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WoodshopTampa Kickstarter Funding Campaign Didn't Work

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/24/2014 10:00PM

o open a woodshop for the public, Bill McCreary planned to raise $250,000. His goal was to find a space and fill it with saws, power tools, laser cutter, workbenches and other shop basics, then charge the public a membership fee to use it.


My Millwork Firm Closed, But I Saved My Best Tool: Our Software

By Jim McAgy Posted: 06/21/2014 11:34AM

I owned a 50-person millwork firm in Chicago, Final Finish, for 28 years until the downturn closed us down in 2010. Here's what I learned, and how it can help your woodworking business.


Updating the Cabinet Makers 2014 Benchmark Study

By Dave Grulke Posted: 06/21/2014 11:20AM

To see if the optimism for a significant uptick in business expressed by the 800+ respondents to our earlier study has held true, the Cabinet Makers Association has begun a new study to refresh results captured earlier this year.


CNC Machines: In The Beginning / Is Your Wood Shop Ready?

By Jared Patchin Posted: 06/19/2014 11:43AM

CNC routers are becoming as commonplace as sliding tablesaws in the modern woodshop, but woodworkers should consider whether or not the investment will pay off.




Bill Maher and Mike Rowe Discuss What Dirty Jobs Mean to America

By Chuck Ray Posted: 06/18/2014 2:24PM

Why can't we get more kids to be woodworkers, mechanics and other types of skilled tradesmen? Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, tells the Daily Show's Bill Maher his theory in this funny but spot-on commentary.


Teach 'em Woodcraft - Technology is Innate

By Matt D'Anca Posted: 06/18/2014 7:00AM

When I came up in woodworking, they said, “Learn how to do the operation with a hand tool, then you'll understand and appreciate the machine that does the same job.” It’s true: The modern person has an easier transition to understanding industrial technology.


Proper Wood Varnish Spray Gun Ratio Mixing With Improper Tools

By Scott Wunder Posted: 06/16/2014 7:00AM

Measuring system for wood varnish mixing in a straight-sided spray gun container.


Retiring Boomers Spark Home Building & Remodeling Boom

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/15/2014 12:24PM

Retiring baby boomers are planning where and how to live during their golden years, in many cases opting for new home construction or heavy duty remodeling - promising business opportunities for the woodworking industries.


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