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They don’t make ’em  like they used to

Let’s start with a few random thoughts…

Tod Riggio

Tod Riggio

We remodeled our kitchen 12 years ago with a new dishwasher and refrigerator. Both appliances have had to be replaced. A disappointing development but not uncommon since the life expectancy of most kitchen appliances is only 10 to 20 years. Sad.

Last year, I shared my apprehension about teaching young children to work with tools. Readers sent notes of encouragement and project ideas. I’ve since taught my Cub Scouts to use a pocket knife and build a tool box. Fantastic experiences and can’t wait for the next woodworking adventure. Thanks for the support.

I was amused by the media’s outrage concerning the furniture order placed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The bill came to $31,000 for 10 chairs, a dining table, sideboard and breakfront in mahogany. The costs were broken down to about $1,000 per chair, $7,000 for the breakfront, $3,000 for the table, and $2,500 for shipping. If we’re talking about well-made pieces, are these prices shockingly high? I don’t think so.

A reader writes that last month’s “60 Grit” carton was “objectionable, particularly with the recent harassment issues nationwide. I found it insensitive and crude. It strikes me that it was not carefully considered in your publication. With the focus of the magazine often on finding future skilled help, including advancing women in the trades, the cartoon questions the sincerity and dedication to treating, in particular women with respect by your publication.” We apologize for a joke used by nearly everyone with a stud finder. The tool should be used responsibly.

In other news affecting the wood industry:

Red Hawk Fasteners LLC announced it has finalized the acquisition of all of Kyocera Senco’s composite fastener program assets which includes tools, fasteners and related spare parts.

“We are very excited to support the existing business relationships that Senco has developed while, at the same time, expand our marketing reach around the world. Composite fasteners are a blend of fiberglass and resin that can be sanded, shaped and cut without damage to router bits, blades or sanding belts,” the company said in a statement.

Judges have been selected for the 14th annual Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge, an international design competition highlighting achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products.

The judges are Michaelle Bradford, editor with the Woodworking Network; Woodshop News’ contributor Scott Grove, an artist, designer, woodwork instructor, and author of Advanced Veneering and Alternative Techniques; and Thomas Brooks, global commodity manager at Masonite International.

Hardwood Plywood & Veneer Association has recently rebranded as the Decorative Hardwoods Association and launched a new website.

“This name change will better describe our diverse membership of North American hardwood plywood, engineered wood flooring, and hardwood veneer manufacturers,” Don Finkell, chairman of the trade group’s board of directors, said in a statement.

The Baldor Electric Co., a motor manufacturer, will be known as ABB going forward. Baldor has been part of ABB for over seven years. 

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue.

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