Wooden Furniture Care
General Guidelines to Wood Finish Care
Whether you use Briwax or another quality wood care product, here are some important points to remember:
• Before using any cleaning product on your furniture, test a small, inconspicuous area.
• Always wipe polish or cleaners in the direction of the grain.
• Avoid excessive rubbing, as it can cause uneven shine.
• Avoid over-polishing. We recommend no more than four times a year.
• Avoid any products that contain silicone.  Spray polishes should be avoided.

Note: These are suggested methods. Individual results may vary.
Drew Chan 1881, Inc...Wooden Furniture Care
This page was last updated on: July 18, 2007
Take Simple Precautions
• Don’t lean back in chairs. Avoid using chair stretchers or table pedestals as footrests. 
• Don’t stand on rush or woven seats.
• Don’t put anything hot directly on furniture.  Use coasters under hot and cold beverages.
• Avoid placing furniture near heat outlets, windows or in direct sunlight. 
• Protect dining tabletops with non-synthetic or felt pads under lamps and accessories.
• Use a protective pad when writing with a ballpoint pen.
• Remove spills and smudges immediately.
• Protect the surface when working with items (such as markers and glue) that could stain or damage the wood.
• Avoid scratching by lifting objects instead of dragging them across wood surfaces.
Furniture Alignment
Most homes have variations in floor level caused by age, type of construction, carpeting, etc., that may result in misalignment of your furniture. 
This may be easily rectified with adding additional feet pads.
Thank you again for purchasing Drew Chan 1881 furniture. We want you to enjoy your wood furniture; taking good care of it will prolong its beauty and ensure its longevity.

If you have any questions regarding proper care for your Drew Chan 1881 wood furniture, please contact us at info@drewchan1881.com.
Remember that wood is a natural material that is susceptible to climate and the elements, such as humidity.
Our finishes are designed to enhance the beauty of the wood and to offer some protection. However, your Drew Chan 1881 furniture is still a natural wood product and, even in the most casual lifestyle, will require certain precautions to prolong its beauty and utility.  These precautions combined with our quality built furniture will allow you to begin your own tradition in heirloom furniture collecting.
Ash - A hard, durable, lightweight wood with light to medium natural color and an active, interesting grain pattern.

Beech - A durable, medium hardwood with light, nondescript grain patterns; ideal for stained and painted finishes.

Cabriole Leg - A bowed leg that curves into a tapered foot.

Cherry - A durable hardwood with a characteristic warm, rich reddish color assumed with time and exposure to light.

Grain - The direction or pattern of the fibrous tissue in wood.

Hardwoods - Wood derived from deciduous trees; includes oak, maple, ash, walnut, rosewood, birch and teak.

Knot - The point at which a stem or branch grows from a tree that results in a round, often darker feature in the grain of the wood.

Mahogany - A tropical wood that rarely warps and is reddish in color, with a handsome grain.

Mango wood - Derived from the mango tree and grown in fruit orchards in many parts of Asia

Pine - A soft, durable wood that is light in color with a straight, medium coarse grain; ideal for distressed and rustic, decorative finishes.

Plantation grown - Woods that are ecologically grown with the specific intent of being milled.

Plywood - A structural material made of layers of wood glued together, usually with the grains of adjoining layers at right angles to each other.

Poplar wood - A hardwood also known as "tulip wood"; Its light color and inconspicuous grain make it ideal for painted furniture.

Recycled/Reclaimed - Wood that is reused from old buildings; features natural distressing and a time-worn patina.

Rubber wood - A dense, durable tropical hardwood also known as "parawood"; typically grown in Malaysia.

Softwoods - Wood derived from coniferous trees; softer in density than hardwoods.

Tapered Leg - A straight leg that narrows gradually towards one end.

Teak - An extremely dense, durable tropical hardwood, ideal for outdoor applications; if left unfinished, will weather to a dull gray.

Turned Leg -

Breadboard Ends - A board placed at the end of the lengthwise boards with the grain and orientation at a right angle to cover the end grain and pegged on to control wood movement.

Butt - A basic joint formed by butting one piece of wood up to another, which is typically reinforced with dowels or cornerblocks.

Classic Chinese Joinery - Traditional, solid wood furniture construction methods that do not involve the use of nails or screws. These centuries-old techniques include tongue and groove joints as well as mortise and tenon.

Dado - A joint formed by inserting the end of one board into the cut side of another; typically used for shelves and cabinet dividers.

Dovetail - A decorative, durable joint formed by interlocking wedges; typically used on drawer fronts.

Engineered Wood Construction - Any non solid wood product, such as MDF, plywood or particle board.

Finger - A joint formed by cutting small fingers into corresponding pieces of wood and interlocking them; often used as a decorative or durable drawer joint.

Lap - A joint formed by cutting the end of one board to lay flush on the lap of another cut piece; commonly used in frame construction.

Miter - A 45 degree angle joint used to conceal end grain; most often used in frames and tabletops.

Mortise and Tenon - A strong joint formed between one protrusion and one routed cavity; typically used with table legs or chairs.

Peg Detailing - Traditional wood working method of joining two pieces of wood together with a square peg hammered into a round hole.

Solid Wood Construction - Product made of wood hewn directly from cut or recycled trees.
Drew Chan 1881, Inc.'s finishes are resistant to minor everyday hazards, but carelessness with cigarettes, hot dishes and liquids such as nail polish or alcohol will harm the finish. 
Maintain the fine finish of your newly acquired wooden furniture from one of Drew Chan 1881, Inc.'s location by simply dusting with a soft, clean cloth always rubbing with the grain.
Approximately every four months polish the furniture with a quality furniture wax (we use Briwax paste wax on all Drew Chan 1881, Inc.'s finished furniture).  Apply the wax in a thin even coat using a dry cloth, rubbing with the grain of the wood. Buff with a dry cloth for a rich, wax finish.