In the true style of Mission furniture we used a solid design. Unlike the Mission furniture most companies are putting out today, we have 2 ¼" posts in keeping with the authentic design.
In a feature used for strength, and not just authenticity, the bed rail is supported by a 1" long, ¾" thick, and 5" wide mortise and tenon joint.
We stand by our mission furniture, so you can be sure it will withstand a lifetime!
Here are just some of the features that set us apart from our competition:
1)Quartersawn Oak: Our Mission line is authentically made by using the historically preferred and aesthetically appealing Quartersawn Oak throughout most of the pieces. This Oak is cut in such a way as to showcase the beautiful flecks in the Oak. It is (and was) used also because it is a more dimensionally stable cut than any other cut of an Oak tree. We use 5\/4 Quartersawn Oak for our tops, rift and quarter for our sides, and flat sawn is used where you are going to see the exposed quarter sawn edge.
2)Mortise and Tenon Joinery: We use mortise and tenon joinery throughout our Mission furniture. Again this method was preferred for its strength. However, there are a few places within the style where mortise and tenon was not used then and should not be used now. For example dowels are often used, in a similar joinery method.
3)Hand-Made Pulls: To maintain that wonderful authentic look, our door and drawer pulls are handmade. These handmade pulls make up the majority of the metal to be found in this line. There are also screws in elongated slots used to hold the tops of items like the chest of drawers down, and to allow for expansion so that they can shift without damaging or breaking the tops.
4)Solid lumber: Our Mission line of furniture is also constructed primarily of solid lumber as opposed to, particle board, veneer, or any other such product.
5)Dovetail Drawers: All of the drawers on our Mission line are dovetailed on all four corners using an English dovetail. We also use wood on wood drawer slides. We use Baltic Birch plywood for our drawers in the interest of strength. Solid wood can bow, check, crack, or warp. Plywood will alleviate all of these problems, making it the best material for this job.
6)Custom Color: We mix the color for the Mission line ourselves, and apply 3 coats of finish with a black wax over that for a uniquely rich appearance.