As a second-generation wood craftsman, Paul Yoder, along with his wife Ida, founded River Woodworking in 2000. Having learned the art of crafting fine quality, roll-top desks from his father, Paul continued the family tradition designing and building a full line of computer and standard roll-top and flat-top desks along with other fine furniture pieces to complement any home or office interior. Today, River Woodworking offers over 30 styles of desks and furnishings in both mission and classic styling. Each piece is handcrafted from one-inch solid hardwood in a variety of wood species. Quality construction and finishing combined with a host of extra features have placed River Woodworking at the top of its class creating fine desks and furnishings that will endure decades of service.

One and Only

Surround yourself with beautifully crafted hardwood creations you'll love. Custom-made for something special that fits your style. From the attractive wood grains to the color and finish — the results will be yours and yours alone.

Carefully Crafted

Everywhere and in every piece, we take the time and use the tools to build you strong, sturdy and attractive results that can last generations.

Here to Help

We want to make sure your delighted with the development and delivery of your kitchen cabinets and household hardwood pieces. We’ll talk with you to get a sense of what you’re looking for. And we’ll answer your questions and give you advice. It’s an experience you’ll come to appreciate.

“Here at River Woodworking, quality is everything. That’s why we have our own state-of-the-art finish shop right here at our facility. We are very picky when it comes to fit and finish. From receiving the finest quality kiln dried hardwood to installation... every detail, every customer and every installation is important to us.”
Paul Yoder

The Nature of Wood and its Environment

All hardwood contains variation in its color and grain. In manufacturing and finishing its furniture, River Woodworking strives to bring out the natural beauty and character of each piece of wood. These wood characteristics give each piece of solid wood furniture its unique charm, although the finishing processes are identical, no two pieces will be exactly the same.

Because most hardwoods are open grained, solid wood furniture will expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature, even after protective finishes have been applied. Care in controlling the furniture’s environment will help minimize the minor cracking and warping that is a natural part of the wood’s character.

Indoor humidity should be kept in the 35 to 40 percent range to minimize these effects. If the humidity moves out of the ideal range, solid wood chairs can expand or contract causing a gap in the joints. This is perfectly normal as moisture is absorbed through end grains of wood causing more movement at the joints that in the center. Through change of seasons these changes will occur according to humidity levels.

Additionally, direct sunlight and fluorescent fixtures that contain ultra-violet rays can cause chemical changes in the wood and finish and should be avoided. Furniture should also be kept away from direct sources of heating and cooling and out of attic or basement storage environments. With proper care, solid wood furniture will provide a lifetime of enjoyment and can be passed on to future generations.

Avoid silicone when cleaning furniture. Many polishing and waxing products on the marker tout their abilities to keep furniture finishings looking like new. But experienced finishers are adamant about one thing: Never use a polish that contains silicone. Silicone interacts with existing finish in a way that makes it almost impossible to refinish it should there ever be a need to do so. Refinishing after silicone polish has been results in a flawed finish. The best possible fluid for cleaning a finish is warm tap water. Some finishers recommend adding a bit of mild detergent. Avoid any harsh soaps or anything with abrasives.