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Three lawsuits and a cloud of dust

Written by John English Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

dust2No, this isn’t another how-to article on designing and assembling a dust collection system. The companies that install systems or sell bags or ductwork can help there. This is something a little more fundamental — a quick look at some changing reasons for talking to those system designers. In fact, dust control could soon be as important to woodshops as malpractice insurance is to doctors.

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Right where he wants to be

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

right1If you could have your pick of locations to open a cabinet shop, Hilton Head, S.C., would be a pretty good choice. It offers 12 miles of beachfront property, at least 17,000 second homes, a bevy of gated communities, immensely popular tourist destinations and favorable year-long weather conditions.

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Bed of roses

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

roses1William Lawrence Murphy is credited with inventing the Murphy bed more than 100 years ago. It’s a bed that is hinged at one end to store vertically against a wall or inside a closet or cabinet. The design is said to be making a comeback, particularly among city dwellers living in tight quarters or as an extra bedroom in downsized family homes.

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Still charged up about his job

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

chargedup3Custom furniture maker Ted Watts, principal of Watts Woodwork in Murrell’s Inlet, S.C., opened his first shop 35 years ago and hasn’t lost his passion for the creative side of the craft. In fact, it might be burning brighter than ever.

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In tune with technology

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00

technology1Richard Doyle has been running a cabinet shop for nearly 20 years and doesn’t hesitate when asked about the biggest changes that have taken place.

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