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Fourth Time the Charm for Strawboard Plant?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/20/2012 2:35PM

Will the new owners of a mill engineered to turn soy straw into industrial-grade panels for cabinets, door core and other traditional wood-based panel products succeed where others have not?


PenPly's Wild Ride Ends in Fatal Crash

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/13/2012 1:35PM

Out of money and out of time, the Port Angeles, WA, Port Authority recently announced it will tear down the 70-year-old plywood mill and convert its 19 acres of land to develop marine trade businesses.


Investigators of Hoeganaes’ Tragedies Push for ComDust Rule

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/06/2012 3:20PM

The drumbeat for creating a ComDust rule started up again with Wednesday’s release of the Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) final investigation report on the three tragic fires/explosions at Hoeganaes’ powered metal plant in Gallatin, TN.


Last-Minute Wooden Gift Ideas

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/16/2011 10:45AM

For that special someone who seemingly has everything, how about a wood rifle grip pizza cutter or the MDF Periodic Table of Swearing?




Counting Our Blessings at Woodworking Network

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/11/2011 2:55PM

As we approach the holidays and dawn of a New Year, I pause to reflect on some of the great successes Woodworking Network experienced in 2011.


My Top Wood Stories of 2011 -- Bonus Edition

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/02/2011 2:19PM

2011 proved to be another economically challenging year for most North American wood products companies, but boring it was not.


U.S. Furniture Industry Can Rebound, but Who Will Do the Work?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 11/18/2011 12:32PM

A Tale of Two Studies: One recent survey identifies U.S. furniture manufacturing as an industry poised to benefit from rising costs in China while a second one notes U.S. manufacturing growth is being seriously hampered by a worrisome shortage of skilled workers.


Furniture Assembly Instructions an Easy Read?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 11/13/2011 10:31PM

Raising three daughters, my wife and I have had plenty of opportunities to test our skills, and sometimes our patience, to assemble furniture.


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