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Standing out and fitting in

Written by John English Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

standingout3Custom cabinetry is often a buyer’s market. There are a lot of shops vying for a limited number of jobs. And just in case we’re not enough competition for our peers, the big-box home improvement stores have CAD systems to help them sell factory casework, much of which is poorly made with substandard materials.

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Only in America

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

america1Spend a couple of nights waking along Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as The Strip, and eventually nothing will surprise you. A middle-aged man wearing a diaper and nothing else? Check. An old lady in a Batman costume ordering at McDonald’s? Yup, saw that twice.

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Perception vs. reality

Written by John English Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

perception1Cabinetmakers and furniture builders often look at finishing in very different ways. The former usually spray lacquer or varnish, while the latter often apply wax, oil or shellac by hand. Both, however, are looking for a delicate balance between aesthetics (appearance) and protection (durability).

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Lean and loving it

Written by John English Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

lean1Anyone who has picked up a business magazine in the last couple of decades has read about lean manufacturing. It’s on cable, the Internet, in seminars, bars and boardrooms. And it’s as confusing as it is popular.

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Three lawsuits and a cloud of dust

Written by John English Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

dust2No, this isn’t another how-to article on designing and assembling a dust collection system. The companies that install systems or sell bags or ductwork can help there. This is something a little more fundamental — a quick look at some changing reasons for talking to those system designers. In fact, dust control could soon be as important to woodshops as malpractice insurance is to doctors.

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