Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Smaller, better, cheaper

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

34_smaller_better The fact that new woodworking products are being designed based on portability and convenience is not just a trend anymore - it's a way of life. Just like smart phones are being introduced to consumers at a rapid pace for business and personal use, the power tool industry is revolutionizing itself as well. People want to be mobile.

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Landing in a good place

Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

41_scholz_03When Stephan Scholz began a three-year apprenticeship at the age of 16 with a master craftsman in Germany, the farthest thing from his mind was that some day he would own a shop on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. But that is exactly what happened. For the last 24 years, the custom woodworker has been building high-end furniture, cabinetry, pagodas and even a house or two in Coral Bay, St. John. His repertoire of talents also includes being an accomplished shipwright.

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Survival of the fittest

Monday, 13 December 2010 00:00

31_kentGregory St. John attended the Cleveland School of Art to be a painter or perhaps a sculptor - at least that was the plan. Instead, St. John became a woodworker and, more than 30 years later, is the proud owner of St. John's Bridge, a five-man shop in Kent, Conn.

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Always an eye on the future

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

40_alwaysaneye_01In 2008, just as the recession took a hammer to the economy, Northside Cabinets Inc. was in the midst of a 13,000-sq.-ft. expansion and acquisition of state-of-the-art CNC equipment. Unlike many rivals, the Hillsborough, N.C., company didn't head south with the downturn, but prevailed thanks to a set of long-standing business principles including a conservative financial plan, a satisfied customer base and a healthy backlog of jobs.

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Vertical advantage

Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00

45_verticaladvantage_01For shops that cut a lot of sheet goods, a panel saw is a necessity. The vertical panel saw has become a popular choice since it takes up minimal floor space and has ergonomic loading advantages.

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