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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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Weathering the storms

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

30_feature_1John Abramson, owner of Wood Solutions in Galveston, Texas, is always ready to hit the ground running. Established in 2003, the business is now in its fifth location because of recurring hurricane damage — a sure sign of Abramson’s commitment to his trade.

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