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Why Solid Wood Tables Make Sense

Solid Wood Tables at Manchester WoodAs we approach Earth Day we ponder thoughts of ‘eco-conscious’ consumerism and why solid wood tables at home for a green friendly environment are a must.

For us, making solid wood tables is as natural as it gets. The American hardwoods that we use for our furniture are the Native Northeastern hardwood species White Ash, Red Maple, and Red Oak, as well as Beech and Solid Cherry hardwood. We generally make our solid wood tables out of Cherry, Ash, and Beech. These species are ideal in producing quality solid wood furniture with timeless appeal, while also carrying longevity in value. When customers buy our wood furniture they can be certain that it has been built out of high quality local wood that will last for decades. This durability ensures that Manchester Wood furniture is an excellent choice in affordable heirloom pieces.

So specifically… Why Solid Wood Tables?

When you shop for tables in your home its important to factor in 3 things: Value, Cost, and Function. Our solid wood tables at Manchester Wood answer to all three. Value in the essence of where they come from, how they are produced, and the fact that this value in quality doesn’t lead to the dumpster. Cost by its affordable price. At Manchester Wood there is simply no one else making American made solid wood furniture at the price points we provide. There’s no material difference. As one of our customers Dennis said, “On time, on price, on quality. The way it’s supposed to be.” We believe in that mantra. And lastly… Function. Whether through the quirky, unique design of our Chairside Storage Table, the practical Chairside Drawer Table, or our stylish contemporary end tables, we certainly provide function among those choices, and the many other options throughout our current 12 collections. Take a look around, and you’ll decide which have the best function for you.

We truly believe you’ll find the value, price, and function of all our handcrafted solid wood tables.

Own a Manchester Wood accent table? Let us know your thoughts!

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5 Myths about U.S. Economy via Yahoo! Finance

Is the U.S. Economy as weak as we think it is? Could American made goods actually live on? This video and article below on Joel Kurtzman’s thoughts leave some insightful optimism…

Myth #1: America is broke

America’s private sector is in better shape than it’s been in years, and the American consumer is healthier than she or he has been in the past 35 years, says Kurtzman. “On the private side of the balance sheet America is doing just fine,” says Kurtzman. The public side is another story, but it’s improving. The money America uses to pay its debt has been declining as a portion of GDP every year, “and it’s very manageable,” says Kurtzman.

Myth #2: High unemployment rates are here to stay

Kurtzman says the high jobless rate is concentrated in people without a college education and those under 25. The unemployment rate for someone over 25 who’s college educated has held steady at around 4%.

Myth #3: China is ascending while America is declining

“China is coming of age at probably the worst time in history for a country that wants to be a manufacturing power,” says Kurtzman. China’s strategy involves having 200 million people a decade  working in manufacturing, says Kurtzman. “They can’t accommodate that,” says Kurtzman. The U.S., meanwhile, has moved from a manufacturing-centric economy to a service-focused one–a transition that China will eventually have to make, says Kurtzman. “That will be very difficult for them.”

Myth #4: America is a spent power

Kurtzman says the U.S. is in a great position for growth because it remains the world’s leading military and manufacturing power, has trillions of dollars in capital to deploy and is now less dependent on imported oil given the development of its own energy reserves.

Myth #5: America doesn’t make anything anymore

This is simply not true, says Kurtzman. America is the dominant manufacturing power in the world if you include what we make overseas. But if you just look at just what we make in America, we make 20% of everything produced. That’s about the same as China but China makes low value-added products such as towels and clothing. We make airplanes, radar, turbines — the big expensive stuff.

(via Daily Ticker)

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Adirondack Chair: 3 Steps To Ready Yours This Spring

Adirondack Chair - Manchester WoodOwn a Manchester Wood folding Adirondack Chair? Here are 3 simple steps to get it ready this spring!

Our classic folding Adirondack chair is made of American hardwood and finished with a rugged weather-resistant acrylic paint. However sometimes maintenance is necessary in keeping this authentic solid wood outdoor furniture piece in top condition as the seasons pass. So this spring, as you bring your Manchester Wood Adirondack chairs out to greet the warmer weather, here are a few simple steps we recommend.

  1. Clean by wiping any accumulated dirt or dust off from storage with a solution of warm soapy water and a soft cloth.

  2. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry thoroughly too.

  3. Does it need a touch-up? Our high quality Adirondack chair was finished with an exterior paint from Sherwin-Williams.  If you need to touch-up any of your pieces visit the Sherwin-Williams store nearest you and tell them you need a high quality exterior acrylic paint. The original color can be matched there.

And lastly, enjoy it! We hope the warmer months ahead bring you many great memories on your deck, dock, or patio this year in our Adirondack chairs. Be sure to check out our entire Adirondack collectionyou’ll find new dining sets!

Have any good tips on taking care of your Adirondack chairs? Let us know in the comments section below!

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