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Hey I'm a Woodworker, Kinda

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/13/2013 6:00AM

Enrolled in Wood Smyth's entry-level woodworking class, following my completion of 'Overview of Secondary Wood Industry' at Stiles. Here are my classmates, and our first project.

Oak Barrel Making: Technology Assists Handwork

By Bill Esler Posted: 02/02/2013 2:32PM

To make oak barrels in the U.S., Demptos Tonnellerie of Bordeaux, France operates the Demptos Napa Cooperage in California. Traditional hand crafting is combined along with specialized bending equipment and laser etching, shown in a video.

Senate Vote Sends $50 Billion Sandy Recovery to Northeast

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/28/2013 10:47PM

The U.S. Senate approved Hurricane Sandy relief totaling $50 billion today. The release of the funds will further ignite the rebuilding and remodeling boom in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut that is running at five times the pace of other regions.

Best-Rated Custom Woodworkers: CWB's New Award Program

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/27/2013 6:04PM

A new wood industry recognition program - Best Rated Custom Woodworkers - commences next month, and will be formally launched at Cabinets & Closets Expo 2013.

Masco Should Buy Fortune Brands, Says Mad Money's Cramer

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/26/2013 11:31AM

Should Masco acquire Fortune Brands Home & Security? The parent of MasterBrand Cabinetry and Simonton Windows would mix well with Masco's offerings, says Mad Money financial commentator Jim Cramer.

Band Saw Artiste James McNabb

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/24/2013 7:34PM

James McNabb is a custom woodworker who builds furniture. But he's also artist working in wood. More than that, he is crossing into fame through the wonderfulness of his work, and his adept use of media.

Wood Refinishing To the Max: Yuri Yanchysyn

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/21/2013 11:20AM

Period Furniture Restoration, operated by Yuri Yanchyshyn, refinishes, rebuilds, and restores period furniture for museums, auction houses and private collectors. An example: this 20th Century veneered liquor cabinet.

Assemble RTA Furniture? There's An App for That, Too

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/16/2013 10:15PM

How much for assembling ready-to-assemble furniture for a lazy customer? There's an app to tell how much should you charge.

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