Mission Oak Designs uses the best possible quarter sawn white and red oak, solid cherry and solid maple for every piece of furniture we build. Your mission furniture order will take up to 8 weeks to complete. We will not rush through any piece of mission style furniture. We feel mass producing eliminates the quality of the hand crafted piece. We want your mission furniture to last for several generations.
Wood types for computer desk or mission bookcases are shown below.
Quarter Sawn: Gustav Stickley and other quality woodworkers of the past have relied on quarter sawn oak for strength, durability, and beauty. Furniture made from quarter sawn oak has lasted for centuries. Quarter sawn oak, a material little used today, is one of the hallmarks of the arts and crafts. Quarter sawn is cut for figure; it is expensive to produce because the log is cut using the heart as the edge rather than the center, as in flat sawn oak.
At the sawmill, the log is first split into four quarters ('quarter sawn'), then cut on the diagonal from the center of the tree out toward the edges. Look closely at the end of a sawn oak board or branch, and you can easily pick out the rays. They look like fine, straight lines spreading out from the center of the tree, perpendicular to the grain of the wood.
The quarter sawing method places these designs on the face of the board, revealing the distinctive stripe or 'fleck' running across the grain that is the signature of quarter sawn oak. According to Gustav Stickley "The quarter sawing method of cutting makes quarter sawn oak structurally stronger, also finer in grain, and, as shown before, less liable to warp and check than when sawn in any other way."
Quarter sawing fell out of favor in the first half of this century because it yields less lumber per tree and takes more labor than plain sawing. Because almost all oak furniture today is flat sawn or plain sawn, we associate the quarter sawn figure with the period of the pieces. Therefore, this unique figure is an important ingredient in accurately recreating the look of turn-of-the-century furniture.
Quarter sawn furniture is beautiful in either red or white oak, and is well worth the extra expense. After all, woodworkers of today are making the antiques of the future. Therefore we use the best wood we can get.
Mission Oak Designs uses all quarter sawn oak in all our mission style furniture. We also offer all hardwoods such as cherry, maple, and walnut furniture. Each computer desk as with all our oak furniture can be ordered any way. If you have any questions about our oak furniture, please feel free to contact us, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Mission Oak Designs also specializes in crafting bar stools. We are thrilled to offer many of our own unique bar stools designed for each customer. All of the bar stools you see in this store can be ordered in just about any size with any alteration you might want. If you’re looking for tall bar stools, counter height bar stool, or kitchen bar stools, we have them. If you don't see the bar stools listed you would like, feel free to contact us and we will work something out.
In both the manufacturing and finishing of handcrafted oak furniture, cherry maple and walnut furniture we try to bring forth the character and beauty of the wood. All hardwood lumber has variations in the color and grain; this is part of its natural beauty. But these variations will make it impossible to guarantee an exact match in finish between two pieces of furniture, even though identical finishing processes are applied. These characteristic qualities give solid oak furniture its unique charm.
Hardwoods are a natural fiber. Because most solid wood are open grained, your solid wood furniture will breathe, expand and contract with temperature and humidity changes even after protective finishes have been applied. These minor cracks are part of the natural beauty of the wood. Regulating the furniture's environment can help minimize cracking and warping. Keeping the humidity between 35 and 45 percent, making sure the furniture is out of ultraviolet light and fluorescent fixtures will help to minimize changes to the wood. Storing this type of furniture in an attic or cellar is almost certain to cause harm to the wood.
If the humidity moves out of the ideal range, solid wood table tops can expand or contract, causing a gap in the center or at the ends where the two halves meet. It can also cause splits or cracks in the grain pattern and joints of the wood panels. This will often occur and is normal; this does not mean that your furniture is defective.