Our Cosmetic Standard

Our Cosmetic Standard

At Headwaters Woodworking we take great pride in each and every unique piece of solid furniture we sell. Our furniture is handcrafted and professionally finished by our team and built using solid wood that is sourced in the USA from sustainable forestry programs. Our wood was once living trees, which maintain a character and unique features and patterns, including some distressed areas.

Given the handmade and hand-finished nature of the products we craft, variations and imperfections in the wood should be expected and celebrated! Just as every tree is unique, so too is every piece of furniture that is handcrafted and hand finished just for you.

Please read through our cosmetic standards below before placing an order with us.

NOTE: By placing an order with us, you are agreeing that you understand and agree with the conditions of these cosmetic standards


Every piece of furniture will have a unique grain pattern, density and slight color variation as a result. We cannot guarantee exact stain matches to other tables we've done in the past. Wood does have a mind of its own and every piece of wood accepts stain differently. We cannot control it. We will use the correct stain or paint color that you requested for your order, but there is a chance the color will vary slightly from the table or picture you were thinking of when you placed the order. This is normal. We cannot rework the finishing on your table to get a precise exact match between pieces. 


We do NOT match stain colors off of photos. The only way we can do any type of custom stain color for you is if you bring us the stain yourself and tell us which type of wood to use. All wood types receive stain differently. Once you bring us the stain and tell us which wood to use, we will do what you've asked, however - we cannot rework staining that did not come out exactly as you had in mind. Why? Because - every piece of wood has a unique grain pattern and density and there will always be slight color variations. 


The finer finish you would like your table, the lighter your stain will be. The more that your table is rustic and distressed, the darker your stain will be. Why? Because wood has pores and as wood is finely sanded, the pores shut off - allowing less stain into the wood - resulting in a lighter color. The more distressed a table is, generally it means that the pores of the wood are still open (since it hasn't been finely sanded) and it will accept more stain. If you are ordering your finely finished table based off of a photo of a heavily distressed table and you want the same stain, please know that the stain is going to look different on your finely finished, non-distressed table. 


Other characteristics of handcrafted, solid wood furniture include open knots, visible brush strokes, micro-imperfections and textural variations in the durable, hand brushed finishes, unique distress marks, wood filler marks, joint lines, and distinctive nicks, splits, cracks, and other imperfections that wood naturally has. We allow up to approximately 1" of variation across all measurements due to the custom nature of the handcrafted furniture we build.

Those who do not appreciate variations and imperfections should not purchase handcrafted furniture, but are better off with machine-made pieces.

Solid wood may expand and contract due to changes in temperature and humidity. Our shop is located in Colorado, where the air is dry. Moving your furniture to a humid climate will cause it to move over time - which is expected and natural. This won't degrade the quality of the pieces, but will result in some wood fibers swelling and contracting. It does not affect structural integrity and is not considered defective.

We do not offer machine manufactured perfection - no two pieces are exactly alike since Headwaters Woodworking furniture is crafted to your order specifications.

We celebrate the true uniqueness of every piece of solid wood furniture that is built and finished by hand in our wood shop. It is our hope that you will as well.


With your order you were given a lead time. With many in our queue at any given time, lead times are PURELY ESTIMATES. We have been known to get orders complete and to customers before the estimated lead time given and there have also been issues that have happened in production that delayed orders beyond lead times. The lead time that we have given you is our best guess at when your will get your table. It's better to get it a few weeks later than quoted and it be up to quality standards since you plan to have it for years to come, than it is to get it on time and it fail quality standards. We cannot guarantee a specific delivery date. Please know this if you're placing an order with us in hopes of getting it by a special occasion such as a party, birthday, holiday, etc... We will always do our best to accommodate, but we cannot guarantee anything in terms of delivery date. Please understand this before placing an order with us and place your order well in advance of such a need!