American Made Wood Furniture

Check Out Our Shaker Tables and Desks

July 15, 2013

Shaker furniture has long been synonymous with quality, simple design, and aesthetic appeal. These values align nicely with our own, and we are proud to carry on the legacy of Shaker craftsmanship.

The Shakers were a Christian sect that emigrated from Manchester, England to upstate New York during the second half of the 18th century. Once they arrived in what is now the town of Watervliet, they set about building a strong community. One important aspect of that community was its industrious nature: Shakers held hard work as an important tenet of their religion and soon became known for the quality of the goods they produced. In particular, their furniture became wildly popular during the middle of the 19th century. Soon, other furniture makers began to capitalize on this popularity and began producing their own versions of Shaker tables and chairs.

Our Large Shaker Desk

Our Large Shaker Desk

Shaker continues to be a popular American made furniture style. At Manchester Wood, we feature an extensive collection of Shaker furniture, such as our Large Shaker Desk, which features a broad working surface with two ample drawers for storage. Were also offer a nice selection of Shaker tables, including coffee tables and end tables.

While we appreciate the tradition and history associated with Shaker furniture, we also recognize the need to look forward and innovate. This is the thinking behind our Shaker Entertainment Console. It is designed with traditional aesthetics and modern functionality in mind. It is capable of supporting a large flat screen and also has an open back for easy wiring.

We pride ourselves on producing only 100% USA made furniture, and our Shaker pieces are great examples. Our factory is just a short drive from the location of the original Shaker community and we feel compelled to uphold their traditions of fine craftsmanship and honest labor. So please, check out our Shaker Collection and support American made furniture.

TV Tray Tables

Tray Tables: Perfect for Outside or Indoors!

July 12, 2013

Ever since TV tray tables were invented in the 1950’s, they have been associated with eating in front of the TV. In reality, they are much more versatile in terms of both how and where they can be used.

Since the laptop became popular, and especially with the proliferation of wireless internet, these handy little pieces of furniture have seen a resurgence in popularity due to their functionality as a portable workspace and computer desk. Now any room in the house can be turned into a temporary office.

Our Popular Portable Folding Work and Laptop Desk

Our Popular Portable Folding Work and Laptop Desk

Another great thing to do with tray tables, especially during the warmer months, is take them outside and enjoy the fresh air. They are great for serving food and cocktails at a party. If you are outside by yourself, use it to keep your magazine and sunscreen close at hand or to have your bird watching guide and binoculars within easy reach.

At Manchester Wood, we offer a sizable selection of folding tray tables. Folding is an important feature because it makes our tray tables much easier to transport and store, adding to the versatility that makes these little piece of furniture so great to begin with.

Our line of TV tray tables includes more traditional designs, as well as our Portable Folding Work and Laptop Desk, which is specifically designed as a portable workstation for the professional on the go or just the homeowner who wants to be able to make comfortable use of their computer in any room of the house. Most of our folding trays come in sets of two or four, along with racks for convenient storage.

So get your tray tables now and enjoy them outside and in. We take pride in giving these simple pieces of furniture as much attention and craftsmanship as the rest of our 100% American-made products, and are sure you will be happy with your purchase. Buy with the confidence of our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee!

Solid Wood

What’s the Fuss About Cherry?

June 10, 2013

We would like to take a moment to shine the spotlight on our Solid Cherry Furniture Collection and explain what makes cherry such a desirable material when it comes to hardwood furniture.

There are many species of cherry trees in the world. Some produce the cherries that you find in the supermarket, others are known for their beautiful blossoms. As furniture makers, we have different concerns: we make our solid cherry furniture out of the black cherry tree (Prunus serotina) which features neither succulent fruit nor lush blossoms.

Black cherry can be recognized by its distinctive bark.

Black cherry can be recognized by its distinctive bark.

The virtues of black cherry lie in the wood itself.  It can grow to be quite large, occasionally measuring almost a hundred feet tall and fifty inches in diameter, which means that it can be used to make nice wide boards that showcase the grain.

Grain is a major reason that solid cherry furniture is so desirable: it is usually tight and straight, making it easy to work, yet rippled, creating a complex yet subtle pattern that is very pleasing to the eye. The beautiful grain also accentuates the natural colors of the wood. Cherry is known for its distinctive pinkish hue. When the wood is first harvested, the color can be understated, but over time it becomes richer and darker, much like mahogany. We further enhance the beauty of the wood by applying finishes that are specifically intended to accent the beautiful color already present in cherry.

If you are interested in our cherry products, check our Rectangular Cherry Coffee Table. It has an nice broad surface that shows off the wood’s rich grain, as well as a lower shelf for out-of-the-way storage of magazines, books, remotes or other living room clutter. Generally, when it comes to coffee tables, cherry is one of our favorite materials, as they are often the surface that people spend the most time looking at in their homes.

Another one of our favorites is our Cherry Shaker Sofa Console Table. Our sofa tables are designed to go either behind or next to a couch. They are sleek enough to not take up extra space while simultaneously providing enough surface area to be useful. Cherry sofa tables can be combined with a cherry coffee table and a cherry end table to create a stunning living room set that will have your guests fawning all over it.

As with everything we make, our solid cherry furniture is 100% made in the USA using timber from sustainable forests.