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DIY PureBond Monterrey Side Table

SANY24711-300x297Checkout the newest build from one of the most prolific members of our PureBond Idea Team, Cher-Ann from Designs by Studio C!  this SANY24731-289x300awesome project again uses our eco-friendly, formaldehyde-free, PureBond hardwood plywood which she purchases at her local Home Depot in the construction! Cher-Ann gives detailed How-To instructions and offers FREE plans on this build so you too can make your very own Monterrey Side Table. For more on this fabulous creation, 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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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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Mod Mom Furniture adopts PureBond for its eco-friendly children’s furnishings!

PureBond Feat New Bold CMYK EDITWe are so excited to share with everyone that furniture entrepreneur, Mod Mom Furniture has adopted PureBond® decorative hardwood plywood for its eco-friendly children’s furnishings!!! PureBond® decorative hardwood plywood products will now be the exclusive wood material being used in the manufacture of its line of wooden toy boxes and other children’s furniture! How cool is that??

maude-1Mod Mom Furniture has made the conversion to PureBond® hardwood plywood, which is manufactured by Columbia Forest Products, to ensure use of the finest quality North American materials in their Mod Mom Furniture. PureBond contains no added formaldehyde, making it a healthier, kid-friendly choice for families.

In explaining the decision to begin using PureBond hardwood plywood, Kiersten Hathcock, Mod Mom Furniture’s president, said, “These days, when families make choices on kids’ furnishings, they want to know that what they’re getting is not only stylish, durable and made in the U.S., but also good for indoor air quality. Now that Mod Mom Furniture is made with PureBond panels, parents can be sure they’re receiving the best value for domestically-sourced, quality furniture that lasts.”

Hathcock added, “PureBond’s motto is ‘Everyone Deserves Quality.‘ It clearly expresses the message that this plywood is the best choice for consumers who seek all-wood materials with zero added formaldehyde used in their furniture, cabinetry and fixtures. This commitment to functional beauty and eco-friendly design is in perfect sync with our mission. In addition, Columbia’s commitment to responsible forestry practices offers an even more compelling, eco-friendly starting point for each Mod Mom piece of furniture – something we could not have said before.”

chasewhitebackground-finalWhile PureBond all-wood veneer core panels provide the timeless appeal of real wood, they also deliver strong, durable performance and lighter weight. They are highly-suited for building furniture, cabinets, shelving, bookcases and other furnishings – especially when compared to panels made out of particleboard, MDF or other “manufactured wood” materials. PureBond panels also possess water resistance properties that are superior to particleboard and other alternative panel constructions. And as a bonus, all PureBond panels are made in the United States and Canada!

In case you are not familiar with Mod Mom Furniture they are a true true American success story. When full-time mother Kiersten Hathcock began building children’s furniture in her garage in 2007, she had no professional experience in woodworking (like many DIYers PureBond currently works with). But as a self-taught furniture designer-builder, she quickly discovered a marketplace desire for modern-style wooden toy boxes. That started her on a journey that ultimately launched her own company.

At first, Mod Mom Furniture’s toy boxes were designed and built in Hathcock’s 400 sq. ft. garage – but they soon became so popular that demand outstripped her ability to manufacture them on her own. To satisfy growing demand for the products, in 2010 Mod Mom Furniture decided to partner with L&J Woodworking (Dundee, OH), an Amish furniture manufacturer, to make its products.

Mod Mom Furniture’s toy boxes and other items have attracted a steadily growing customer following including families, interior designers, and celebrities such as Rachel Zoe and Christina Applegate. Mod Mom pieces have been featured in furniture and shelter publications, national newspapers, design books and on TV shows.

finalenzocutoutAccording to Todd Vogelsinger, Columbia Forest Product’s director of marketing, PureBond plywood offers a level of enduring quality that can be found only in real hardwood panels. “But PureBond is also a healthy choice for families and children because it’s made with an EPA award-winning, soy-based, no-added formaldehyde technology. It’s a unique product that has proven to be very popular with careful consumers.” Vogelsinger noted.

Because of their formaldehyde-free nature, PureBond panels are particularly well-suited for people who are concerned about healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) for themselves and their families. Healthy IAQ is important because indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than the outside air.

Not everyone notices the symptoms of poor indoor air quality, although some people are more susceptible to contracting upper respiratory tract infections. Dizziness, nausea and asthma are other, more serious symptoms that may result from poor indoor air quality.

For more information on Mod Mom Furniture and its product line, visit modmomfurniture.com. For more information about PureBond hardwood plywood panels, visit purebondplywood.com.

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PureBond West Elm inspired dresser courtesy of Shanty2Chic!!!

West_Elm_Inspired_DresserThe Shanty’s have done it again with this awesome West Elm inspired dresser constructed with our formaldehyde-free birch PureBond hardwood plywood…..I am in how_to_install_hingeslove with project and see a lots of possibilities in incorporating many of the design elements such as, different finishes and coasters into other projects….maybe even a whole furniture line  🙂

stained_drawer_facesThe total cost of this gem cost the Shanty sisters just $300 with materials purchased at their local The Home Depot! And with just little time and effort you too could own this quite unique piece of furniture too, just click here for more detailed information!