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Image is everything

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

cncWhen it comes to design, manufacturing and shop-management software, particularly CNC-related programs, speed and simplicity are what woodworkers need to boost their businesses. Likewise, manufacturers interviewed by Woodshop News said streamlining the production process continues to be their chief goal behind the development of their latest offerings. The end result, though certainly debatable, is that computers are contributing to much of the work on products that are labeled as custom.

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Competitive nature

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

competitive2Focused on offering the highest quality products, owner and founder Stephen Kearns strives to combat the stiff competition he faces by harnessing the company’s strengths, namely sophisticated technology and stellar craftsmanship. He says the biggest threats to his business are commercial door and window manufacturers and other shops trying out this specialized niche.

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At the elbow of a master carpenter

Written by Jack Sherwood Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

sherwoodI was making clouds of paint dust while sanding the cabin and topsides of my 1962 Sailmaster to prep for spring painting when I began to long for the fragrance of wood dust. Fortunately, Joe Reid’s Mast & Mallet Boatworks is in the Maryland Mayo/Edgewater neighborhood of Casa Rio Marina, where my boat is hauled, so I detoured there to have a look.

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Lean for the long haul

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

leanYou would need to be well into your 90s to remember the stock market crash of 1929, which started the Great Depression. But the next worst thing, our own Great Recession, is still pretty fresh in our minds. It began in late 2007 and a key factor in its inception was the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble. For woodshops, the subsequent decimation of the construction industry has been dramatic. For those who survived, a new culture in management has evolved, one that takes very much to heart an adage quoted by Ben Franklin: a penny saved is a penny earned.

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Growth spurt

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 15 April 2013 00:00

growthleadWillow Creek Woodworks of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has been gracing homes in the West with custom cabinetry and millwork for the last 15 years. Since Day One, owner Jaxon Ching has served clients well and marketed effectively, helping his company grow from a two-man operation to about 20 employees.

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