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Taking on all challenges

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 15 August 2011 00:00

36_feature_01A router with a brain and a droning buzz grinds fancy patterns in hypnotic sweeps across wood, metal and acrylic — common sights and sounds at McGrew Cabinetmakers and the signs of a business plugged into technology. About four years ago, Jim McGrew brought himself and his company into the digital age. “It’s getting so that you have to embrace technology in this business. Otherwise you lose out on a lot of opportunities. For me, automation is a moneymaker, a time-saver and many times it eliminates outsourcing,” he says.

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All hands on deck

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

26_feature_01As the company name implies, Hands-On Woodworking Inc. prides itself on working directly with the client. Located in Cornelius, N.C., just north of Charlotte, the custom cabinetry shop provides a wide range of products and services to many residential and commercial clients located within an hour’s drive, and also some from across the country.

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A tool that every shop needs

Written by Steven Marks Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

31_feature_01Most agree that social media is good for the bottom line of your business. But how it affects profits, and what applications you use, reveal differences in opinions. No wonder then that the small-business owner — the woodshop owner, the sole proprietor woodworker — becomes confused and often backs off from using these new means of marketing. There is even a question about how to define the bottom line.

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Time is money

Written by John English Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

35_featureIn woodshops, the same employees tend to work on the same parts of the process every time. This not only trains in-house experts, but it also breaks the construction sequence into a number of logical, self-contained steps.

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More bang for your buck

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

30_feature_01For nearly 30 years, Jim Maddron has run Maddron Cabinets in Sevierville, Tenn. The shop specializes in designing and manufacturing custom cabinets for kitchens, baths, libraries, home offices and more. It caters to a full range of residential and commercial clients, most of them located in the northeast region of the Volunteer State.

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