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Back in the saddle

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

34_featureA little more than 30 years ago, without any formal training to guide him, Jim Bucko started a custom woodworking company on pure determination. The shop, now called Custom Cabinets by Jim Bucko, serves the residential and commercial markets in the coastal community of Wildwood, N.J., fueled by Bucko’s long-term relationships with several of the area’s builders and developers.

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Fueling the future

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

52_featureRegardless of how the economy’s doing at any given point in time, a tremendous amount of attention is always given to woodworking education, signifying a sense of certainty that the industry has a future — provided the proper training is there.

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Family ties

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 August 2011 00:00

Satisfying clients is the focus at Martin Woodworks, a family-owned-and-operated shop in West Warwick, R.I., specializing in premium custom cabinetry. Established by Joe Martin in 1988, the company works closely with designers, homeowners and contractors at every stage of a project.

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Regulation roulette

Written by Bob Flexner Monday, 15 August 2011 00:00

31_featureLocal, state and federal agencies establish safety and environmental regulations for finish shops — and for cabinet, furniture and refinish shops that do their own finishing. You are required to abide by these regulations or you could be fined.

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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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