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The alpha material

By Margaret Fisher Posted: 12/17/2008 2:00AM

The people who cry, ‘No timber harvesting’ are the same people who enjoy the benefits of using toilet paper every day. Let’s correct their misconceptions — one person at a time, if need be.

From the 'what will they come up with next' file

By Matthew Warnock Posted: 12/17/2008 2:00AM

I know I have this problem at home when I’m assembling something or doing a simple home repair, maybe I’m tightening a bolt on a piece of RTA furniture, and I’m not sure how tight is too tight and how tight is just tight enough, so a lot of times I end up going maybe a little too far. Most of the time this doesn’t end up damaging whatever I’m working on, but sometimes it might split the board.

A New Use for Wood

By Matthew Warnock Posted: 12/12/2008 2:00AM

The other day, this article from The Chattanoogan popped up in my Google Alerts. It has to do with carbon sequestration, the storage of carbon dioxide in a solid material through biological or physical processes. This is one of the ever-increasing number of environmentally friendly options available to businesses and individuals seeking to reduce their impact on the planet.

Fighter Brands: A Recession Solution?

By Mike Wilson Posted: 12/03/2008 2:00AM

Slashing prices could allow you to sell more cabinets (or furniture, or whatever your shop produces), and though your profit margins fall, volume could make up some of the ground lost during the recession.

New frontiers in technology

By Matthew Warnock Posted: 11/21/2008 2:00AM

Recently, I saw a video online about a new piece of technology that made me wonder at the possibilities that might suddenly be available if this were to come to the woodworking industry. What was it that I saw? A robot.

Tracing high risk timber

By Mike Wilson Posted: 11/18/2008 2:00AM

Characters such as the “Ramin King,” mob violence and men who claim to make more money trafficking timber than smuggling drugs populate this The New Yorker magazine story by Raffi Khatchadourian titled "The Stolen Forests."

Upgrading technology, a cautionary tale

By Matthew Warnock Posted: 11/10/2008 2:00AM

It is of the utmost importance for companies to remain abreast of modern technology in the woodworking industry. In most cases, the benefits of implementing current technology far outweigh the costs associated with purchasing or upgrading that technology. However, there are times when the cost of upgrading can climb in terms of lost time, effort and productivity.

Video from the Dollars & Sense of Going Green Conference

Posted: 11/04/2008 2:00AM

Click on the video to see some quick highlights from the first two morning sessions I attended Tuesday, Oct. 28.

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