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Trade Show Tips
Mary-Carel Verden
7/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

Anybody who has attended a trade show, either as an exhibitor or as an attendee, knows what an overwhelming experience it can be. Trade shows are ...

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Stainless Steel Fasteners: They Are Not All Alike
John D. Wagner
7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM

The aisles of your lumberyard, hardware store, or home center are overflowing with a wide range of choices among screws and fasteners. For galva...

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Taking Lean Personal
Dave Grubb
7/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

Many of us spend countless hours searching for ways of reducing waste. Have you ever looked at your own day-to-day activities? How often do you ask y...

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Finishing as an Integral Part of Design
John Howell
7/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

I want to address a dilemma that we all face as woodworkers. The primary material we work with is not homogenous. Okay, we all know that. Its vari...

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The Most Important Piece of Equipment in your Shop
Fred Hueston
3/7/2014 1:01:00 PM

I am often asked what is the most important piece of equipment in a shop. Is it the CNC, a line machine, or hand tools. The answer is simpl...

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Discovering the Definition of Insanity
Insanity: Noun. When thinking that the end result will change if you do something over enough times without changing your method ... Read More
Testing Adhesions
Adhesion of the coatings to each other and to the wood surface is critical because even the most durable coatings ...  Read More
  Marble & Granite
Concern with Routing
A variety of embedded reinforcement measures have been attempted in natural stone, some of which have been successful ... Read More
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Formaldehyde: Worth the Fuss?
What’s all the fuss about formaldehyde? We’ve lived with it for years – billions of pounds are produced globally each year ... Read More
Is Your Business Taking your Breath Away?
Does your shop cut, grind or hone stone dry? Do you grind stone flooring dry sometimes? Dust created from cutting and grinding certain types of stone emits silica in the air ... Read More
The Next Big Thing in Counters
The next big thing in counters is more related to my pond and the ice that we skate on. If anybody who is reading this skates on a frozen lake or pond you know how important the quality of the ice is ... Read More
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LEED Stirs Up Controversy
Think the fightin’ words are over with November’s presidential elections? Not at the U.S. Green Building Council, where nerves continue to be sharp after some public questioning of its role in green building practices ... Read More

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AWI Design Solutions Magazine Released

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) has released the summer 2014 edition of their official journal, Design Solutions Magazine. The publication offers in depth features and resources including a technical article and a Product Showcase.


Let's "Root" for the Finish

Abet Laminati, a leading manufacturer of decorative laminates, introduces several new woodgrains into its Legni collection of wood textures reproduced on laminate sheets. Root – a surface so realistic it’s hard to tell it’s not wood, is available in seven patterns. The total Legni line consisting of over 100 wood-like surfaces, offers the warmth and original look of natural wood with the high performance of laminate. Legni woodgrain laminates are available in 4 feet x 10 feet sheet sizes. All laminates are Greenguard certified with low VOC emissions. Root will be introduced at IWF, booth #3337.


Top Knobs introduces new Chareau Crystal knobs, precious jewelry for the kitchen

Top Knobs debuts Crystal knobs within the popular Chareau Collection. Clear crystal is inlaid into the top of an emerald faceted body for a knob that has the appearance of priceless jewelry. The new Chareau Crystal knobs bring this statement to reality with a knob that is completely jewelry inspired. The Chareau Crystal knob is 1-1/8" and is available in 4 finishes: Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel and Tuscan Bronze. All Top Knobs products come with proprietary sealed finish and lifetime warranty. Visit for more.


Auction of Industry Memorabilia Raises More than $3,000 for Charity

The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) the national trade associations for those who make and distribute machinery, cutting tools and supplies for the woodworking industry, have announced the results of the silent auction held at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC). The auction, which this year will benefit the Woodwork Career Alliance of North America, raised $3,387.


Vortex Tool Company Offers Sharpening Services

Vortex Tool Company, Inc., a leading manufacturer of standard and custom high-performance router and insert cutting tools for the woodworking and plastics industries, also provides a comprehensive tool sharpening and service program. Vortex Tool designs and manufactures a wide variety of tooling at their headquarters in Schofield, Wisconsin, and that manufacturing process allows tool sharpening to be handled by the same equipment and personnel that made it. This allows for tool restoration to “like new” performance with exclusive “Razor Edge” technology. Turn-around is usually two working days or less. Vortex Tool Company services any brand or type of cutting tool. For more information about Vortex’s sharpening services and their complete line of tooling, visit or contact Vortex Tool Company, 5605 East Jelinek Avenue, Schofield, WI 54476.


Integra Adhesives to be at IWF

Recognized for their high quality, pre-colored cartridge-based adhesives that offer a perfect color match when laminating, mitering and seaming solid surface, quartz, natural stone, ceramic and more, Integra Adhesives will be exhibiting at the IWF show in Atlanta, GA, August 20-23 2014.


General Tools Introduces New Multi-Species Wood Mositure Meter

The new Precision Multi-Species Wood Moisture Meter (MMD8P) from General Tools & Instruments (General®) offers advanced features to benefit professional and DIY woodworkers, cabinet and furniture makers, carpenters, builders and remodelers. The MMD8P is ideal for measuring the moisture content of 48 species of wood and offers temperature compensation. It is designed for use in lumber selection and purchasing as well as in the shop before cutting, sealing, treating or joining, and before painting or wallpapering. Plus, it’s the first moisture meter on the market with an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display, which provides extraordinary contrast and clarity, especially in outdoor lighting conditions.


Top Knobs launches the fashion inspired Quilted series within the contemporary new Mercer Collection

Top Knobs introduces the new Quilted series - within the Mercer Collection. The Quilted series offers depth and textural dimension that creates visual interest in whatever space it integrates with. Quilted is fashion-inspired and can feel traditional or contemporary, crafted or sleek, high end or homey. The Quilted pattern uses the geometric shaping to create focal interest while maintaining a clean modern line. The Quilted series is available with one knob and 3 pull sizes. Five trending finishes offer added versatility including Brushed Satin Nickel, Polished Chrome, Polished Nickel, Sable and Umbrio.


TigerStop Introduces TigerRip 1000—Ripping Automation & Dynamic Optimization Brought to Small Shops

<p>TigerStop has just announced the introduction of its new TigerRip 1000 Rip System. TigerRip 1000 performs material optimization and rip saw automation functions usually only attributed to larger systems, which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, enabling small to medium‐sized shops to afford large shop performance and efficiency. Through Dynamic OptimizationTM of random width lumber, TigerRip 1000 automates ripping and provides shops with unsurpassed material yield from a lower grade of wood, increasing performance efficiency and lowering material costs. It also has the ability to track cut list progress and provide ink‐jet labeling on each strip.</p>


Nordson Introduces a New Line of Liquid Diaphragm Pumps and Accessories for Low-Pressure Liquid Painting Applications

Nordson Corporation, introduces a complete line of liquid diaphragm pumps designed to maximize efficiency, compatibility and economy in many applications. Nordson diaphragm pumps are engineered for low-pressure applications and can handle even the most abrasive or shear-sensitive materials. These self-priming pumps run at variable flow rates controlled by air pressure or fluid back pressure regulation and are available with a variety of accessories.


GRASS Vionaro wins the Red Dot Design

The GRASS Vionaro, a cubist drawer system, is a design solution for all living area and kitchen storage requirements. The product won the approval of the expert jury of the renowned Red Dot Award that was impressed by the minimalist overall system de-sign. This is the fourth time that the specialist for movement systems won the renowned international design prize. more..

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No Online Presence? Think Again.
Russ Lee
6/27/2014 4:00:00 PM

These days your company is online, even if you don’t have a website. That's because the search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing are putting a lot...

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Making Up Your Own Oil Colored Glazes
Mac Simmons
7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM

You can purchase "ready for use" glazes, or you can make up your own "oil colored glazes." Here, is a simple formula to make your own colored oil gla...

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Don’t Cut Corners in Small Kitchens
Holly Berecz
6/27/2014 4:00:00 PM

Small kitchens might seem like a design challenge, but they can actually be very functional, and even far more efficient than their larger counterpar...

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Goodbye 2013 HELLO 2014!!
Pat Windmeier
3/7/2014 2:14:20 PM

I have to admit this month’s blog is going be nothing but a big TEASER for you. And here is why, I have several meetings, phone calls, and lots of...

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Closed Pore Finishes: Don’t Forget About Grain Filler
Bob Bein
1/20/2014 2:10:18 PM

For small and medium sizes projects, consider using a sometimes forgotten solution— grain filler. Grain filler has been used in the wood finishing ...

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