Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Perfect strangers

Written by John English Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

strangers1Find your niche. That’s the mantra to which every business aspires. And a couple of woodworkers out West seem to have done just that. Bill Pridgeon and Denny Zimmerman only met each other in April, but they have been doing remarkably similar work on opposite sides of a state line for about seven years.

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More for your money

Written by John English Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

money1A few decades ago, financing equipment was pretty simple. Call the banker and then place the order. But in the early 1980s, the auto industry began leasing fleets of cars to rental companies on a large scale and leasing soon became a viable option for everything from table saws to household furniture.

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Balancing act

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

balancing1With a mix of vintage machines and dedicated setups, New England Joinery Works in Essex, Conn., can quickly produce custom millwork, doors, windows, flooring and more in its spacious 12,000-sq.ft. shop. Curved millwork is the shop’s specialty, which is often made from PVC products.

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Carrying the torch

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

torch1Lodged at the end of Lumber Street in Salisbury, N.C., is a classic brick-and-mortar structure with varnished hardwood floors because that’s the way they built lumber mills a century ago. Home to Goodman Millwork Inc., it still stands as a sturdy, steadfast symbol of a family-owned enterprise that has survived every up and down, from the Great Depression to the recent Great Recession.

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Helping out where it counts

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00

helping2As many cabinetmakers know from experience, there are several advantages to outsourcing standard cabinetry components. Take, for example, Max Hunter’s prospective that woodworking component suppliers bring a wealth of knowledge to their product. The former woodworker is now CEO and president of Western Dovetail in Vallego, Calif. Established in 1993, the company is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has seen significant growth, particularly during the last three years.

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