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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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Time is on your side

Written by Christopher Hoffman Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

time1A few years ago, Stephen Kearns’ employees would spend half a day setting up a shaper and then manually cutting and shaping a run of boards.

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A connection to their creations

Written by Lori Ferguson Monday, 21 October 2013 00:00

connection1The transition between external and internal environments is startling. From the outside, the business looks like a factory — a 130,000 sq.-ft. industrial building in the shadow of a massive wind turbine just off a busy thoroughfare in Newburyport, Mass.

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