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Welcome to Panel Talk, an information hub to help you learn the important steps in buying and using hardwood plywood and decorative wood panels. Discover trending wood species, how to purchase the right panel products, innovative projects from your peers, and more. You’ll find educational videos, blogs, and podcasts to help your business succeed. Sponsored by Timber Products Company, a U.S. manufacturer of hardwood plywood and decorative panels. 800-547-9520.

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Components University: Five Keys to Deciding Make Vs. Buy

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a year-long series on how woodworkers can utilize custom or standard components to improve their productivity.

With business finally improving, woodworkers are faced with operating decisions they have not had to make in years. Like every other aspect of their business, these opportunities require a fresh perspective. One of those important decisions woodworkers face is to make or outsource component parts. To help our customers decide, here are five tips to consider:

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Five Questions for Corbin Clay, Azure Furniture Co.

Corbin Clay is the founder of Azure Furniture Co. in Denver, Colorado. The company collaborates with local sawmills, the Colorado State University Forestry Department, and the U.S. Forest Service to transform otherwise unused beetle kill trees into elegant, high-quality furniture. The blue-gray color of the Pine gives dramatic natural character to Azure Furniture Co. products without diminishing the strength or integrity of the wood.

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Phoenix Firm Captures 2015 BEST Kitchen Design Contest for Linear, Contemporary Makeover

Allan Rosenthal, owner of Linear Fine Woodworking (LFW) in Phoenix, had a big challenge last year when his firm was hired to transform a high-end kitchen into a masterpiece.

“The homeowners really wanted to use Rosewood for the cabinets and a few accompanying pieces of furniture,” he said. “That’s a very difficult species to find. This was around the same time that Fender got fined for using illegal wood for its guitars, which made finding Rosewood that much harder.”

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Four Lessons for New Product Success

At the Cabinets and Closets Expo in Chicago, an Inventor’s Roundtable sponsored by Timber Products Company featured participants who were all small-business owners and had recently introduced new or cutting-edge products to the marketplace. The purpose was simple: share stories, challenges and experiences in the hope they could help each other.

From the very beginning of the session, there was instant bonding as every person could relate to the trials and tribulations the others were experiencing. Four main themes came out during the discussion:

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How to Launch a Frameless Cabinet Line

When the governor of your state helps launch a new facility, you know you’re on to something special.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard attended groundbreaking ceremonies at Showplace Wood Products in Harrisburg on May 15 to announce the company’s frameless cabinet manufacturing facility expansion and help kick off the launch of the company’s new product line.

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How to Order Birch Veneer, and Why

Timber Products Company Veneer Room Supervisor Lynn Campbell explains why Birch is a popular species for cabinets and furniture as well as important tips to remember when placing orders.

What questions do you have about Birch? Have you ever used this wood species in a project?

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The Ins and Outs of Edge Banding

Edge banding is one of the critical components of melamine panels. Quality application and reliability are what your customers are looking for in their decorative panel edge bands, so it makes sense to investigate how your suppliers are applying this key element. In the above video, watch as Timber Products Company Spectrum Division manager Patrick Cowan explains how the plant's new edge bander delivers faster line speeds and decreases the time and cost of edge banding your panels.

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