Wood is a great choice to enhance packaging and also give perceived added value to any product. Custom wood packaging is more than just a container for your product. It plays a variety of other roles. In a marketplace where there are tons of product messaging, it’s important to make a unique first impression so that your brand stands out. Custom finishing, as well as, branding, silk screening and laser engraving are also helpful to enhance your packaging and make your product stand out. Wood crates and boxes are also useful for displays to show off ones product and give a good first impression. Wood packaging is not only a smart choice it is an eco-friendly choice that can be used over and over again.
Get in touch with us for a free quote on wood boxes and crates that are made to your specifications.
We offer a wide range of wood dowels that are perfect for so many needs. Wood dowels for crafts, cake dowels as well as hanging tapestry and curtains. They can be as wide and big as ballet barres or as small and thin as skewers, lolipop sticks and manicure sticks. Find your perfect fit!
Wooden columns are available in wood species that are best suited for outdoor or indoor use. Porch columns are generally made out of more durable wood species to withstand weather. They can be weight bearing or just decorative. Check out our photo gallery for ideas.
Our balusters and spindles come in custom sizes. From large to small, we can accommodate your unique requirements. Our products can be especially treated with the proper wood to be on the outside of the home. We all supply wood balusters for indoor use, based on the look and durability of what you like, with the appropriate wood species.
Before using a new butcher block, season it to prevent staining and absorption of food odors and bacteria. Proper surface treatment is important to guard against germs and/or mold growth on both new and older boards. The wood surface needs an oil that can be repeatedly applied to fill the wood pores and repel food particles, liquids, and oils. Never use any vegetable or cooking oils to treat or finish a cutting surface, as in time the wood will reek of a rancid spoiled oil odor.
USP-grade mineral oil is a popular choice as it is the cheapest pure food-grade oil you can buy (do not use vegetable or olive oils because they can turn rancid). Mineral oil remains safe throughout its life. There are various oils available for cutting boards and butcher blocks. Some are called “Butcher Block Finishes” or “Mystery Oil.” Save some money by visiting the local hardware or drug store and purchasing Mineral Oil. (not mineral spirits – this is paint thinner)
Beeswax is often added to mineral oil and walnut
oil to give a tougher finish. The wax of bees has been used for centuries for
waterproofing and sealing materials from baskets to cloth and for preserving
foods and other perishable materials, including wood. It will make wood water-resistant
(though not water-proof) and will help protect the wood surface from use and
wear. It will also give a wood surface a nice smooth feel to the
touch and leave a gentle, sweet fragrance. Simply shave about 1/2 teaspoon
beeswax into a microwave safe dish with a cupful of mineral oil; microwave on
high for about 45 seconds. Apple to the cutting board or butcher block while
still warm. Save or dispose of the remainder of the oil.
Beeswax Top Coat – A beeswax top coat is an optional addition to the
re-finishing process, but is well worth the time. The beeswax sits on the
surface of the wood in contrast to the oil that soaks into the wood. As a
result the beeswax fills in pores and gaps that thin oil can’t bridge. This
helps to keep moisture, bacteria, and other contaminants from getting into the
wood surface. To apply the finish, simply wipe it on with a clean cloth. The
beeswax is a soft paste that has a similar consistency to that of a shoe
polish. Excess finish can be easily buffed off with the cloth. Once the finish
has had some time to dry it can be buffed to a shine.
applying oil to butcher block, warm the oil slightly. Apply oil with a soft
cloth, in the direction of the grain, allowing the oil to soak in between each
of the four or five coats required for the initial seasoning. After each
treatment, wait about four to six hours and wipe off oil that did not soak into
the wood (oxidation or hardening of the oil will take approximately 6 hours).
Re-oil the butcher block monthly or as often as needed.
Caution must be taken when using any type
of cutting board. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
Whichever kind of wooden cutting board you use; all cutting boards should be cleaned and sanitized frequently. Some of the various techniques recommended for cutting boards are as follows (you decide which is best):
Hot water and soap –
Scrub board with hot water and soap. Rinse and dry thoroughly. NOTE: NEVER
submerge cutting boards in a sink of water! Wood is porous and will soak up
water causing the cutting board to crack when it dries.
Vinegar – To disinfect and clean your wood cutting boards or butcher
block countertop, wipe them with full-strength white vinegar after each use.
The acetic acid in the vinegar is a good disinfectant, effective against such
harmful bugs as E. coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. Vinegar is especially
good for people with chemical allergies. Keep a spray bottle of undiluted
vinegar handy for easy cleaning and sanitizing.
Hydrogen Peroxide – 3% hydrogen peroxide
can also be used as a bacteria-killer. To kill the germs on your cutting board,
use a paper towel to wipe the board down with vinegar, then use another paper
towel to wipe it with hydrogen peroxide.
Bleach – Sanitize both wood and plastic cutting boards with a diluted
chlorine bleach or vinegar solution consisting of one teaspoon of liquid
chlorine bleach in one quart of water or a one to five dilution of vinegar.
Flood the surface with a sanitizing solution and allow it to stand for several
minutes, then rinse and air dry or pat dry with paper towels.
All cutting boards, and other food surfaces, should be kept dry when not in
use. Resident bacteria survive no more than a few hours without moisture. Keep
moisture of any type from standing on the block for long periods of time.
Beware of moisture collecting beneath the board if you leave it on the counter.
If you can, prop one end up when not using your board.
To eliminate garlic, onion, fish, or other smells from your cutting board:
Coarse salt or baking soda – Rub
the board with course salt or baking soda. Let stand a few minutes and wipe
salt or baking soda from board, and then rinse. You may need to re-season after
rinsing your cutting board/chopping block.
Lemon – Another very easy technique is to rub fresh lemon juice or rub a cut
lemon over the surface of the cutting board to neutralize onion and garlic
odors. You may need to re-season after rinsing your cutting board/chopping
Vinegar – Keep a spray bottle of undiluted vinegar handy for easy
cleaning and sanitizing. You may need to re-season after rinsing your cutting
a good steel scraper or spatula often when using the board. Scraping removes
75% of the moisture that builds up on a wooden cutting board. An occasional
sanding will return a wooden board to a smooth luster. But never scrub a wooden
board with a steel brush (a steel brush will ruff up the finish and should be
boards need oiling or reseasoning once a week to seal the grain against
bacteria. An oil finish helps to prevent the wood from cracking or pulling
apart at the seams. See Seasoning A
Cutting Board above (top of page).
refinishing a butcher block, you may wish to sand the surface of the wood to
remove old stains, scratches and marks. When sanding out kicks and scratches,
remember that if you don’t sand the top evenly you will end up with
“hills” and “valleys” in the top.
Although considered softwood, cedar is very strong and weathers well. It is not prone to warping, sagging and is decay-resistant. So, it’s an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor applications. Cedar wood has varied uses that include building boats, log cabins and musical instruments. It is a beautiful and versatile wood species to consider for your porch posts, balusters and spindles.
There are several different types of cedar trees. Some examples of some uses for wood from the
Aromatic and Western Cedar is common for
closets, trunks and shavings for pet bedding.
Eastern Cedar is tolerant of the outdoors and
can be used for fence posts, outdoor furniture and small specialty items.
Spanish Cedar is used for diverse products such
as veneer, cabinetry, humidors and boats and instrument construction.
Northern Cedar is common for log cabins, canoes,
fences and shingles.
Wood dowels come in a variety of commercially available sizes
that range from 1/12” up to 3” in diameter and larger. These dowels are produced on different types
of equipment based on production efficiency as well as available stock of wood
allowing optimal yields. While the
larger diameter dowels of 1 ¼” and up are typically made from rough sawn
squares run through a single rod dowel machine such as a Hawker-Dayton, smaller
diameter dowels are made on various types of molders using sawn boards and even
veneer. Making round shapes from square or rectangular stock generates
considerable waste, so yields are closely monitored to produce the most cost
When people hear the term wood dowels, they generally think
of larger diameter dowels, such as wood handles, broom sticks, banner dowels
and tool handles. Many people don’t
realize that smaller diameter dowels are found in interesting and varied
application, particularly in the health and food industries. Manicure sticks are typically 5/32” in diameter
with ends pointed and / or beveled. Originally
intended for the cosmetic industry, these dowels have found considerable application
in the electronics industry as a non- conductive, heat-resistant tool for
assembly and repairs. While often called
orangewood sticks, these small diameter dowels are made almost exclusively from
Another important application of small diameter dowels is
for wooden skewers. Wood skewers are
typically produced at diameters from 1/8” – ¼” that range from a couple inches
up to 10” length for large scale food processors . The end of a wood skewer is pointed to
varying degrees of sharpness depending on the food it must pierce, balanced
with safety considerations for the end users.
Dense meats require a sharper point than chicken or vegetables do. Apple sticks have a blunt point to ensure
kids and adults have a safe experience working their way through the caramel or
candied coating. Some large scale
producers use automated equipment during their process and packaging, requiring
extremely accurate dowel diameters, so as to not jam equipment.
While bamboo has been imported during the past decade, white
birch dowel reigns supreme as the wood of choice for skewers and food
applications based on its smooth grain that does not splinter and it is
tasteless. White birch dowels have been
used in the food industry for more than a century, having early beginnings in
Maine with production of small diameter dowels for the lollipop market, long
before the development of rolled paper sticks used today.
Smaller diameter dowels are also popular with crafts. As you
can see, when you think of “dowels” now you can think of the benefits and uses
of small diameter dowels and their place in everyday life!
Reproductions of staircase parts is one of the things we are known for. You can bring by or mail a sample of the product – or, email pics and sketches. We work to make sure you are thrilled with your finished product. While we do generally work with quantities, we can match small orders as well. So, get in touch for a free quote! And, visit the photo gallery for ideas.
What is the difference between hardwood and softwood? Learn which type of tree has which type of wood and which type of wood is best for certain applications – wood dowels, for example, are usually made from hardwoods.
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