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No turning back now

Written by John English Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

no_turning_mainDuring the last few decades, wood finishers have dealt with changes related to everything from waterborne products to formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds. These and other environmental concerns have changed the way that coatings are both made and applied.

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All on the table

Written by John English Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

tablesaws_main“Table saw” is an inclusive term. It embraces everything from large sliding versions to cabinet, contractor and portable job-site units. So identifying trends across all of these categories can be a bit overwhelming.

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One-stop shop

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

onestop1When Malcolm “Rusty” Brewer started a small woodworking company in 1987, he never dreamed it would grow to what it is today.

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CNC expansion: now or never?

Written by John English Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

cncThe larger a woodshop gets, the more important both volume and speed become. Upgraded CNC capacity allows a shop to handle more projects and even run a few simultaneously. That, in turn, provides an opportunity to take greater advantage of economies of scale, such as fewer setups and tool changes. Improved load/unload speeds can also have a significant effect on efficiency, as does multifunctionality where a single workstation can perform several tasks. Better machines usually mean fewer defects, too. These concepts are at the core of lean manufacturing, where a company strives to eliminate waste while maximizing the value that a customer receives.

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Clever clamps

Written by John English Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

stanley_clampAn object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.

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