Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

What’s it mean to be green?

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 21:19

There’s little doubt that the green movement is gaining steam in the United States. In the wood and construction industries, terms like certified wood, sustainable forestry practices, and green building initiatives have become more than propaganda, actually influencing the buying decisions of consumers.

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Slow and Steady wins The Race

Tuesday, 06 January 2009 21:10

Thomas Bennett, a furniture maker in Athens, Ohio, understands the efficiencies good equipment can bring to a shop. His business is, in fact, built on the concept. But he can still be slow to take the bait when an equipment salesman dangles a shiny bauble before his eyes.

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This shop has ‘MoFlow’

Monday, 15 December 2008 00:00

The Joinery in Portland, Ore., has been a fixture in the custom furniture business in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 25 years. Featuring custom and stock hand-made furniture — no CNC here — the 35-person shop has a reputation for producing a quality product, often from sustainable domestic woods.

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Where old meets new

Wednesday, 03 December 2008 21:52

Furniture maker Tarik Yousef (TARik youSEF) is a traditionalist. His shop in Raymond, Ohio, includes a generous assortment of the kinds of woodworking machinery found in nearly every American cabinetmaking shop in the last century: a Grizzly 10" table saw, 6" jointer and 2-hp shaper, and a Cummins 14" band saw. He also makes use of traditional joinery — often leaving it exposed in the fashion of many late 20th century makers — and he works in the context of traditional forms: beds with frame-and-panel head and foot boards, round dining tables on tripod bases, and side tables with cabriole legs.

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Safe & sound

Written by Jennifer Hicks Wednesday, 03 December 2008 21:16

While IWF 2008 put the spotlight on innovative machinery, there were dozens of exhibitors touting safety, including products that prevent loss of hearing, injury to the eye and damage to the lungs.

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