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Woods for Laser Cutting and Engraving

By Greg Weber Posted: 04/16/2013 3:22PM

I produce laser cut wooden gift items. I use all kinds of wood, but mainly I work with alder and balsa wood, because they are perfect for laser cutting and engraving.

Why KOMO Brought CNC Production Back to the U.S. from China

By Michael D. Kolibas Posted: 04/05/2013 4:43PM

While we were saving money in China on labor costs, we eventually realized that the savings were more than offset by the hidden costs created by a variety of factors.

New Wood Shop Hires? Make Their First Day A Good Experience

By Phil Bowers Posted: 04/04/2013 9:02AM

Make sure your new hires gets a good impression of your wood shop on their first day. It is so important to treat each new employee like they’re your next million dollar client.

New LEED v4 Credits, FSC’s (Diminished) Role

By Margaret Fisher Posted: 03/23/2013 8:00AM

One of the most talked about issues among Architectural Woodwork Industry (AWI) members is whether Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood will remain a part of LEED.

Create Positive First Impression For Wood Shop Hires

By Phil Bowers Posted: 03/21/2013 12:20PM

Harnessing a great first impression is the single most important tool you have in controlling your the culture of your wood shop.

Risks of Being Out of the Game Are Greater

By Warren Buffet, Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Posted: 03/12/2013 8:30AM

Hand-wringing last year among CEOs who cried “uncertainty” when faced with capital-allocation decisions was a mistake, Warren Buffet says. "The risks of being out of the game are huge compared to the risks of being in it."

Public Furniture Project Report

By Harry W. Watt Posted: 03/01/2013 8:47PM

In the US there is a large public furniture market that uses wood, metal and plastic in schools and public buildings for furnishings. Since the 1960’s there has been a replacement of wood furnishings by metal and plastic furniture in classrooms and a reduction of wooden furniture and millwork in public buildings. This reduction of wood markets for furnishings and construction materials has reduced sales and profitability of wood shops capable of providing products for public furniture markets. Given the decline in housing markets since 2006, local wood shops should consider researching public furniture markets in order to maintain sales, profitability and employment of their workforce.

Market Opportunities for Small Wood Shops for Public Furniture

By Harry Watt Posted: 03/01/2013 4:11PM

US Forest Service and NC State University Research Study Project

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