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What are Ohio Certified Stains?

Ohio Certified Stains (OCS) are a collection of standardized high-quality stains used by many Amish furniture craftsmen. Since the stains are formulated by a number of different suppliers, competition still exists, keeping prices low. Stains of the same OCS number are identical in color, meaning consumers can buy matching pieces at a later date, even from different Amish craftsmen.

What finish options do you offer?

Almost all the furniture shown on our website is available in a variety of finishes. Although the names of particular finishes may vary by manufacturer, here is a general overview.

Catalyzed varnish is recommended by most craftsmen because it provides a high degree of protection, is easy to maintain, and tends to enhance the appearance of stained wood. You can select the level of sheen (shine). Catalyzed varnish is actually a mixture of a variety of substances including resins, pigments and solvents. Most catalyzed varnish finishes can be cleaned simply by using a non-abrasive damp cloth followed by a dry one.

Hand-rubbed oil and wax finishes are used to add beauty and some protection. Favored by some customers because of their appearance, these finishes dent easier than varnishes and lacquers. However hand-rubbed oil and wax finishes can be easier to repair.

Sheen refers to the luster or shine of the finish. The words “sheen” and “gloss” are often used interchangeably. Most custom furniture can be ordered in either a high sheen, medium sheen or low sheen.

Distressing is a specialized finishing technique to deliberately make wood looked aged. Depending on the finisher, the distressing process may involve hitting the wood with hammers, chains or other objects. This produces pitting, worm holes and other random characteristics usually associated with antiques.

Burnishing, glazing and rub-throughs are specialized finishing techniques to add character and an aged look. They are often combined with distressing to give new furniture a country, period, or antique appearance.

What are typical lead times from order date to delivery?

It normally takes 10 weeks for your order to be made, finished and shipped, however, various factors can impact this plus or minus 3 weeks.

How do I clean solid wood furniture?

There are many things that will collect on the surface of wood finishes. Such as cooking oils and fumes, fingerprints, dust, and smoking residue. Generally a soft damp cloth followed by a dry cloth will be all you need to clean the finish. If a cleaner is required, use only a very mild soap and wipe dry. A high quality furniture polish may be used occasionally. Apply polish with a soft cloth following manufacturer’s instructions. Avoid the use of silicone polishes as they may damage the wood finish if used over a period of time.

Can direct sunlight affect my furniture?

Every effort should be made to keep your table out of direct sunlight and heat sources such as radiators, hot air outlets or wood stoves. These conditions will cause the wood to dry out and subsequently split.
Check Humidity in Your Home

What should the humidity level in my home be?

Humidity between 35 to 45 percent guards against shrinking and cracking or expansion. Basements with high humidity should be avoided. Do not place furniture near heat sources. You may choose to dehumidify or humidify depending on your environment. Extreme temperature and humidity will ruin wood.
Allow Wood Time to Cure

Does the wood need time to cure?

The materials that protect your finished furniture are dual component products that require 21 to 30 days to achieve maximum protection of the natural wood. In the curing process, damage can and will occur if caution is not used to protect this finish from hot materials placed on it. Use extra care to protect these products so your investment really can last a lifetime!

Are there any other helpful furniture care tips?

How do you protect your furniture? You can place coasters under hot cups or serving bowls. Use a table pad when possible to keep hot and heavy materials off the wood surface. In time, your table top will achieve it’s full protective properties, but for the first few weeks it needs tender care.
Helpful Furniture Care Tips

  • Avoid placing directly in front of or underneath windows.
  • Blot up spills immediately.
  • Lift items rather than dragging them across the furniture surface.
  • Rotate your accessories every once in a while.
  • Don’t place hot items directly on your furniture. If something is too hot to hold in your hand, it’s too hot for your furniture.