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No Voodoo: Segmented Platen Machine Set Up Simplified

By Adam West | Updated: April 24, 2015 - 7:52 AM

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 | Updated: April 22, 2015 - 3:35 PM

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.

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

By Adam West | Updated: April 22, 2015 - 7:32 AM

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 | Updated: April 20, 2015 - 7:40 AM

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.

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Could Norcraft Cabinetry Sale to FBHS Spur Shareholder Suits?

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: April 19, 2015 - 7:33 PM

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.


How To Make a Jig for an Inside Corner Glue Scraper

By Kevin Turgeon | Updated: April 19, 2015 - 6:04 PM

I made this quick jig for removing dried glue from an inside corner. It's at an angle and reversible to get all the way to the bottom of a box. Because the glue will soak into the wood fibers just scraping at the surface won't prevent it from impacting finishing.

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