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The 10 Commandments of Wood Finishing

By Mac Simmons Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

There are many pitfalls to avoid in order to achieve a spectacular wood finish. Here are some wood finishing tips to follow to  help you stay on the straight and narrow.


How aggregate heads can improve the productivity of a CNC machine

Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

Do your production floor employees struggle with moving work from one machine to another? Do they have to re-position workpieces on the machine? Is your CNC machine unable to perform specific criteria, which causes you to turn down business? Tooling specialist Chris Kelly describes how aggregate heads can provide solutions to these challenges.


Sanding skill standards announced

Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

The Woodwork Career Alliance is developing a publication of industry-approved Standard of Tool Skills and Evaluations. Following is a portion of the chart on widebelt sanding.


Optimizing the Rough Mill Area

Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

As lumber is processed, value is added at each step of the process. A rough mill processing 12 thousand board feet (12 Mbf) of dried lumber per day, valued at $900/Mbf, can save approximately $58,000 per year simply by improving rough mill yield by just 1 percent. However, yield alone does not provide a complete picture of profitability in the rough mill. There is opportunity for maximizing the value of the products produced and by minimizing manufacturing costs to impact overall profitability.




Favorite Wood Species for Components and Displays

Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

Wood species selection plays an important role in the production of wood components, furniture and displays. We asked a number of manufacturers & suppliers to name their favorite wood species and tell us why.


Tips for Keeping Saw Blades Sharp

Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

Three things to know if you want to keep your saw blades sharp.


Router bits: How to fix common problems

Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

Even with a high-quality router bit, proper material selection and careful handling and storage, router bit problems can arise. Here are some ways to fix 6 common problems.


First Steps to Getting Lean

By Tom Dossenbach Posted: 03/19/2010 12:00AM

What is your company’s current state of lean? Here is a lean audit for both small shops and large plants, to evaluate how you are doing.


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