Fully Jarvis Reclaimed Wood Standing Desk Review

September 1, 2022
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jarvis reclaimed wood standing desk

Overview

Review Summary

These reclaimed wood desktops are meant to exude oohs and aahs from office guests but come with a raft of durability concerns. Fully has switched vendors multiple times trying to find a reliable source of reclaimed tops that wouldn’t crack or warp after being used on an adjustable-height base for a while, but ultimately appears to have given up. Better alternatives exist.

MSRP / List Price

Discontinued

Warranty

15 years on the base, 5 years on the desktop

ANSI/BIFMA Certified

No

NEAT™ Certified by Mayo Clinic

No

Competition

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Rating

Ease of Assembly
2.5
Stability
2.0
Reliability
0.5
Customer Experience
0.5
Quality and Aesthetics
0.5
Ergonomics
2.5
Innovation
0.5
Value
0.5
Positives Reclaimed wood has a romantic pull on consumers and can transform a conventional standing desk into a storied talking piece. There's a theoretical environmental benefit from reusing old timber that would otherwise be headed to the landfill and transforming it into a beautiful desk top radiating character.
Negatives Extremely brittle, reclaimed wood tops are notorious for cracking and warping when placed on a height-adjustable base with all the associated torquing forces. More than any other standing desk maker, Fully has attempted and re-attempted to create a durable reclaimed wood top but has repeatedly failed.

Bottom Line

1.0
After multiple attempts to create a reclaimed wood table top that would work reliably on a standing desk base, Fully appears to have given up. The product has been discontinued after a history of very high failure rate and warranty claims.

This is going to be an abbreviated review as Fully appears to have finally quit trying to source reclaimed wood tops for their standing desks altogether. If they bring it back, we’ll re-test the product in our labs and update this review, but that doesn’t appear to be the company’s plan, at least according to the sales representative we spoke with.

See our separate review on the Jarvis standing desk and our highly-researched primer on reclaimed wood desk tops.

Years of failed attempts…

There are several standing desk outfits still promoting reclaimed wood types, mostly sourced in China, but arguably the progenitor of the category was Fully. As such, they have had repeated difficulties with getting their tops to maintain their integrity, and we heard rampant user reports of cracking and warping of these tops after they were continually sent up and down on a standing base with all of their associated torqueing forces.

We discovered all this by noticing that the listings on Fully’s website for reclaimed wood standing desks suddenly weren’t working. After inquiring with the company, they took the listings down a few days later, though remnants of its prior presence remain, including a claim that “Each of our reclaimed wood and hardwood desks is sealed with conversion varnish that makes them water and stain resistant for lasting durability against everyday wear and tear as you work.” Well, not to put too fine a point on it, but we wrote years ago that this was going to be inevitable. Reusing old lumber with inconsistent character and unknowable prior history on something like a sit-stand desk with variable loading on it was just never a good idea.

We dive into this subject in full detail in our article on reclaimed wood desk tops, which we highly recommend reading if you’re in search of a reliable reclaimed wood tabletop for your standing desk. Spoiler alert: the only durable, reliable, consistent product that will give you the look and feel of reclaimed wood without the risk of stability failure (i.e. warping or cracking) is a 3D-laminated reclaimed wood desktop with EIR texturing from iMovR. If you love the look and still really want it, go with the 3D technology that carries a 15 year warranty and doesn’t have any of the stability and durability issues.

…Before giving up entirely

In our research we found out that warranty replacements nearly put their first vendor, Rocket Mission, out of business. The vendor eventually backed out of the deal. According to that vendor, it was hard to find consistent quality of lumber considering how reclaimed wood is actually sourced. Often tops would crack or warp even before leaving the factory.

The last vendor Fully used, Veridian Wood — out of the same home town of Portland, Oregon — gave up the ghost in 2022. They were also Fully’s supplier for much of their hardwood table top offerings, according to the company. Fully says that a new vendor is currently being sourced for those hardwood tops. We have no idea what issues caused Veridian to shutter their lumber mill after 17 years in business, but it’s not inconceivable that the issues with producing reclaimed wood table tops consistently and reliably might have had something to do with it.

 

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