Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Measuring up to your expectations

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

48_measuringIn the first in a two-part  series, we take a look at how hardwood is measured, sized, dried and sold to consumers

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Grand design

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 March 2012 00:00

27_grand_designAfter teaming up in 2001, Todd McIntosh and Jon Tuttle recognized pretty quickly that their client base should focus on architects, designers and builders. Dealing directly with homeowners wasn’t going to generate enough business.

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Can it pay to mill your own lumber?

Written by John English Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

18_feature_1They trickle through the mail every few months: glossy brochures for portable saw mills that leave a woodworker wondering. Ironically, the appeal of harvesting one’s own lumber has little to do with economics.

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Hitchcock is born again

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

30_feature_1Even though the doors closed twice on the Hitchcock Chair Co. in its nearly two centuries of operation, new owners Rick Swenson and Gary Hath are excited about its future. Following their purchase of the company name, which had remained dormant since its second closing in 2006, the owners hosted a grand-reopening celebration last fall and received a wealth of publicity from the company’s revival.

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Comfort zone

Written by John English Monday, 13 February 2012 00:00

35_featureThe setup of a workshop has a big impact on the quality and quantity of the work produced in it. Everything that goes into making a shop easy to operate is covered by a branch of behavioral science called ergonomics, which OSHA defines as “the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.” The goal of ergonomics in a professional woodshop is high productivity, avoidance of illness and injury risks and increased worker satisfaction.

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