Krauss Furniture plant is auctioned

By Bill Esler | Posted: 11/27/2010 2:00AM

 

SOUTH AMANA, IA - For Krauss Furniture, it's a truly Black Friday. After 52 years of building fine furniture in the Amana Colonies, the owners of nationally known furniture firm have decided to permanently close the doors on its manufacturing operation and retail store. Wears Auctioneering has been selected to offer the entire contents of the remaining equipment and hardwood lumber inventory.

In February of 2008, Krauss Furniture originally closed, but still accepted custom orders. The permanent closure was attributed to economic hardship, lack of tourism in the Amana Colonies area, and rising costs. Founded in 1956, at it's high point Krauss Furniture employed 20 and did more than $1 million in business.

Chris Myers, son-in-law of owner Virginia Hoppe, who had worked in all aspects of Krauss Furniture for the last 25 years, now builds furniture independently in his own 1,500-square-foot shop with wife, Ginger, who assists in the hand finishing.

Hoppe maintains ledgers at home to index all Krauss Furniture built in the past 52 years, (over 70,000 pieces). Work was mainly in walnut, cherry and red oak, with wood hand selected and pieces built with mortise and tenon construction, sometimes, double tenon in the construction of each piece.

On sale Friday Nov. 26 are all fine woodworking tools hand power tools and furniture making equipment; a Delta 12" disc and 6x 48 belt single phase 220v sander. On Saturday, Nov. 27 thousands of board feet of 4/4 to 16/4 hardwood
walnut, cherry, oak lumber are being sold, plus thousands of wood components (turnings, chair rungs, chair legs, backs and thousands of  furniture patterns. On the final say of the sale, Nov. 28, store inventory, hardware and wood pulls, hinges, and original Krauss Furniture blueprints will be sold.



The store is closed but the Craftsman, Chris Myers, is still creating the fine handcrafted furniture he has always made.



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Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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robert wendell    
holcombe,wi  |  October, 03, 2014 at 07:17 PM

my parents had furniture built at the krauss furniture plant in amana, ia back in the 1960's I remember the white block building -- we still have all of the furniture that they had built I do need repairs to a couple of the dining chairs -- would chris myers be the person to do these repairs and yes they each have a number on them as well as krauss furniture. how do I contact mr. myers thank you Robert wendell

 

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