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Can wood engineering save baseball umps?

By Mike Wilson Posted: 04/29/2009 2:00AM

Another serious shattered bat injury sidelined an MLB home-plate umpire last week when the barrel of a broken bat flew back and hit the ump in the head. He was taken to a hospital on a stretcher, but reportedly is fine and didn’t lose consciousness due to the blow.

Quick business tips for shop owners

By Mike Wilson Posted: 03/28/2009 2:00AM

From hidden closet bottom drawers to insight into consumer organization trends, I learned much during the single day I attended the Closets & Home Organization Conference & Expo last week.

Tell Me Something Good

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/06/2009 2:00AM

Lately I’m repeatedly being accused of being too negative. (Never mind what my family says about me — brutal, to say the least.)

Sharing tools with surgeons

By Mike Wilson Posted: 03/04/2009 2:00AM

It’s doubtful woodworkers would use a surgeon’s scalpel to cut a board, but apparently doctors might make use of something you have lying around the shop in a pinch.

Stimulus for the small business

Posted: 02/19/2009 2:00AM

The swirl of frozen credit and dropping orders has put the squeeze on small businesses during the economic crunch.

What does woodworking have in common with your iPod?

By Matthew Warnock Posted: 02/10/2009 2:00AM

Your first reaction might be “nothing,” and until a couple of days ago, I would have said the same thing.

Forget oil, what about timber spills?

By Mike Wilson Posted: 01/23/2009 2:00AM

Earlier this week, a Russian transport ship was hit with heavy seas off the coast of Kent, U.K. and lost about 1,500 tons of sawn timber. Since the accident, huge piles of ocean-soaked lumber have been washing up on the beach, and people have been traveling in droves to haul away some wood.

Recycled plastic wood -- As green as the real thing?

By Mike Wilson Posted: 01/16/2009 2:00AM

I recently read an article on titled “How Green Is Recycled Plastic Lumber?” that debated the planetary friendliness of recycled plastic chunks made to look like wood.

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