Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Open and shut

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

30_featuresKent Merrill, owner of Merrill Woodworking in Rigby, Idaho, and featured in this month’s cover story, makes the point that part of his business success depends on how well he keeps up to date with the latest designs and innovations. Merrill puts an emphasis on mentioning the latest hardware products to his clients, which, in turn, makes them appreciative of his knowledge about the various slides and hinges on the market today.

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Picture-perfect plan

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

34_featuresThough Rob Grant loves his big equipment — Omnitech CNC, Whirlwind saw, Brandt edgebander — there’s a smaller tool he uses to run his cabinetmaking business: a multi-lens digital camera. Creating a picture-perfect image is vital for any company and Grant, president of Contemporary Woodcrafts, does it largely with snapshots and labels to match.

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Where values matter

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

26_featuresEstablished in 2007, Merrill Woodworking and Design in Rigby, Idaho, features a lineup of state-of-the-art machinery, allowing the company to offer a range of cabinetry styles for clients throughout Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.

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In his own world

Written by Thomas G. Dolan Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

35_featureAlfred Anderson, principal of Alfred Anderson Craftsman in Wood in Colbert, Wash., works out of a 19th century farm and, in many respects, his life and work styles are more reflective of that bygone era than of modern times. Everything he makes is an original. There are no standard products, no inventory. Anderson builds handcrafted basic furniture such as beds, tables and chairs.

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Front and center

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

26_featureWith about 50 employees, Out of the Woods Custom Cabinetry in Layton, Utah, is an example to smaller shops wishing to grow. About 11 years ago, the company started as a two-man operation.

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