The damage done by dust

dust2We breathe in two types of wood dust — organic and inorganic. The former can be spores or fungi released by deteriorating lumber, pollens, seeds, oils, plant toxins, pesticides and so on. Inorganic dust in the woodshop is primarily composed of dead cell walls ground fine (such as sanding dust) or residue from MDF, plastic laminates, finishes and other chemicals used in furniture and cabinet building.

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New Products

Mullion Lite pattern options

Mullion Lite pattern options

WALZCRAFT  added several new Mullion Lite pattern options to its current collection.

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Tools & Machines

Pony Tools rolls out E-Z Hold clamp

Pony Tools rolls out E-Z Hold clamp

Pony Tools showcased the Jorgensen E-Z Hold ISD-3 clamp at IWF 2014, which can be combined with a second clamp to get a wider bar length capacity.

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Wood Markets

Maples sales are strong in winter months

Both hard and soft maple are steady movers, according to lumber suppliers interviewed by Woodshop News. Interest is particularly strong for highly figured and slab stock.

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Editor's Picks

Only in America

Only in America

Spend a couple of nights waking along Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as The Strip, and eventually nothing will surprise you. A middle-aged man wearing a diaper and nothing else? Check. An old lady in a Batman costume ordering at ...

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Perception vs. reality

Perception vs. reality

Cabinetmakers and furniture builders often look at finishing in very different ways. The former usually spray lacquer or varnish, while the latter often apply wax, oil or shellac by hand. Both, however, are looking for a delicate ...

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Stand out and cash in

Stand out and cash in

We had a little work done on the home place a few months ago. A contractor came in and gave us a price, we signed the papers and all these very professional people showed up one after the other until everything was done.

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VOC rules can cause a mess

VOC rules can cause a mess

Cabinet Makers Association executive director David Grulke sums up regulation of volatile organic compounds, a vital component of most varnishes, paints and stains, with one word.

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