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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.

Battle Lines Drawn for Amending Lacey Act

By Rich Christianson Posted: 11/04/2011 9:37AM

What started out as a battle pitting the U.S. Government vs. Gibson Guitar has rapidly spiraled into a multi-front, war over what if anything should be done to change the Lacey Act.

Canadian Woodworking Industry Rallies at WMS in Toronto

By Rich Christianson Posted: 10/28/2011 5:50AM

The optimism demonstrated by woodworkers attending the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo reflects the relative health of the Canadian economy. It braked but never crashed like that of its southern neighbor.

OSHA 's Top 10 Safety Violations: Is Your Shop Compliant?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 10/21/2011 9:41AM

How many of these Top 10 OSHA safety sins has your wood products company violated?

Requiring Unionization Posters Violates Employer Rights

By Rich Christianson Posted: 10/07/2011 9:44AM

I don’t have a problem with government protecting the rights of workers to unionize but I do have a problem with the feds requiring businesses to promote unionization.

Table Saw Safety: How Safe Is Safe Enough?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 09/30/2011 10:15AM

Woodworking Network readers chime in about the possibility of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission requiring table saw manufacturers to incorporate the SawStop safety device in their products.

Gibson Guitar Raid: The Lacey Act Runs Amok

By Rich Christianson Posted: 09/16/2011 3:28PM

The Gibson Guitar saga is bar none the strangest and most intriguing tangle of events I have followed in my 26 years covering the woodworking industry. The image of gun-toting federal marshals swooping down on a wood products plant, especially one of Gibson’s renown, is surreal to say the least.

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