kind of wood do you use?
use all types of woods. We stock oak and maple hardwoods.
long will it take you to finish my custom furniture piece?
on the size and the detail, usually less than 4 weeks
forms of payment do you accept?
check, money orders
I need to provide my own designs?
but it helps to have a pretty good idea of what you are looking
for. Hoove Designs can work with your plans, pictures from
a magazine, plans from a designer, or we can help you create
a piece unique to your style and needs.
kind of construction methods does Hoove Designs use?
pride ourselves on using quality materials and methods such
as ¾ “ hardwood veneer core panels, hardwood
face frames, European concealed hinges and professional grade
you charge for estimates?
That's the time when we are working with you to see how best
to meet your needs and ensure that we're right for the job.
We believe that an estimate should always be free of charge.
you ship or deliver?
deliver if it's within a reasonable distance to us, and can
ship if it's further. We would discuss this with you prior
to giving you an estimate. We prefer to deliver so that we
can take personal care using our securing methods such as
furniture blankets and tie-downs. (Remember, we've put a lot
of effort into your piece and don't want to see it harmed
any more than you do.)
is hardwood plywood and aren’t all plywoods the same?
is a panel composed of layers of inner plies or other core
material, joined with an adhesive to a face veneer of the
specified wood. They aren’t all the same. “Hardwood”
indicates the veneer but not always what is composing the
plies. We would be glad to discuss the products we are using.
are the differences in hardwood plywood?
in hardwood plywood all revolve around the interior plies,
since the outer hardwood veneer can be applied over any core
material and still be called “hardwood plywood”.
* Veneer core is composed of actual wood plies, crosshatched
(the grain of each ply at a right angle to the previous ply)
and glued up to form the core. It glues up well, takes and
holds screws well, and provides good strength. * Hardwood
plywoods may also have an engineered panel at the core, such
as particleboard or MDF board (medium density fiberboard).
Engineered panels are being used more and more as they are
more cost effective than veneer core. Particleboard is manufactured
from pressed sawmill shavings, resin and wax. MDF is composed
of pressure-cooked wood fiber, resin and wax. While offering
excellent flatness characteristics, they do not take or hold
screws as well as veneer core.
aren’t cabinets built from solid wood panels instead
panels offer many advantages over solid wood panels. Solid
wood reacts to changes in temperature and humidity by periodically
swelling and contracting. Plywood doesn’t. Therefore,
a large panel of solid wood is likely to buckle, warp, and
split within a short amount of time. Plywood resists these
temperature and humidity changes, giving it stability over
do you mean by “custom” woodworking?
woodworking can include anything from kitchen cabinets to
fireplace mantels, bookcases to bathroom vanities. It is any
project built specifically for you and your needs. No two
projects are alike and you won’t find its twin in your
neighbor’s house or in a catalog.
is the difference between that and what can I get at the store?
character and your input. Retail stores mass-produce products,
so your piece cannot be unique. When a large store offers
custom cabinets, they often are offering a reconfiguration
of pre-built boxes. Many people are surprised to discover
that some of the most common names in furniture such as Drexel
Heritage, Lexington, Broyhill, Hammary and Ethan Allen manufacture
their products overseas.
should I look for in a quality woodworker?
Expect a portfolio showcasing some of his or her work.
Expect to be able to see a sample of his or her work that
you can look at to get an idea of the construction methods
and materials used.
Expect a list of references.
D. Expect a contract. It is your best insurance that you
will get what you are paying for. It should contain details
of the project, such as who is responsible for items like
electrical, plumbing, and installation work, as well as
a payment schedule.