Recognizing Quality. From Thomasville
Quality wood products and artistic face veneers are hallmarks of the Thomasville brand. No matter where in the world we manufacture our wood pieces, dedicated craftsman and consistent inspection of quality standards ensure that the highest quality. The beauty of Thomasville wood products is apparent to consumers because of the attention paid to aesthetic details. Product development and production teams determine the ideal wood species for the desired surface texture and for its ability to readily accept specific design details. Hardware and finishes are carefully chosen to reflect the desired look of every collection. Careful thought and creative energy is given to scale, proportion and design. However, the quality and performance of Thomasville wood products is not readily seen or known by consumers. So it is up to you to point out the many quality steps and materials used.
Wood is kiln dried to 6-8% moisture, which is the moisture content of most homes. This process prevents fissures and cracks, assuring long-term use-ability.
Solid wood parts are premium grade hardwood, devoid of any natural feature that would adversely affect strength, such as open knots.
Veneer panels are constructed with waterproof glues to ensure performance over time.
Back panels are constructed of 1/8" hardboard or plywood and, because they are not a structural component of the case, they are fastened by staples and screws.
Drawer bottom panels are constructed of 3.6 mm plywood.
Hardware metals have rust and tarnish proof finishes Screws and staples also have protective coatings applied.
Veneer is featured both for structural integrity and for visual appeal, allowing multiple woods to be combined in a variety of shapes and patterns. Veneered pieces are more stable than solid wood when exposed to temperature and humidity changes.
Solid wood components are graded by trained inspectors according to hardwood industry guidelines.
Veneers are hand selected, following our specifications of figure and grade quality.return to top of page
Construction & Craftsmanship. From Thomasville
- Doors are aligned to ensure uniform clearance and operation, free of squeaking and rattling.
- To prevent glass chipping and eliminate rattling, adjustable glass shelves are held in place by rubber coated pins. Grooves routed into the shelves allow for stable display of accessories.
- Adjustable leveling guides allow for a level unit on uneven floors.
- Over 30 parts and 160 manufacturing steps ensure well-engineered chairs.
- Glue performance tests, and stress and weight tests assure quality performance.
- Kiln dried woods and fluted, triple doweled seat rails provide sturdy joints.
- Corner blocks and interlocking finger joints provide strength and durability.
Natural Characteristics of Wood. From Thomasville
Every wood species has unique characteristics. These elements are 'nature's signature'; reflecting the unique life of each tree. Examples are grain patterns, knots, mineral streaks and pin dots to name a few. It's essential to point out these characteristics as you are finalizing wood selections with customers. Identify these 'character marks' as a 'positive' feature when initially identifying wood collections. Discuss how the piece they order will be different from the display sample they are looking at in the store. Wood is a 'living' product in the forest and in your customer's home. Be confident in presenting the unique grain patterns and natural markings as adding value to every piece they invest in. This avoids any negative response to these distinctive details at delivery!return to top of page
Grain Patterns. From Thomasville
Notice the unique grain patterns on this wood piece. Grain patterns tell a story of the life of a tree, as each ring represents an individual year of growth. Grain patterns add visual interest and character to wood pieces because of the contrasting shapes and colors they provide to the wood surfaces. In this way, they're similar to patterns in textiles, adding visual interest by incorporating contrasting colors and shapes.return to top of page
Mineral Streaks. From Thomasville
Notice the mineral streaks on this wood piece. They're created when a tree absorbs minerals naturally through the root system or from an insect hole. Oxidation occurs and causes these dramatic and distinctive markings, making each wood board unique.return to top of page
Color & Grain. From Thomasville
Because no two trees are identical in nature, the same is true of the boards we cut Variation from them. Each board absorbs stain differently. Heartwood from the center of the tree is darker and denser than Sapwood. Sapwood is lighter because it represents more recent growth on the outer perimeter of a tree. These color variations create a highly desirable color contrast that adds visual dimension and appeal to flat surfaces; much like veneer patterns.return to top of page
Knots - Pin or Bud knots are small, dark round circles marking where a branch grew on a tree but failed to mature. Large, solid knots are larger dark circles marking mature branch growth. Both tell the story of the tree and provide wonderful shape and color contrast to the overall board color and linear grain patterns.