Assembling and Finishing Furniture Kits

Scouting your attic and the garage sales to find good old pieces to restore is one way to acquire good furniture for your home. Another way is to buy unfinished furniture. And a third method rapidly growing in popularity is to build fine furniture in kit forni.

For years, unfinished furniture has been the cheap way to add a bookcase, a night stand, or a chest of drawers to the home. Most of the unfinished furniture available was made of pine, spruce or other softwoods. and was of simple, inexpensive construction. Farts often were stapled in place, joints were sometimes ill-fitting, and design was dictated by the need for low price and ease of manufacture. This furniture could be finished to look pretty good. Its main reason for existence was to provide useful and inexpensive furniture, notably for young and growing families.

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After hours of painstaking care, this is the finished butcher's table The kit from which it was made is manufactured by Heath

This secretary and plant stand are both manufactured by Bartley. Many of Bartley's pieces are reproductions of furniture found in Greenfield Village, Michigan

This is the Heath Craft Woodworks rolitop desk, made of white oak. It would require about 100 hours of work altogether

The Queen Anne dining room table, sideboard and cupboard, brandy stand table and arm chairs are from the Bartley Collection

This is the Heath Craft Woodworks rolitop desk, made of white oak. It would require about 100 hours of work altogether

The Queen Anne dining room table, sideboard and cupboard, brandy stand table and arm chairs are from the Bartley Collection

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