Our Philosophy

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We like to think of our furniture and cabinetry as functional with an artistic flair.

What We Believe

Everything we build is designed to be both beautiful and functional, to fit seamlessly into your home and lifestyle. We find inspiration in the wood, but our creations reach their fullest expression when they become part of your life.

The main emphasis in our designs is to create a functional piece with graceful, clean lines. Kitchen cabinetry and built-ins (bookcases, bars, and entertainment centers) are designed to match your taste and décor, while standing up to the rigors of everyday use.

Solid construction is enhanced by subtle details that express the Fine Lines philosophy of function with artistic flair. Our design vocabulary is unique, but is clearly informed by contemporary, Scandinavian, and Shaker traditions. Long sweeping curves and graceful tapers breathe life and motion into each piece.

THE WOOD
We hand-pick only the finest woods, carefully selecting stock for color and grain orientation. We typically work with domestic hardwoods such as maple, cherry, and walnut, but imported woods such as mahogany and teak are used in many of our pieces. Of course, we will be happy to construct your piece in any wood that suits the design and your tastes.

Paul enjoys mixing woods, using one to accent another — a lacewood door panel might occupy a curly maple frame, or a cherry table top could crown sweeping birdseye maple legs. Darker woods like rosewood or ebony are often used for details like splines that lock corners together on a mirror frame or jewelry box. Mortise and tenon joinery is used to ensure long-lasting construction.

THE CONSTRUCTION AND FINISH
The elegance of our designs seems to contradict the fact that every Fine Lines piece is designed and built for maximum strength and durability. Joinery in our furniture pieces is typically either mortise and tenon or dovetail. Larger projects (kitchen cabinetry or built-in wall units) employ pocket screw construction on face frames; mortise and tenon construction is available at additional cost.

We use the finest hardware available. Drawers operate smoothly on full-extension ball-bearing slides. Doors are hinged with a non-mortise hinge, butt style hinge or European concealed hinge. Knobs and pulls are of brass or stainless steel. For some pieces, we handcraft wood pulls to match or contrast with the piece.

All pieces and installations are finished with a hand-rubbed blend of oils to give a natural, rich patina that everyone wants to touch. Because we believe that a wood’s natural colors bring out its warmth, we use no stains or dyes in many of our designs. On table tops or cabinetry that will see heavy use, a top coat of a high-quality varnish or lacquer adds protection against moisture and scratches.

Each Fine Lines project is signed, dated and numbered, and we confidently guarantee our furniture for the life of the original owner.

THE PRICING
Every job is individually priced. Costs are based on complexity, materials, and market conditions, but you can rest assured knowing that you will receive impeccable craftsmanship at very fair pricing.

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Old Stagecoach Road • Sturbridge, MA 01566 • 508.347.3645