Qual­ity Con­trol

Timber Home Living - - Annual Buyer's Guide -

Want to make sure your hand­crafted piece is the real deal? Here are our top 5 tips.

1. Touch the back of the piece — it should be sanded and fin­ished all the way around with no rough edges. Also, make sure the piece sits (or stands) flat.

2. Open and close the draw­ers, doors and other mov­able parts to en­sure a tight fit.

3. Look for dove­tail joints and stain, both signs of good qual­ity. Sta­ples and ply­wood are no-nos.

4. Make sure there are no “Made in…” stick­ers. An Adiron­dack chair made in China was cer­tainly made by some­one, but def­i­nitely doesn’t fall into the hand­made cat­e­gory we’re talk­ing about.

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