Why should you choose a product from FP Design over other sellers???
We use kiln dried Douglas fir as our building material unless specified otherwise. Douglas fir is a more stable product than Hemlock fir, and therefore we only use Douglas fir. Kiln dried lumber has a lower content of water making the table lighter, more resistant to warping and bowing, and most of all more resistant to mold. Please know that all outdoor furniture is susceptible to mold. The best way to avoid mold grown is to use a lumber like cedar or juniper. The lumber that we use comes from FSC and SFI suppliers. Both of these labels are recognized for sustainable harvesting practices. Please take a moment and educate yourself about sustainable forestry practices, FSC = http://www.fscus.org,
SFI = http://www.sfiprogram.org. We use premium deck screws, and galvanized carriage bolts. The water seal that we use is a locally made low VOC's (Volatile Organic Chemicals) product, so it's good on the environment. We don't use glue in our designs because it does not allow you to make repairs, or changes, to your pieces if any unforeseen events or vandalism were to occur. Instead we use double the amount of much stronger carriage bolts. No water sealer, including very toxic marine water seal, will last forever, but regular maintenance with eco friendly water seal will prolong the life of your piece indefinitely. You could spend less on another piece, but you will be missing out on the attention to detail.
Our background is in industrial design. This enables us to look at products and design in a much different perspective than someone coming from a construction background. We focus on the human factor and ergonomics of a product, as well as its interaction with the environment. Our designs are chosen specifically for their strength and longevity. Everything is hand made from our shop, and we can custom build a piece for you.