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By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/23/2013 8:11:00 AM
A philsophy of design divides U.S. and European wood products manufacturers. Are the products we produce here really what Americans want?
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/21/2013 6:00:00 PM
What's the ideal pressure for manually clamping boards together? Extra tight or just somewhat tight?
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/18/2013 6:27:00 PM
At global woodworking shows Ligna and Interzum 2013, the biggest surprise was how many Americans showed up.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/10/2013 11:05:00 AM
As LIGNA 2013 drew to an end, show managers celebrated the percent of visitors from outside Germany, though attendance was flat at 90,000. Multi-tasking machinery was prevalent, and evolved versions of LIGNA 2011 breakthroughs permeated many systems on display.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/10/2013 9:11:00 AM
The addition of plastics to some forms of lightweight panel core is being enabled by technologies from BASF and EconCore.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/06/2013 11:02:00 AM
Architectural woodwork and wood products business face the same employment challenges as other markets, but we may be outgamed by other players.
By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/23/2013 5:48:00 PM
A pine toolbox design circa 1750, with plans adapted by teacher Neil Scher, was my second effort. Routers, jig saw and clamps were involved.