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.

What the Amish Read

Beth Rice 22/09/2022

Ever wonder what the Amish read? Always popular on Timber to Table, are our guest posts by Erik Wesner. Erik runs the Amish America website (www.amishamerica.com) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/AmishAmerica). Welcome back Erik! Amish people tend to be big readers. This makes sense when you consider they generally don’t indulge in digital entertainment like most of the rest of us. Reading “dead-tree” sources like books and monthly publications not only fills Amish “down time,” it… What the Amish Read

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Wood Bookcase Buying Guide

Beth Rice 08/09/2022

Isn’t it great that a beautiful wood bookcase doesn’t have to be limited to an office? With so many designs and features available, the bookcase can find its place in a number of areas throughout the house. To help you find what will work best for you, we’ve put together a wood bookcase buying guide. Start with measurements. As with any furniture purchase, you’ll want to start by measuring the space you have to work… Wood Bookcase Buying Guide

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Amish Bunk Bed Q & A

Beth Rice 01/09/2022

The bunk bed is often viewed as a kid’s bed, a fun bed and a space saver. While these attributes are accurate, there’s more to bunk beds that can take them beyond the kid’s bedroom. How do they measure up and what else do they offer? Time for an Amish bunk bed Q & A. What are bunk beds? Bunk beds consist of two bunks (narrow beds) that make use of vertical space and are… Amish Bunk Bed Q & A

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Trestle Table vs. Leg Table: The Pros and Cons

Beth Rice 25/08/2022

Your dining table is so much more than just a place to eat. It’s a hard-working host, a gathering place, a workspace, a centerpiece, and a reflection of your personal style. Table style, shape and size are all important factors when it comes to deciding on the dining table that’s just right for you. Here we put the trestle table against the leg table and compare the pros and cons of each. Trestle Table Story… Trestle Table vs. Leg Table: The Pros and Cons

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5 Questions About Wormy Maple Wood

Beth Rice 11/08/2022

Have you heard about wormy maple wood? It’s got a fascinating little story that took it from a wood that beetles were buggin’ in to a sought-after wood type for fine furniture. Here we cover the facts with 5 questions about wormy maple wood. Why is it called wormy maple wood? Wormy maple (also known as Ambrosia maple)  is so named due to small beetles boring into the wood. They deposit larvae causing discoloration of… 5 Questions About Wormy Maple Wood

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The Power of Bedroom Sets

Beth Rice 04/08/2022

There are plenty of advantages to purchasing a bedroom set. We review them here, showcasing the benefits, features and power of the bedroom set. Who says it can’t match? The argument most often heard against buying a bedroom set is it’s too matchy-matchy, that everything matching is boring and those who purchase a matching bedroom set will become so bored with it, well, it could just put them to sleep. For those who want to… The Power of Bedroom Sets

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How to Measure for a Furniture Delivery

Beth Rice 28/07/2022

As funny as it was, to watch Ross, Chandler and Rachel trying to shove a sofa up the stairs to the sound of Ross shrieking “Pivot!” on the TV show Friends, no one really wants to be in that situation when it’s time to move furniture. So, how and what should you measure so you’re best prepared for a furniture delivery? Let’s take a look. Measure Your Space at Home Take measurements of the room… How to Measure for a Furniture Delivery

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Lighting Fixtures that Enhance Decor

Beth Rice 21/07/2022

One popular design trend this year involves getting creative with lighting fixtures that enhance décor and make a statement. How does lighting contribute to a room? What new looks are out there that will add to the design and still contribute enough light for the room’s activities? Let’s take a look. How Home Lighting Contributes The light in any room contributes to both the look and mood of the room. Three main types of lighting… Lighting Fixtures that Enhance Decor

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5 Handcrafted Cottagecore Furniture Ideas

Beth Rice 14/07/2022

Cottagecore has amassed quite a following. Loved for its natural style and feel-good practices, the cottagecore culture embodies rustic design, web-free habits and overall cozy feelings.  We have just the right pieces of handcrafted furniture to help capture the feeling, the style and the essence of cottage core. What is cottagecore? Cottagecore, also known as farmcore, seeks to be removed from the pressures and distractions of technology, television and fast pace processes. Inspired by western… 5 Handcrafted Cottagecore Furniture Ideas

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Drop Leaf, Gateleg and Draw Leaf Tables: How are they Different?

Beth Rice 30/06/2022

Dealing with a small space but still want to be able to host a dinner party? Let’s chat about three table solutions that can help. They are the drop leaf, gateleg and draw leaf dining tables. Drop leaf, gateleg and draw leaf dining tables help you save space and still host a dinner party. Drop leaf and gateleg tables date back as far as the late sixteenth century in England. They were used during the… Drop Leaf, Gateleg and Draw Leaf Tables: How are they Different?

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Cherry vs. Oak for Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 23/06/2022

Curious about cherry and oak and how they compare? We’re back with another wood type comparison with cherry versus oak for wood furniture. The differences between cherry wood and oak wood are the opposite of subtle, and here we compare and contrast them to help you decide which you prefer for wood furniture. Cherry Wood vs. Oak Wood Both cherry and oak are big name stars in the wood type arena. Each have their own… Cherry vs. Oak for Wood Furniture

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Create the Right Chi: Feng Shui Tips for Your Home

Beth Rice 16/06/2022

Your home is your haven. It’s your personal space for living, laughing and loving with family, friends and loved ones. The art of feng shui aims to fill your home with warmth, comfort and everything positive. Whether your style is contemporary or country, transitional or formal, the principles of feng shui offer help to provide balance and the right flow of positive energy throughout your home. What is feng shui? The practice of feng shui… Create the Right Chi: Feng Shui Tips for Your Home

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10 Unique Father’s Day Gifts Made in America

Beth Rice 02/06/2022

Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift that’s made in America?  You’ve come to the right place. All the gifts listed here are handcrafted in Amish country, in woodshops located in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. Lots of them are customizable, offering different features and functions. For dads and granddads alike, there’s sure to be a unique gift here that will stand out from the rest. Amish Rustic Half Barrel Wine Bottle Holder This unique wine… 10 Unique Father’s Day Gifts Made in America

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How to Shorten the Wait for New Furniture

Beth Rice 26/05/2022

In the age of Amazon where delivery drivers are literally running to our doors to deliver packages and online pre-ordering allows us to pull in and grab our merchandise, we’ve gotten used to getting things fast. One thing we didn’t expect to add to our waitlist was furniture. The good news is, there are solutions and answers to getting quality furniture a little faster. Roughly a year ago, the furniture industry saw an explosion in… How to Shorten the Wait for New Furniture

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5 Reasons to Invest in an Adirondack Chair

Beth Rice 12/05/2022

If being outside in such a relaxed state you could fall asleep where you sit appeals to you, then you should read on. There is such a chair that not only can accomplish this ultra-chill feeling, but comes with a host of other benefits, and that chair is the one and only Adirondack chair. If you haven’t ever seen or tested an Adirondack chair, quite honestly, you’re missing out. Get ready for five reasons to… 5 Reasons to Invest in an Adirondack Chair

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