Our M+M (Methods and Materials)
We strive for the least waste, the soundest materials, the simplest production, and the most direct delivery.
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) router tables are becoming common in cabinet shops worldwide. Mostly, the shops use them to make quick, rectangular cabinet parts. For us, the shops make the exacting parts and joints of our furniture. The speed and accuracy enable efficient, cost-effective production.
Our furniture is carefully designed to use 94 to 100% of each sheet of plywood. Plywood is made from thin tree peelings. It uses less glue than other composites and feels better. It is more stable than regular wood because the grains are crossed and glued to reinforce one another.
We use a multi-layered Baltic Birch Plywood. The extra layers make the boards extra stable and the edges extra handsome. It passes CARB II emission standards for Formaldehyde (California 93120 Phase 2 compliant for formaldehyde), the strictest emission standard to date.
UV Cured Acrylic Finish
Our standard finish is 100% acrylic cured by UV light. Light cured finish has been used since the 70's. Unlike other finishes, no solvents are needed to help it dry, so nothing evaporates into the atmosphere. It contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) or Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS.) The finish needs to be evenly exposed to the light, so it works best on flat surfaces. Our furniture starts out flat, so it’s perfect for us.
The acrylic cures very hard and is solvent and scratch resistant. It does require some care because if it gets damaged, invisible repairs are difficult.
Acrylic does not yellow, though the plywood may naturally bronze with age.
UV bulbs now replace standard bulbs in the process. They last longer, conserve energy, don’t need to heat up, and don’t heat the plywood or the finishing room.
The finish cures immediately.
Any overspray that is not exposed to the UV light can be reclaimed. So waste can be almost completely eliminated.