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IWF 2014 Symposium
Mary-Carel Verden
8/15/2014 4:00:00 PM

Whether you are looking for information to make your organization more efficient and more profitable or if you are interested in making your busin...

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The Green Challenge
Formaldehyde
David Jackson
8/15/2014 4:00:00 PM

Formaldehyde is a word that is often used in finishing circles. You may wonder what it is, why it is a concern, and why is it in some commo...

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No Online Presence? Think Again.
Russ Lee
8/1/2014 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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Business Practices
Taking Lean Personal
Dave Grubb
8/8/2014 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 y...

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Hydraulic Fluid on Granite, The Cleanup 
Q: We purchased a light colored, flame finished granite. We accidentally spilled some hydraulic fluid ... Read More
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What to Look for in a Diamond Blade
I remember the good old days when selecting a blade for cutting stone was fairly simple. There were few choices. You had a blade for granite and one for marble... Read More
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Forget About Your Sales Volume!
Obviously sales volume is important and not something anyone can simply forget, but there are other areas that demand attention and in a sales-driven organization they often do not receive the focus they deserve... Read More
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What to Look for in a 3-D Modeling Program
In this article I’ll continue to focus on direct modeling programs. These programs address... Read More
  Design
 
Lighten up: The Lastest Innovations in Lighting
No longer an afterthought, lighting is now a key ingredient in any project. From kitchens and baths to everywhere in between, well-designed lighting can make a drastically beautiful difference in any space... Read More
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  Green
 
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
  Material Selection
 
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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AWFS Fair to Highlight Plastics at the 2015 Event

AWFS® Fair will be placing a special emphasis on plastics and plastics fabrication during its next Fair that will take place July 22 – 25, 2015. Although these products have been featured in past editions of the show, companies displaying plastic-related products will now be highlighted on the AWFS® Fair website, in the AWFS® Fair directory, and will have designated markers within their booths. This will be done in order to make it easy for buyers that are specifically looking for these products to locate them on the show floor. There are also plans to add an educational element to the College of Woodworking Knowledge® (CWWK®) that will be announced when the educational programs are revealed in early 2015. In addition, Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) plans to implement a comprehensive targeted marketing campaign within the plastics sector in order to inform and encourage buyers to attend the 2015 event. According to Stiles Machinery’s Dan Hershberger, the 2015 trade show chair, “This is a really focused effort on behalf of AWFS®, to address a market that we believe will present the Fair with additional growth in 2015 as well as future events, in addition to adding value for both our exhibitors and buyers.” more..


FREE Graco Webinar: August 11th

Paint Circulation Trends: How to Save Money & Energy in Your Plant. Do you know how much compressed air your paint system uses? And how costly it can be to use that much compressed air? Learn how you can easily save money and energy in your paint circulation system by attending Graco's FREE Webinar on August 11th at 10:00 am CST (8:00 am Pacific, 11:00 am Eastern).

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Masterwood Announces Masterwood AMERICA Partnership

Following considerable research and planning, Masterwood, based in Italy, has forged a new venture with Scott Kauphusman of Machine Tool Camp. The new company, Masterwood AMERICA, has been established to ensure stability, technical expertise, and depth of experience for both customers and distributors. By embedding Masterwood within an existing company, Masterwood AMERICA customers can be assured of an already successful infrastructure and staff that is crucial to a seamless re-entry into the U.S. market.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coating
Stains —Part II
Bob Bein
8/17/2014 4:00:00 PM

Hello again, and welcome back. I would like to continue my discussion of stains from last time. In Stains—Part I, we spoke about the different levels...

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Troubleshooting
The Mystery of Sanding: The Tool
Diane Shattuck
8/15/2014 4:00:00 PM

Sanding is, perhaps, the most complex part of the finishing process. For decades it has been overlooked, underrated, and improperly done. Many of ...

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There is More to Finishing Than Just Staining
Mac Simmons
8/15/2014 4:00:00 PM

—Finishing is an art; there is no end to what a good finisher can do.— A finisher does more than just stain wood and clear coat over the stain, a fin...

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Techniques
Closer to the Supply
John Howell
7/25/2014 4:00:00 PM

In a recent article entitled “Closer to the Market”, I showed several advantages of reshoring our furniture manufacturing in consideration o...

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