Updating a classic

classic1In one form or another, Rainier Woodworking Co. has been making cabinets for Puget Sound customers since 1957. Scott Reader bought the Tacoma, Wash.-based shop in 2001 and has established an efficient nested-based manufacturing operation, building primarily off the 32mm system.

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New Products

Milwaukee portable vacuum

Milwaukee portable vacuum

MILWAUKEE TOOL added a portable vacuum, model 0850-20, to its M12 System lithium-ion category of cordless tools.

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Tools & Machines

Festool puts you in control with Vecturo multi-tool

Festool puts you in control with Vecturo multi-tool

Festool’s latest innovation is the Vecturo OS 400, the company’s first oscillating multi-tool, featuring a 400-watt motor, plunge base and depth-stop system.

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Wood Markets

Red alder maintains its regional appeal

Red alder is the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest, available in clear and knotty grades nationwide. It’s easy to work with, sands well and gives a pretty good cherry and mahogany imitation. And it’s moving well in its neck of the w...

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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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