Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Charging into the future

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 20 August 2012 00:00

32_feature_1In August, woodworkers flocked to the IWF in Atlanta for a look at new machinery and technology, including the next wave of cordless power tools and battery innovations. Manufacturers interviewed by Woodshop News say today’s cordless trends include making tools smaller and lighter without compromising run time, increasing durability and, above all, making the tools and batteries compatible within their lines to assure consumers stick with their respective brands.

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No easy task

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

26_feature_1Established in 1986, Wildewoods Fine Works in Woods in Ponchatoula, La., specializes in all things custom. Owner Terry Wilde says the approach has played a role in the shop’s growth since Day One.

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Brush up on dust-collection systems

Written by John English Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

38_featureThere are two ways to install a dust collection system in a small shop: either use one large central unit with lots of ductwork or buy several small dedicated units that serve just one or two machines. Given what we know today about the dangers of fine dust, the question is no longer whether to install a collection system, but rather which is the most efficient method. And, once that choice is made, there are several other options that need to be considered.

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Crossing the finish line

Written by John English Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

34_featureCrisp joinery and great material choices are essential elements of a superior cabinet or furniture job. But applying a decent finish is perhaps the most critical task. The finish is the first thing that a customer sees and touches. No matter how skilled the woodworker, if he or she doesn’t have the right equipment, the magic of a glitch-free finish might always be just out of reach.

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Easier than ever

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

34_featureCurrent trends in CNC-based design software reflect the fact that woodworkers, many of whom were once reluctant to implement design technology into their drafting departments, are now more comfortable accepting such technology as essential to their livelihood.

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