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Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 4:17am
I had bought some unfinished wood cabinets a few months ago to add to my office.  We kept them in the open garage for about three months, to let them out-gas.

We brought them into my office a couple of months ago.  The odor wasn't all that strong, but strong enough that I didn't want them right behind me, as I could smell them.  So, they were placed about 5' from me.  When I stood at the cabinets, I could still smell them.  

Last Monday, I woke up feeling really ill.  Achy, tired, totally wiped out.  Very low energy.  I felt this way all week, and never could recover.

I discovered that whenever I came into the office, I would feel even more tired and the odor seemed to be getting stronger and less tolerable for me.  I had been feeling really moody in the room and I couldn't wait to get out of there.  So, I took my work out to the kitchen on my laptop and felt like a different person!

Each time I went back into the office, I felt weak and by now, my chest was becoming congested.

I decided that the cabinets had been making me ill, and also possibly explained the fact that I never returned to the robust energy that I had experienced earlier on the BTD.  I kept wondering why I was not feeling on top of the world, when I had been compliant.

So, I wanted to share this with you all, so as to alert my community to be on the lookout for indoor air pollution which is a huge contributor to our health.

I have done some research and found a product to be a possible remedy for particle board and plywood, which both use formaldehyde.  It's a sealer that seals the processed wood product with the glues from out-gassing.  I've read that it can out-gas for many many years!   :P

I plan to buy some and try it.
http://www.ehcd.com/websteen/sealing.htm
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 25, 2010, 4:50am; Reply: 1
You mentioned they were unfinished wood.  Did you paint the cabinets before you put them in the office?

There are paints out there now that they say have no chemical fumes, safe enough for a baby's room.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, October 25, 2010, 5:27am; Reply: 2
Thanks for that narnia!! ;) Hope you get a remedy sorted soon & get back on the road to health?!
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, October 25, 2010, 9:52am; Reply: 3
about 10 years ago I had a passel of teens coming to live with me and so I needed a house and got one with the floors all stripped sanded and freshly varnished..  I figured right , that we could move in and if some cleanup needed to be done I could do it as the kids where in school.  within 4 days of moving in I felt my regular 'cold' coming on and I never recovered.. It was a September that had needed some heat as it was really cold early..  I could neither shake my cold nor did I get feeling better.

NOW taking on the kids was one thing but I was crushed, the strain and stress seemed overwhelming.  I totally understood that these kids indeed had never lived in a house organized like mine, and shopping and cooking and laundry became a chore..  I had no issue with the work, but I felt totally exhausted more and more weak and tired.  I suffered greatly and went to the doctor a few times until I was testing nearly as poorly as a person with HIV.. a case of deteriorating bad health numbers....... It was the middle of the month of December when we discussed my being hospitalized for further tests.  I was to the point where keeping house was a drag on my strength and I nearly begged not needing to breath please..

Finally I was in the doctors office again and was beyond understanding of why I would find it so hard to keep up with kids.. There where many extra stressors with that, as they where high maintenance kids and I wanted to do right, but I just never believed that my age 55 then was supposed to make me feel like I was dyeing in front of my self.  SO: I was in the doctors office and as we always did we talked about a few things other then the kids,,,, when I suddenly REMEBERED that I was having recurring 'colds' from allergies to OAKS!  As soon as I mentioned this to my doctor and told him that: NO WONDER.. I was living in a house with oak dust everywhere in all sort of nocks and crannies... and IN THE HEATING baseboards.

I decided right there and then that I would have the house cleaned out from top to bottom and most of all have the heater units blown out from bottom to top and sucked the OAK wood sawdust into a strong vacuum...

I did just that, with 5 people scrubbing the house to it's last inch, while I was wearing a mask.. BUT we did not move the filing cabinets in the office that had carpeting in it.  BUT we did scrub everything around them as far as we could//.. Even now I till never like going into that room ever since.. 12 years later I can be in the room, but still only go in and out. I never stay there even when the windows are open.  

I did get better feeling in about a year, but it was a miserable time, especially as I could not feel as healthy as I wished to be for the kids.doing BTD saved me and them... Well the teens now grown out of college survived me and I survived them and the house and all are are ok today .. BUT I will not forget how bad I got from a allergy to OAKS.  (I loved it when I moved to Thousand Oaks near LA- years ago. LOL..  Karma!)

If I had to do it again.. or if I was you.. out with the new and back in with the old.. Years later I still can feel the differences in the office and all that is in there are a few cabinet's that are against the wall... I wish we had moved them.. still do..

BUT I AM GRATEFUL for at least having figured out what was making me deadly ill in the nick of time.

just my story..              8)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, October 25, 2010, 12:00pm; Reply: 4
Love to buy used things for  just this reason.
Posted by: +Aan, Monday, October 25, 2010, 2:09pm; Reply: 5
I remember when we got our new stove we were told to let it run an hour or two. Well whoever installed it didn't talk out some insilation (I don't know what it was) and made me and my husband very sick. We had the company came out and check out the stove and that was the problem. You would've thought they wouldn't try to kill us...
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, October 25, 2010, 2:23pm; Reply: 6
I worked for a company that moved into a newly renovated office and had to deal with "sick building syndrome" as well as growing sensitivities to perfumes, and office / industrial chemical fumes - printer toner, varnish, etc...  It can be very debilitating.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 3:32pm; Reply: 7
Gosh, these stories are fascinating to me!  I like to buy old things too.  I've never had a problem with unfinished wood, though.  We bought some bookcases from an unfinished wood store and painted them.  I never felt ill from them.  Also, we bought a pale wood dresser from the same place for a guest room.  I suppose there's a clear finish on that.  I like the smell of unfinished wood.  I have heard of formaldehyde in plywood.  People are much more aware now of building materials in their homes.  I don't think I'm all that sensitive.  Who knows what I inhaled/ingested as a child.  We didn't know about all this stuff.  I'm just lucky I wasn't a thalydamide baby!  My mother was almost prescribed that.   :o  Sometimes newly painted rooms have made me feel ill.  I just stay out of them until they are dry and keep the windows open.  My problem seems to be wall to wall carpeting.  I don't know if it is dust, or mold under the carpeting after they've been steam cleaned, but carpeting in public places - specifically libraries for some reason - makes me cough and hack and get congested after I've been there five minutes or so.  The 2nd floor of our house is carpeted, but it's new and we haven't had it cleaned yet.  I prefer hard floors throughout the house.  We have area rugs, though.  You know, I  don't like curtains.  I like blinds and shutters because you can just wipe them down.
Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 3:56pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from KimonoKat
You mentioned they were unfinished wood.  Did you paint the cabinets before you put them in the office?

There are paints out there now that they say have no chemical fumes, safe enough for a baby's room.


Nope!  Had not painted them.
Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 4:00pm; Reply: 9
The unfinished wood cabinets had particle board components.  The sides and back were all particle board.  So, it's not the wood but the glues in the particle board that were making me ill.

Most cabinets today, even the finished ones, are made up partially of particle board.  The worst part about this, is that formaldehyde is supposedly odorless, so you can't even tell if you're being poisoned.  However, I did smell some strong fumes from the other chemicals in the glues.

I am looking into buying some glass computer tables and shelves, as I've noticed since this incident, that my office is made up of 80% of laminated particle board products.   :'(
Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 4:06pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Possum
Thanks for that narnia!! ;) Hope you get a remedy sorted soon & get back on the road to health?!


Thank you!  I feel sooooooo much better today!  Unbelievable!!  I had been racking my brain trying to figure out what I had / hadn't done re the BTD, as I was going downhill here lately!  I thought that I was detoxing again, but I just kept feeling bad continually for a week and it seemed that it was not letting up!  

Now, I feel like I'm on an uphill swing toward getting back to feeling great again!   :)
Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 4:17pm; Reply: 11
Goldie, your symptoms sound so close to mine.  Just feeling like I couldn't do anything!  I lost a whole week's worth of work!!  But, thank God, I discovered this before my health got out of hand!

Oak allergies?  BTW, these cabinets were unfinished oak.  I didn't know that people could be allergic to oak.  I did notice that my symptoms got worse after my husband drilled holes in the oak to install the pulls......hmmmm... ??)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 25, 2010, 5:19pm; Reply: 12
Maybe they are not solid Oak? ???  I think it was the formaldehyde, the out gassing and the glues.  We experienced a similar situation with our custom made mattress, that needed two pieces glued together.  My husband could smell the glue.
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, October 25, 2010, 6:14pm; Reply: 13
Quoted Text
Thank you!  I feel sooooooo much better today!  Unbelievable!!  I had been racking my brain trying to figure out what I had / hadn't done re the BTD, as I was going downhill here lately!  I thought that I was detoxing again, but I just kept feeling bad continually for a week and it seemed that it was not letting up!  

Now, I feel like I'm on an uphill swing toward getting back to feeling great again!  


whatever it is you will be able to deal with it once you can figure out what is causing the issues.. if its dust wash it down.. with me it was so severe because the heaters kept cooking the saw dust.. I killed 2 hair blowers cleaning up the heaters.. best kill ever.. ha-ah

my allergy was detected when I got a 'cold' always about the same time.. like Sept.. and then ended up in Doc's office for meds in Oct.  

It really helps to figure it out : as I did to find out that cyclical I feel somewhat depressed on empty moon and stimulated (great) on full moon for each of 2 days..

get a good vacuum into the cabinettes keep the windows open while doing it.. vacuum as if your life depended on it.. no more holes.. or at least not without thorough cleaning after..

as for early childhood.. they did not have the chemicals they use now.. we had asbestos instead.. mom got lung cancer -wonder why- we used to sweep the asbestos 4x4 plate on the floor..

good luck fixing the issue.. glass actually sounds like a great idea..  
Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 6:43pm; Reply: 14
Quoted from KimonoKat
Maybe they are not solid Oak? ???  I think it was the formaldehyde, the out gassing and the glues.  We experienced a similar situation with our custom made mattress, that needed two pieces glued together.  My husband could smell the glue.


The fronts were oak.  The rest were particle board.
Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 6:51pm; Reply: 15
Goldie, the cabinets are outta here!  They were removed last night and they will not return.  I've decided to let my DH use them in his tool shed, as he doesn't spend much time in there.

I'm looking for glass and metal now, or some really old solid wood furniture.

I had been noticing that I felt tired on the days after I exercised.  I think it must have been due to the fact that the toxins from the particles borad were getting stirred up and was being dumped into my blood stream.  
Posted by: narnia, Monday, October 25, 2010, 6:55pm; Reply: 16
It's amazing what toxins can do!  I had been struggling emotionally lately, without cause.  Now, since the offending objects are out of the house, my mood is up again and I'm feeling more and more energy in my body by the moment!   :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, October 25, 2010, 7:04pm; Reply: 17
It's scary what kinds of chemicals lurk in everything these days.

This past summer, I researched buying a new desk for DD1, since the one she was using (about 60 years old and solid wood) was falling apart. The unit itself was sturdy, but the legs weren't attached properly and the whole thing was unstable and unsafe.

After seeing what IKEA, TArget, and Staples had to offer, I decided it was worth the effort to repair her old desk. Even IKEA, which is the least-toxic of the available brands (especially in the lower cost segment of the marketplace) didn't have a single desk without particleboard or plastic. I did well there with a metal bunkbed and  nontoxic mattresses last year, but struck out on nontoxic desks.

So, we fixed the old desk. I bought some new screws, nuts, and bolts, and we also had to glue some parts where the wood itself was split. I was a little nervous about the chemicals in wood glue, but it was still a safer choice than the poisons in a new desk.
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, October 25, 2010, 7:48pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from narnia
Oak allergies?  BTW, these cabinets were unfinished oak.  I didn't know that people could be allergic to oak.  I did notice that my symptoms got worse after my husband drilled holes in the oak to install the pulls......hmmmm... ??)

You can have allergy (abnormal sensitivity) to any substance (and emotions).  I can't count the number of food, environmental and chemical sensitivities I have dealt with!  You can even have allergies to combinations of things and emotions...
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, October 25, 2010, 11:19pm; Reply: 19
so glad you moved those furnitures.. so pleased to have done some reassuring with my 'story'..

it was worth sharing it.. good and better luck.
Posted by: narnia, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 4:17am; Reply: 20
Yes, Goldie!  Thanks for taking the time!   :)

I was not enjoying the benefits of the BTD while these cabinets were in the house!

I am feeling even better than earlier today!!  The spring is back in my step and I am able to move around more quickly and energetically.  It's amazing to think that offending substances can be so debilitating!!  

Hi-ho silver!!!  Onward and upward!!!  (woot)(woot)(woot)
Posted by: narnia, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 4:25am; Reply: 21
Quoted from ABJoe

You can have allergy (abnormal sensitivity) to any substance (and emotions).  I can't count the number of food, environmental and chemical sensitivities I have dealt with!  You can even have allergies to combinations of things and emotions...


One can be allergic to emotions?????   ::) ??)  Now that's a new one!! ::)
Posted by: Possum, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 4:38am; Reply: 22
Quoted from narnia
Oak allergies?  BTW, these cabinets were unfinished oak.  I didn't know that people could be allergic to oak.  I did notice that my symptoms got worse after my husband drilled holes in the oak to install the pulls......hmmmm... ??)

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | South West Wales | Carpenter develops wood ...
24 Apr 2008... started using Welsh oak wood instead of African hardwoods - and ... "Most of the wood allergy cases we treat here are caused by the dust ...
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south.../7364354.stm -

Can't get the link to work but this guy had given up his job to be a carpenter to discover he had an allergy to wood... it is worth reading...

& as ABJoe said -
Quoted from ABJoe

You can have allergy (abnormal sensitivity) to any substance (and emotions).  I can't count the number of food, environmental and chemical sensitivities I have dealt with!  You can even have allergies to combinations of things and emotions...


You also may still be a nonnie (unsure)...& if you are allergic to almonds for example, ppl with reactions to those allergens are known to also react to alder, & birch, & oak...??!!

Posted by: narnia, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 12:46am; Reply: 23
I'm fine with almonds.  I think it was the glues in the particle board, because even carpet glues make me feel ill.
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 1:02am; Reply: 24
Quoted from narnia
I think it was the glues in the particle board, because even carpet glues make me feel ill.

The glues are pretty wicked...  I had problems with carpet glues and particle board as well...

You seemed to question the ability to have an allergy to emotions...  
I can only say that we don't know what we don't know until we either hear/read about it or experience it...  It struck me like kind of weird until I experienced it...
Posted by: narnia, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 4:28am; Reply: 25
Quoted from ABJoe

The glues are pretty wicked...  I had problems with carpet glues and particle board as well...

You seemed to question the ability to have an allergy to emotions...  
I can only say that we don't know what we don't know until we either hear/read about it or experience it...  It struck me like kind of weird until I experienced it...


Not invalidating your statement by questioning....more of an amazement...  I had never heard of such a thing.

How does it feel?  Can you describe the sequence of reaction?  I find it fascinating!
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 4:12pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from narnia
Not invalidating your statement by questioning....more of an amazement...  I had never heard of such a thing.

How does it feel?  Can you describe the sequence of reaction?  I find it fascinating!
First, any allergic reaction can have different "symptoms" in different individuals, so your results may vary... ;)

The first emotional allergy I had was in combination with sugar.  I was eliminating the sugar allergy and started to feel better, initially, but then it seemed like the whole body started to hurt and the energy level just evaporated.  I went back to the Dr. and after a very quick analysis, she said that I was having an emotional reaction based on love...  Not a lot of explanation, but she treated it and away it went.  She then said that it I had big toe pain during a treatment period, that it was an emotional trigger and what I needed to do to "fix" it...  I've had several others, but I wasn't knowledgeable enough to know what emotions caused it - just got rid of it!

If you want to read more - look at http://www.naet.com
I will tell you that you need to continue to follow BTD/GTD while doing this technique, as the less toxins you have in the body, but easier the treatments and the body will have less to detox.

Posted by: Maldo, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:39pm; Reply: 27
I had 2 small cabinets from a well known furniture company last year.   After 9-days I called them and asked them to take them back: headaches and strange dreams, getting harder to breath, and increasingly couldnt tolerate the smell.    They took them back.
It took a few days for my head to clear.

I think it was a kind of wood treatment for bugs or something causing the problem, not varnish or paint
Posted by: narnia, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:58pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from ABJoe
First, any allergic reaction can have different "symptoms" in different individuals, so your results may vary... ;)

The first emotional allergy I had was in combination with sugar.  I was eliminating the sugar allergy and started to feel better, initially, but then it seemed like the whole body started to hurt and the energy level just evaporated.  I went back to the Dr. and after a very quick analysis, she said that I was having an emotional reaction based on love...  Not a lot of explanation, but she treated it and away it went.  She then said that it I had big toe pain during a treatment period, that it was an emotional trigger and what I needed to do to "fix" it...  I've had several others, but I wasn't knowledgeable enough to know what emotions caused it - just got rid of it!

If you want to read more - look at http://www.naet.com
I will tell you that you need to continue to follow BTD/GTD while doing this technique, as the less toxins you have in the body, but easier the treatments and the body will have less to detox.



How interesting!!
Posted by: narnia, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 6:59pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from Maldo
I had 2 small cabinets from a well known furniture company last year.   After 9-days I called them and asked them to take them back: headaches and strange dreams, getting harder to breath, and increasingly couldnt tolerate the smell.    They took them back.
It took a few days for my head to clear.

I think it was a kind of wood treatment for bugs or something causing the problem, not varnish or paint


I know!!!  We're supposed to get all new cabinets for our kitchen, and I'm hoping that they won't give me any problems!  
Posted by: deblynn3, Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7:18pm; Reply: 30
I would think hives is one reaction an emotional allergy
Posted by: O plus, Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:34pm; Reply: 31
I had to go to self employment, working out of my home because of environmental issues. So, this is not surprising to me. The idea of buying used is a very good one, also the glass and metal as well. I can be very annoying when it comes to buying furniture or something for my home. It has to be right for me.

I built a bookcase headboard one time. I don't know if it's the wood I used (pine) or some of the glue and finish  I used in various areas, but I never could sleep with that thing attached to my bed. It's in the basement now and has been for years.   I can't use florescent lighting, cell phones, or any wireless type of communications.  Once I leared my limitations, everything went smoothly. Occassionally something will sneak in under my radar.
Posted by: Maldo, Monday, November 15, 2010, 2:49pm; Reply: 32
Quoted from narnia


I know!!!  We're supposed to get all new cabinets for our kitchen, and I'm hoping that they won't give me any problems!  


I think if the wood is from a domestic source its not treated with chemicals so extensively.    If its imported they have to kill every single microcosm 3-times over it seems
Posted by: Maldo, Monday, November 15, 2010, 2:51pm; Reply: 33
Quoted from O plus
I had to go to self employment, working out of my home because of environmental issues. So, this is not surprising to me. The idea of buying used is a very good one, also the glass and metal as well. I can be very annoying when it comes to buying furniture or something for my home. It has to be right for me.

I built a bookcase headboard one time. I don't know if it's the wood I used (pine) or some of the glue and finish  I used in various areas, but I never could sleep with that thing attached to my bed. It's in the basement now and has been for years.   I can't use florescent lighting, cell phones, or any wireless type of communications.  Once I leared my limitations, everything went smoothly. Occassionally something will sneak in under my radar.


Do you know if you are a nonnie artspooner?
Posted by: O plus, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 7:29am; Reply: 34
Quoted from Maldo


Do you know if you are a nonnie artspooner?


Yes, definitly. I never took the test. But after 10 years on LR, the answer is an easy yes. But finding out the hard way like I did is def. not the way to go.

Posted by: O plus, Sunday, February 27, 2011, 6:47pm; Reply: 35
Quoted from narnia


I know!!!  We're supposed to get all new cabinets for our kitchen, and I'm hoping that they won't give me any problems!  


DId you get to your kitchen yet? I've been thinking about you as I put in some off the shelf HD  cabinets in my kitchen here in Fl. I'm usually very sensitive to these things. But it seems proximity has a lot to do with it as these didn't bother me.  It only  bothered me when I was putting them in and using the glues and such.

OTOH, I have a  bookcase headboard that I made for my bedroom that I can't use. I used boards from lowes and glues etc. I've let it gas out (even natural wood can need this)  in my basement up in Pa for 3 years plus. Every year when I go up I try a night with that headboard on my bed and it ends up back in the basement.  

Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, February 27, 2011, 6:54pm; Reply: 36
oh yes you can have allergies to emotions.. like certain people will make you ill.. make you angry, make you upset or discusted..

or certain people like maybe thinking of Ghandy for some might be a pleasure to counter act the ugly.. try it..

and if you are tired or over worked often as you are Narnia then all the emotions are stronger..

the answer to your question is YES.. also to pictures like violence boxing or the like.. or tranquil scenes from other movies..

There was atime I would have followed any man with English Leather.. I loved the smell.. oh yes the answer is yes..  
Posted by: 10809 (Guest), Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 3:57pm; Reply: 37
Has anyone tried an Oreck xl professional air purifier for allergies? I am considering getting one. I suffer the same as the OP. My stepson spoke to me the other day right after a cigarette and I have been suffering since. I inhaled smoke when he exhaled. When he visits, it stinks up the house even though he smokes outside. New things bother me as well. I find I am getting a little better since I am more compliant. We also bought a second hand leather couch set like new. I assumed they would be a good choice for a basement, though it would not take on basement smells like a fabric one would after a while. I washed it and sprayed the fabric parts with nil odor but the smell of their basement wont go out. I have heard that the oreck xl will help with that. Been reading reviews and only saw one negative remark. Any help would be appreciated.
Posted by: O plus, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 8:40pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from Goldie
oh yes you can have allergies to emotions.. like certain people will make you ill.. make you angry, make you upset or discusted..

or certain people like maybe thinking of Ghandy for some might be a pleasure to counter act the ugly.. try it..

and if you are tired or over worked often as you are Narnia then all the emotions are stronger..

the answer to your question is YES.. also to pictures like violence boxing or the like.. or tranquil scenes from other movies..

There was atime I would have followed any man with English Leather.. I loved the smell.. oh yes the answer is yes..  


Great point and very true. I wear personal (feng shui) protection for some of these reasons. Yet, there are still people who are energy vampiers (for me) that I have to avoid like the plague.  Also scary movies and violence on tv is something that gets me to another channel pretty quickly anymore.

Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, March 4, 2011, 12:46pm; Reply: 39
Thankfully (mostly to California regulations :) ) cabinet makers are catching on-- there is a link at the beginning of this story--- and you will see that many major manufacturers are reducing the amount of formaldehyde. I was researching this yesterday. Conestoga makes a RTA cabinet that you glue together that can be all plywood backs/wood shelves. You pick the glue. You can get unfinished doors if you want to take it that far. I will let you know when I find a good distributor if I continue in that direction. Not sure how economical. That's where I need to find a good distributor.

I'm sitting here typing this on an computer sitting on my MDF desk, with MDF shelfs and surrounded by particleboard table tops and cabinets with the same.

Will be changing things up when we move even if we are sitting on the floor and living out of boxes for awhile.  ;D

Learning and reprioritizing.  :)
Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, March 4, 2011, 12:49pm; Reply: 40
OOPS. Here's the link.
http://garages.about.com/od/kitchenstorageideas/qt/GreenCabSource.htm
Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, March 4, 2011, 8:07pm; Reply: 41
Interesting product. Claims to seal in the formaldehyde.
http://www.greenbuildingsupply.com/utility/showProduct/?objectID=377
Posted by: O plus, Sunday, March 6, 2011, 11:01pm; Reply: 42
Quoted from AKArtlover
Thankfully (mostly to California regulations :) ) cabinet makers are catching on-- there is a link at the beginning of this story--- and you will see that many major manufacturers are reducing the amount of formaldehyde. I was researching this yesterday. Conestoga makes a RTA cabinet that you glue together that can be all plywood backs/wood shelves. You pick the glue. You can get unfinished doors if you want to take it that far. I will let you know when I find a good distributor if I continue in that direction. Not sure how economical. That's where I need to find a good distributor.

I'm sitting here typing this on an computer sitting on my MDF desk, with MDF shelfs and surrounded by particleboard table tops and cabinets with the same.

Will be changing things up when we move even if we are sitting on the floor and living out of boxes for awhile.  ;D

Learning and reprioritizing.  :)



I looked at RTA.  Looks like a good way to get a well built cabinet at a good price. I ended up not going that way bc of not being able to return or having to pay shipping to do so.  But if you can decide and not end up with BR, you'll have a lot of cabinet for the $$.  Off the shelf at HD turned out great for me. And ended up being cheaper than RTA by quite a bit with their 20% discount promo.  No environmental issues at all really.
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