Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Pressure situation

Written by John English Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

pressureIf you’re shopping for a new air compressor, there are a lot of manufacturers out there and that can be a bit overwhelming. The following is a brief survey of both familiar and newer brand names, along with their website addresses so you can do some further research.

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Out on your own

Written by John English Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

outsourcing1Outsourcing is usually touted as a way for smaller shops to increase their productivity without making huge investments in machines and people. That last component, employees, is quickly becoming more pivotal in the decision. It’s getting hard to hire cabinetmakers. And that’s one of several factors that often make outsourcing more of a necessity than a choice.

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Mountain climber

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

mountain1Gat Creek, a producer of custom residential furniture for retailers, is one of the largest companies and employers in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The company occupies a 90,000-sq.-ft. facility near the center of town with 118 employees that share a passion for the woodworking industry. There’s no assembly line on the factory floor. Instead, each piece is crafted individually from solid hardwood and signed by the maker.

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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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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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