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.

The Best Wood Polish for Cleaning Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 21/01/2021

What is the best wood polish for cleaning wood furniture? When you’ve made a significant investment in solid wood furniture, waited for it to be built and delivered, made it a part of your family story, and proudly displayed it in your home, there will come the time to clean it. And when it comes to high end, solid wood furniture you might hesitate. None of us wants to use the wrong cleaner on wood… The Best Wood Polish for Cleaning Wood Furniture

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New Poly Features for 2021

Beth Rice 14/01/2021

With so many of us sprucing up our outdoor spaces, poly furniture has taken on some new features to help furnish your outdoors in style for 2021. What’s New for Poly Furniture? Poly furniture continues to bring its A game in 2021, being an eco friendly outdoor furniture choice built from recycled plastics like milk jugs and detergent bottles. There’s no change to the poly we’ve all come to know and love, the outdoor furniture… New Poly Features for 2021

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The Pressback Dining Chair

Beth Rice 07/01/2021

A pressback dining chair brings home the look and feel of hand carved wood. Pressback chairs feature intricate designs in the chair crest rail. The designs are often leaves or acorns or a combination of the two. These designs are no longer carved by hand, and craftsmen have found ways to produce pressbacks more quickly and efficiently. How are they made in Amish country? Let’s take a look at the pressback chair, a popular choice… The Pressback Dining Chair

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Facts About Finished Backs

Beth Rice 17/12/2020

How important is it to have the backs of your wood furniture finished? What is a finished back exactly? And if the back of a piece like a desk is not finished, what the heck does it look like? Is it bare? The finished backs of fine wood furniture are a popular topic of conversation for our furniture specialists here at DutchCrafters. Questions are often raised about what the options are for finished backs, when… Facts About Finished Backs

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Things to Know About Dust Panels

Beth Rice 10/12/2020

The dust panel. Also called a dust shelf, dust guard or dust board. What does it do? Do you really need it? What does it add to a wood chest or dresser? Let’s take a moment to think of a dresser drawer, sitting strong and quiet, holding your folded clothing, blankets, sweaters and socks. The drawer glides in and out smoothly, providing storage and support. What’s happening every time you open and close the drawer?… Things to Know About Dust Panels

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The History of the Rocking Horse

Beth Rice 03/12/2020

In its prime, the rocking horse raced past other toys to become an envied playroom piece of its time. It was enhanced, improved and made safer over time, with its popularity skyrocketing. Then the rocking horse all but faded away, until waves of nostalgia and a longing for this old fashioned favorite once again took root. Rocking Horse History Toy animals have long been celebrated, and it has been said that the ancient Greek and… The History of the Rocking Horse

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How to Choose A Good Wine Cabinet

Beth Rice 19/11/2020

When it’s five o’clock somewhere and time to unwind, do you reach for a glass of wine from a wine rack or wine cabinet? What are the differences between them, and how do you choose a good wine cabinet? First, let’s break down some wine storage terminology. There’s the wine cabinet, the wine cooler and the wine rack. What is a wine cabinet? There are wine cabinets that are climate controlled and wine cabinets that… How to Choose A Good Wine Cabinet

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The Best Woods for Rustic Log Furniture

Beth Rice 12/11/2020

Rustic log furniture brings home a natural, outdoor woodsy feel. You feel that you’ve been removed from the everyday and launched to log cabin life, complete with log beds, barstools and rustic coffee tables full of natural knots and markings. Rustic furniture helps set the scene and with it comes certain types of woods. Furniture woods vary a great deal in their characteristics, benefits and challenges. What woods are best for rustic log furniture? Let’s… The Best Woods for Rustic Log Furniture

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How to Choose a Kitchen Hutch

Beth Rice 05/11/2020

What is a kitchen hutch? A kitchen hutch is a piece of furniture used in the kitchen that features storage and may include shelves, cabinets, drawers, a counter area or a combination of these features. Hutches are also popular for use in the dining room. Using one in the kitchen serves a similar purpose, adding storage and contributing to the style of the room. A kitchen hutch is a great way to keep frequently used… How to Choose a Kitchen Hutch

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5 Ways to Use Wagons, Wheelbarrows and Windmills for Outdoor Decor

Beth Rice 29/10/2020

Outdoor décor is a fun way to be expressive, create a new design and add to the comfort of your outdoor scene. Wagons, wheelbarrows and windmills can enhance your outdoor areas and in addition, come in handy for plants, parties and pretty outdoor spaces. Here are 5 ways to use wagons, wheelbarrows and windmills for outdoor décor. 1. Create a Colorful Outdoor Planter Amish wagons and wheelbarrows make great display areas for showcasing your favorite… 5 Ways to Use Wagons, Wheelbarrows and Windmills for Outdoor Decor

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10 Amish Dining Room Furniture Terms and What They Mean

Beth Rice 22/10/2020

Tucked within your dining room furniture collection are little parts and big parts that make dining room furniture function at its best. We’ve picked out 10 Amish dining room furniture terms to share and explain, highlighted by attractive Amish furniture of course! Test your knowledge with these Amish dining room furniture terms to see how well you know them. Clue: I sit right below the surface of a table, adding to its beauty and concealing… 10 Amish Dining Room Furniture Terms and What They Mean

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10 Questions About Amish Fireplaces

Beth Rice 15/10/2020

Amish fireplaces have become a popular item in homes across the country. All of our Amish made fireplaces include electric units, eliminating clean up, increasing safety, saving money and warming the rooms where families spend time together. Each fireplace adds exquisite solid wood style and fine craftsmanship to the room where it is placed. Offering a variety of standalone fireplace units, as well as fireplaces built into entertainment centers and TV stands, we get lots… 10 Questions About Amish Fireplaces

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5 Reasons to Love a Low Footboard

Beth Rice 08/10/2020

Low footboards have a lot going for them. Ever changing is the traditional matching headboard and footboard combo that have long contributed to defining the style and function of your bed. Long ago, footboards took on the job of blocking drafts and holding bedding in place. Over time, their purpose contributed more and more to the look of the bed. As beds are built to cater to new styles and needs, the footboard has found… 5 Reasons to Love a Low Footboard

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10 Popular Amish Furniture Gift Ideas

Beth Rice 01/10/2020

Surprising, stunning and something they’ll be able to keep forever, Amish furniture gifts are sure to thrill family and friends. Here’s something new and unique, that’s useful and thoughtful, and it can be customized to reflect the recipient’s personal style. Here are 10 popular Amish furniture gift ideas to make your holiday shopping a little easier and that are sure to rate with loved ones for any special occasion. Let’s take a look at what… 10 Popular Amish Furniture Gift Ideas

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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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