New startup is built around concept of wood joinery
May 29, 2019 | 4:44 pm CDT

LEHI, Utah -- Authentic Joinery wants to bring furniture into the future by concentrating on methods of the past.

“I am introducing Authentic Joinery, LLC which brings custom doors and furniture into the 21st century,” said owner John J. Martin.

The new company is located near Salt Lake City. Its philosophy puts aside methods such as metal pocket screws and joints that depend on glue for structural integrity.

“As a specific example, craftspeople make all of our drawers using hand-finished dovetail joints,” Martin said. “Also, we will use different joint layouts depending on the design aesthetic. The appearance of a dovetailed drawer box corner is a small detail, but it means something when seen in the context of how we craft a complete item.

“We will offer made-to-measure entry doors and other wood-crafted pieces that are not held together with dowels or pocket screws but instead use time-honored joinery and cabinetmaking techniques in conjunction with the most modern technology and methods.

As an example, Martin said that the entry door pictured is made using no loose tenons, dowels, screws, pins, nails, or any other kind of fastener.

Martin also said Authentic Joinery will offer options such as wireless device charging and smart home controls built into any surface that do not need to be visible.

According to Martin, the new company will be able to make it faster than the dowelled or screwed-together doors currently available.

As of now, the company is 60 percent funded and are open to proposals for some or all capital requirements. All the planning, research, and financials are done. Martin said that they can begin production operations about 60 days after being fully capitalized.


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