Saw Safety, Wood Business and Technology Top 2012 Blogs

By Bill Esler | Posted: 12/20/2012 7:33PM


SawStop, CPSC, safety brakes, table saw safetyThe Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering requirements for flesh-sensing saw blade brakes, with proposed rules that some say would favor SawStop technology. Table saw safety devices, in particular SawStop technology inventor Stephen Gass's piece on the development of table saw safety rules by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, was the most viewed blog at

Tablesaw safety continues to generate tremendous interest, as California nearly passed a bill establishing it. The most viewed conversation weighed Wood industry thought leaders gravitated to as its guest blog channel became a respected industry forum for exchange of opinion and debate.

Blog posts form also form a continuing conversation between WoodworkingNetwork's resident editors and wood industry professionals. Blogs highlight technical wood finishing and production techniques, business trends, and personal business experiences and shared advice. Here are the most viewed blogs in 2012.

  Stephen Gass SawStop

SawStop Inventor Weighs in on Table Saw Safety Rule
By Stephen Gass, CEO, SawStop | Updated: 01/25/2012
There is an economic disconnect where the table saw manufacturers, who decide whether to make their products safer or not, do not pay the costs of the accidents so they don’t want to spend money to eliminate those costs. Read more


Georgia Wood Chopsticks Firm Forced To Close
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/22/2012 8:01:00 AM
Georgia Chopsticks made a name for itself by exporting millions of poplar chopsticks from America, GA to buyers in China. The plant has been closed in a dispute with investors. Read more


Ashley's Top Furniture Trends of 2012
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 02/20/2012 11:42:00 AM
It was with great interest that I read recently Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s naming of the top furniture trends of 2012.
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A Cabinetmaker and His Robot
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 10/12/2012 12:20:00 PM
1 Man + 1 Robot @ 24/7 = 1,200 Cabinets. That's the potential weekly output at Ro-Bois-Tic, a most intriguing start-up I visited last week in St.-Apollinaire, QC. Read more

 CPSC Table saw safety

Table Saw Users: Time to Make Your Voices Heard
By Susan Young | Updated: 01/16/2012 11:30:00 AM
If you have been frustrated by SawStop’s attempts to convince the U.S. government to impose a mandatory performance standard for all table saws, now is the time to make your voices heard!Read more


Why Custom Woodworker Fought OSHA Penalty
Updated: 03/10/2012 10:45:00 AM
Victory Woodworks had a choice: Accept an offer from OSHA to have its fine eliminated or continue spending time and money on an appeal to expunge the citation and clear its good name. It chose to fight. Read more


Ashley Furniture Never Lost Sight of Made in America
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 06/01/2012 12:45:00 PM
The tiny hamlet of Arcadia, WI, has birthed the nation's largest furniture manufacturer and retailer. Talk about a great American success story. Read more


Extreme Joinery: Wood Building Skips Nails, Connectors
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/30/2012 7:28:00 PM
Wood fittings, used in Japanese puzzles, have already been applied to solid wood furniture. Now a cypress building has been assembled from giant sized versions of the wood puzzle sticks, held together only by uniquely shaped joints. Read more


An Articulated Bandsaw: What a Concept!
By Bernie Bottens | Updated: 08/23/2012 10:48:00 AM
I call myself Tool Time Bernie. So it comes as no surprise that band saws will catch my eye. As I walked the aisles at the IWF in Atlanta, I was struck with a moment of déjà vu.
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Does Wood Industry Win With Obama?
Analysis and opinion Bill Esler | Updated: 11/07/2012 12:07:00 AM
Building and construction markets are already in recovery, and the post-Sandy reconstruction plans are starting. How will Obama's election impact the cabinetry, furniture and other wood manufacturing segments? We could win, with a reational industrial policy. Read more

Ash Wood Table Used Euro-ply Panel Torsion Box: Sweet!
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 05/23/2012 11:59:00 AM
I built an Ash wood dining table with a torsion box top using Euro-Ply. Ever since I used it for a job of 26 thick desk tops, I've been in love with this wood panel material! Read more

J Alexander Fine Woodworking Jared Patchin

An Extra Cabinet Delivered: Who Pays?
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 07/24/2012 10:00:00 AM
The remodeler was surprised to see four medicine cabinets. I do not think that he was purposely playing dumb to cover a mistake on his part. How to handle a mis-communication about job scope of work?  Read more's Blog Channel>>














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Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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