Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 21:10Thomas Bennett, a furniture maker in Athens, Ohio, understands the efficiencies good equipment can bring to a shop. His business is, in fact, built on the concept. But he can still be slow to take the bait when an equipment salesman dangles a shiny bauble before his eyes.
Monday, 15 December 2008 00:00The Joinery in Portland, Ore., has been a fixture in the custom furniture business in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 25 years. Featuring custom and stock hand-made furniture — no CNC here — the 35-person shop has a reputation for producing a quality product, often from sustainable domestic woods.
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 21:52Furniture maker Tarik Yousef (TARik youSEF) is a traditionalist. His shop in Raymond, Ohio, includes a generous assortment of the kinds of woodworking machinery found in nearly every American cabinetmaking shop in the last century: a Grizzly 10" table saw, 6" jointer and 2-hp shaper, and a Cummins 14" band saw. He also makes use of traditional joinery — often leaving it exposed in the fashion of many late 20th century makers — and he works in the context of traditional forms: beds with frame-and-panel head and foot boards, round dining tables on tripod bases, and side tables with cabriole legs.
Written by Jennifer Hicks Wednesday, 03 December 2008 21:16While IWF 2008 put the spotlight on innovative machinery, there were dozens of exhibitors touting safety, including products that prevent loss of hearing, injury to the eye and damage to the lungs.
Written by Alan Richman Wednesday, 03 December 2008 20:55Cliff Spencer used to tread the boards. Now he sizes them, shapes them, sands them and finishes them. The 35-year-old former stage- and screen actor has taken on a new role as a custom furniture maker. His thriving business in Marina del Rey, Calif., serves clients throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
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