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Total recall

Written by John English Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

totalrecall1There have always been lots of jigs available to help construct the two most revered woodworking joints — dovetails and mortise and tenon. Some of the better manual jigs can get pretty expensive and those high-end ones are now running up against technology. Small CNC routing centers such as the HandiBot, Shark and Piranha Fx have made the technology much more affordable, and they can do something with which woodworkers often have a problem: they remember.

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Changes on the fly

Written by John English Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

Keeping up with innovations in the world of CNC software can be a full-time job. One of the challenges is that programs keep evolving and taking on new tasks. There’s a trend now toward providing a single software solution that will help woodshops design and build on CNC platforms, but also include a whole slew of other functions such as accounting, inventory, sales and marketing, personnel issues and even corporate planning.

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It took a village

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

village1Village Handcrafted Cabinetry started as a one-man shop in 2000 and currently has 47 employees in a 23,000-sq.-ft. facility in Lansdale, Pa.

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The value in veneer

Written by John English Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00

veneer1Merriam-Webster defines veneer as “a layer of wood of superior value or excellent grain to be glued to an inferior wood,” or “any of the thin layers bonded together to form plywood.”

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Cut the cord

Written by John English Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00

cord1About half of all cordless power tools on Earth have been purchased in either North America or Europe (26 and 24 percent, respectively). So it’s no surprise that these two markets are at the forefront when it comes to changes in battery technology.

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