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Art in architecture

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 11 April 2016 00:00

art1Steve Benson’s passion in life shines through in his work at J.S. Benson Architectural Millwork, Windows & Doors in Middlebury, Vt. As company president, Benson has always had a knack for the woodworking trade and has become an expert on what the industry refers to as fenestrations. These skillful arrangements come in the form of windows and doors with proper openings on buildings for purposes of beauty, historical accuracy and functions such as energy conservation.

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Buoyed by a backlog

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

backlog1Andy Sutherland, owner of New Hampshire Woodworks in Manchester, N.H., had a ready answer to a question about running a successful custom shop:

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The additive advantage

Written by John English Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

add_advSince the Industrial Revolution, factories have used a process called subtraction to manufacture precision parts. One starts with something a little larger than the final piece and whittles away at it with routers, saw blades, grinders, sanders and other abrasive or incisive (cutting) machines, until what’s left is what’s needed.

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Open wide

Written by John English Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

drawers2People and their homes are gradually getting bigger in the U.S.

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Moisture meters can mean all the difference

Written by John English Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

moisture2Every woodworker knows that wood expands and contracts and we build to accommodate that. We use joinery that allows panels and boards to grow or shrink across the grain as they react to changes in humidity. Moisture can also affect our work in other ways. For example, it can delaminate plywood by causing veneers or adhesives to fail. Water can be detrimental to finishes, too.

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