furniture for the journey of life

Frequently Asked Questions

If you've gotten this far, maybe you have a question or two?


What's with the name, shopdogusa?

To say we are black lab-friendly is a slight understatement.  Our labs are always in the shop, keeping me company, and contentedly adding to the build process vibe by their presence.  It was a natural to recognize our sweet shop dogs when it came time to name our family business.  The question, "Do you want to go to the shop?" always gets the tails wagging.  As a military veteran, I also wanted to recognize our amazing country, in a small way, in our name.

Are you green?

We are very close to a zero waste shop.  None of the wood is tossed out.  It either becomes a product, is burned in the wood stove, or spread as mulch in our garden.  Some of my cutoffs become awesome doorstops.

I also avoid chemicals.  I don't want to touch or breathe harsh chemicals, and I suspect you do not want to either.  I exhaustively research every finish I use.  My favorites are beeswax, organic flaxseed oil, and FDA approved mineral oil.  I prefer  'soft' finishes like these because, in addition to being people friendly, they offer a nice, low-key finish that is easy to maintain.  Built to last and look good too!

Where are you located?

We are very fortunate to live and work in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.  Clean air, blue skies, and an abundance of hiking nice.