Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Getting a handle on hardware

Written by John English Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

knobsAn old friend and woodworker (who currently feeds his pension to a herd of horses) once said that a pony is still a pony without a lead rope, but a cabinet is just a box without hardware. His concept isn’t universal, but it’s still a pretty good rule of thumb.

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It’s a fine line

Written by John English Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

finelineTopcoating is a balancing act.

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Bright lights, big business

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

bright1Volz, Clarke & Associates — known as VCA Inc. — is a multidisciplined shop offering high-end residential millwork and studio furniture projects. Co-owners Bruce Volz and Tony Clarke operate a 20,000-sq.-ft. facility with around 30 employees in Northampton, Mass., selling mostly to the New York City metropolitan market through architectural firms.

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Pressure situation

Written by John English Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

pressureIf you’re shopping for a new air compressor, there are a lot of manufacturers out there and that can be a bit overwhelming. The following is a brief survey of both familiar and newer brand names, along with their website addresses so you can do some further research.

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Out on your own

Written by John English Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

outsourcing1Outsourcing is usually touted as a way for smaller shops to increase their productivity without making huge investments in machines and people. That last component, employees, is quickly becoming more pivotal in the decision. It’s getting hard to hire cabinetmakers. And that’s one of several factors that often make outsourcing more of a necessity than a choice.

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