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Construction Techniques

Using the fine solid hardwoods, Suter's employs the "old" construction techniques, assuring you of furniture that can be handed down through many generations.

Dovetail Joinery

A dovetail joint is used to join the ends of two boards at right angles to each other. If you will put your hands together with your fingers meshing, you will more or less have a dovetail joint. The dovetail joint is the strongest of all joints used in cabinet-making.

Dovetailing is always used when it will add to the quality of Suter's construction. Dovetails securely fasten all large drawer fronts and backs to the sides of a piece. The parting rails, which separate the drawers from one another at both the front and back of each piece, are dovetailed into the side panels. In the secretaries, five dovetail tenons are used to secure the desk's top to the sides.

Dry Mortise & Tenoning

Mortise and Tenon joints are used in the construction of any piece which contains drawers. To allow the side panels to expand and contract with changes in humidity, the drawer siderunners are dry mortise and tenoned into the front and back rails. A single screw holds the runner to the side panel.

Mortise and Tenon joints are also used in the construction of Suter's beds. Single and double bed rails are joined to the head and foot sections by securely bolted mortise and tenon joints.


Pegging adds strength to stress points in furniture. On cabinet doors, for example, the vertical and horizontal members are glued and clamped. In pegging, a hole is drilled through the joint and a square peg of matching wood, which has been dipped in hot glue, is driven securely into the hole.

Glass Pane Doors

Individually fitted and handglazed glass panes in cupboard doors.

Hand Turning of Bed Posts

Using hand gauges, skew chisels and parting chisels, all of Suter's turnings are hand turned by our experienced craftsmen.

When working at the lathe, our experienced woodworkers use many varieties of calipers to check the size at various points on the piece of wood being turned. This assures uniformity from one piece to another

Design Details

Suter's uses intricate design details that permit the natural expansion and contraction of wood.

Hand Finishing

Suter's uses a laquer finishing process. Hand-finishing produces a subtle overall luster that develops a rich patina over time.