JUNCTION WOOD SURFACES: WHAT TO EXPECT

The surface of a Junction Wood furniture piece has been finely sanded to leave an extremely soft and smooth hand feel. You haven’t felt anything like this before! We prefer to show off the natural surface of the wood. For this reason, we don’t typically seal wood tables with varnish or lacquer. Instead, we opt for a smooth, natural and foodsafe hardwax oil. This oil protects the wood and leaves a smooth, luxurious finish that is VOC free and does not contain harsh chemicals like those found in wood sealers and lacquers. 

HARDWAX OIL is a protective finish that consists of 3 layers of wax oil produced from natural components. This product is made with a combination of natural oils and waxes including wax of carnauba palm tree. Hardwax oil easily penetrates into wood pores, deeply saturating the wood, strengthening and protecting it from ill effects of moisture, dirt and the elements. This wax create a hard protective film on the wood surface that oxidizes and dries out in open air. Aside from moisture defense, this finish protects the wood surface from wearing.

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OVER TIME

Due to changing humidity and temperatures, your wood furniture will slightly swell and dry through the seasons. To keep your wood furniture moisturized and protected, we recommend using a natural wood oil regularly (every 1-3 months or as needed). See our post on Wood Oils for some suggestions. 

BASIC CARE

Keep ‘cleaning’ the table to a minimum, opting for wiping with a dry or damp soft cloth. A little gentle dish soap should remove most debris if needed. In general, stay away from anything in a spray bottle (cleaners, disinfectant sprays) unless they specifically say they are for wood. These products can be unnecessarily drying. Murphy’s oil soap is a great product for deep cleaning that doesn’t dry out a wood surface. After a deep clean, always follow up with a moisturizing wood oil.

REPAIR AND REFINISHING

In case more dramatic repair or refinishing is needed (deep scratches, abrasions, stains), the table can be lightly sanded and another light coat of hardwax oil can be applied. This is a simple process that does not involve complete refinishing, sanding and oiling the entire table like many dining table repairs.

CARING FOR WOOD SURFACES: WOOD OIL

To keep your wood furniture moisturized and protected, we recommend using a wood oil to keep your wood surface looking its best. Keeping wood properly moisturized prolongs the life of your wood furniture.

JUNCTION WOOD WOOD TONIC 

Wood tonic is handmade in small batches. It is the result of years of research and experimentation with many types of oils. The final recipe is a blend of natural oils that effectively moisturize and add lustre to any wood surface. This oil is food safe, and extremely useful on cutting boards and butcher blocks as well. The oil has been scented with high quality essential oils (lemon, sage and thyme) which also have antimicrobial qualities. Wood Tonic is available through our workshop, website or pop-up shows in 60 or 120 ml bottles.

 

JOHN BOOS MYSTERY OIL

This basic oil is a mix of white mineral oil and beeswax. It seeps into wood nicely and leaves a foodsafe finish. This product is available at www.russellhendrix.com

WHITE MINERAL OIL

High grade white mineral oils work well to keep wood moisturized, and are a woodworker’s staple. This is a petroleum product that is available in many formulations, so ensure that you choose one that is labeled food grade. The benefit of this oil is that it does not go rancid like most natural oils (hemp, olive, and other nut and seed oils). It is available in most drug stores.

     

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    FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL

    Although not easy to source, this is a wonderful natural oil to use on a wood surface. Fractionated coconut oil is extremely stable and does not go rancid. We use this oil as a base in our Wood Tonic. It has a non-greasy finish and can be applied safely by hand without having to wear gloves. In fact, it is great for your skin! 

    FREQUENCY:

    For any of the above products, we recommend using with the following frequency:

    • cutting boards or butcher blocks: every 3-4 weeks
    • wood furniture: every 1-3 months

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    BESTSELLER: WALNUT SHELF COFFEE TABLE

    A genuine classic. Walnut coffee tables are available in 2 sizes, starting at $850. Each piece is meticulously made by hand by skilled craftsman. The base is welded into a single piece, and can be finished with a raw steel look (above) or powdercoated in matte black, gloss white, gunmetal, or any one of our pantone colours.

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    SALE PRICES

    Sale prices in effect during the Cottage Life show Oct 21-23, 2016. Prices do not include HST or delivery fees. 

    Coffee table - spalted ash from reclaimed Toronto tree (Ashbridges estate) - 36x24x16h. Reg $1150, sale $690.  

    Coffee table - spalted ash from reclaimed Toronto tree (Ashbridges estate) - 36x24x16h. Reg $1150, sale $690.  

    Walnut dining table/desk 60x34" reg 2400, sale $1600

    Walnut dining table/desk 60x34" reg 2400, sale $1600

    Maple cube table with live edge river - 15x20" Glacier Gray Pantone base. Reg $550, sale $350.   

    Maple cube table with live edge river - 15x20" Glacier Gray Pantone base. Reg $550, sale $350.   

    Fiesta Pantone bench with Douglas fir - 48x12x 18h. Reg $390, sale $350.  

    Fiesta Pantone bench with Douglas fir - 48x12x 18h. Reg $390, sale $350.  

    Douglas Fir Ice Boom Stools/tables $225

    Douglas Fir Ice Boom Stools/tables $225

    Indigo Pantone bench with Douglas fir - 48x12x 18h. Reg $390, sale $350.  

    Indigo Pantone bench with Douglas fir - 48x12x 18h. Reg $390, sale $350.  

    Fiesta Pantone side table with Douglas fir - 18x14x 18h. Reg $250, sale $225.  

    Fiesta Pantone side table with Douglas fir - 18x14x 18h. Reg $250, sale $225.  

     Indigo Pantone side table with Douglas fir - 18x14x 18h. Reg $250, sale $225.  

     Indigo Pantone side table with Douglas fir - 18x14x 18h. Reg $250, sale $225.  

    Selection of wood cutting boards (maple/walnut) reg $100, sale $50

    Selection of wood cutting boards (maple/walnut) reg $100, sale $50

    Wood Tonic, $10 or 2 for $15

    Wood Tonic, $10 or 2 for $15

    Email us info@junctionwoodandmetal.com to secure your favourite piece! 

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    YORK U MAPLE CONFERENCE TABLES

    Summer 2016: Two conference tables completed for York University's Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence. 

    These huge tables are 7 x 10 feet each, with beautiful thick naturally-felled Ontario sugar maple. The live edges of the wood have been turned inward creating a beautiful 'river' down the centre. The bases are single piece hand-welded steel, powdercoated with a gunmetal finish. Every element is hand-made, sustainable, and built to last.