Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Brush up on dust-collection systems

Written by John English Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

38_featureThere are two ways to install a dust collection system in a small shop: either use one large central unit with lots of ductwork or buy several small dedicated units that serve just one or two machines. Given what we know today about the dangers of fine dust, the question is no longer whether to install a collection system, but rather which is the most efficient method. And, once that choice is made, there are several other options that need to be considered.

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Crossing the finish line

Written by John English Monday, 16 July 2012 00:00

34_featureCrisp joinery and great material choices are essential elements of a superior cabinet or furniture job. But applying a decent finish is perhaps the most critical task. The finish is the first thing that a customer sees and touches. No matter how skilled the woodworker, if he or she doesn’t have the right equipment, the magic of a glitch-free finish might always be just out of reach.

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Easier than ever

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

34_featureCurrent trends in CNC-based design software reflect the fact that woodworkers, many of whom were once reluctant to implement design technology into their drafting departments, are now more comfortable accepting such technology as essential to their livelihood.

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Southern comfort

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

31_feature_1Based in the charming Southern town of Petal, Miss., ASH Millworks is a full-service custom woodworking shop offering a wide range of cabinetry and millwork products including cabinets, doors, staircases and moldings. The company name is derived from its founder, A.S. “Skipper” Herring, otherwise known as Skip, who established the business in 1980. The business services a wide range of clients within an hour’s drive, and has a strong following along the Gulf Coast.

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Retirement plan

Written by Clayton Petree Monday, 18 June 2012 00:00

42_featureHoward Holz professes amusement that his last name, in German, means wood. That’s because Howard, affectionately known as Howie to many of his friends and neighbors, is afflicted by a decades-long passion for woodworking. It’s a passion that’s given the retired dairy farmer a regional reputation as an artist utilizing massive wooden slabs as his canvas in creating sought-after works of art.

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