ComDust, Wood Market Trends Most Viewed Articles in 2012

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 12/21/2012 9:19AM


Articles on woodworking regulations, industry trends, plus tips and techniques for improving productivity in the manufacture of cabinets, furniture, casegoods and more were among the most-read articles in 2012. Also of interest to followers of, and the publications Wood & Wood Products and Custom Woodworking Business, were stories on the resurgence of manufacturing in America, best practices for the woodshop and insights by the 2012 Market Leaders. Based on the number of page views garnered, the following rank as some of the top articles for 2012.

Combustible Dust

ComDust: What Woodworkers Need to Know
By Jamison Scott | 11/28/2012 1:22:00 PM
With the increase of combustible dust incidents, OSHA is visiting woodworking facilities with greater frequency.
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Armstrong Cabinet Products

Armstrong’s Countdown to Cabinet Construction
By Karen M. Koenig | 05/03/2012 1:04:00 PM
Prior to its purchase by American Industrial Partners in October, Wood & Wood Products got a firsthand look at how Armstrong's lean manufacturing, quality control and service helped drive the firm into becoming one of the nation’s leading cabinet manufacturers.
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Carveture Creates Fine Wood Detail With CNC
Posted by Bill Esler | 08/02/2012 11:05:00 AM
Wood carver Joe Valasek's company, Carveture, uses the latest CNC machining technology and CAD/CAM software to create large, finely detail wood panel projects.
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CNC Knife Cutting Tools from Donek Tools
By Mike Springer | 08/02/2012 11:05:00 AM
A unique drag knife cuts square corners or sharp acute angles with no over-cutting into the adjacent material.
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Wood & Wood Products December 2012

Wood Industry 2012 Market Leaders
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 09/01/2011 4:04:00 PM
Profiles of movers and shakers at eight forward-thinking wood products companies. Featured are: John Bassett, Vaughan-Basset Furniture Co.; Eric Smith, Panel Processing Inc.; Bill Barton, California Closets; Bob Timberlake, Bob Timberlake Inc.; Bob Gronlund, Wood-Mode Inc.; Matt Lundahl, Meyer & Lundahl; Edmund 'Bud' Klipa, Steelcase; and Christine Marvin, Marvin Windows and Doors.
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Density Change Highlights New Wood Panel Technology
02/03/2012 4:14:00 PM
At Ligna last year, Dascanova introduced a new panel technology used to manufacture fiberboard or particleboard products with a wave-like structure.
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 Woodworking Made in America

Wood Industry Sees Return of 'Made in America'
By Bill Esler | 06/07/2012 9:00:00 AM
Wood manufacturing is on the rise in America, and with it comes efforts to capitalize on consumer sentiment favoring domestically made goods.
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 CNC Machining Premier EuroCase

Flexibility, Small Footprint Trending Woodworking CNC Machines
By Karen M. Koenig | 10/04/2012 3:29:00 PM
Industry experts discuss the benefits and future developments of CNC machining centers for wood products manufacturing.
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 Hamilton CNC Wood Cutting

CNC Opens Door to Museum Wood Projects
Posted by Josh Krol | 08/17/2012 12:00:00 PM
Hamilton Scenic Specialty bought a CNC router to increase production while building stages for theaters and a growing museum display business.
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 WOOD 100

2012 WOOD 100 Strategies for Success: Firms Surviving & Thriving
By Karen M. Koenig | 09/07/2012 11:45:00 AM
Today's wood products firms are doing whatever it takes to not only survive, but succeed. Facing a tough economy and low-cost imports, these 2012 WOOD 100 firms share their tips for success with you.
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Portable Sawmills for Woodworkers
By Dave Boyt | 12/05/2012 5:29:00 PM
Portable sawmills allow woodworkers to experience every part of the process from cut to finish.
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Wood of the Month Columns
By Jo-Ann Kaiser 
From exotics like santos rosewood (pictured) and koto to popular domestics like maple, American black walnut and beech, the species featured in the Wood of the Month make it one of the most popular columns on Woodworking Network.
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 Widebelt Sander

Widebelt Sanding for Woodworking: Frequently Asked Questions
Posted by Karen M. Koenig | 05/01/2012 12:28:00 PM
Some of the frequently asked questions woodworkers have with regards to widebelt sander usage.
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 Culin-Colella woodshop

Architectural Millwork Shop Sells Modular Furniture Online
By Bill Esler | 03/01/2012 11:28:00 AM   
This architectural millwork firm says its bamboo furnishings, CNC-routed and produced on-demand, show short-run domestic manufacturing is practical for U.S. wood products businesses.
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Custom Woodworker Now a Pine Beetle Furniture Star
By Bill Esler | 12/01/2012 11:46:00 AM   
Azure Furniture owner Corbin Clay is a finalist in Ketel One Vodka's Gentleman's Call competition, cited for making beetle-kill pine furnishings trendy, while helping the wood industry and the environment.
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Wood Veneer Tape Offers Seamless Look
By Michaelle Bradford | 06/07/2012 2:36:00 PM  
Wood veneer edgebanding tape, available in a variety of species, enhances kitchen cabinetry simply by concealing the edges of its plywood carcass, giving the project that seamless look of solid wood.
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Fine Wood as Fine Art
By Bill Esler | 10/08/2012 9:57:00 AM   
Rail Yard Studios reclaims 19th century hardwood railroad ties as functional fine art.
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 Walnut Creek Planing

Wood Component Maker Turns Waste
into Profit

By Karen M. Koenig | 08/08/2012 11:16:00 AM
Ohio-based Walnut Creek Planing takes sustainability and lean manufacturing to a new level by turning its wood waste into a profit center.
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 Housing Market Trends 2012 Study

Housing Trends & Impacts on Wood Products Manufacturing
By Matt Bumgardner, Urs Buehlmann, Al Schuler and Karen Koenig | 07/06/2012 9:29:00 AM 
Business conditions are slowly improving for the housing industry, and the wood products manufacturers that serve the construction markets. Read this exclusive survey.
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 Island Cabinets

Island Cabinetry & Millwork Builds Mouldings Quicker
Edited by Bill Esler | 01/10/2012 2:34:00 PM
Island Cabinetry and Millwork, Patchogue, NY produces residential custom cabinetry, arches and millwork. Software-driven CNCs now let it produce 3D millwork for complex arch and beam ceilings.
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 Mike Mahoney Honey Skateboards hardwood

Advanced Wood Laminates for Skateboards
By Bill Esler | 01/23/2012 9:39:00 AM
Honey Skateboards, Grand Junction, CO, has developed a thriving business custom crafting long board skateboards around cores of laminated hard rock maple.
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Also highly popular were Bernie Bottens' finishing columns, which appeared in Custom Woodworking Business and also in blogs. In particular, the article "Shellac Finishes, Why They Still Matter," was among the most-read articles of 2012.


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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