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No Voodoo: Segmented Platen Machine Set Up Simplified

By Adam West Posted: 04/24/2015 7:52AM

There seems to be a huge amount of voodoo involved in setting up segmented platen sanding machines. Techs and the folks running them just don’t understand the concepts, so they just play with the settings until something looks okay.


Stop! Don’t Buy That Wide Belt Sander Until You Read This!

By Adam West Posted: 04/22/2015 7:32AM

His rebuilt wide belt sanding machine might have taken the belt usage down to $800 a month, but it could not produce the quality of scratch over time that the new machine could. This “X” factor isn't easily calculated but represents far more savings than mere sandpaper.


How To Make a Jig for an Inside Corner Glue Scraper

By Kevin Turgeon Posted: 04/19/2015 6:04PM

I made this quick jig for removing dried glue from an inside corner. It's at an angle and reversible to get all the way to the bottom of a box. Because the glue will soak into the wood fibers just scraping at the surface won't prevent it from impacting finishing.


Selling Al Capone's Gnarled Wood & Tree Root Chairs

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/18/2015 11:32AM

A pair of gnarled wood and tree root chairs from Al Capone's northern Wisconsin hideout is among items by be auctioned by Wright Chicago auctioneers, in conjunction with Blackman Cruz, a Los Angeles dealer.




Design-driven Woodworking Business, Enabled by Technology

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/17/2015 10:14AM

Closets companies and custom woodworkers who let their designs lead their marketing efforts will be the most successful. But, we learned at Cabinets & Closets 2015, you have to automate the production side.


Game of Thrones Furniture Trends from Westeros to Houzz

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/16/2015 5:54AM

Game of Thrones furniture designs could be trendsetters, though everything about it runs counter to current tastes. The baroque pieces, stained dark, suggest in Westeros there lived a vast class of turners, carvers and joiners well trained in classic carpentry.


Automating Your Cut List Is Surprisingly Easy

By Ethan Abramson Posted: 04/14/2015 2:47AM

With CutList Plus Express you figure out the pieces you need, add dimensions, type of material, and you get easily readable, professional looking, and completely accurate cut and material list. On a kitchen project it saved me a good half hour of work.


New Found Love For Cypress

By Scott Wunder Posted: 04/06/2015 9:35PM

While building my basement ceiling, I looked for lumber that was similar to pine. I grabbed some spruce and cypress that seemed fairly similar, and since I am whitewashing all of the lumber, I decided they would work.


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