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PureBond Demilune Table

SANY2462-300x233Yes, you can make a curved piece of furniture  like this quite fabulous Demilune table using our eco-friendly PureBond hardwood plywood!!! Cher-Ann for Designs by Studio C has really out done herself with this unique and beautiful table that quite aptly illustrates how you to can SANY2466-300x300make your own Demilune table or anything else you might want to feature a curved piece in the construction! For detailed plans and how-to, click here!

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Winners of the 2nd Annual PureBond Quality Awards

PureBond and Columbia Forest Products announce the winners of the second annual PureBond® Quality Awards competition. Twelve winning projects in four project categories – Residential Kitchen, Residential BathResidential Other, and Commercial – were chosen by a team of expert judges.

The winning selections were made based on the use of PureBond® hardwood plywood in a project that led to a quality finished project.  Fabricators competed for gift card prizes valued at up to $1,000 in each category.

PureBond Pledge Mockups“The PureBond Quality Awards is a way for Columbia Forest Products to recognize the world-class work being produced by our PureBond Fabricator Network members,” Todd Vogelsinger, Director of Marketing, stated.  “We’ve created a partnership with craftspeople who build quality custom woodwork for residential and commercial clients using our flagship PureBond brand of hardwood plywood.”

Now in its second year, the PureBond Quality Awards competition has become an important way to spotlight the accomplishments of woodworking specialists.  The 2013 winners represented nine PFN fabricators, as follows:

Residential Kitchen Category

  • First Place: Fitucci Cabinets
  • Second Place: Fairfield County Millwork
  • Third Place: Rivendell Woodworks, Inc.

Residential Bath Category

  • First Place: Lewis & Weldon Custom Cabinetry, LLC
  • Second Place: Wm. H. Fry Construction
  • Third Place: Fitucci Cabinets

Residential Other Category

  • First Place: d. KISER design.construct, inc.
  • Second Place: NR Hiller Design, Inc.
  • Third Place: Fairfield County Millwork

Commercial Category

  • First Place: Fairfield County Millwork
  • Second Place: Bradco Kitchens
  • Third Place: K&Z Cabinet Co., Inc.

Residential Kitchen Category Winners

Winners2013_KitchenThe first place winner of the Residential Kitchen category is Fitucci Cabinets of Van Nuys, CA.  The winning design was created for an oceanfront contemporary residence.  The project highlighted an open floor plan that used natural surfaces such as walnut cabinetry and PureBond cases throughout the home to complement stunning ocean views and create a functional-yet-beautiful living space.

“Awareness of green products for the construction industry has been on the rise.  For me as a cabinetmaker who uses only PureBond panels for my box construction, this is a very important sales point.  I found it to be a very important tool in the presentation of my product, and this project was no different,” said Eric Fitucci of Fitucci Cabinets.

The second place winner was Fairfield County Millwork of Bethany, CT with an impressive kitchen featuring knotty pine cabinets, paneling and trim that used PureBond Maple hardwood plywood. The third place prize in the Residential Kitchen category went to Rivendell Woodworks, Inc. of Concord, CA with a stately and inviting kitchen created using prefinished PureBond hardwood plywood.

Residential Bath Category Winners

Winners2013_BathThe first place winner of the Residential Bath category is Lewis & Weldon Custom Cabinetry, LLC of Hyannis, MA.  The winning design was for a new construction project located near the water.  With this in mind, a stunning bath was created that not only provided the functional space the family desired, but also offered a moisture-resistant environment through the use of White Maple PureBond hardwood plywood.

According to a Lewis & Weldon company spokesperson, the customer desired an all-wood product that was moisture-resistant and created formaldehyde-free, in addition to being made in the USA.  “With the widest variety of American-made quality veneers and reliable cores to be found anywhere, why would we choose anything other than PureBond?”

The second place winner was Wm. H. Fry Construction of Cupertino, CA with a luxurious guest bath featuring PureBond hardwood plywood backed with Maple. The third place prize in the Residential Bath category was awarded to Fitucci Cabinets of Van Nuys, CA with a striking contemporary bath featuring cabinetry made with PureBond hardwood plywood panels.

Residential Other Category Winners

Winners2013_OtherThe Residential Other category which was open to projects such built-in furnishings, furniture and closet systems, was won for the second year in a row by d.KISER design.construct, inc. of Omaha, NE, a highly specialized custom studio.

The winning entry is one in which d.KISER assisted an architectural firm in designing many of the home’s special features in addition to the cabinetry. The pièce de resistance (and the winning entry) is a fireplace made with Hickory PureBond panels that also houses an entertainment center and functions as a hallway blocking the public space from the private.

Commenting on the winning project, Doug Kiser of d.KISER said, “The PureBond product we used met the needs of our clients by being low VOC and having no added formaldehyde.  This was a concern because they have two young children.  In addition, when people see the space and the talk becomes technical, it’s a nice point to say that the soy-based adhesive used in the panels was inspired by mussels sticking to rocks in the Pacific Ocean!”

The second place winner, with a wonderfully creative furniture submission of a “sneaky bar,” was NR Hiller Design, Inc. of Bloomington, IN. Third place in the Residential Other category was awarded to Fairfield County Millwork of Bethany, CT for an elegant knotty pine trophy room.

Commercial Category Winners

Winners2013_CommercialThe Commercial category was open to any type of commercial application.  The first place submission came from Fairfield County Millwork of Bethany, CT.  The winning entry was created for the corporate headquarters for Peoples Bank in Bridgeport, CT.  It features a sleek radius teller line and a custom round circulation desk using Santos Rosewood and Wenge veneer over a pre-finished Maple PureBond core.

A spokesperson for Fairfield noted that “air quality and sustainable resources are a recurring theme as to what matters most to our clients.  PureBond panel products with no VOC’s offers the best of both worlds:  a quality product that is environmentally friendly and managed from sustainable renewable resources.”

The second place winning entry was from Bradco Kitchens of Los Angeles, CA with a working kitchen for Sur La Table, a major retailer of high-end cookware, bake-ware utensils and small appliances. Third place in the Commercial Category went to K&Z Cabinet Co., Inc. of Ontario, CA for a lab room project completed for the Science Complex at Los Angeles Harbor College – a striking example of “form following function” with no sacrifice in visual appeal.

Judging the Competition

The panel of judges assembled for the 2013 PureBond Quality Awards competition included William Sampson, editor of CabinetMaker+FDM Magazine, with a lengthy history in publishing, woodworking and business; Eric Pfeiffer, an award-winning product designer and co-author of “Bent Ply: The Art of Plywood Furniture,“; Whitney Gainer and Ashley Turner, the two sisters behind the Shanty2Chic blog which teaches followers how to transform their homes on a budget with DIY projects and How-To Tutorials; and Kiersten Hathcock, the creator and creative mind behind the popular and eco-friendly Mod Mom Furniture line.

The criterion for the winners was simply demonstrating “quality” use of PureBond hardwood plywood.  “The contest has grown dramatically between our first and second year,” Vogelsinger noted.  “In fact, we received nearly twice as many entries this year.  Every single one was impressive and instructive,” he added.

About PureBond Technology

Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond® technology was a major breakthrough in the engineered wood panel market. Developed by Columbia Forest Products in conjunction with scientists at Oregon State University, the first PureBond hardwood plywood panels were produced in 2005. Since then, more than 50 million have been shipped.

PureBond formaldehyde-free technology continues to be a market differentiator for woodshops that cater to a health-conscious clientele. Over 850 fabricators have joined the PureBond Fabricator Network to identify themselves as leading-edge suppliers who are thoughtful about the materials they use and the concern customers have with good indoor air quality and home resale value.

The PureBond Quality Awards competition will be held again in 2014.  “We are very pleased with the participation among the members of the PureBond Fabricators Network, and hope for even more entries next year,” Vogelsinger stated.

To join the PureBond Fabricator Network and become eligible to compete in the PureBond Quality Awards, click here.

About Columbia Forest Products

Established in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is America’s largest manufacturer of decorative hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer.  An employee-owned company, it operates facilities throughout North America.  It is a leader in sustainable forestry, as well as developing innovative and environmentally friendly technologies and products for healthy indoor living.

Columbia Forest Products has provided fine decorative hardwood plywood veneer panels to North American fabricators for 55 years. The company is committed to offering the industry’s widest product selection, manufactured in efficient, technologically advanced mills, and backed by exceptional service and product support.

Website address: http://columbiaforestproducts.com/Fabricators/2013PQAWinners.

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Lovely Dresser ReVamp by The House of Wood

vintagedresser_styled3I am rather in love with projects lately that integrate the old with the new (our PureBond hardwood plywood for example) and this really lovely dresser that has vintagedresser2gotten a second life after a fab rehab by Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood is a great example of how you can breath new life into furniture with a bit of elbow grease and a creative design eye!

vintagedresser_damagedpanelPer Jen she found this deco inspired dresser on her local Craigslist but found that it had some damage in the side panels which she decided to replace with our eco-friendly vintagedresser_veneerPureBond.  Jen also realized that taking this beauty back to its natural wood finish was not a possibility and made the decision to paint it with a couple of coats of Annie Sloan paint….I LOVE that paint application, especially the gold legs…perfection 🙂 For details on the project click here!

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Looking for PureBond? See how to find us locally!

focus_12In Stock at Your Local Home Depot Store….Check with your local Home Depot retailer for more information on which PureBond products are carried in stock or are available for order.* You’ll find the finest professional-grade, American-made veneer core hardwood plywood suitable for cabinetry, built-ins, furniture, and more!!!

In most Home Depot stores, you’ll find Red Oak and Birch plywood in stock and ready to use. Standard sheets are 4′ x 8′ and come in 1/4″, 1/2″ or 3/4″ thicknesses. They’re perfect for Do-It-Yourselfers or small project shops but if you’re looking for something a bit different we’ve made it easy to purchase all varieties of PureBond® panels from your nearest Home Depot store. If you don’t see what you want on the shelf, just ask the friendly associates at the Home Depot ProDesk how you can custom order anything you need:

  • Species like Cherry, Walnut, Maple or even exotic woods
  • Special thicknesses
  • Other cores and substrates

Better yet, there’s no minimum order requirement… and your PureBond® order is shipped right to the store! Ask your Home Depot ProDesk associate for lead times and pricing information for all special order products. Be sure to use Special Order SKU# 226-917. Or you can order some quantities of PureBond one at Home Depot, click here to order online!

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Just for puzzle mavens!

Are you a puzzle fanatic or do you know one? Well if you do, I have the a couple of companies that I just found that use our eco-friendly, Made In America PureBond hardwood plywood in their puzzle construction 🙂

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne, GnomeWorks Puzzles, LLC hails from the Appalachian mountains and seem to made puzzle art into a whimsical experience worthy of even the most discerning puzzler! mona-lisa-fancy-500-cropThe other, Liberty Puzzles was put a unique twist on the their puzzles by offering puzzles with their pieces cut and crafted into recognizable shapes! both puzzle company obviously take pride in their quality workmanship and materials, so I encourage anyone in the market for a puzzle to either own or gift to check them out!!!!!