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Other Rail 'Drops' on Popular Wood Cribs

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/19/2010 12:00AM

Even if you don't make cribs or other juvenile furniture products, you need to pay close attention to the CPSC's action to ban the sale and resale of drop-side cribs.

At Long Last: Ergonomics for Woodworking

By Cynthia L. Roth Posted: 12/17/2010 12:00AM

Years ago, industry groups were arguing about the efficacy of ergonomics as a science, was it real or was it “junk science?"

Why It's the Dismal Science

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/16/2010 12:00AM

Economics, technically, is a social science. But the average small wood manufacturing business operator is probably better, using intuition, at interpreting trends, than are many professionals at the mega firms.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

By Rick Hill Posted: 12/15/2010 12:00AM

Look at Dyson vacuums and Keurig coffee makers: More expensive than competitors and yet the hottest  items in the store. An example closer to home? SawStop and FastCap; soft close slides and hinges:  great ideas that answer customer problems.

Should Government Be Involved in Your Business?

By Karen Koenig Posted: 12/14/2010 12:00AM

We asked our Wood Industry Market Leaders what — if anything — they would like to see the federal government do in 2011 to help grow/improve business, either domestically or abroad. Here’s what some of them had to say.

How to Rev Up U.S. Woodworking Competitiveness

By Rich Christianson Posted: 12/13/2010 12:00AM

A recent report by the National Association of Manufacturers offers guidance to Washington policymakers for strengthening U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and creating jobs. Woodworking isn't mentioned by name, but many of NAM's principles would benefit our industry.

A Zany Look At Kiln Operators

By Dennis Clay Posted: 12/10/2010 12:00AM

What if you were accused of burning up lumber in a kiln, creating checks, honeycomb, splits, cupping, stain, stress, warp, knots, hangnails and 98% of the world’s problems? Is it any wonder that kiln operators become those vapid, paranoid individuals, fighting to save the world from a “bad lumber conspiracy?”

Woodworker Tips to Stay Afloat

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/09/2010 12:00AM

It's been a rough couple of years - and woodworking firms have diversified and become creative marketers to survive.

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