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Giant Wood Blimp Hangars: Once That Was Us

By Bill Esler Posted: 11/02/2011 10:30AM

Wood structures 1,000 feet long and 140 feet high were built along the U.S. East and West Coasts during World War II. Home to blimps hunting German U-boats, the soaring wooden structures saved precious steel for armaments, and required advances in engineering.


Major Wow Color Factor!

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 10/27/2011 11:06AM

Recently, I decided to “put some color” in clear lacquer. The idea is to not have to stain the wood and to put the color and the finish on at the same time - “kill two birds with one stone.”


Custom Wood Sales Sites: New Models Appear

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/26/2011 10:20AM

Custom woodwork and furniture makers can find new customers using evolving business models at Etsy.com and CustomMade.com


Increase Showroom Traffic with Videos

By Rick Hill Posted: 10/25/2011 12:04PM

Whether you have a huge showroom or just work out of your basement, videos can increase your business creating movement that builds the emotion and passion of your design or product.




Blushing Creates a Cloudy Finish

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 10/20/2011 12:00PM

This is the time of year when I occasionally hear about blushing, which happens on those warm Fall days when the temperature is still up but it rains or is damp.


Market's Invisible Hand: Cruel or Kind?

By Bill Esler Posted: 10/19/2011 10:57AM

This country revolves around the principal of amassing wealth through home ownership. Digging out of the housing market morass is job one for all of us.


Revamping the Woodworking Wholesale Market

By Rick Hill Posted: 10/18/2011 12:00PM

It is time for the woodworking wholesale market to take note of the new reality. Forget rebates, spiffs, regional promotions, distribution territories, and negotiated special pricing. The market knowledge has moved beyond the promotional systems of the last decade.


Winter Wood Coating Tips From Tillamook

By Bernie Bottens Posted: 10/14/2011 9:39AM

For those who use water-borne coatings, the use of additives isn’t always the most productive. With the arrival of cooler weather, let’s take a look at what my friend from Tillamook, which is on the Oregon Coast and is known for cheese, dairies and cool coastal weather, taught me.


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