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Wooden Train that Could: Thomas the Train Aims for U.S. Expansion

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/20/2014 12:37PM

Wooden toys - Lincoln Logs, Tootsie Toys, building blocks, puzzles - may be an overlooked wood production niche. Opportunities in the segment will grow as Mattel expands U.S. sales of Thomas the Train. Any chance of a U.S. manufacturer?


Conestoga Wood Specialties Strategy May Work Against It

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/01/2014 8:34AM

Conestoga Wood Specialties owners received a favorable ruling in the Supreme Court, alleviating a threat of punishing fines on the health care front. But it could injure the firm's wood components business in the long run.


China Won Better U.S.Lumber Deals: Stanley Furniture Confessional

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/27/2014 7:54AM

Reshoring wood furniture manufacturing to the United States is challenged by higher lumber pricing. Stanley Furniture, closing its Robbinsville, NC furniture factory, says China's big buyers got better deals on U.S. wood and veneer.


Bailey Dalton: Portrait of a Furniture Maker

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/22/2014 10:00AM

NeoCon 2014 in Chicago witnessed a workspace sea change. Custom interior woodworking managers could hear the business case for how adaptive office furnishings help wring productivity from talented next-generation workers.




Tracking Down Northtimber - North Timber? - Cabinetry

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/16/2014 9:34PM

Two Northtimber Cabinetry businesses are launching, except one is North Timber Cabinetry, somewhere in New Jersey, and the other is Northtimber somewhere in Massachusetts. Is it a coincidence?


Smart Technology Smooths Wood Product Defects

By Bill Esler Posted: 06/15/2014 10:54AM

Consumers are of two minds on furniture and cabinetry design: glossy surfaces with seamless edges are popular. And so are textured, and even rough surfaces.


Mini-CNC Positioned as 3D Printer Alternative

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/04/2014 12:24PM

Carbide3D launched a U.S.-made desktop CNC machine at Kickstarter.com. Its arrival is significant because it is positioned as an alternative to immensely popular 3D printers. Carbide3D already raised five times its target funding.


How Hooker Furniture Used 3D Print on RTA Upholstered Chairs

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/12/2014 12:58PM

To engineer an upholstered ready-to-assemble furniture line, Hooker Furniture used 3D printing. Art Raymond explained the technology and its potential for wood manufacturing at the Executive Briefing Conference 2014 in Denver.


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