Wooden Car Parts

Wooden Car Parts are some of the latest wood innovations to reduce vehicle costs
Wooden Car Parts | Photo via The Japan Times

According to an article written by Robert Dalheim of Woodworking Network on August 17, Japanese car manufacturers are considering substituting wood for steel in order to make vehicles lighter. With wood pulp being 20 percent lighter than the weight of steel and five times as strong, wooden car parts are at the top of Japanese researchers’ considerations for reducing the weight of a vehicle.

As manufacturers move toward churning out electric cars for a mainstream consumer base, reducing the weight of a vehicle will be crucial. Automobile suppliers are hopeful because a reduction in car weight would require fewer batteries, saving costs.

Cellulose nanofibers are currently being used to create various products, such as ink and transparent displays. These fibers are obtained by breaking down wood.

In cars, the chemically treated wood fibers will be kneaded into plastics while simultaneously being broken down into nanofibres, slashing the cost of production to roughly one-fifth that of other processes. This process is referred to as “the Kyoto Process,” named after Japan’s Kyoto University who’s leading the research.

“This is the lowest-cost, highest-performance application for cellulose nanofibers, and that’s why we’re focusing on its use in auto and aircraft parts,” said Hiroaki Yano, professor at Kyoto University who leads the research. Yano’s team is working with several automakers in Japan to complete a prototype car built with cellulose nanofiber parts. They hope to complete it by 2020.

“We’ve been using plastics as a replacement for steel, and we’re hoping that cellulose nanofibers will widen the possibilities toward that goal,” stated Yukihiko Ishino, a spokesman at DaikyoNishikawa, which supplies parts for Toyota and Mazda.

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Source:  Woodworking Network and The Japan Times

Commercial Wood Bar Top for Lucky Dorr at Wrigley Field

Custom Commercial Wood Bar Top at Lucky Dorr Bar at Wrigley Field
Custom Commercial Wood Bar Top at Lucky Dorr | Mike Rivera

Matthias Merges opened Lucky Dorr at the park at Wrigley in July; a bar and restaurant focused on the craft beer experience. Paying tribute to baseball’s history, Lucky Dorr was named after iconic Wrigley Field groundskeeper, Bobby Dorr, who worked for the Cubs from 1919 to 1957.

Designed by William Huber Cabinet Works, Grothouse crafted a custom commercial wood bar top for Lucky Dorr. Made of Douglas Fir wood, the design features intermittent Walnut wood butt joints.

Commercial Douglas Fir Wood Bar Top with intermittent Walnut butt joints
Lucky Dorr | Mike Rivera

Commercial wood bar tops by Grothouse provide professional clients with the highest quality wood surfaces that meet their objective of a stunning warm design with an efficient use of space for servers.

The bar features a drink rail to protect the rear of the bar from spills and provide a suitable space to set glasses and other materials.

The bar top features super plus distressing and a black glaze stain. Sealed in our exclusive Durata® waterproof and permanent finish, this bar top is a protective, maintenance- free surface. This commercial grade finish has been used for years in commercial bars, restaurants and country clubs throughout the United States.

Grothouse also crafted a wood backsplash to match the bar top.

Custom Wood Bar Top for Lucky Dorr at Wrigley Field
Lucky Dorr

See the commercial wood bar top in person by visiting Lucky Dorr! The bar sits on Wrigley Field’s new plaza and offers fans plenty of outdoor seating and exclusive collaborative beers from an impressive group of Chicago’s best brewers. Their 20 taps will remain open during baseball’s offseason.

The menu consists of historic ballpark staples with a new twist, including an oversize German‐style pretzel served with beer cheese, homemade mustard and ranch dressing, as well as delicious salty snacks designed for beer pairing.

Learn more about Grothouse custom crafted commercial wood bar tops by visiting our website. Check out the Image Library to see how other designers used a custom commercial wood bar top in their commercial spaces.

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Custom Countertops on Display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference

Grothouse custom countertops were on display at the 2015 Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference. Grothouse is honored to have been included and in such great company!

Grothouse Custom Countertops on display at Signature Custom Cabinetry Conference 2015
Grothouse Custom Countertops on display

 

Custom Countertops on Display

Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry designed the following displays with Grothouse custom countertops.

Custom countertops for a vanity display at the Signature Custom Cabinetry conference 2015
Vanity Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

This vanity display includes an edge grain Wenge wood countertop. The countertop has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical front corners.

Wenge Custom Countertops for a Vanity
Vanity Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

It is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in satin sheen. The bottom of the vanity display matches the top with a frame base made of Wenge. The frame base is also finished with Durata® in satin sheen.

Custom countertops for a Kitchen Island
Kitchen Island Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The kitchen island display featured an edge grain Ash Pastore™ Table with one leg and dovetail Wenge keys.

Custom countertops for kitchen islands
Kitchen Island Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The table has a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile on the top edges, bottom edges, and vertical corners. It is sealed with Durata® Finish in satin sheen and includes laser engraving on the front edge.

Custom countertops for a Cafe Coffee Station
Cafe Coffee Station Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The cafe coffee station display included matching shadow boxes and a cabinet surround box. All of the boxes were crafted in edge grain construction of Sapele Mahogany wood and finished with Grothouse Original Oil™.

Custom Countertops for a Cabinet Surround Box
Cafe Coffee Station Cabinet Surround Box Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The cabinet surround box was crafted to perfectly fit around the cabinet and includes intricate detail.

Custom Butcher Block Countertops on display
Butcher Block Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

The center display featured an end grain Zebrawood butcher block with a 1/8″ Roundover edge profile.

Custom Butcher Blocks display
Butcher Block Display designed by Lisa Martin of Signature Custom Cabinetry

It includes laser engraving on the front edge. The butcher block is sealed with Grothouse Original Oil™ food safe finish.

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Grothouse Wood Counters for the Trolley Car Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Grothouse White Oak Wood Counters for the Trolley Car Café at Disney's Hollywood Studios®
White Oak Wood Counters by Grothouse for the Trolley Car Café at Disney®

Our on staff engineers were ecstatic when the world class Disney® Imagineers contacted Grothouse to craft White Oak wood counters for the Trolley Car Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Step inside this classic trolley car station and explore a unique experience for all kinds of coffee lovers — including a selection of Starbucks® coffee and specialty beverages, Disney baked goods and La Boulange™ pastry items.

This inventive group has their finger on the pulse of the design community, as we are seeing the industry’s top trend setting designers specifying White Oak countertops for residential kitchen designs as well.

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White Oak Wood Counters by Grothouse for the Trolley Car Café at Disney's Hollywood Studios®
White Oak Wood Counters by Grothouse for the Trolley Car Café at Disney®

The White Oak wood counters were crafted in flat grain construction. In a flat grain counter, the wood pieces are premium-clear wide plank flat sawn boards. The pieces are generally wider in size, enhancing the long modulary rays that white oak is highly renowned for.

Grothouse crafted two counters for the café that are 1 ½” thick by 33 1/8” by 153”. The counters include a classic 1/8” Roundover on the top horizontal edges, bottom horizontal edges, and vertical corners.

Sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen, the counters will stand up to the demanding commercial use. Durata® Finish creates a waterproof surface. Water left on the surface simply dries with no water rings. It is also highly chemically resistant, even lacquer thinner does not affect the cured surface. Red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish.

See the counters in person at The Trolley Car Café located in Disney Hollywood Studios®. Gain inspiration from other designs of commercial wood counters in our Countertop Image Library.

Wood Desk Tops

Wood desk tops can be custom crafted for commercial office spaces or residential office spaces. If you have ever worked in an office, whether at work or at home, you know how influential your surroundings can be. The desk surface, in particular, plays a critical role. It should be functional, comfortable, and customized to fit your specific space.

Wood Desks custom crafted by Grothouse for commercial offices and residential offices
Wood Desk Tops custom crafted by Grothouse

Wood has been used as desk tops for years. Wood is a warm, comfortable, and natural material, yet it is strong and sturdy. Grothouse wood tops can be finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish. Durata® Finish is significantly harder than Tung Oil Urethanes, and creates a scratch resistant and waterproof surface. Water left on the surface dries with no water rings. It is also highly chemically resistant. Click here to learn more about Durata® Finish.

Wood Desk Tops | Design Inspiration

Wood desk tops can be custom crafted to any specifications and can include a variety of functional features and options. View the office spaces below for some design inspiration.

Walnut Wood Desk Tops for residential home offices
Walnut Desk Top designed by Lobkovich

Lobkovich designed this Walnut desk top for a residential office space. The top is 2 inches thick by 25 inches by 134-1/2 inches. It includes a Standard Ogee edge profile on one long side and two short sides, with square bottom edges. The desk top is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Matte Sheen.

Wood Desk Tops for commercial office spaces
Sapele Mahogany Desk Top designed by Stimmel Consulting Group, Inc.

This Sapele Mahogany desk top was designed by Stimmel Consulting Group, Inc. for an office space with traditional style cabinetry. The desk top includes a roman arc with notched corners and a Standard Roman Ogee edge profile. It is sealed with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish in Satin Sheen.

Custom wood desk tops for small spaces
Custom Desk Top

This is not your ordinary office desk top, but rather a photographer’s desk top. This top was custom crafted to fit in the small space and allow for enough room for big photographs to be viewed.

For more wood desk top design inspiration, visit our website and follow our Instagram page!

Build Ambiance with Commercial Wood Surfaces

Build Ambiance with Commercial Wood Surfaces for Restaurants and Bars
Build Ambiance with Commercial Wood Surfaces

Grothouse commercial wood surfaces are the perfect addition for evoking comfort and building ambiance at any bar or restaurant.  Wood surfaces are a naturally warm material – much warmer than plastic, metal, or stone surfaces. Wood also absorbs sound and helps quiet a room full of guests, creating a more intimate atmosphere. Its forgiving nature avoids accidental chips to fine china and stemware, and its beauty helps you spare the expense of weekly linen service.

Commercial Wood Surfaces

Most Grothouse Commercial Wood Surfaces for restaurants and bars are finished with Durata® Waterproof Permanent Finish, a proven finish that withstands the wear and tear of commercial environments. It’s maintenance free finish leaves treated surfaces completely waterproof. Water left on the surface dries with no water rings. Red wine, vinegar, alcohol, soaps and coffee will not affect the finish.  Want to see our Durata® finish in action?  Perilla Restaurant, 9 Jones Street New York features Grothouse tables with Durata® finish that have been used continuously since 2007.

Catelli Duo is a restaurant and wine bar in Voorhees, New Jersey that features Grothouse Live Edge and Walnut Wood Tables. According to Catelli Duo, their restaurant offers a contemporary concept in fine dining – inviting, approachable and intimate. They offer a place where people can gather in an elegant yet vibrant atmosphere and interact freely with great food and one another. The wood surfaces they designed for their restaurant fit perfectly with the atmosphere in their restaurant. Below are images of the restaurant. Click here to learn more about the commercial wood surfaces.

Restaurant Wood Tables at Catelli Duo
Catelli Duo Restaurant with Wood Surfaces
Commercial Wood Surfaces at Catelli Duo
Catelli Duo Restaurant with Wood Surfaces
Restaurant Wood Tables at Catelli Duo
Catelli Duo Restaurant with Wood Surfaces

The Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania has an immaculate custom Ash Elephant Bar Top produced by Grothouse. Brittingham’s mission is to create a place where guests stay long, enjoy fully, and leave reluctantly. The bar top cohesively fits into their mission. Grothouse crated custom ash dowels to fit in the brass elephant hooks. You can learn more information about this commercial bar top here and you can see images of the bar below.

Restaurant Wood Bar Top
Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Wood Bar Top
Restaurant Wood Bar Top
Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Wood Bar Top
Commercial Wood Surfaces for a Restaurant
Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant Wood Bar Top

The New Continental Tavern is a pub in Yardley, Pennsylvania that has a Sapele Mahogany Wood Bar Top. The bar top includes Chicago Bar Rail and a 4 inch drink rail. The Continental offers the finest in Tavern Fare and Sumptuous Spirits, in an atmosphere that is comfortable, inviting and reminiscent of bygone days when hospitality was paramount. The custom wood bar top crafted for The Continental adds to its warmth and charm.

Commercial Wood Bar Top
The New Continental Tavern Wood Bar Top
Commercial Wood surfaces in Pennsylvania
The New Continental Tavern Wood Bar Top

You can view more restaurants and bars with Grothouse Commercial Wood Surfaces in our Countertop Image Library.