Unique Advantages of the Track Saw

Innovations are born out of a person’s ability to see a problem and come up with potential solutions. Each potential solution must then be evaluated to determine its practicality. Sometimes, the answer turns out to be so simple that one would think it should have been obvious. This is definitely the case with a track

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Maintaining Sound Business Practices

A person running a very small business is often tempted to shortcut the formalities of good business practices, especially in certain situations. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, restoring antique furniture had been a large part of my business for a long time.  This niche encouraged a unique relationship between my customers and me.  Almost

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Keeping it Real

Things seem to be going well in your business. You’ve had more work than you can handle for an extended period of time. Demand for your services has been increasing steadily. This is, of course, a good scenario. Yet you can’t help feeling that you’re missing an opportunity if you don’t increase your productivity to

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Adapting to Market Changes

I’d like to share a recent experience in my business that I think may help those of you who may find yourself in a similar situation. For over 30 years, my business concentrated on high-end furniture. I designed and fabricated custom furniture and restored antique furniture. I’d been doing these activities for many years and

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The Return on Investment for CNC Routers

Companies weigh many factors when calculating the return on investment (ROI) for CNC router purchases. The ROI needs to incorporate a thorough understanding of the product and an equally comprehensive scrutiny of the vendor as a business partner, including the role the vendor plays in ROI calculations. Many routers have a 20-year lifespan, which means

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Political Climate Change

A dramatic result of political climate change hit our country like a storm last November with the election of Donald Trump as President. The winds of change have been building over the past several years as discontent with the previous administration grew. To progressive leaders, the loss was a major setback in their mission. Modern

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Best Practices for CNC Router Maintenance

With practically unlimited capabilities and options, CNC routers are essential for companies that want to increase and improve their production offerings. To protect the investment in this technology, it’s important to establish a thorough maintenance program to ensure the life of the equipment and minimize costly downtimes. Yet despite the risk, maintenance is often an

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CNC Router Training Requires More Commitment Beyond “Lip Service”

For companies that invest in CNC router equipment to manufacture cabinets, furniture components, countertops and other wood, metal and plastic products, initial and ongoing training is essential. To be effective, training begins at a basic level with how to setup the router table correctly. Determining how to program a router path to cut the materials

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Crumbling Foundations

About a year ago, I took a teaching position in a technical school, teaching woodworking to adults.  Interestingly, the courses that I now teach are basically the same courses that I myself took 40 years ago at the same school. The purpose of the courses is to teach the basics of woodworking to adults who

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5-Axis CNC Routers

This year I went to IWF Atlanta with the same objective as I did two years ago. That is, to research the 5-axis routers offered for sale. While I think all of us have some familiarity with CNC routers, I’d like to briefly describe the operation of these remarkable machines. I’d also like to describe

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