What kind of wood do you use?

We use all types of woods. We stock oak and maple hardwoods.
How long will it take you to finish my custom furniture piece?
 Depending on the size and the detail, usually less than 4 weeks
What forms of payment do you accept?
 Cash, check, money orders
Do I need to provide my own designs?
No, 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.
What kind of construction methods does Hoove Designs use?
We pride ourselves on using quality materials and methods such as ¾ “ hardwood veneer core panels, hardwood face frames, European concealed hinges and professional grade urethane finishes.
Do you charge for estimates?
No. 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.
Do you ship or deliver?
We 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.)
What is hardwood plywood and aren’t all plywoods the same?
Plywood 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.
What are the differences in hardwood plywood?
The differences 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.
Why aren’t cabinets built from solid wood panels instead of plywood?
Plywood 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 time.
What do you mean by “custom” woodworking?
Custom 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.
What is the difference between that and what can I get at the store?
Quality, 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.
What should I look for in a quality woodworker?

A. Expect a portfolio showcasing some of his or her work.

B. 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.

C. 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.

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