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Metrie's Millwork Prowess Raises the Bar at Las Vegas IBS 2015

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/26/2015 10:46PM

Vancouver wood component firm Metrie showcased interior finishing based on its extensive millwork profiles and expertise. Applied in kitchen, bath and dining rooms, Metrie is raising the moulding products category from commodity to aspirational design.


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.


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