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LEED Puts Little Emphasis on Materials That Last Generation

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 04/29/2015 9:04AM

The design community, manufacturers, and construction processes must consider the life of the building if we are truly going to incorporate sustainability in our industry. More emphasis is placed on material recycling than on perform whether it performs over the long haul.


With Accoya Wood and Sunken Pine We Restored Hundreds of Windows

By Brooks Gentleman Posted: 04/27/2015 8:35PM

For the Minnesota State Capitol building, built in 1905, we restored hundreds of windows to their original state using Accoya, a treated wood, for exteriors, and century old pine recovered from a lake to match interiors.


All About White Wood, Sap Wood and Spalted Wood

By Scott Wunder Posted: 04/27/2015 8:12PM

A question I get about white woods is, “What white woods do you have?” They really are asking, “What species do you have that has a wide enough sap ring to produce white boards?” It starts a discussion about where white woods come from.


No Voodoo: Segmented Platen Machine Set Up Simplified

By Adam West Posted: 04/24/2015 7:52AM

There seems to be a huge amount of voodoo involved in setting up segmented platen sanding machines. Techs and the folks running them just don’t understand the concepts, so they just play with the settings until something looks okay.




Wood You Wear: Prada Glasses in Malabar Ebony and Black Walnut

By Bill Esler Posted: 04/22/2015 3:35PM

The Malabar ebony temples and massive black walnut frames on these Prada Raw sunglasses would be impossibly garish if made of plastic. Wood somehow mitigates the excesses of the design. And the price: a cool $450.


Stop! Don’t Buy That Wide Belt Sander Until You Read This!

By Adam West Posted: 04/22/2015 7:32AM

His rebuilt wide belt sanding machine might have taken the belt usage down to $800 a month, but it could not produce the quality of scratch over time that the new machine could. This “X” factor isn't easily calculated but represents far more savings than mere sandpaper.


In A Nutshell: Connect With Long Term Business Prospects

By Denise Butchko Posted: 04/20/2015 7:40AM

Connect with the people who can refer business to you long term. For example, if you’re a kitchen designer or cabinetmaker, someone who sells high end real estate is in front of people who want your product on a daily basis.


Could Norcraft Cabinetry Sale to FBHS Spur Shareholder Suits?

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 04/19/2015 7:33PM

The acquisition of Norcraft Companies, Inc. by MasterBrand parent Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. could be blocked by shareholder lawsuits. A law firm specializing in such actions says it is seeking litigants now.


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