Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Helping hands lighten the load

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 12 December 2011 00:00

34_featureThis month’s cover story features Windham Millwork in Maine, which has a production floor designed so efficiently that employees and visitors alike refer to it as Santa’s Workshop. The owners are big proponents of material-handling solutions, such as conveyor and lift systems, because they keep employees safe, protect valuable materials from being damaged and allow for production to remain at peak levels.



Loving the Land of Enchantment

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

28_featureDuring the last 21 years, Mike Godwin has grown his custom woodworking business, Ernest Thompson Furniture in Albuquerque, N.M., into a full-service furniture and cabinet shop. Godwin purchased the company through a business broker in 1990 after leaving a career on Wall Street.



Deliberate and dedicated

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

45_feature_1Usually there is a plan embedded in wood. The exquisite figures — swirls, ribbons, waves — on the face of each board are poised to inspire the design. At least that’s how Michael Corlis of Corlis Woodworks sees it.



Breathe easier

Written by John English Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

34_featureWood dust irritates your eyes, nose and throat. It is a threat to lung function, has been shown to cause asthma and is increasingly being proved to be a carcinogen. It also causes fires, explosions, even slippery floors in the woodshop, and can play havoc with finishes. Methods used to control it are usually referred to as dust collection “systems,” and that last word is important. A dust collector alone, no matter how big, can’t handle all the debris created in a woodshop.



From concept to kit boat

Written by Dieter Loibner Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

51_featureThe center console skiff gently skipped through the ripples of Puget Sound. The cool air left a sting on face and hands, and the okoume on the inside of the hull gleamed in the pallid sun, but the driver’s eyes were glued to the GPS, which showed 23 knots with a nearly wide-open throttle and a fair current. That’s not exactly retina-searing stuff for an 18-foot, 5-inch powerboat, but considering the minuscule 20-hp 4-stroke hung on the stern, it was remarkable.



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