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Lean is lasting

Written by John English Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

34_featureWaste is fairly common in woodshops. And one way to keep it in check is a concept borrowed from the auto industry. Lean manufacturing began in the 1980s at companies such as Toyota, but it has evolved so much that credit for its current form is questionable. So, too, in the opinions of many traditional managers, are its benefits. But it keeps on growing in popularity, so perhaps it’s worth a closer look.

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New lease on life

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

26_feature_1Until recently, Jim Shaw has relied on general contractors to supply his Shaw Woodworking cabinet shop in the Pocasset section of Bourne, Mass., with work. Now he’s targeting consumers directly.

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Central casting

Written by Alan Richman Monday, 14 May 2012 00:00

42_feature_1After almost seven years of operating Studio L as a broad-based woodworking company, owner David Lehmann is getting ready to make some changes. He is seeking a buyer for approximately 4,000 square feet of space situated in three buildings and a shed in Teaneck, N.J., so that he can move to another site where everything would be under one roof and workflow can be optimized.

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Unplugged and in tune

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

30_featureAlmost every woodworker owns a plane or two, but most of us hardly ever use them. While some of the best craftsmen are adamant about their benefits, most people earning a living at woodworking look at hand tools as old-fashioned, slow, inefficient, somewhat romantic and, well, pretty darn useless. One is far more likely to see them in an art furniture woodshop than a custom cabinet shop.

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Texas ranger

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 16 April 2012 00:00

36_feature_1Jim Farris still gets a kick out of working with wood. He’s been running Jim Farris Cabinets since 1976, through good times and bad, and not a day goes by when he doesn’t strive to meet and exceed his clients’ expectations.

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