Many museums have furniture on display that is thousands of years old. And while we don’t buy furniture with the expectation that it will last through the millennia, there is no reason that a piece of fine wood furniture can’t get handed down to your great-great- grandchildren. The way a piece of furniture is built will affect whether your descendants get a treasured antique or a garage-sale reject.
The joins, or places where two pieces of wood connect, determine whether a piece will stand firm and strong, or wobble with use and age. Note that in a piece of quality furni ture, wherever two or more pieces of wood join, the grains should match up.