Abodian Happy Forest ™ doors and panels
Abodian Happy Forest doors and drawer faces have a unique genesis. Our forest gnomes take veneers of plantation grown wood and through an ingenious process of dying, molding and slicing they create fabulous imitations of exotic hardwoods. Rosewood, zebra wood, wenge, quarter sawn oak, teak and vertical grain fir are among the species that are accurately reproduced in a method that does not destroy old and sensitive forests.
They then apply this veneer over a substrate (California Air Resources Board II (CARB II) compliant), or in lay terms, particle board; which by the way is mostly recycled materials too. They then apply a 2mm thick edge. The veneer covers the edge banding, resulting in a seamless grain pattern on the panel without the picture-frame effect often associated with this type of edge banding. Because the original veneer leaves are man-made, the grain is highly consistent and easy to match, whether book matching, slip matching or butt joining (lingo for making it look good). To finish it off they apply several coats of water borne satin luster acrylic that contains no Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS) and reduced levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). This is really good for the atmosphere AND your personal breathing apparatus. The result? A very realistic and attractive -yet- affordable look without the economic and ecological cost of the “real” thing.
At Abodian, we get pretty excited about this kind of thing. Our mission is to provide you with socially and environmentally conscientious solutions that also yield great looks, allow for innovative outcomes, have built-in longevity and represent an affordable solution. We think we’ve got a winner here.
* CARB II In April 2007, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency, voted to implement new limits for formaldehyde emitted from composite wood panels. These new limits will be implemented in two phases starting January 1, 2009. When the final limits are fully in place by 2012, the regulation will establish the toughest production standard in the world for formaldehyde emissions from composite wood panels. The California regulation governs the formaldehyde in both raw composite wood panels and finished products sold or used in California. Both imported and domestic products are regulated, and must be third-party certified and clearly labeled to indicate they meet California’s requirements.
** HAPS: Hazardous Air Pollutants as defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency
*** VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds (typically found at much higher levels in solvent based products such as lacquer, oil based paint and conversion varnish.)