Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

VOC rules can cause a mess

Written by Christopher Hoffman Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

voc1Cabinet Makers Association executive director David Grulke sums up regulation of volatile organic compounds, a vital component of most varnishes, paints and stains, with one word.

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So close, yet so far away

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00

soclose1Grab a map and find Littleton, N.H. It’s north of the White Mountains, south of St. Johnsbury, Vt., and more than a two-hour drive from the Massachusetts’ state line. Why the geography lesson? Well, this is a story of a small-town shop, Littleton Millwork, serving the Boston market and beyond for roughly three decades, and a little perspective might help.

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Ready when you are

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

ready1Suppliers of cabinet and furniture components are finally seeing better days. After some tough years, orders for doors, drawers and decorative elements are up (see sidebar), particularly from the small- to mid-sized woodworking shops realizing the benefits of outsourcing.

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Through the roof

Written by John English Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

insurance1For many small woodshops, insurance costs as much as the rent — and sometimes more. There is such a thing as being overinsured, but the worst effect of that is just a higher premium. Being underinsured, on the other hand, can be absolutely disastrous.

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Dollars and sense

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

dollars1Sam and Polly Epstein founded Daniel Island Woodworks in Charleston, S.C., in 2005 after creating a successful birdhouse-making business. The shop specializes in custom cabinetry for the commercial market with an annual gross of $1.2 million and operates out of a 12,000-sq.-ft. facility just a short drive from the touristy part of the quaint Southern city.

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