Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

The additive advantage

Written by John English Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

add_advSince the Industrial Revolution, factories have used a process called subtraction to manufacture precision parts. One starts with something a little larger than the final piece and whittles away at it with routers, saw blades, grinders, sanders and other abrasive or incisive (cutting) machines, until what’s left is what’s needed.

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Open wide

Written by John English Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

drawers2People and their homes are gradually getting bigger in the U.S.

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Moisture meters can mean all the difference

Written by John English Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

moisture2Every woodworker knows that wood expands and contracts and we build to accommodate that. We use joinery that allows panels and boards to grow or shrink across the grain as they react to changes in humidity. Moisture can also affect our work in other ways. For example, it can delaminate plywood by causing veneers or adhesives to fail. Water can be detrimental to finishes, too.

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Kicking the tires

Written by John English Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

kicking1Making a sizeable investment in CNC capabilities isn’t just about buying a machine. It’s also about new techniques and new partners in production; presale education and post-sale technical support; floor space and dust collection; employee training; new computer programs and even electrical contractors.

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Tiptop countertops

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

contertops1Any countertop is just a plain slab until it becomes a work of art. Give the craftsmen at The Southside Woodshop in Norfolk, Va., planks of wood and a variety of tools and they’ll create a masterful sculpture by melding, carving and smoothing to reveal the natural beauty in every piece.

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