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What To Look For When Buying A Quality Hardwood Dining Table For Your Home

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The Discriminating Furniture Buyers Guide To Heirloom Quality Dining Tables

Do You appreciate beautiful hardwood furniture built by craftsmen to last for generations?
Are You seeking just the right dining table to grace Your dining room or kitchen?
If so, read this Furniture Buyers Guide To Heirloom Quality Dining Tables

Mennonite Furniture Studios Hardwood Dining Table Cabinet Guide – Download FREE e-Book

Hardwood Dining Table Guide – Part 1
Hardwood Dining Table Guide – Part 2
Hardwood Dining Table Guide – Part 3
Hardwood Dining Table Guide – Part 4

Mennonite Furniture Studios Hardwood Dining Tables Guide e-Book


The Discriminating Furniture Buyers’ Guide To Heirloom Quality Dining Tables – Part 4


Upgrading To A Custom Dining Table

Many people find that it is worth paying just a little extra for a custom dining table. Available in various sizes to meet your needs and assure the best possible fit in your room. By choosing a custom dining table You can select from various hardwoods, finish colors, leg motifs, skirting styles, and table top edge treatments, to compliment Your existing furniture and suit Your own specific tastes.

Custom Extension Dining Tables
Exceptional Quality, Timely Service, Fair Price…

Shaker Style Custom Extension Dining Table With Exotic Maple Top And Matching Shaker Ladder-Back Chairs
Custom Shaker Extension Dining Table With Exotic Maple Top by American Heirloom Furniture

“We searched high and low until we found Mennonite Furniture Studios ‘American Heirloom Furniture’ via the internet. Once the maple wood for our table arrived, they mailed us stained samples. There are very few expensive items I have purchased that I felt were of exceptional quality. I would absolutely say this furniture is exceptional. The entire shopping experience with them was enjoyable. They were timely and thorough in answering my questions, went out of their way to earn my trust, charged me a very fair price (in fact, we had enough money left to place an additional order for a coffee table and two candle tables) and delivered a fine product on time. I would shop there again and recommend my friends to do the same.”
Saki, Hanover, Maryland

To Find Out More About Exceptional Custom Furniture At A Very Fair Price Call 716.775.0206 Or e-mail

How To Obtain High Quality & Lasting Value In Your Dining Table

Understand which features You should demand and which ones You should avoid in order to get the best value from Your next quality dining table purchase:

What To Insist On: – Find out exactly what to look for in a true ‘Heirloom Quality Table’ that will beautifully accommodate Your needs, and be easily maintained to last for generations

What To Avoid: – Find out how to look for, identify, and avoid common table manufacturers cost-cutting steps that will simply not bear the burden of normal use in Your home.

Avoid This – Things To Reject When Choosing Quality Dining Table For Your Home

Make sure that Your new dining table will fill your daily or regular dining needs in its “closed” position. A table that requires all it’s leaves extended for regular daily use is too small in most cases.

Avoid Any Table That Shows Signs Of ‘Cost-Cutting’: Quality dining tables should always look great from every angle. This simple, but often overlooked, test will show you whether the person that made the table was in it for his love of fine craftsmanship or just building for a fast buck – at Your expense!

Look Underneath The Table!: is it attractive and professionally finished? If the bottom side is poorly finished, or otherwise ugly, this means that the manufacturer is willing to ‘cut corners’, wherever possible, with inappropriate ‘penny-pinching’ shortcuts. This is a sure sign that other table components and / or the finish are also likely to be sub-standard. Any table constructed and finished this way is unworthy of your ‘investment’, since it will undoubtedly degrade and become problematic in normal use in your home.

Avoid Finishes That Are Not Guaranteed To Be Water Resistant: Lacquers are not water resistant and are not as hard as modern conversion varnishes. A water resistant finish means that ‘sweating’ glasses will not leave rings on your table top.

Avoid Any Tables That Are Not Constructed With Solid Hardwood: Specifically ask if the table top is constructed from 100% genuine natural hardwood, or if it is some other synthetic material covered with a ‘veneer’. Only accept 100% solid natural hardwood. Avoid ‘veneers’ of any kind, and rule out any table referred to with the purposely deceptive terms ‘All Wood’ or ‘Solid All Wood’. Also avoid the use of soft tropical woods and cost-cutting particleboard components that will split or crack when subjected to weight, or swell and chip when subjected to moisture.

Avoid Sloppy Joinery – Which Makes For A Shaky Table: Especially, pay attention to the connection of the legs or pedestal to the top. Watch out for leaves that do not fit well or do not sit flat. Open the table – does it slide open easily when operated from either side? Beware of binding in table slides and for normal extension tables avoid metal slides that are a common sign of inappropriate cost-cutting. Metal slides that are not guaranteed to be corrosion-resistant will eventually bind or stick and also drop rust or other corrosion products onto your floor.

  • Exception – Pedestal Tables: All Pedestal Tables should have smooth-running, corrosion-resistant, geared metal rails to assure a centered table-top, regardless of how many leaves you use. Double check with your sales representative to make sure that you really are getting high quality corrosion-resistant metal geared slides on any Pedestal table.

Avoid Any Tables That Do Not Have Floor Levelers: Any extension table will be prone to bind and sit uneven if levelers are not provided.

Avoid Weak Drawers: Drawers that do not use dovetail joints are another sure sign of inappropriate cost-cutting.


Mennonite Furniture Studios American Heirloom Furniture – Amish ‘Classic’ & Amish ‘Heritage’ Furniture Classifications

Amish ‘Classic’ Furniture Piece
A ‘Reproduction Antique’, faithfully following a distinct and premier antique furniture piece. Mennonite Furniture Studios ‘Classic’ Furniture remains exactly true to the original furniture form and style, using the original joinery techniques.

Compared to the master piece, use of modern glues and finishes enhances quality, and selected components may deploy a minor increase in wood thickness in order to address a known weak point in the original design.

Mennonite Furniture Studios Amish ‘Classic’ Furniture pieces are actually of higher quality, and are more durable and easily maintained, than the antique masterpieces that they are modeled upon.

Mennonite Furniture Studios
Contemporary Cherry Dining Suite by American Heirloom Furniture
Contemporary Cherry Dining Suite Including Slat-Back Square Chairs & Elliptical Dining Table by American Heirloom Furniture

Amish ‘Heritage’ Furniture Piece
A Masterful Adaptation of a distinct and premier antique furniture piece, with some alteration to increase both functionality and durability

Compared to the original piece, use of modern glues and finishes enhances quality. Variations in both joinery techniques and wood thickness enhance strength and durability. Adjustment of the original form and style improve functionality.

Mennonite Furniture Studios Amish ‘Heritage’ Furniture pieces are actually of higher quality and more durable, requiring less maintenance, and offering enhanced functionality, compared to the original furniture pieces that they are modeled upon.


Mennonite Furniture Studios American Heirloom Furniture – Only The Best Endures!

Uncompromised Beauty, Functionality, Durability, and Value
The Quality Tables of yesteryear were built to last by caring men who thoroughly understood their tools, materials and craft.
Today, our Mennonite & Amish furniture makers undergo a long apprenticeship to develop keen eyes and skilled hands, and these expert craftsmen are dedicated to unhurriedly building Your tables the right way – offering exceptional value without compromise!


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