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Butternut Air Jordans: $10,000 Asked, But Nobody's Bidding

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/26/2015 4:03PM

A pair of basketball shoes carved from butternut wood, and modeled after Air Jordan I's is beingauctioned at eBay - with $10,000 the asking price. So far no bids have come in, the the shoes do have a nice back story.


How Do We Get Big Lumber Boards from Cherry Trees?

By Scott Wunder Posted: 05/25/2015 8:18PM

A customer asked, How do we get big boards from little cherry orchard trees? It isn't that type of cherry tree: It was an American Black Cherry, which grows tall in the forest, with tiny cherry clusters fit for the birds.


A U.S. Harp Genius Built a Factory Using Italy's Cabinet Masters

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/25/2015 10:36AM

The Chicago-born global master of harp manufacturing, Victor Salvi, died May 10, at age 95. In 1955, Salvi emigrated to his ancestral home, Italy, where he assembled a dozen cabinetmakers in Genoa, and began building harps commercially.


Lumber Prices Head Upward Along With Homebuilding

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/24/2015 4:15PM

Prices for lumber futures contracts are beginning to rise, after drifting down for months. China's homebuilding contraction and a winter hiatus knocked down prices, but they should jump dramatically as U.S. homebuilding surges.




Home Design & Remodel Projects Increasingly Start Out Digitally

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/24/2015 10:12AM

Remodeling projects, increasingly inspired by online resources, will link ever more closely to design preview software. As consumers pre-shop cabinetry, flooring and countertops online, a national homebuilder crowdsources model home interior choices.


Cookin' With Wood: Plank Steak and Cedar Wraps

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/23/2015 9:07AM

Lumber and veneer finds a greater purpose on holiday weekends - time to fire up the grill. But not just charcoal, this time - get the wood flavor right on to your plate with hickory, alder, cherry and other food0lovin' wood species.


Earn More Remodeling Without Spending on Marketing

By Tim Clark Posted: 05/19/2015 8:57AM

Home Improvement companies have to assess different leads. It is crucial for a business to determine which lead to pursue because they must develop a relationship with the homeowner. Gaining the homeowners trust means they are more willing to to agree to higher quality materials or larger projects.


How To Make a Profile Sanding Pad for a Power Sander

By Bill Esler Posted: 05/08/2015 1:19AM

Here's a step by step for making a sanding block to match a profile. This is for the snap-on blocks that fit the Festool sander, with air holes to allow sawdust to be vacuumed into a dust collector as you work.


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