Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Updating a classic

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

classic1In one form or another, Rainier Woodworking Co. has been making cabinets for Puget Sound customers since 1957. Scott Reader bought the Tacoma, Wash.-based shop in 2001 and has established an efficient nested-based manufacturing operation, building primarily off the 32mm system.

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Living on the edge

Written by John English Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

edge1Every now and then a customer comes in who wants something a little different. One of the most requested items is a table with live edges — where the bark has been removed, but the edges haven’t been machined straight.

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Brave new world

Written by John English Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

brave1Any woodworker today with a bit of gray in his beard remembers the late 1970s when C.S. Onsrud Inc. came out with its magical “inverted router.” It was a small, very affordable machine that let even a one-man shop safely use templates to turn out identical parts all day long.

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No wallflowers here

Written by John English Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

wallflower1Leaning against the wall isn’t generally regarded as the most productive stance. But in the case of panel saws, it can be. A vertical panel saw has two big advantages over a sliding table saw or beam saw. It takes up a lot less floor space and it can be much easier to load.

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Passionate in Portland

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 January 2015 00:00

passionate2Do what you do best. It’s the simple advice that’s often the best advice and it seems to be working out pretty well for Mike Redmond at Creative Woodworking NW in Portland, Ore.

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