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Sticky business

Written by John English Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

arch_glueWe bond things together. It’s what woodshops do. Sometimes joinery or hardware helps, but the core of what we do is use adhesives to make natural and manmade products stick to themselves and to each other.

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Sanding tsunami

Written by John English Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

timesavers_sandingWhile it’s the most effective way to achieve a perfect surface, sanding is also the most challenging to manage. There’s the debris, of course, which includes a lot more fines than other operations such as planing, routing or shaping. And then there’s the disposable nature of the abrasives, which can wear or clog a lot faster than a carbide edge will dull. So making purchasing decisions isn’t only about the machine. But it does start there.

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Hold the line and make the cut

Written by John English Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

podrail_cutFor a long time now, the most common way to position and hold work on a basic CNC table has been with T-slot devices. And, for most jobs, they function perfectly.

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Finding his way in Wilmington

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 August 2017 00:00

wilmington_beachhouseCombining his formal business training with a passion for building cabinetry, Pete Steele, along with his former business partner, opened Astral Plane Woodworks in Wilmington, Del., in 1994. The custom shop has been going strong ever since, despite some challenges along the way.

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Tools that only require a tap

Written by John English Monday, 17 July 2017 00:00

apps_leadThe woodworking world is abuzz with talk about a new industry app that was created for Homag, the parent company of Stiles Machinery. Built by the German developer Software AG, it was officially released at the industry trade show Ligna, which was held at the end of May in Hannover, Germany. The name of the new app is “Tapio” (online at tapio.one) and that acronym comes from the physical way in which a woodworker uses a phone or other device to access the software: “tap, input, output."

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