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How To Build a Sanding Jig for Odd Shaped Work Pieces

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 05/07/2015 4:18PM

I struggled sanding these tapered wood fixtures. They crawled along table as I apply a random orbital sander, until I learned about this jig. Here's how to do it.


Taiwan: Family-Owned Businesses Drive New Woodworking Tech

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 04/01/2015 10:53AM

In the third part of my series on Taiwan, I visit Taichung, the industrial heart of Taiwan. We did factory tours and met with the Taiwan Woodworking Machinery Association, who had products I'd never seen before.


The World Is A Small Place

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/30/2015 9:06AM

An old friend often told me that people come into our lives through one of three circumstances.


Brazil's Baby Beam Saws at FIMMA Furniture Manufacturing Show

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/26/2015 7:40PM

At Brazil's FIMMA furniture manufacturing show - a bit like IWF and AWFS here in the U.S. - I was charged by Woodworking Network with letting my instincts guide me, to write about what I saw that inspired me.




FIMMA Promotes Brazilian Furniture-Related Products

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/25/2015 8:22AM

This is Globe Trotter Bernie Checking in from Bento Gonclaves, Brazil. I am here on assignment to cover FIMMA Brazil, the International Fair of Machines, Raw Materials, and Accessories under way this week.


Taiwanese Build Integrated Wood Machinery

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/12/2015 9:21AM

In my three-day media tour of Taiwan wood machinery manufacturers, I saw both the individual machines that the Taiwanese have as well as the integrated machine systems they are building.


Water and Wood: Raising the Grain

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/09/2015 9:54PM

I will be discussing applying water to the wood’s surface in the course of the finishing process. In some instances, that can amount to quite a bit of water.


Taiwanese Woodworking Equipment

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 03/09/2015 9:40PM

I am beginning a new chapter in my writing with Woodworking Network. I have been sent to Taiwan to report on current trends related to Taiwanese woodworking equipment, 80% of which is exported.


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