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Turning Wood Waste into Dollars

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/05/2010 2:00AM

Décor Moulding and Paneling, part of Décor Group, Mississauga, ON, says it has found a way to turn more profit on its sawdust and other wood waste, adding machinery for converting it to briquettes that can be sold at higher prices in consumer markets. Briquettes are used in commercial boilers and by homeowners in wood burning stoves.

Woodworking Process Improvement

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/05/2010 2:00AM

For a woodworking company facing a difficult market, the folks at JK Concepts are really busy. The 40-employee, Denver-based architectural millwork and casegoods firm is celebrating its 30th anniversary by reinventing its manufacturing operations.

IWF: Small Is Big at Woodworking Show

Posted: 10/05/2010 2:00AM

With over 950 exhibitors, 12,000 attendees and hundreds of thousands of square feet of exhibition, the 2010 International Woodworking Fair (IWF), held Aug. 25-28 in Atlanta, defies a simple summary. The comprehensive coverage appears at, a microsite where every video, blog and relevant story is still being posted. And IWF-related features appear in this issue on pages 31 (Intooligence), 34 (Accoya wood) and 36 (BrikStar) about wood and woodworking technologies seen at IWF.

Previewing Cuts

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/05/2010 2:00AM

High-end architectural millwork firm Mark Richey Woodworking won an Autodesk Inventor award in August for its ongoing work on the Helzberg Hall, home of the Kansas City Symphony.

Tracking Wood Cutting Tools

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/04/2010 2:00AM

A woodcutting tool tracking system that maintains the inventory and performance status of woodworking cutting tools debuted at IWF in Augus. The Intooligence system uses two-dimensional bar codes etched onto the cutting heads and blades.

Treating Wood with Acetylation Process

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/04/2010 2:00AM

Making its debut at the International Woodworking Fair in August was Accoya “high-technology wood.” Manufacturer Accsys Technologies demonstrated Accoya wood treated with a modification process that it says differs from other modified woods. Calling it “transformed to its core” Accsys says Accoya uses an acetylation conversion process that allows woodworkers to machine, coat and glue it like “normal” wood, with a durability and dimensional stability that matches or exceeds even that of tropical hardwoods.

Achieving Glue Line Rip Quality on Gang Ripsaws

By Tim Brown Posted: 08/30/2010 2:00AM

With the right equipment, you can achieve a joint suitable for edge gluing directly off the gang ripsaw, saving time, yield and material handling, while boosting your productivity.

Wooden Outrigger

By Michaelle Bradford Posted: 08/16/2010 2:00AM

Canadian Steve Willgoose loves a challenge, which is one of the reasons he decided to build an outrigger canoe. As a former member of the Canadian National Dragon boat team and as a custom woodworker who “believes in putting the very best quality he can into every customer’s piece” he combined his two passions to build this boat for his own personal use.

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