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Magic in the air

Written by John English Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

magic1Do you know the difference between positive and negative displacement or when kinetic energy is used in the woodshop? How about the ways that unidirectional and centrifugal compressors work?

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The next big leap

Written by John English Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

leap1When it comes to choosing software, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. On the Woodweb.com site, for example, there are about 150 links under the “Software & Mobile Apps” heading. The problem is that only a handful will address a shop’s specific needs and it takes a lot of time to wade through all the choices to find the gems. Let’s begin the search by defining some terms and then take a look at some of the more popular programs that woodshops are using.

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Outsourcing as an on-demand option

Written by John English Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

outsourcing2Outsourcing (for example, buying boxes, drawers and doors from a manufacturer rather than building them in-house) is becoming increasingly popular with custom shops. And while doing everything in the shop certainly offers more control over a job, outsourcing usually saves time and money. Hiring a factory that specializes only in components and makes them on a grand scale can be very cost-effective.

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Where experience really counts

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

experience2Frank Shatz, the 75-year-old owner of his namesake company, is bent over at the waste, working on a curved 25’ maple wall cap. He’s focused on the task for the better part of an hour, even while this magazine’s photographer and editor try their best to distract him. Following his lead, the shop’s other craftsmen stay busy, working independently or as a team on projects that require another set of hands. The crew is very accommodating, but with 17 jobs in the pipeline, stuff needs to get done.

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Standing out and fitting in

Written by John English Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

standingout3Custom cabinetry is often a buyer’s market. There are a lot of shops vying for a limited number of jobs. And just in case we’re not enough competition for our peers, the big-box home improvement stores have CAD systems to help them sell factory casework, much of which is poorly made with substandard materials.

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