Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look
Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00
Each 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.
Written by John English Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00
It 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.
Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 16 April 2012 00:00
The wait is over. Stiles Machinery, the distributor of nearly four dozen brands, says it will exhibit at the 2012 IWF, this year’s big industry trade show, in Atlanta.
Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00
Much to my surprise — and delight — I walked into an honest-to-goodness professional woodworking shop on a recent visit to Norwich Technical High School in Norwich, Conn.
Written by Tod Riggio Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00
Small woodworking shops were introduced to CNC machinery about 10 or 15 years ago. For most, the cost was prohibitive. For others, the thought of a robot doing their work was unsettling. But then the virtues of CNC machining began to catch on: incredible accuracy, repeatability — no lunch breaks!
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