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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.




Don’t Be Afraid of Using Hand Tools

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/18/2015 9:00AM

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I took those first few swipes on a piece of scrap wood and discovered the magic. I was able to get thin, whispy shavings. That day changed my woodworking forever.


Pay Attention During Assembly and Glue-Up

By Randy Maxey Posted: 01/17/2015 9:00AM

I’m in the middle of repairing an antique table. There’s nothing really broken, but most of the joints are loose. So I’m carefully prying apart the old doweled joints and removing the old glue, then reassembling the joint with Titebond wood glue.


Vancouver Millwork Giant Metrie Heads to Las Vegas IBS 2015

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 01/15/2015 10:46PM

Vancouver wood component manufacturer Metrie plans to showcase interior finishing trends for kitchen, bath and dining room and show how to create unique living spaces with millwork during the 2015 International Builders’ Show, Las Vegas Jan. 20-22.


Gluing Joints: It's A Surface Thing

By Bernie Bottons Posted: 01/15/2015 6:02PM

"In coatings, we preach the need to get the coating onto the wood as soon after the final sanding is completed as is absolutely possible. Obviously, as wood is a material that is susceptible to humidity and temperature change, one can see the logic in that concept."


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