• Construction Features
    Uniquely Stickley

    The details shown here explain a few of Stickley’s unique and time-honored construction techniques. As you become familiar with distinguishing characteristics of fine furniture, bear in mind that most of these techniques are use only by Stickley.

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    Side Hung & Center Guided Draws. No plastic parts to break, no metal to rust and scratch: just honest to goodness hand craftsmanship. The center guide keeps drawers from skewing sideways while side suspension keeps drawers level when heavily loaded. Stickley drawers never scrape the bottom, and open and close with ease forever.
    Dovetailed Cross Rails. Cross rails dovetailed into end panels strengthen the case from side to side. Separation of the end panels is impossible unless the wood is split apart. This joint is self-locking even before the glue is applied.
    Bed Rail Construction. For a good night’s sleep every night, the side rails of all Stickley beds are mortised and tenoned into the posts, while the ends of the rails feature panhead screws secured into an iron casting—all to ensure that the bed will not wobble or rock.
    Tongue & Groove Joints. This woodworking technique ensures accurate board alignment and gives individually matched boards the appearance of one solid piece of wood. This joint does not crack or split and allows for greater finished thickness on all tops.
    Placing of Glass with Quarter Rounds. Instead of using a single sheet of glass on bookcases, Stickley pieces include individual panes of glass that are secured with wood quarter rounds that are mitered to fit perfectly in place, making the inside of each door as handsome as the outside.
    Pinned Mortise and Tenon Joints. Most Stickley door joints are mortise and tenoned, glued, and then pinned with wooden pins. The pins lock the joint and supply additional strength creating a joint that would hold together even without the use of glue.