What type of wood did they use in Civil War Period Furniture?
Anything that was available, really. The favorites were walnut, cherry, maple and oak. In the south, cypress and pine were also popular. We keep furniture kits made from of walnut, cherry, maple or oak hardwoods
The furniture kits are also available in other woods on special order.
This includes forest species such as pine, popular or cypress. We even make kits or assembled furniture from
exotic woods, such as purple heart and mahogany.
Indoor and Outdoor furniture?
If you are looking for furniture which can be kept outside on a porch or on a deck, I highly recommend cypress. Why you ask? Well, there are two woods that will
almost never rot; Cypress and Teak. These two woods are grown in swamps. Cypress is available locally. Left unfinished sitting outside, both woods will turn silver gray. I feel it is best to finish cypress with high quality marine spar polyurethane. As expected, cypress and pine are more prevalent in the pieces of furniture used by the confederate army.
Walnut, cherry, maple and oak was favored by the union army.
Hardwood verses Softwoods
As mentioned we make our kit from hardwoods. Whatís the difference between hardwood and softwood?
Thatís easy. Hardwoods come from leaf bearing trees and softwoods come from needle bearing trees. Softwoods are usually white in color and grow where the climate is cooler. Yes, I know about the different cedar and redwood trees and their color, but I am speaking in general. There is an exception to every rule.
How easy is it to assemble a civil war reproduction kit?
Anyone from the age of eight and up will enjoy making this civil war furniture! All furniture kits are created from strong, durable hardwoods logs that are hand selected and air-dried; and each kit contains the slight variations in diameter, knots, checking and grain patterns that makes it unique. All joints are shaped and cut to length with the appropriate mortises and tenons. Assembly requires sanding of each piece, gluing or screwing, and finishing
What is the difference between a primary wood and a secondary wood?
A primary wood is used on the outside of the furniture.
A secondary wood is used in the inside of the furniture, such as drawer sides