All posts by "Beth Rice"

Beth Rice is a content writer for DutchCrafters Amish Furniture. She is the primary author of Timber to Table blog posts and has spent the last several years researching and providing knowledge on wood types, furniture styles, and design trends. As a busy mother of two, Beth understands the value of furniture in helping create a welcoming home for family and friends, and often writes on the ways our furniture can help support that. Beth is a published author with a gift for identifying the special moments in everyday life. Most recently, she had a short story included in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition. Since 2012, the DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog has been providing customers and other readers with furniture and interior design tips, information about the Amish, and woodworkers’ stories.

Anatomy of an Amish Dining Chair

Beth Rice 24/09/2020

The most important things a fine Amish dining chair offers are comfort, style and function. What parts of the chair contribute to these vital attributes? Our Amish dining chairs aren’t waiting in a warehouse somewhere. They’re custom made for your home, and building begins once you have selected wood type, stain color and other features. Here are the parts that go into making an exceptional Amish dining chair, laid out for you in easy (and… Anatomy of an Amish Dining Chair

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Platform Bed vs. Box Spring: Mattress Support Options on Amish Beds

Beth Rice 17/09/2020

This week’s blog post was written by Jake Smucker, who has served as the product manager for bedroom furniture. We wanted to pass on what he has learned about how mattress support works in our Amish beds. What’s the difference between slats and a platform? What’s the purpose of a box spring? What type of support do I need for my mattress? We’ll answer these questions and more in this Mattress Support Guide for Amish… Platform Bed vs. Box Spring: Mattress Support Options on Amish Beds

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How to Choose the Right Gun Cabinet

Beth Rice 10/09/2020

Gun cabinets offer a stylish way to display your gun collection while keeping your pieces safe and secure. Different options include things like a carousel holder for easy retrieval, hidden compartments and varying sizes. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for a gun cabinet. Gun Cabinets vs. Gun Safes It’s important to note that gun cabinets are for storing and displaying your collection. While they do come with locks… How to Choose the Right Gun Cabinet

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Space Saving Corner Furniture

Beth Rice 03/09/2020

Corner furniture helps save space as it enhances a corner. It makes a great addition to homes with limited space. In addition to its space saving quality, corner furniture is there to help organize, add storage, brighten a dark spot and add beauty. If you’ve been grappling with a room layout or struggling with finding the right spot to add some storage, we suggest turning to your nearest corner and giving it a good look.… Space Saving Corner Furniture

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Things to Know About Table Leaf Locks

Beth Rice 27/08/2020

What do you need to know about table leaf locks? Table leaf locks are handy little additions, often made of brass, that can be added to your dining table to secure leaves and make sure they don’t slide around and create a little gap between them that would look quite unsightly in the middle of your dining table. Why do you need table leaf locks? Perhaps need is not the right word. When would you… Things to Know About Table Leaf Locks

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What Does Amish Furniture Cost?

Beth Rice 20/08/2020

Have you ever dismissed the idea of purchasing Amish furniture because it cost too much?  Or perhaps you’ve dreamed of buying some but haven’t researched the price for fear it would be too high? What does Amish furniture cost and just how expensive is it? Before we answer that question, let’s look at what Amish furniture is versus furniture you’ll find in a big box store. Defining Amish Furniture Amish furniture is: Solid wood Handcrafted… What Does Amish Furniture Cost?

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The Ins and Outs of Barn Doors

Beth Rice 13/08/2020

Barn doors could be just the right answer if you are remodeling and looking to free up some space while adding a style element. The look of barn doors has been well received and is still going strong. While many favor a rustic farmhouse look, barn doors are available in plenty of styles to fit a contemporary or traditional room as well. There are a few things to consider before splurging on barn doors. While… The Ins and Outs of Barn Doors

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TV Stand and Entertainment Center Buying Guide

Beth Rice 30/07/2020

TV stands and entertainment centers come with a wide variety of options. From a simple, solid wood stand to rest your TV on to a wall unit centerpiece full of storage, there are plenty of features to fit just what you’re looking for. For a small apartment living room, a bedroom or a sizeable family room, there’s a TV stand or entertainment center with just the right storage and display combination to serve you. Welcome to… TV Stand and Entertainment Center Buying Guide

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How to Care for Your Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top

Beth Rice 23/07/2020

How should you care for your butcher block kitchen island top? You’ve added storage in attractive solid wood with plenty of cabinet and drawer space and on top sits a gorgeous butcher block providing the ideal place for chopping, dicing, and slicing. With knife blades making marks and food leaving stains, it’s important to know how to maintain your butcher block island so it continues to add to the beauty of your kitchen for years… How to Care for Your Butcher Block Kitchen Island Top

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The History of the Parsons Chair

Beth Rice 16/07/2020

The Parsons chair has got it all. It’s comfy and cool, sleek and versatile, classic and modern all at the same time. Armless without apology, upholstery that allows colors and patterns to enhance the room, and high backed with long clean lines, Parsons chairs have staying power. So where did the Parsons chair originate and why? How does it keep moving forward from its original debut in the 1930s? Let’s take a look at the… The History of the Parsons Chair

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Cottage Furniture vs. Farmhouse Furniture

Beth Rice 09/07/2020

For everyone who loves that down home cozy feel, that “come on in, kick back and relax” look, both cottage furniture and farmhouse furniture are perfect fits. But, they are not one in the same. While cottage style and farmhouse style share some characteristics, there are some differences too. Let’s take a look. What is Farmhouse Style Furniture? Farmhouse furniture is practical and hardworking. It grew from the farmer’s lifestyle. Each piece is designed to… Cottage Furniture vs. Farmhouse Furniture

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The Benefits of Having an Outdoor Fire Pit Made of Poly

Beth Rice 18/06/2020

The outdoor fire pit is a great place to relax, gather and socialize, and to enjoy the views of your property as you take in some fresh air. Providing warmth and comfort and a unique outdoor attraction, the outdoor fire pit is a place perfect for reading, chatting, enjoying a drink, making some s’mores and taking a break from life’s chaos. These days, it’s easy to add an outdoor fire pit to your serene scene… The Benefits of Having an Outdoor Fire Pit Made of Poly

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: How About Amish Furniture?

Beth Rice 11/06/2020

If you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day gift idea, one that will provide Dad with something that lasts, that brings him comfort, that he’ll brag about to his friends and that’s made in the USA, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got popular Amish furniture ideas that are sure to make the coolest Father’s Day gifts ever! What Amish furniture items make the best Father’s Day gifts? Let’s take a look. For An… Father’s Day Gift Ideas: How About Amish Furniture?

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Working at Home With Pets

Beth Rice 21/05/2020

Larry likes to lay on a work binder. Shadow keeps pressing the caps lock. Neeko likes to bark at new students on Zoom calls and Toto? Well, Toto just wants to help. That’s right we’re talking about our pets who have become our new “work assistants” as we maneuver working from home. Perhaps you are experiencing this extra time with your pets too. While some of our pets are overjoyed at having us home, some… Working at Home With Pets

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10 Fun Mother’s Day Activities

Beth Rice 07/05/2020

There’s nothing more important to a mother than the health and safety of her family. While there won’t likely be brunches out, trips to the spa, or visits with extended family this year, I promise that won’t matter to her. You don’t need to worry if you didn’t get to shop for that perfect gift or go to the florist to get her fresh flowers. Spending time with family at home, over Zoom or Facetime… 10 Fun Mother’s Day Activities

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