Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

On-the-job lessons give us all a chance to learn

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

todmug_newI’ve recently spent the better part of two weeks on a job site, namely my rental property, where I was joined by a parade of tradesmen.

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Don’t pick this year to skip IWF in Atlanta

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

todmug_newI have my hotel room reserved and a plane ticket bought for Atlanta. How about you?

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Green is the new black in most woodshops today

Written by John English Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

28_John_EnglishBecause a woodshop’s primary material grows naturally, our first instinct is to think of woodworking as a fairly green industry. But everything from sheet goods to finish has an environmental impact, and a shop that would like to lighten its footprint on the planet has a lot of options. Going green also makes a lot of sense from a business stance.

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Don’t let an economic uptick leave you behind

Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

todmug_newEach spring, the movers and shakers of the woodworking industry gather at a resort to be briefed on the economy and to network and enjoy some fun in the sun. This year’s Woodworking Industry Conference, held May 2-4 in Delray Beach, Fla., had a very positive feel as the industry appears to be finally on the road to recovery after a deep recession. In between golf and fishing outings, cocktail parties and association board meetings, some significant news was made.

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Recent accidents remind of safety hazards

Written by John English Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

28_John_EnglishIt hasn’t been a great month for shop safety in the West. Two weeks ago, an old friend, who is a master furniture builder in Wyoming, ran the tips of his left hand across the jointer while pulling thin boards back for another pass. And recently, a former student of mine here in South Dakota told me about the knot he hit last week when making some small parts and how the table saw blade ate the same two finger tips as the first friend lost.

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