Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

CNC expansion: now or never?

Written by John English Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

cncThe larger a woodshop gets, the more important both volume and speed become. Upgraded CNC capacity allows a shop to handle more projects and even run a few simultaneously. That, in turn, provides an opportunity to take greater advantage of economies of scale, such as fewer setups and tool changes. Improved load/unload speeds can also have a significant effect on efficiency, as does multifunctionality where a single workstation can perform several tasks. Better machines usually mean fewer defects, too. These concepts are at the core of lean manufacturing, where a company strives to eliminate waste while maximizing the value that a customer receives.

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Clever clamps

Written by John English Monday, 13 February 2017 00:00

stanley_clampAn object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.

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Hardware heaven

Written by John English Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00


hardware_hayworthHistorically, cabinet hardware has been chosen to complement colors and shapes in casework, countertops, walls and appliances. Perhaps by the nature of its diminutive size, hardware has been secondary to other design components. Knobs and pulls by themselves have rarely been the defining agent in a kitchen. This tail has hardly ever wagged the dog. So it’s no surprise that hardware has often been relegated almost to an afterthought.

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Good times in the Badlands

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

badlands1Forty-six years. That’s how long Don’s Custom Cabinet Shop in Rapid City, S.D., has been in business. So you’ve got to figure it’s doing something right.

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Boost your profile with sign-making jobs

Written by John English Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

sign_freudAn idle CNC is a terrible thing to behold.

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