Inside the Thos. Moser Workshop
The rough mill is where every piece of furniture we make begins.
Throughout our workshop, we maintain a year-round relative humidity of 43-50%.
This environment is essential during the building process. It maintains a consistent workable raw material so that upon completion, the piece will expand and contract equally during seasonal changes- allowing for fluid movement of drawers during humid months when the wood expands and tight holds during drier, colder months.
On average, we go through 264,000 board feet of cherry a year.
That’s the equivalent of this room being emptied out and refilled every 2.5 months.
Known as “The Taylor,” the panel press is responsible for gluing up every tabletop, chair seat, headboard, and more. Once the panels have been glued up, they will cure for 2 hours. Built in the 1960s, “The Taylor” is one of the oldest machines in the shop.
Many of the craftsmen in the building are cross-trained to work in any discipline. Casework is one of the most demanding work areas in the building. It requires a keen eye and sharp attention to detail. The craftsmen in this area can choose which project they want to build. One week it might be a bed, the next, a sideboard or Dr. White’s Chest.
The glue-up of a Dr. White’s Chest utilizes 53 clamps.
Throughout the tables department are walls lined with jigs for every piece of every table in our catalog. The jigs are templates that allow us to create precise cuts, straight lines, and cut flawless mortise and tenon joinery by hand.
Many of our signature curves are created through the process of lamination- a process that requires multiple layers of veneer, glue, pressure, and time. Through lamination, we improve the strength, stability, and endurance of many vital pieces within our furniture.
A Radio Frequency Press is used to create smaller heat-cured curves such as chair knees, dresser drawer fronts, and table skirts in 30 seconds.
Larger jigs are used for cold-press lamination.
Once the pieces have been glued and clamped they cure overnight.
Our chairs department is home to some of our most iconic furniture.
Utilizing 11,500 sq feet of the building, our chairs department is responsible for chairs, stools, benches, lounge pieces, and rockers.
In a week, this department makes nearly 50 pieces of furniture by hand.
There are only three of these machines in the world, and they live within our shop.
This jig creates the signature arm of our Continuous Arm Chair.
Our chairs and stools are known for their signature ash spindles and legs.
Welcome to Tom’s personal workshop in the building.
This small prototype shop is used to explore new designs, custom projects, and on occasion, you can find our Founder, Tom working on his signature flag.
Every piece of furniture is hand wrapped in blankets before being loaded onto our trucks.
The use of moving blankets allows this process to maintain a higher level of sustainability while also protecting the furniture from scratches during the shipping process.