Woodworking Techniques and Advice

Make technology do what you want it to do

Written by Davis M. Woodruff Monday, 13 June 2011 00:00

davidwoodruffAs the saying goes, “Technology is wonderful when it works, but when it doesn’t, it can be a disaster.” Technological applications are expanding across our industry. Using technology appropriately is simply another part of our tool kit. Businesses can spend a lot of money quickly for very little return on their investment unless an orderly plan is followed.

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Guest opinion: There is another solution to saw injuries

Written by Ian Kirby Monday, 18 April 2011 00:00

9_news_deskA Feb. 2 article in USA Today reported that Stephen Gass, a patent attorney who invented SawStop technology, was consulting with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Lamp sheds light on wonders of veneer

Written by Abraham Tesser Monday, 14 March 2011 00:00

A standard thickness for commercial veneer is 1/42 of an inch. At that thickness, many species of veneer are thin enough to be quite translucent. When light passes through such veneers, their color and tone often change. Indeed, many veneers have a more brilliant, exciting look when light passes through than when the light is simply reflected off an opaque surface, such as when the veneer is glued to an opaque substrate.

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CNC weds efficiency and craftsmanship

Written by Frank D. Jimenez Monday, 14 February 2011 00:00

Blind dado construction, using mortise-and-tenon joinery, is one of the classic methods of making cabinets and drawers. In the time before the modernization of cabinetry, when high volume and efficiency were not as important to the cabinetmaker as beauty, strength and making furniture that became heirlooms, mortise-and-tenon joints were common. These joints not only gave strength to the cabinet being built, but also gave the cabinet the look and feel of being one continuous piece of work with the joints actually hidden from view, thus the more modern name of blind dado construction.

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Some woods can be harmful to your health

Written by Bud Latven Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00

18_cutting_edgeIf you regularly work with exotic hardwoods such as rosewoods and ebonies and have developed persistent skin-rash sensitivities, help might be on the way. For two years, I received injections of a compound extracted from the dust of dozens of exotic and domestic hardwoods in a treatment called low dose allergen therapy and am now mostly free of allergic reactions to these woods.

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