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How Adhesives Come Into Play at IWF 2014

By Bill Esler Posted: 09/05/2014 4:12PM

The critical role of adhesives in the evolution of secondary wood manufacturing was everywhere in evidence at the 2014 International Woodworking Fair.


Woodworking Labor Shortage Solution? Try Capital Investment

By Bill Esler Posted: 07/22/2014 9:46PM

Woodworking job seeker web traffic is slowing. But the work is at hand, delivery dates loom, and the bustling economy has a "use by" freshness date that will pass in a couple years. The solution: more technology.


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.


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