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WMMA launches lobbying program

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00

12_news_deskThe Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers Association recently implemented its new Patriot Award program as an incentive for its members to demonstrate to their local representative how legislative and regulatory issues will directly impact jobs, revenues and economic development at their plants.



Letter to the Editor: SawStop inventor responds to claims

Written by Stephen Gass Wednesday, 26 October 2011 00:00

Editor’s note: The following is a response to a position paper from the Power Tool Institute in regards to SawStop founder Stephen Gass’s petition before the Consumer Products Safety Commission, published as a letter to the editor in the September 2011 issue of Woodshop News (“SawStop mandate would hurt woodworkers,” Page 7).



Letter to the Editor: Response to PTI on SawStop

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 18:48

In 2003 the founders of SawStop, along with 339 other individuals, petitioned the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for a new safety standard for table saws. In 2006 the CPSC voted 2-1 to begin the process, with then-Chairman Hall Stratton voting in favor (Stratton was appointed by President George W. Bush). The CPSC, however, did not begin the process because Stratton resigned shortly after the vote, leaving a 1-1 deadlock.



Letters to the Editor: SawStop mandate would hurt woodworkers

Monday, 19 September 2011 00:00

Editor’s note: Woodshop News received an unsolicited position paper from the Power Tool Institute on July 22 in regards to SawStop founder Stephen Gass’s petition before the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Since this issue has been repeatedly debated in Woodshop News, and PTI had previously made few public comments, the decision was made to publish a portion of the paper as an opinion piece.



Online marketplace supports sales of high-end work

Written by Steve Marks Monday, 17 October 2011 00:00

08_news_deskIf you thought Etsy, the e-commerce website for handmade and vintage items, was just tie-dyed T-shirts and bead necklaces, you should take another look — especially if you are a woodworker. Adam Brown, press manager at Etsy, reports that “there are currently almost 18,000 items for sale in the furniture category.” And they are not schlock, unless you consider $15,000 tables and high boys junk.



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