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Youth in Woodworking

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/24/2015 9:00AM

There’s been a fair amount of press lately about how difficult it is to pass the craft of woodworking down to a younger generation. High school woodworking programs are being cut in the interest of saving money, and our high-tech society doesn’t lend itself to crafts like woodworking.


Vintage Wood Baseball Bat Hobby Turns Into a New Business

By Michaelle Bradford Posted: 01/23/2015 4:08PM

Entrepreneur Todd Eschman turned a passion for playing vintage league baseball into a business making vintage wood baseball bats. A $10,000 prize for start-ups from PNC Bank and Southern Illinois University helped fund the launch.


Why I Like Working with Poplar

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/23/2015 9:00AM

Of all the hardwoods, I think poplar is the most misunderstood. It has traditionally been used on insignificant internal components of furniture as a secondary wood. A lot of folks get turned off by the green and brown streaks sometimes evident in the wood. But this can be overcome.


Definition of Craftsmanship

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/22/2015 9:00AM

I received a phone call the other day from a gentleman in his 70’s. He went into a lengthy discussion about how technology has replaced craftsmanship. To paraphrase his comments, “When I was working in the shop, we cut to fit. We didn’t need a measuring tape.”




Five Key Trends from KBIS 2015 - It's a Hardware Show

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/22/2015 8:06AM

KBIS, a hotbed of finishes, color, and design trends, also reflects both changing lifestyles, and creative possibilities of functional hardware and LED technologies released in the past two years.


Wood-Mode Cabinets Shows Pet Parlor Concept at KBIS 2015

Posted: 01/21/2015 12:29PM

Wood-Mode’s Embassy Row Pet Parlor concept space highlights the brand’s commitment to accommodating the needs and desires of these valuable family members


UPDATE: Anchoring a newel post

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/21/2015 9:00AM

In my previous post, I promised to provide an update on how my plan worked for using a threaded rod to anchor a newel post. Overall, my plan worked, but not without some minor nuisances that always seem to happen in a home improvement project.


Anchoring a Newel Post

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/20/2015 9:00AM

I got a call from a family that needed to know how to fix a loose newel post on their stairway. This is the post at the bottom of the stairway that anchors the handrail. It’s a pretty important structural component in the handrail and baluster assembly.


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