Our son Bill Bedford lived with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy from Feb 19, 1970 when he was born to October 19, 2013 when he went Home to be with the Lord. We miss him terribly. We will continue to operate this web site just as he designed it and wanted it to be run. God Bless us All! Ed and Kathy Bedford
My wife and son and I began 25 years ago having Amish furniture custom built for our electronic school teaching stations, hence the name Educational Electronics Inc.
Our son Bill led the effort for us to transition to the Internet and sell Amish furniture, 15 years ago.
It took a few years to find a shop that could build toy boxes to our standards using screw construction with each panel made and finished by hand.
Other suppliers cut up panels in quantity and then hope to glue them together in a usable form.
So our prices are a bit higher for the premium built by hand one-at-a-time construction:)
Thanks so much for the order. We will keep you posted when the possible engraving happens and when the toy chest goes to the finisher.
And you will receive a FedEx tracer for the insured chest when it ships.
Thanks again for the order.
Ed and Kathy Bedford - Married 55 years!
The construction of an heirloom chest or other furniture begins with lumber that has been aged under cover for almost a year to dry it out to a level of moisture where it can be moved to a drying kiln for two weeks.
This reduces the wood to the proper moisture level of about 10% and kills any internal bugs that might be present in the core of the tree wood.
Those boards then go to a facility that combines them into a glued up panel suitable for the top and sides and back of the toy box or other furniture item. There are at least five different levels of wood quality for those boards. Our supplier sorts the boards and uses only the highest quality. Overall business is so large as to overwhelm those board making panel facilities so that it takes about ten weeks to make up the toy box panels or other furniture panels of the appropriate high quality.
Then our Amish builder receives them and schedules them in his facility, which is backed up for the three or more workmen by about 8 weeks.
The complete fully assembled chest or other furniture item then goes to the finishing facility for staining and overcoat protection. They are running about four weeks.
There is no way to rush the process, because training a skilled wood worker takes a few years and non-Amish do not to want to do that work that is very labor intensive. The Amish have to raise their own workers! We appreciate your patience while this process goes forward for your order!
Weather and other delays often occur in the Amish and our community, thus we are completely unable to GUARANTEE any delivery
We and they will do our best, but we are not liable in any way for delays, regardless of the cause!
- Because hardwood is a natural product, created by nature and then finished by skilled Amish craftsmen, you can expect the usual variations in wood color, stain color, some degree of cherry pits, even in so-called clear cherry
(Filled for regular cherry, normally open for Rustic Cherry).
Knots MAY vary from minor to major for the Rustic versions of the hardwoods, QSWO, OAK, CHERRY and HICKORY.
Our QUOTED sizes are nominal and should be correct, but we CAN also make errors.
If a given dimension is critical, please call to let us know that and to confirm the dimensions.
Differences of an inch or so are not errors, but just the result of the hand made process as practiced by the Amish builders.
- (CLEAR) CHERRY WILL ALWAYS HAVE DARK VISIBLE STREAKS,
IT IS THE TRUE NATURE OF THE CHERRY HARDWOOD in the U.S.A.
- Hardwoods may contain mineral deposits, pits, gum streaks, small pin holes, knots, color differences, unusual grain patterns, darker heart wood, lighter sap wood, etc.
- However, it is these attributes that comprise the beauty of hardwood furniture.
- No two items are exact duplicates, and therefore
- Educational Electronics Inc. makes no representation or guarantee that Customer's furniture will appear exactly as another.
- FINISHES VARY IN HOW THEY ARE APPLIED, HOW LONG THEY ARE IN VARIOUS HUMIDITIES AND THE UNDER-LYING WOOD GRAIN, WHICH VARIES NATURALLY OVER A WIDE RANGE!
- Wood Furniture Care
- Properly caring for your furniture ensures it lasts for many many years. This is especially true when
- Caring For Your Furniture | Properly caring for your furniture is simple, so long as you follow some simple rules.
- Always use a cloth that has wood polish when you dust. Dry dusting can scratch your wood, but the polish reduces the scratching. If you don’t dust, the dust will scratch the wood.
- Do not use soap and water to clean the furniture. Water ruins the finish and can damage the wood.
- The cloth you use to dust should be clean and soft. Harsh or scratchy materials could scratch the wood.
- Things to Avoid | These general issues are the main culprits of furniture damage. Avoiding them can do wonders to protect your furniture.
- Heat creates spots on wood finish. Always put something under hot dishes, utensils, or anything else which gets hot. This will protect the finish.
- Fast changes in temperature can damage wood. This could be blasts of hot or cold air from a central heating and cooling unit. Avoid placing your wood furniture near these vents.
- UV rays from the sun can destroy wood finish. Avoid direct sunlight when possible. Move furniture or close drapes, if necessary.
- Liquid can ruin wood finish. Clean spills immediately and always use coasters. When cleaning a spill, never rub it - gently blot it, instead.
- Proper Dusting Techniques
- Do not dry dust. Use wood polish to avoid scratching, and change the cloth frequently.
- Do not overspray the surface. Spray the surface evenly. Wipe clean with a circular motion.
- To create a perfect shine and strengthen the finish, buff the surface until it is dry. For wood trim, apply polish directly to the cloth, not to the surface.
- Always use the same type of wood polish or your furniture will become cloudy and streaky. If you use oil-based polish, maintain oil-based polish; if you use wax-based polish, maintain wax-based polish.
- AVOID SILICONE BASED POLISHES, PLEASE.
- AVOID HUMIDITY ABOVE AND BELOW 35 TO 45% TO AVOID EXCESS CONTRACTION OR EXPANSION OF WOOD FURNITURE, OR EVEN CRACKS!