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General Tools MMD8P Moisture Meter Is Good on the Outside

By Scott Wunder Posted: 07/21/2014 11:49AM

When the General Tools & Instruments MMD8P moisture meter ($199) showed up to be reviewed, I was excited. I have moisture issues with wood – it seems like it’s always too wet to use and I don’t want to wait.


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?


All Hail the Challengers Award Finalists

By Rich Christianson Posted: 07/08/2014 10:21AM

I have had the privilege of seeing several of the 20 Challengers Award finalists in action, plus have written articles about many of the others on WoodworkingNetwork.com.


Today’s Trend: My-We-Be Workspaces for Office Furniture

By Karen Koenig Posted: 07/08/2014 9:25AM

I wouldn’t say I’m an introvert, but I do need some quiet time at work. That’s why I was excited this year to see the trending back to a “me” space as opposed to all “we” open-area office environments.




Teak Wood Prices Jump as Myanmar Exports Are Reduced

By Bob Steber Posted: 07/05/2014 2:10PM

Teak wood exports are being restricted as the Myanmar Government transfers operations from a government business to private enterprise. Only 20% of the volume is to be exported compared to last year with prices rising significantly.


Factory Man: How Furniture Exec John Bassett Bested China

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 07/04/2014 10:45AM

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture champion John Bassett III's battle to save hundreds of jobs by taking on China's furniture manufacturers demonstrates the greatness of American business.


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.


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