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Take wooden or MDF furniture (don't worry, I will deal with
the formaldehyde issue). Encase it in metal, moulded
closely to its form, with a small pipe leading out of one
corner. Proceed to heat the metal to near melting point,
thereby decomposing (not literally incinerating) the
from which the furniture is composed. Collect
the fumes thus formed. Then reduce the temperature of
the metal mould to well below the freezing point of the
fumes concerned, pump them back into the void and freeze
them. Remove the mould to reveal the same piece of
furniture made of the same atoms but in frozen form, and
store at around 70 K. This deals incidentally with the
formaldehyde, which freezes at around 180 K. Don a
protective suit of some kind and proceed to sit on your
frozen gas chair at your frozen gas desk, lay a frozen gas
dinner table around which frozen gas chairs have been
arranged, or store your clothes in your frozen gas
A couple of issues occur. One involves contraction and
expansion. Much of a wooden item of furniture, I imagine,
would decompose into carbon dioxide and water vapour.
The former would contract as its temperature was lowered
but the latter would expand for a while before contracting
again. The whole lot would, I imagine, contract
considerably at such a low temperature and I'm not sure
how large the resultant furniture would end up but if it
was smaller, it would be easier to store or fit in. Another
is the question of a eutectic mix leading to hard-to-predict
condensation and freezing points.