I have inherited a small assortment of very nice furniture kits
which I will never find the time to build. They were manufactured at
various times by a Maryland-based company called "The Bartley
Collection," who typically made onky a few hundered of any one kit.
All wood pieces are cut to size, dovetails and other complex joints fit
together perfectly, and each kit includes dowels, screws, and other
hardware as appropriate. With care, glue, clamps, and patience you can
build your very own replica of a classic American antique. Forget
Ikea: these are made of solid hardwoods, using plywood only for drawer
bottoms - absolutely no "medium density fiber board."
I have the following:
Connecticut Lowboy, Queen Anne style, with carved fan-pattern front,
in curly maple
"Philadelphia Pie-Crust Table" (round scalloped-edge top on a heavy
three-footed base, top tilts up for storage)
Federal- style Curio Cabinet
Low-Post Bed: one each Twin and Queen size
Simon Willard grandfather clock ,
(with hand-painted Sun and Moon images that rotate into view,
chimes that can be disabled at night)
Queen Anne style armchair
All but the lowboy are solid mahogany, and all parts are present and
accounted for. Original cost for these kits ranged from a few hundred
dollars to more than $2000.
Photos on request, by email.