Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Time machine

Written by John English Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

time1The folks who teach business theory have a big challenge. They need to reduce something as incredibly diverse as the global economy to a concept that can be nicely packaged in a few textbooks. Every time somebody wins a Sveriges Riksbank Prize (the Nobel Prize in economics — and 45 of them were awarded between 1969 and 2014), boardrooms and classrooms on every continent have to adjust curriculum. Sometimes we just find new words to describe old habits, but every now and then there is a gem of originality.

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Men of steel

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

steel1Take one craftsman with an established shop, add a businessman who owns another shop and mix thoroughly. It’s been a recipe for success at National Woodwork in Pittsburgh.

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The damage done by dust

Written by John English Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

dust2We breathe in two types of wood dust — organic and inorganic. The former can be spores or fungi released by deteriorating lumber, pollens, seeds, oils, plant toxins, pesticides and so on. Inorganic dust in the woodshop is primarily composed of dead cell walls ground fine (such as sanding dust) or residue from MDF, plastic laminates, finishes and other chemicals used in furniture and cabinet building.

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Reaping the rewards

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

reaping2A strong believer of reaping what you sow, Gary Keener is proud of the business he has worked so hard for through the years. On a daily basis, the owner of G. Keener & Co., a custom furniture shop in New Carlisle, Ohio, lives his dream of running his own business on his property in the serene countryside of western Ohio.

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Something in the air

Written by John English Monday, 16 March 2015 00:00

something1There will always be debate about whether a hand-applied finish or a sprayed one is better and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. As the volume of work in a shop increases, woodworkers tend to lean more toward the speed of sprayed coatings over the personal experience of rubbing on oil or shellac, or even brushing lacquer and varnishes. If you’re switching from pads or brushes to spraying, here are a few notes that could help with finishing equipment choices.

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