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Cedar Surfboards Make Summer's Top 50

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/16/2013 7:53PM

For surfing, real wood boards bobbing back to the surface, making a summer Top 50 list. Grain Surfboards, in York, Maine, makes theirs of white and red cedar.

Should U.S.Cabinet Makers Copy Europe?

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/23/2013 8:11AM

A philsophy of design divides U.S. and European wood products manufacturers. Are the products we produce here really what Americans want?

How Tight to Clamp When Gluing Boards?

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/21/2013 6:00PM

What's the ideal pressure for manually clamping boards together? Extra tight or just somewhat tight?

More American Woodworkers Traipse to Europe for Ligna, interzum

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/18/2013 6:27PM

At global woodworking shows Ligna and Interzum 2013, the biggest surprise was how many Americans showed up.

LIGNA 2013 U.S. Visitors Up; Software, Technology 'Evolution'

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/10/2013 11:05AM

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.

Lightweight Panel Has Its Day at LIGNA 2013

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/10/2013 9:11AM

The addition of plastics to some forms of lightweight panel core is being enabled by technologies from BASF and EconCore.

Wood Industry Meets the Wages of Success

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/06/2013 11:02AM

Architectural woodwork and wood products business face the same employment challenges as other markets, but we may be outgamed by other players.

My Woodshop Education: A Pine Toolbox

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/23/2013 5:48PM

A pine toolbox design circa 1750, with plans adapted by teacher Neil Scher, was my second effort. Routers, jig saw and clamps were involved.

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