Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Peak performance

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

peak3Having left a steady job in the lumber industry to start a custom woodworking business in his late 20s, Dustin Sanders is glad he stuck with his gut instinct. Now 31, Sanders made the decision in 2012 to leave a large lumber distributor he had worked at for almost a decade. He took his networking and woodworking skills to the next level and started Growth Ring Innovations in Golden, Colo., which has already grown significantly in the last four years.

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Lean, clean and simple

Written by John English Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

lean1It’s hard to keep up with manufacturing technology and also the vast glossary of new terms that it has generated. In a rush to be “innovative,” many leading woodshop machine manufacturers have followed the lead of the computer industry and fallen into the habit of engineer-speak. They now describe their products in such technical language that it often leaves cabinetmakers scratching our heads.

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Full speed ahead

Written by John English Monday, 12 September 2016 00:00

full_speed_3An axis is a direction or a line of travel, so the head on a 3-axis CNC machine can travel in three linear directions: forward and back (X), left and right (Y), plus up and down (Z). In woodshops, these machines are usually employed to work on flat stock (that is, panel processing). Even though CNC machining is becoming highly complex in many other areas of manufacturing, 3-axis configurations are still very common in woodshops. That’s because cabinets are generally built with flat parts.

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Process and profit

Written by John English Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

process_profit_1Familiar tasks such as milling profiles or assembling doors are part of production, so it’s easy to see how they can affect the bottom line in a positive way. But it’s harder to envision any profit in moving materials around the woodshop. This is nothing but a chore — and an expensive one at that.

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A family foundation

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

family_foundation_1Kountry Kraft sits in the sprawling countryside of Newmanstown, Pa., producing custom cabinetry and casework for every room in the home. What began in a four-car garage in 1959 is now a 96,000-sq.-ft. factory with about 100 employees.

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