Furniture Finish Stripping "We'll strip for you!"
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Bradley kitchen chair Trimble rocker
COMPLEX WORK IS DONE IN BATCHES FOR QUALITY AND COST CONTROL:
MAJOR REBUILDING, STRIPPING, REFINISHING, REUPHOLSTERY
CAN REQUIRE UP TO TWO BATCHES FOR COMPLETION.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ON LINE 10 A.M. TO 2 P.M.
"Project IN By" means item here, diagnosed, bid, decisions made, order to proceed approved.
There is no worry with us! We meet our commitment dates!
|Apr 4||May 2
||Aug 1||Sep 5
SATURDAY SCHEDULE FOR DROP-OFF & PICK-UP BY APPOINTMENT 9 AM TO 10 AM
|Every other weekend||Apr||May
|12 & 26||10 & 24||14 & 28||12 & 26||9 & 23||13 & 27||11 & 25||8 & 22||13|
- We schedule a batch for items that meet "PROJECT IN BY" generally the first week's Friday of each month.
- Items will be completed 5 or 10 weeks later on SECOND FRIDAY.
- Larger projects like refinishing an entire dining room set or bedroom set may require a double period or 10 weeks to complete, based on other workloads.
- Major upholstery rebuilding from "springs up" is the same. Upholstery that requires some wood repair, stripping and refinishing of the wood, and then upholstery requires the double period.
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OLD SCHOOL APPROACH vs. MODERN TECHNOLOGY
ISSUES OF RESULTS and SAFETY and the ENVIRONMENT
The Wood Works Inc has installed an absolutely cutting edge furniture stripping system. It is the best available system anywhere.
Not every small business that performs furniture stripping and refinishing can do what The Wood Works Inc has done. We have made the investment to make it as effective, efficient, and environmentally clean an operation that is cost and result beneficial to the client and their item, as possible.
The dramatic improvements achieved in the results may be viewed from several perspectives:
- the cost of the chemicals used and operation time are lessened.
- the staff time required for complete stripping of items is lessened.
- the cost of the stripping process to the customer is lessened.
- the results for the furniture item are improved, further reducing other costs for sanding and finishing; and, allowing an even higher level of refinishing results.
- the operator of the stripping system has increased personal safety.
- the environmental impact is significantly improved for air, water, and hazardous waste.
See photos of OUR STRIPPING PROCESS in our Photo Gallery.
The nation’s furniture repair and refinishing industry primarily consists of small businesses of several staff including an owner, hired sales/service staff, and hired furniture repair/refinishing staff; or, small one-man operations. In either situation the operation is truly a small business.
The historical approach to operating a furniture stripping system, using the most effective chemical, methylene chloride, was to understand that the hazardous fumes it generated acted like dry ice in that the fumes generally fell over the side of the stripping tray, or dip tank, and fell to the floor level. A low-level exhaust fan was used to draw the dangerous fumes to the exterior of the building. The goal was to not breathe the fumes. Generally, no special exhaust systems were understood to be required for the other phases involved: water rinsing area, the chemical handling area, or the drying room area.
HOW OTHERS DO IT:
Furniture stripping generally has been performed by:
- The hand stripping system: Just like the do-it-yourselfer, off-the-shelf stripping chemicals are applied to the item. The finish and chemicals are removed with scrapers, brushes, and other means, creating a mess and a hazardous waste that almost never is properly disposed. There is no control of the fumes. It is slow and ineffective, but doesn't require any special equipment.
- The dip tank system:The furniture item was submerged in a large vat full of the chemicals and left long enough for the chemical to remove the refinish. The bad image from such a procedure comes from leaving the item in the vat too long; which can damage the wood, veneer, and joints of the item. The item soaks in the chemical too long, but involves little staff time. There is little to no control of the fumes.
- The flow-over tray system: The furniture item is placed in a large metal tray. The stripper chemical is poured or pumped over the item, the chemical is allowed to work, and the stripped finish is removed with scrapers, brushes, and other means. The residue drains out of the tray into a collection bucket. The advantage over hand stripping is that it is faster plus it allows recirculation of the costly stripper chemicals. The used contaminated stripper usually gets used again but is dirtied and less effective than clean fresh stripper. Eventually the hazardous waste sludge must still be dealt with. With a low-level exhaust fan there is inadequate control of the fumes.
- In all three approaches, once the item is removed from the stripping process it must be rinsed with water to neutralize the chemicals and to remove all remaining stripper and finish left in the grain of the wood. How the contaminated water is safely disposed becomes a question. There is usually little to no control of the contaminated moisture laden exhaust air, if any. AND there is the question of how the contaminated rinse water is purified and disposed. Our rinse water is fully contained, processed and properly disposed.
- In all three approaches, once the item is rinsed, it must be set aside to dry, often in the open shop area with staff working nearby. There is generally no attempt to exhaust the slowly emitted toxic fumes. It has been learned that the off gassing of the chemicals during drying is almost more dangerous than the actual stripping; it is just that it occurs more slowly.
Government regulations now require furniture-stripping businesses to maximize control of the hazardous fumes from use of the stripper chemical methylene chloride. The regulations require that handling, use, and disposal of the methylene chloride include an appropriate means for capture and exhaust for every source of the fumes. The goal is to keep the fumes away from the staff’s breathing zone to a dramatic degree, a degree never before even dreamed of as feasible. And, not just in the actual stripping, but in all phases of chemical handling.
The dramatically improved control of all the fumes away from the staff person performing the stripping process can be accomplished by:
- Installation of “good work practices” for the worker’s safety.
- Installation of “mechanical and engineering mechanisms” to increase air control and exhaust to lower methylene chloride vapors in the breathing zone of the worker.
HOW THE WOOD WORKS INC. HAS IMPROVED “THE SYSTEMS”:
After a detailed listing was developed of over 150 steps in handling methylene chloride, The Wood Works Inc installed “good work practices” procedures requirements. No investment in mechanical or engineering controls will be successful without first installing better “working practices”. We made dozens and dozens of procedural changes for improvement.
Finally, The Wood Works Inc invested in the mechanical and engineering mechanisms. That major investment included the specialized equipment, space, and systems necessary.
We know of no refinishing business anywhere that has such an effective total system.
How safe and environmentally friendly are your items being stripped of their finish?
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