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A cut above

Written by John English Monday, 19 November 2012 00:00

44_feature_2When I began learning how to build cabinets 30-plus years ago, we still worked off hand-drawn blueprints and the only way to show a client what a job might look like was to jump in the car and visit a previous job. Now, technology can create a 3-D walkthrough of a kitchen that doesn’t even exist yet and the cabinetmaker can rotate shop drawings through three axes on a screen, just to get a better understanding of the joinery before he makes a cut.

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Handle with care

Written by John English Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

40_featureWhile there are some woodshops that are dedicated to furniture repair, most of us only occasionally get talked into doing it. Usually it’s not a complete refinishing project — just fixing some missing veneer or regluing a drawer or two. After 30-plus years in the furniture-making business, here are a few notes that might smooth the way for occasional renovators.

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A boost to the bottom line

Written by John English Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

37_featureThe concept of replacing manual processes with automated ones is a sign of our times. From speed-dialing phones to cars that parallel-park themselves, our world is now designed to eliminate human error and make life easier, more efficient and safer. So why not automate the woodshop, too?

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At home in the heartland

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 15 October 2012 00:00

30_featureWhen gazing across the endless sea of fertile cropland where tractor whirs barely break the silence, it seems like farming is the only enterprise around. Then suddenly out of the scene pops a warm, smoky-green building with Johannes Architectural Woodworking Inc. set in stone across the front. It turns out that sitting in eastern Iowa surrounded by corn and soybeans is a pretty good place to be right now.

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No room for error

Written by John English Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

35_safety_04“Do you still have all your fingers?” Boy, doesn’t that get old? It’s the first question people ask when they hear that you’ve been woodworking for a while. The implication is not only that woodworking is inherently dangerous, but also that woodworkers are not exactly bright. 

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