Woodworking Industry: Taking a Closer Look

Life on the road means never a dull moment

Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:23

The other day I had my atlas out, looking at the route I’ll be taking on my next shop-profile trip for Woodshop News. Yes, I am aware it is quicker to simply punch in a town’s name using a search engine on my computer, but I’ve always been intrigued by looking at maps and my National Geographic atlas.

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Striking a balance with our tool news

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 20:27

We’ve always done things a bit differently at Woodshop News, especially when it comes to information about new tools. While I can’t say with absolute certainty that we haven’t made exceptions in more than 23 years of publishing this magazine, I do know it’s always been our policy to not review tools. Instead, we give the manufacturers an opportunity to discuss the features and benefits of their latest offering, while doing our best to eliminate the hyperbole that often dominates the accompanying marketing material.

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News you can use is a mouse-click away

Monday, 09 March 2009 15:36

In February, we launched a second e-newsletter to share what we do best: inform and entertain professional woodworkers about the news, technology, materials, people and issues that affect you.

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Sneak peek at new Unisaw is worth it

Wednesday, 04 February 2009 20:22

One of the “perks” of my job is the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how new tools and machinery are designed, developed and manufactured. Festool invited me to its manufacturing facility in Germany a few years back, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. Recently, Delta opened its plant in Jackson, Tenn., to woodworking magazine editors to promote the launch of the company’s redesigned Unisaw table saw.

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Homegrown products boost green movement

Tuesday, 30 December 2008 19:42

For the last year or so, we’ve received several invitations to attend green building seminars. Since we had plans to write about the trend, senior writer Brian Caldwell attended the Wood Products Manufacturers Association annual conference in Portland, Maine, which featured a “Green 101” presentation. Representatives of Scientific Certification Systems, the WoodNet Market Council and the National Network of Forest Practitioners explained the certification process, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, and how woodworking companies might profit from their involvement. We were ready to take the bait but, based on the information presented, it was hard to fathom how a small shop would profit from the ‘green movement.’

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