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Furniture Glossary


A tall cupboard or standing closet used for storing clothes (see also wardrobe).

An artisan is a skilled worker who crafts furniture or other artistic items. The use of hands and hand tools impart individuality to each item that is lacking in manufactured goods.

Cabriole design is often associated with the ball and claw foot design, emulating legs of certain four-footed mammals. A cabriole leg is one of (usually) four vertical supports of a piece of furniture, shaped in two curves.

Cracks or fissures that appear on the surfaces of lumber during drying. These checks can sometimes deepen and intersect the full thickness of the material. Surface checks do not significantly degrade the wood's structural integrity.

A chifforobe is a closet-like piece of furniture that combines a long space for hanging clothes with a chest of drawers.

cottage furniture
Popular on the east coast of the U.S. between 1830 and 1890, cottage furniture later began appearing in homes of the wealthy in places like Martha’s Vineyard, Cape May and the Berkshires. Cottage furniture was almost always painted, though there are a few rare examples where the natural wood was varnished but left unpainted with the exception of painted floral accents.

A credenza is a type of sideboard typically used in dining rooms as a platform to serve buffet meals, and to provide a side surface and storage cupboards.

Joints that slide into one another and are noted for resistance to being pulled apart. Dovetail joints are commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front. Once glued, a wooden dovetail joint requires no mechanical fasteners.

Handcrafted tables, dressers, night stands, desks, cabinets, buffets and consoles may have a bevel, boat, bullnose, chamfer, eased, radius or thumbnail edge. Each having a unique design and a sign of quality craftsmanship.

eco-friendly furniture
Eco-friendly, environmentally friendly, and nature-friendly are synonyms used to refer to furniture considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment. Our brands have similar goals to build furniture that will last at least as long as it took to grow the tree that the furniture was built from.

flat panel
Flat panel design is a frame and panel, with only a small drop (about ¼ inch) from frame to flat panel.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
An independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. With offices in more than 46 countries, FSC provides standard setting, trademark assurance and accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.

green furniture
The concept of green furniture explores the many ways we can combat deforestation by choosing pieces built with sustainable wood. All of our brands utilize sustainably-harvested wood from well-managed forests.

mortise and tenon joinery
Simple and strong, mortise and tenon joinery has been used for millenia by woodworkers around the world to join pieces of wood, usually when the pieces are at a 90° angle. The joint may be glued, pinned, or wedged to lock it in place. By inserting one element of wood into another, a mortise-and-tenon joint provides unshakable strength.

naturally distressed
Characterized by heavy surface texture, color variation, checking and other signs of prior use and age created during the material's previous existence as part of a barn, bridge, etc.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification – organization that monitors and guarantees that the wood used comes from renewable forestry practices.

reclaimed barnwood
Reclaimed barnwood is wood that has been taken for re-use. The reclaimed barnwood used by GroovyStuff comes from timbers and decking rescued from around the world.

sap wood
The outer layers of growth between the bark and heartwood that contain the sap. Often lighter in color than the heartwood. Typically softer and not as structurally sound or durable as the heartwood. skip peeling
a process that removes the outer bark using a very sharp, draw knife giving the wood and excellent texture and color contrast

sustainably harvested wood
Wood harvested in a responsible manner to preserve forests for future generations.

Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC)
A small group of visionary leaders in today’s furniture industry dedicated to helping save the rainforest. Two SFC objectives are (a) to assist manufacturers in adopting sustainable practices and (b) to promote sustainable products.

trestle table
The basic trestle table is a structure comprising two frame-based legs (the trestles) over which a tabletop is placed. It has long been popular for dining, as those seated are not as inconvenienced as they might be with the more usual arrangement of a fixed leg at each corner.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)
harmful to the atmosphere and, when present in a finish, produce off-gasses which can result in adverse health effects for those with particular sensitivities.

A wardrobe, sometimes called an "armoire", is a standing closet used for storing clothes.


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