Glossary
Leda Furniture Ltd prides itself in manufacturing high quality furniture. All materials used to craft our fine furniture are carefully selected to ensure that each Leda heirloom will last for generations.
Along with quality materials, Leda also incorporates crafting methods and construction features that enhance our furniture design. This attention to detail adds quality and durability to the furniture, as well as convenience and adaptability for the consumer's needs.

Key Features
Chair Construction
Wood Terms
Construction Terms
General Terms



Key Features
Dovetail Joinery

Dovetail joinery is used to join the sides of the drawer to its front and back. Wedge-shaped projections on the front and back panels interlock with alternating grooves in the side panels to produce a tight and secure joint that remains solid.



Adjustable Shelves

Most cabinets, buffets, hutches and armoires feature adjustable shelves, allowing flexible storage space and reorganization without any structural changes.



Dust Proofing

Wood separators installed between each drawer. It prevents dust from entering through open spaces, protecting belongings stored within. Being affixed to the structure of the furniture, these components add to its sturdiness.



Drawer Runners

Drawer runners are wood strips installed in the center of each drawer. It directs the drawer slide evenly and smoothly while avoiding possible contacts and damages to the wood surfaces. These strips also add to the sturdiness of the furniture acting as an additional frame component.



Drawer Guides

Wooden glide installed underneath each drawer. Designed to slide on top of the drawer runner, it provides quiet and smooth drawer operation. Being affixed to the front and back of the drawer it also reduces the pressure being supported by these pieces in the open/close process.



Accessory Trays

Most dressers, buffets and sideboards include a convenient and stylish tray to store and protect jewelry, valuables and assorted silverware.



Integrated Power Supply

Computer compatible cabinets and tv armoires have built-in surge protection power outlets and cable connector easing wire management and power activation when multiple electronic components are connected.



Solid Metal Hardware

Leda Furniture case goods feature decorative solid metal hardware, aesthetically pleasing to touch and feel, with lasting durability.




Chair Construction
Dovetail Joint

On oval backrest only, these grooves provide additional support to the dowel joints


Dowel joint

Headless wooden peg inserted between holes in rails to join them and prevent slipping. Used on seat and back frames as well as on leg stretchers.


Mortise and Tenon joint

An opening(mortise) in the seat and backrest frames in which sits a tenon projecting from another piece of wood, adding strength to the frame structure.


Corner Blocks with Rabbet (dado) joint

Corner blocks, with two grooves, placed underneath the seat on all four corners are inserted in the chair frame recess to guarantee maximum sturdiness.



1 piece leg

All legs are made of a single piece of wood forming the posts of the backrest and the leg simultaneously, providing increased stability



Ultraflex Webbing
Seat map attached to the frame, underneath the foam providing even weight distribution and long lasting comfort.



Oversized assembly screws
An oversize screw is drilled through the center of the corner block all the way through the leg reinforcing the support already provided by the side screws.




Wood Terms
ANIGRE
ANIGRE is an exotic tropical African hardwood available with or without fiddle back grain (wavy and mottled figure) used mainly for decorative veneering.


ASH
ASH (similar appearance to oak) is a very durable and strong wood with many sports uses: bats, oars, and pool cues. If a tool has a wooden handle, it is probably ash. Also used in all types of furniture.


BURL
BURL is a growth in the bole or root of a tree, which is sliced to obtain veneer. The growth contains dark pith centers and many undeveloped buds, which produce a pitted “little eye.”


CHERRY
CHERRY is a warm, reddish brown colored wood with smooth, vibrant grains. It is recognized as an outstanding cabinet wood because it is hard, durable and finished with a rich, warm luster. Stands in Pennsylvania and parts of New York State provide a highly desirable colored and patterned wood. The particular species used in furniture production is known as “wild cherry” or “black cherry”.


EBONY
EBONY is an exceptionally heavy and dense hardwood from the tropics. It has brown-black stripes with grayish brown bands and is used mainly for decorative purposes.


FLAT CUT
FLAT CUT (veneer) is when the veneers are sliced from half a log producing an inverted “V” figure.


GUM POCKETS
GUM POCKETS are commonly referred to as gum canals, cherry pits or sap pockets. Naturally occurring in most hardwoods, these voids or pockets are sporadically found throughout all trees, especially fruitwoods. The areas, which once housed deposits of resin, called “gum”, may be as tiny as a pinhole, yet some have been found that are inches in diameter.



Construction Terms
ANTIQUING
ANTIQUING the process of making furniture look old. Wood may by scratched, gouged and planed for a distressed finish; stains and glazes may be used which reduce color brilliance, simulating the look of wood darkened with age.


APRON
APRON horizontal framing under tabletops or seats of chairs, may be used as a design element with carving, scalloped edges, etc.


BANDING
BANDING decorative veneer design, used as border or edging, usually of exotic wood.


BEVEL
BEVEL angled cut, as commonly used on edges of glass.


BULLNOSE
BULLNOSE a softly rounded edge, almost half round.


CENTRE DRAWER GUIDES
CENTRE DRAWER GUIDES wooden track under the center of a drawer used as a guide for stability of operation.


CHAMFERED EDGE
CHAMFERED EDGE is a grooved, splayed, or beveled corner of post or molding.



General Terms
ART DECO
ART DECO style of the 1920‘s and 1930‘s based on geometric forms and cubism. Discovery of the ancient Egyptian tombs in the early 1900‘s influenced the style.


ART NOUVEAU
ART NOUVEAU a furniture style of the late 19th century. Art Nouveau is characterized by the use of a free-flowing, organic style, with a swirling, undulating rhythm that drew inspiration from nature.


BAIL PULL
BAIL PULL is a handle or drawer pull which hangs downward in a reversed arch or half moon.


BALL AND CLAW
BALL AND CLAW (Oriental) Dragon claw grasping a pearl, popularized by Chippendale‘s early work, which showed a cabriole leg terminating in a ball and claw.


BREAKFRONT
BREAKFRONT a case piece of furniture, with the center section projecting forward.


CABRIOLE
CABRIOLE furniture leg derived from the shape of an animal‘s hind leg; shaped in a double curve, the upper part swelling out, then curving back toward the foot, which flairs out. Used in late 17th century Europe.


COLUMN
COLUMN Architectural design element, vertical support member.


FERRULE
FERRULE metal cap to protect piece of wood, such as table leg.


FINIAL
FINIAL decorative top, as on bedposts or pediments, may be simple or intricately carved or decorated. Common examples include carved flame and pineapple shapes.


FRETWORK
FRETWORK interlaced ornamental work either perforated or cut in low relief on solid ground, usually in geometric patterns.


GEORGIAN
GEORGIAN English designs from the period of George I, II, and III, 1714-1795. Early Georgian is characterized by Queen Anne styling. Later Georgian styles are known by the names of designers such as Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton.


HALOGEN LIGHTING
HALOGEN LIGHTING is a lamp which utilizes a sealed beam, internal reflector bulb that produces a sun-like light intensity range. Burn life: 2,000 hours. May be used in china cabinets and other lighted display cabinets for a more natural light and longer lasting bulb.


LADDER BACK
LADDER BACK chair back with horizontal rails resembling a ladder.


MISSION FURNITURE
MISSION FURNITURE simple, unadorned, sturdy furniture, built by missionaries and Indians in Spanish missions of American Southwest and Mexico. The name also attributed to the furniture of the Arts & Crafts Movement in the late 19th century, due to a presumed resemblance to the missionaries‘ furniture.


MODERN
MODERN streamlined, hi-tech style generated by 20th century technology, using new materials and construction techniques. The furniture was designed for comfort and usefulness, and void of decorative elements. By the 1970s, the stark feel of this style was updated in Post Modernism, with reapplication of detail and decoration to add warmth and interest.


MOTIF
MOTIF distinctive design feature, theme


NEOCLASSIC
NEOCLASSIC revival of classic Greek and Roman styles.


PEDESTAL TABLE
PEDESTAL TABLE the table is usually round or oval, supported by a single central column or pillar with spreading feet. Pedestals are often used in pairs.


PEDIMENT
PEDIMENT (Architectural) gable or roof-like feature at the head of cabinets or other tall pieces, often with lines broken at top to leave a gap for a decorative finial.




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