Frequently Asked Questions
What are Abbey Bay furniture kits?
Furniture kits are the unfinished parts of a piece of furniture, ready to be assembled. The biggest benefit of buying a furniture kit is that you pay a relatively low price for a high quality piece of furniture, because you do the assembling and finishing. Another benefit is that shipping a furniture kit is much cheaper than shipping an assembled piece of furniture. All our kits are shipped using FedEx.
What is included in the kits?
Most kits will include only wooden parts. This allows you to customize the end result and truly get a unique piece that truly fits your interior best. Some kits include some form of hardware to finish the piece. You can always find detailed information like this on the pages for each product.
How easy is it to assemble a furniture 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 if a piece is missing?
We take the utmost care to ensure your kit is complete. However, if you find a piece missing or the wrong piece included, please contact us, and we’ll complete your kit at no cost.
How long does shipping take?
The short answer is generally about a week. The longer answer is that it depends on where you live, the time of your order, and sometimes even the specific kit you’ve ordered. We only sell furniture kits that we have actually in stock, so we mail our kits out daily, six days a week.
What is your warranty policy?
If the product for whatever reason does not meet your expectations, please contact us within 30 days to arrange shipping the kit back, and we’ll refund your purchase in full. Please note that we can only take furniture kits that haven’t been assembled with glue, nor finished in any way.
Can I request a change in the design of my kit?
Because we produce and handle our kits in bulk whenever possible to keep our prices friendly and our delivery fast, we can’t guarantee the same price and delivery time. If you do have a request about one of our kits, please contact us, and we’ll try to meet your custom needs.
Frequently Asked Questions about the styles and materials
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 in stock. 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. What’s the difference between hardwood and softwood? That’s 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
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 and backs.