Frequently Asked Questions about Specialty Woods custom built office furniture products.

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  1. Are solid wood conference room tables and credenzas more superior to veneers?

Yes, solid wood is a natural wood green sustainable product and a non-toxic, for the consumer including for the craftsman . You have much thicker materials to work with. Which in turn increases the quality of the finished product. My proven process in building solid wood conference room tables, credenzas and truly fine furniture is completely different than the veneer high production process.

The first step:  is monitoring and dealing with the moisture content, and maintaining the proper percentage of moisture during the complete construction and finishing process. My shop is a totally climate controlled atmosphere to make certain my products are of the highest quality. We use the finest joinery techniques known in the industry. Our solid wood conference room tables, and credenzas, and fine furniture are constructed to expand and contract as needed. So when there put in different climates you don’t have issues with them. I have been building solid wood conference room tables and credenzas and fine furniture for the excess of 35 years, I have solid wood products in 45 States, and have never had warping or cracking issues caused from poor craftsmanship. When you know the proper moisture content and maintain it through-out the construction process, the cupping or warping problems don’t exist. Our conference room tables are typically 1?” to 1?” final thickness through-out. We can do a thicker looking edge upon request if that’s the look you desire.

We have successfully constructed solid wood conference room tables from 6’ long to 52’ long as narrow as 36” wide to 7’ wide, with no warping or cracking accruing. See the results on our conference room tables web page Also all our custom logos and inlays are constructed from solid exotic hardwoods boards.

About the finish process: We use a hand rubbed clear oil finish to assure the natural beauty and depth of the solid wood. We apply it under high heat conditions to assure maximum penetration in our solid wood products. So you don’t have to worry about drink rings on our products.

Seating: Most conference room table chairs sizes very from 24? to 30? in width and as for the comfortable chairs. The sizes very depends on the people around the table, the table style and shape and most importantly the floor space in that conference room to accommodate a table and chairs.


  1. Can we make your conference room table to match your existing furniture?
    Yes, we have been matching all kinds of furniture for years.
  1. How do we photograph our finished products?
    We set up back drops and studio lighting for our pieces and everything we can do to get you the very best photos. Furniture is very difficult to photograph. But we’ll assure you that the quality of the craftsmanship of solid wood and hand rubbed oil finishes are second to none, durable and beautiful.
  1. As for veneer conference room tables?
    The structure of the table is a MDF (medium density fiberboard) made from left over by-products, (sawdust) or particle board made of wood chips another by-product from the mill. Then they cover it up with a veneer that is approximately 3/32 “of an inch in thickness, then the craftsman applies a super hard top coat finish to protect that very thin veneer. Widely used in the high production veneer shops. A catalyzed polyurethane finish which is very difficult to strip or to do any repairs on. In my opinion, yes, veneers are of lower quality to the consumer, but higher profit for the high production larger shops.

Integrity: that solid wood conference room tables and credenzas bring to the boardroom is remarkable statement to any meeting.

  1. Can customers visit our workshop?

    Absolutely, we have very much enjoyed our visitors. We were able to easily explain the craftsmanship that goes into solid wood furniture, and show the clients high quality of solid wood products. We have had customers from all over the United States visiting our wood shop. Our clients left with a very memorable experience. Which in turn I’ am awarded another commission.

Purchasing and Shipping Information

If your company decides to purchase a solid wood tables or any of our custom products from Specialty Woods. We will send you a proposal by Fax or e-mail. You return the signed sales proposal with a 50% deposit. All orders require a 50% deposit to begin the project.  When the project is completed, we will send you detailed photos of the complete project. The remainder of the cost of the project is due prior to shipping. Most orders take 6 to 8 weeks from start to finish, depending on the size of project. Our prices are competitive, our quality is absolutely superior. We are sincere in our desire to provide you with a product you will cherish for many years into the future. We except Business Checks or Bank Transfers and We ship to all US Cities Nationwide, your shipping details will be included with your proposal. These tables are handmade and our conference tables will bring the WOW statement to your boardroom so order yours today. Call our office 1-509-466-4684 or use our contact us form and we will get back to you shortly. e-mail  nealb@specialtywoods.com   sales@specialtywoods.com

Extra note: What is medium density fiberboard (MDF)? Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is a type of pressed wood that is made up of small pieces of wood particles (usually soft wood) bonded together with a synthetic resin. The particles used to make MDF are much finer than those used in particle board, resulting in a dense product with a smooth surface that readily accepts paint. The particles are steam-heated to break them down into fibers, which are then dried to reduce the moisture content. Once dry, the fibers are blended with resin and any other additives, then pressed and extruded. MDF is widely used in drawers, cabinets, shelving, molding and doors. It may be covered with a wood veneer in applications where as solid wood appearance is desired. Because MDF is made almost entirely of recycled materials, it is often marketed as an eco-friendly wood option. However, the resins used to glue the wood particles together may not be eco-friendly or safe. The most common resins are all urea-formaldehydes (UF). Rates of emissions for UF resins are much higher than those for phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resins. MDF contains the highest resin-to-wood ratio than any other pressed wood, including particleboard, and is generally recognized as being the highest formaldehyde-emitting pressed wood product. Because the wood fibers used to make MDF are so fine, a large amount of hazardous dust particles are released when MDF is cut. It contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (throat cancer) in people. The chemical can also cause, headaches, allergies, nausea and a burning sensation in the throat. It is nasty, nasty stuff. Safer resins and more eco-friendly fiber options are increasingly being used by manufacturers, including straw and post-consumer paper fibers and natural soy and lignin resins. Newer types of MDF, such as E0, utilize safer polyurethane-based resins, which have much lower formaldehyde-emissions rates. Types E1 and E2 have higher formaldehyde-emissions rates than type E0, with type E2 having a higher rate than type E1.

Reviewers pan EPA’s formaldehyde health assessment

Added: April 11, 2011

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to reassess its draft assessment of formaldehyde health risks, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC).

While the NRC report concurs with many of EPA’s conclusions, it observes that the EPA’s draft assessment has not adequately supported its findings that formaldehyde potentially causes cancers of the respiratory tract, leukemia and other health problems. In addition, the report says EPA needs to revise its assessment because it fails to consider additional studies to derive noncancerous reference concentrations (RFCs), which are estimates of lifetime concentrations to which someone could be exposed without appreciable risk of particular adverse health effects.

The review committee was organized by the National Academy of Sciences to thoroughly analyze the EPA’s draft on formaldehyde health assessments completed last June. The Composite Panel Association is among wood industry groups that has given input throughout the process.

Formaldehyde is a fundamental building block of nature and found in all organic materials, including wood. It is also a key chemical used in the manufacture of composite wood products, including particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF).

The NRC report was not totally in conflict with the EPA’s assessment. The review committee agreed with EPA’s assessment that formaldehyde can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat; lesions in the respiratory tract; and genetic mutations at high concentrations. Furthermore, the report finds that the evidence is sufficient for EPA to conclude that formaldehyde exposures are a cause of cancers of the nose, nasal cavity and upper throat.

Among other things, the NRC did not agree with the EPA’s draft assessment concerning formaldehyde’s potential to cause leukemia and lymphoma. “Although EPA presented an exhaustive description of studies and speculated extensively on how formaldehyde reacts in the body, the determinations of causality are not supported in the assessment,” the report stated. “EPA should revisit its arguments and include detailed descriptions of the criteria that were used to weigh evidence and assess causality.”

The NRC reviewers also questioned whether EPA delved deep enough to find a potential connection with formaldehyde and certain respiratory tract cancers and asthma.

The study was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council make up the National Academies.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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