Formaldehyde-free cabinets

coffeehausNovember 9, 2007

Anyone building "green" formaldehyde-free cabinets? What sort of products are available for shelving or interiors, assuming hardwoods are used for exteriors?

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sombreuil_mongrel

Hi,
I got my cabinets with no particle board, birch plywood sides, solid maple shelves and drawer boxes. The interiors are factory-finished with a catalyzed lacquer, and the hardwood external parts I finished myself. The best part is, there is no detectable odor from them. I didn't do this to avoid formaldehyde, per se, but my plan to minimize man-made materials essentially accomplished the same thing. Coating offending materials with shellac is a fairly effective odor barrier.
Casey

    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 5:23PM
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candibarr

I have made cabinets from formaldehyde-free melamine. It was about $10 a sheet more than regular, worked fine. I prefer the pre-finished plywood because it's better looking & lighter. My supplier doesn't bill it as formaldehyde-free, and there may be some in the glue, but it doesn't stink.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 3:44PM
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