Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Cabinet construction can hinge on profits

Written by David Getts Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

davidgettsMost professionals in the design and construction industry are familiar with face-frame and frameless cabinetry. But how aware are you of the characteristics of each style? Whether you build cabinets or collaborate with a cabinetmaker on projects, understanding how the different construction methods affect the design and use of space is important if you want to be able to specify them properly.

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Solar panels power this shop year-round

Written by B.H. Davis Monday, 15 August 2011 00:00

We have a 43-panel, 9.8-kilowatt photovoltaic system on the roof of our building. I had it installed in the fall of 2008, using all the available state and federal incentives. Even with that, it will be about a 10- to 12-year payback on the out-of-pocket cost.

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Make technology do what you want it to do

Written by Davis M. Woodruff Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

davidwoodruffAs the saying goes, “Technology is wonderful when it works, but when it doesn’t, it can be a disaster.” Technological applications are expanding across our industry. Using technology appropriately is simply another part of our tool kit. Businesses can spend a lot of money quickly for very little return on their investment unless an orderly plan is followed.

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Guest opinion: There is another solution to saw injuries

Written by Ian Kirby Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

9_news_deskA Feb. 2 article in USA Today reported that Stephen Gass, a patent attorney who invented SawStop technology, was consulting with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Lamp sheds light on wonders of veneer

Written by Abraham Tesser Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

A standard thickness for commercial veneer is 1/42 of an inch. At that thickness, many species of veneer are thin enough to be quite translucent. When light passes through such veneers, their color and tone often change. Indeed, many veneers have a more brilliant, exciting look when light passes through than when the light is simply reflected off an opaque surface, such as when the veneer is glued to an opaque substrate.

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