We score the underside of our chest of drawers and table tops to prevent damage
caused by expansion and contraction due to changes. This is a feature that, to
our knowledge, has not been in production work for over 80 years. One of the many
reasons antiques will last much longer than most things made today.
For the strength and beauty required of Mission Furniture, we use many square dowels
in round holes. This aesthetically pleasing feature adds strength because a square
dowel crushes down to fit into a round hole and the natural expansion of the wood,
as it tries to restore its shape, creates a tighter fit. However, for face to face
applications, round dowels are used.
All of the Mortises in our Mission Furniture line are cross-doweled to create a mechanical
lock that is nearly impossible to break.
Our Mission Line is made authentic 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) also used
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 in place where you are going to see the exposed quartersawn edge.
All of the drawers on this 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 drawers.
Our Mission Line of furniture is also constructed primarily of solid lumber, as opposed
to particle board, veneer, or any other such product.
Mortise and Tenon Joinery:
We use mortise and tenon joinery throughout our Mission furniture. This method is
also 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.
To maintain that authentic look our door and drawer pulls are handmade. These handmade
pulls are some of the only 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
We mix the color for the Mission line in our shop, and apply 3 coats of finish and
then a black wax for a uniquely rich appearance.