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Ahead of the curve

Written by John English Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

cnc_sharkHave you ever tried using “lattice” or “living” hinges to bend wood? As anyone who has looked into adding a laser to a CNC knows, you can do that with a laser. Today’s lasers don’t just engrave. They can also cut all the way through wood, plywood and other sheet stock such as plastics and thin metals.

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Green wave

Written by John English Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

Kerfkore_GreenThe manner in which components are manufactured has changed a lot in the last decade with quantum advances in areas such as design, CNC processes and management theory. During that time, a lot of the advances in materials had to do with aesthetics as the segment evolved through lacquer and foil to a whole new world of coatings and colors. Adhesives and finishes have also changed a lot as the industry learned more about VOCs, green architecture and international regulations.

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Feelin’ good

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

irie1Irie Cabinetry of Denver brings a touch of the West Indies atmosphere to its clients throughout Colorado, something owner Scott Kelley strives for. Originally from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kelley says the word “Irie” (I’-ree) is used often where he’s from. It’s a positive term used to describe how someone is feeling.

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Sleek and simple

Written by John English Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

sleek_simpleThe old catchphrase “minimalism” seems to be making the rounds again. About 30 years ago, it described architecture that exuded Northern European starkness — aluminum and plastic with the remnants of a modified Bauhaus influence. In the mid-1990s, it referred to Corian countertops and appliance garages over light maple or hickory casework. And, a decade ago, minimal meant monotone walls, laminate floors and stainless-steel appliances. Now it’s back. And this time around, minimalism seems to encompass light-colored casework — white, gray, beige and tan — juxtaposed against dark granite tops or perhaps a dramatically black-stained accent species.

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Living in Tomorrowland

Written by John English Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

tomorrowlandTechnology is advancing at a mind-boggling speed. For example, an impressive number of cars can park themselves now and driverless vehicles are just about here. In the workplace, the odds are that most of your own car was made and assembled by robots, not human hands. A single cellphone today has more computing power and memory than NASA’s rockets did when President John F. Kennedy pointed us toward the moon.

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