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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.




Timber Towers Using CLT Will Grow Markets for Wood

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/08/2014 10:04AM

Continued advances in cross laminated timber (CLT) and wood framing techniques now make wood high-rises practical. A key enabling technology are adhesives.


Russian Lumber Exports Could be Blocked by Crimea Crisis

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/17/2014 8:09AM

Lumber shipments from Russia - one of the top global sources - could be blocked as the U.S. and Europe freeze financial transactions following Crimea's vote to leave the Ukraine. But most Russian lumber goes to China.


Woods Quality Cabinetry Orphan Sites Trail Its Auction

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/13/2014 9:05PM

Woods Quality Cabinetry Company, in the town called Eighty Four, PA, invested in a flashy website - with a 360-degree video tour of its 90,000 square foot manufacturing operation. It documents what went wrong.


What's in a Name? Try $2.5 Million for 'Cabinets.com'

By Bill Esler Posted: 03/07/2014 3:32PM

An e-commerce advantage in the cabinet industry is open to whomever nails down Cabinets.com, and the asking price is a cool $2.5 million for what is said to be one of the most searched terms in cabinetry. Is that even true?


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