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What are the Disadvantages of Wood Veneer?

People are initially attracted to veneers because they offer a cost-efficient alternative to traditional wood and may appear quite similar at first blush. But there’s a reason why solid wood furniture costs more.Most Common Problems with Wood Veneer The quality of veneers is absolutely lower compared to its hardwood counterpart. Veneer products are extremely thin and [...]

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Moving Away from Skilled Furniture Making

While the Industrial Revolution was a major step forward toward better standardization of products in Europe and North America, it also revolutionized the way we make furniture – and not necessarily in a good way. Image courtesy of ihs.issaquah.wednet.edu The Industrial Revolution gave birth to the concept of mass production which in turn led to a boom [...]

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Qualities of a Good Hall Table

The first thing most people do when coming home is to drop their keys, mail, and anything else in their hands on the hall table in the entryway. Subsequently, the hall table becomes a center of traffic before entering or leaving the house. It is also the first and last thing your friends and family [...]

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Know your Antique Styles: Sheraton Furniture

The Sheraton style of antique reproduction furniture is attributed to none other than Thomas Sheraton, a trained cabinetmaker who took a liking to drawing and geometry at a young age and used those skills to develop one of the most influential furniture styles of the nineteenth century. Born with humble beginnings in the town of Stockton-on-Tees [...]

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Know your Antique Styles: Elizabethan Furniture

The Elizabethan era produced one of the most well-respected and influential leaders of England’s rich history – Queen Elizabeth I – and with her came an elegant and sophisticated furniture style that can still be seen in households across the world today.Origins The Elizabethan style emerged as a transition from the designs of the English Renaissance [...]

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Laurel Crown's Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ahhh Summer. It’s a time for baseball, hot weather, front lawn napping, and backyard BBQs. But no summer can kick off without a proper Father’s Day celebration. Most people just buy their dad a nice pair of socks and mow his lawn as their sign of appreciation. But if you really want your gift to [...]

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Types of Wood used for Furniture

Sure, you’ve heard of mahogany and oak and know that they’re types of hard wood, but could you identify them if they were in front of you? Let’s find out. Mahogany is usually reddish-brown and is not only strong, but supple making it a great choice for detailed carving. It takes stain very well and reflects [...]

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Refinishing Your Antique Furniture

Some of us have been lucky enough to inherit a beautiful, but beaten, piece of antique furniture. It may be tempting to spruce up an old Chippendale armchair by slapping on a new coat of paint, but you may actually decrease the value of the piece in your attempt to restore it. So how do you [...]

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Laurel Crown Furniture In the Movies

Laurel Crown customers will see a surprising guest appearance alongside actors Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig in the 2011 summer blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens—Laurel Crown Furniture. While theater goers munch on their popcorn, they will view our newly famous Victorian furniture prominently featured in a vintage passenger ferry set in the New Mexico Territory in 1873. [...]

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Antique Furniture Terms - Part 1

Picking out the right antique reproduction furniture for your home is a challenging task. Faced with confusing terms like “mortise and tenon joinery” and “cartouches,” it’s easy to become completely lost within minutes. To help eliminate some of the confusion associated with the furniture buying process, we’ve created this glossary of the seven most misunderstood terms. [...]

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