How our device stands are born

We thought it would be nice to share a look at how we cut the blanks for our device stands. 

Once the blanks are cut they are ready for the a 2-3 step sanding process to clean up the surface, edges and to soften the existing imperfections from using reclaimed wood — chips, cracks, nail and screw holes, etc. Before the final sanding we drill and carve out the hole for the charger and cable run. Once all sides are smoothed out, we bathe the wood in mineral oil and let it rest for a day. Then we seal it with our homemade recipe of Organic Beeswax Board Butter.

A New Challenge: Restoring a Vintage School Desk

This handsome piece has a lot of character, but most of that character has been carved into it's surface over many years of use by school children (including some choice swear words).

We'll begin by assessing the damage, including how much character should remain intact. Preserving the personality in a vintage piece of furniture is very important. Just like with us, as furniture ages their parts weaken, but sometimes build character. We'll want to carefully ensure this desk maintains its maturity, but looks awesome!

Restoring Chairs

We've gotten a couple new chairs brought into the shop that require some love. Most of the time this requires the lost art of the ancients -- reupholstery. 

The first step will be removing all the screws and assessing the damage. This includes inspecting the surface for scuffs, scratches, and gouges, the screw holes for stripping, and the joints for any wiggle room or instability. Most of the scuffs can be cleaned up with some wood soap. In this chair we'll need to reseat the leg joints with wood glue, clamp it down, and let it set for at least 8 hours. Overnight is probably best.

In the meantime, we'll start removing the staples from the bottom of the cushion. The foam is still good, so we'll just need some new fabric. Make some clean folds, and pop in some new staples.

Voila, we have a brand new chair!