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Guarantee

  I stand behind my work. If for any reason you are not satisfied, you may return a piece within 14 days of delivery for a full refund, less all shipping costs.

  Wood being a natural material, will move with the change of seasons. This is especially true on accurate reproductions, because in many instances period furniture has cross grain construction (see below for a description of cross grain construction). In some instances this cross grain construction is unavoidable, but in other cases, steps can be taken that will result in stable construction that still retains the period look.

  If at any time, a piece of mine fails, it will be repaired free of charge. The customer is responsible for all freight charges. This guarantee does not apply to issues related to natural wood movement, or furniture that has been altered, refinished, abused or damaged through accident , natural disaster, or purchased for resale.

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   Wood in response to the moisture in the atmosphere, expands and contracts. This expansion and contractions takes place only across the grain, and is proportional to the width. With the grain, the wood does not appreciably change dimension. This property of wood, presents some problems with joinery. Consider a sideboard, where the side is tenoned into the leg. The side can be a wide as 24" (which represents a considerable potential for movement), the leg whose grain runs at right angles to the side, on the other hand will not changes its length. This often results in a crack developing in the side. Such a crack is not considered a defect, but just a natural part of solid wood furniture (some people look at it as a sign of authentic construction). Another area where wood movement can be present is in the hinged leaf on a card table top. Quite often, you'll see original card tables, whose leaves no longer rest together without gaps; this is due to the unrestrained top moving with the changes in humidity. Here again such a condition is not considered a defect. This is not a complete list of the issues pertaining to wood movement; when you contact me about a piece of furniture, I will make you aware of the potential for wood movement, and what if any effects this will have on the finished piece.

 

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