Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

The view from 30,000 feet

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

theviewIt was a different year for the global woodworking industry in 2016. Both boom and gloom showed up in almost every market sector.

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Under pressure

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

clamps2Beyond the materials we choose, there are three key factors that affect the quality of work. These are the amount and color of light; the sharpness of tools and cutters; and the security and strength of clamps and hold-downs.

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Growth spurt

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

growth_spurtBoulder Mills is off to a fast start. Established in 2010, the seven-man cabinet and millwork shop in Lafayette, Colo., is generating about $1.5 million in sales for the second straight year.

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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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