Take A Seat—But Watch For Splinters (Feb, 1943)

Take A Seat—But Watch For Splinters

MANUFACTURERS of upholstered furniture, who are no longer able to get metal for springs because of priorities, were invited at a furniture show recently to take a look at the spring pictured at right. Band-sawed from a piece of wood, this spring has plenty of resilience, may well replace in many peacetime functions spring steel needed for war uses. Weight for weight, it is said to be as strong as steel.

7 comments
  1. fluffy says: October 29, 20093:40 pm

    That actually seems like it’s technology that needs to make a comeback. Metal springs are still amazingly wasteful in both manufacturing and in disposal.

  2. Alan J. Richer says: October 29, 20095:43 pm

    Perhaps, but cut-out wooden springs have no resilience to overbending situations. Plop down in your chair a bit too hard and CRACK…no more springs. Steam-bent or laminated springs from ash or the like are much more resilient (no cut grain – use split lumber) but are labor-intensive.

    Steel is popular for a lot of reasons – ease of use and long life being two of them.

  3. Jari says: October 30, 200912:35 pm

    And steel is easily recycleable. About 50 percent of worlds steel production is made of recycled steel.

  4. Firebrand38 says: October 30, 20091:04 pm

    Jari is also correct, and here is a link to back him up http://www.recycle-stee…

    (because it’s always proper to cite sources)

  5. fluffy says: October 30, 20091:22 pm

    But what about the energy and labor costs involved in separating the steel springs from the furniture? What I was thinking of is how I see a LOT of furniture which is simply discarded in the trash and doesn’t go to any sort of recycling facility whatsoever, and presumably it all ends up in landfill.

  6. Jari says: October 30, 20098:48 pm

    Firebrand, I actually checked that from one of a Finnish steel companys quarter report, as I own a whopping 40 shares of that :-D

    But anyway, that IS a good link to know a lot about steel recycling.

  7. Jari says: October 30, 20098:54 pm

    Fluffy, it depends how the recycling is arranged. In some (most?) municipalities here in Finland, the unsorted waste is crushed, and then metals, plastics etc. are separated with various means. So in a sense, steel separation happens anyway.

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