-sawn lumber is moved to my shop where it is acclimated to the indoor temperature and humidity. After several days, the material is cut into rough lengths and widths, joined and planed to produce flat, stable blanks before being cut to final shape and form. I take my time to select the best material for the project with grain that is both interesting and matched throughout the project.
On occasion, quality hardwood veneer (1/40″ thick) is used to present a unique grain pattern or exotic wood, or to match the hardwood chosen in a special part of the project.
I have studied and applied many joinery methods used in furniture making today: mortise and tenon, dovetail, mitered corners, half-lap joints and others. These methods date back to the 17th and 18th century. Unfortunately, there are too many to discuss here. I find that the important point in the construction of any quality piece of furniture is to use a joinery method which is strong enough for the piece and serves a decorative purpose when needed. If a client prefers a particular construction method, I will certainly provide that service. But appropriate alternatives will also be discussed. I try to always use the appropriate joinery to satisfy the client, the strength requirement and the design of the piece.
I find that the last step in creating a quality piece of furniture is just as important as all the others. Sometimes the process will include staining, which can change the overall tone and color of the wood. I find this step necessary when trying to blend the tones of wood from different trees or to match other pieces of furniture. Mild changes of color or tone may be necessary, but trying to make a piece of hard maple look like a piece of black walnut is generally not a good idea!
After the staining process (if used), I find that a protective finish is usually necessary. There are a variety of finishes which can be applied to any wood project and they vary in final appearance and level of protection. I always try to pick a finish which does not hide the beauty of the wood, but rather accentuates it. Appropriate finishes will be discussed with the client in terms of appearance and protection.