How It's Built

All our furniture here at Mennonite Furniture Gallery and is made by our builders, using real wood. We pride ourselves in providing high quality furniture that will last. Below is some information on the way our furniture is manufactured as well as some hardware information.

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Dovetail Joints

Our builders use dovetail joints for all drawer construction, front and back. Dovetails on chests and other "box" designs can be had on request. Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint consists of a series of pins cut to extend from the end of one board interlocking with a series of tails cut into the end of another board. The surfaces are glued and become a permanent joint. The dovetail joint probably pre-dates written history. Some of the earliest known examples of the dovetail joint are in furniture entombed with mummies from Egypt's first dynasty.

In the past, dovetails were cut by hand, making them a hallmark of a woodworker's experience and skill. These days, dovetail cuts are made by machine, using jigs, to achieve a consistently tight fit and uniform appearance.


Woods & Finishes

At Mennonite Furniture Gallery we sell only solid wood products. All exposed parts of the furniture are made of either softwood or hardwood lumber— no veneers or particle boards are used. To make tabletops and other wide surfaces, boards are glued together side by side along the edges. Often, a number of boards are used to make the wood more stable and reduce the chance of warping. To distinguish solid board from other construction methods, follow a seam to the end, where the "end" grain will be visible.

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Full-Extension Slides

Full-extension drawer slides allow the drawer to be pulled all the way out smoothly, allowing access to back of the drawer without completely removing the drawer from the cabinet. These mechanisms are typically used in kitchen cabinetry, but our builders use them on most drawer construction.


Metal Glides

Where full-extension slides are not used on drawers that receive moderate to heavy use, metal drawer glides can help prevent wear on the contact surface. They also prevent the drawer from being unintentionally pulled out of the cabinet.


Hardware

A wide range of drawer hardware is available at no extra charge. Many styles to choose from.


Feet Style

The Lincoln Foot is short, wide, yet gently curved. Its proportions work well with larger pieces that call for a substantial foot. 

The Bun Foot comprises variations on a simple spherical design. This unadorned version suits a wide variety of styles, especially those with curves and softened edges. 

The Pigs Foot is a taller, narrower base that complements pieces with beading or raised designs. 

Solid Base shuns dust bunnies and works well with straight-edged, simple styles.


Table Features

Choosing a table is like choosing from a buffet - sometimes a bit overwhelming. The  shape of the table top is often the best place to start.

Learn and see more about our tables - leaves, gear slider extension mechanisms, top shapes, leg styles.