Our iPlayful treatment of the Kitchen
Cabinet iPad video beat out popular hard news on
Yorktowne Cabinets' union-management
battle; approval of the federal
formaldehyde bill; and the much-read case study of Kimball Office
Furniture's UV finishing system,
to top Woodworking Network Update news in June.

Other Washington news, including seven recalls totaling more than 2 million cribs, a recall of entertainment centers and the EPA's decision to delay enforcement of its lead paint rule, also garnered considerable attention.

Here's the list of most viewed WWN articles in June 2010:

1) The Kitchen Cabinet iPad
Alan Daly of Dublin, Ireland, decided to mount his iPad on one of his kitchen cabinet doors. It's a perfect spot to view online recipes, recipe Apps or to listen to podcasts, he says. (Posted 6-29-10)

2. Union rejects Yorktowne Cabinets' contract

                                          MIFLINBURG, PA -- Employees of Yorktowne Cabinets, members of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 2837, have rejected a contract offered by the company that would have reduced their pay by more than 8 percent over the next two years. (Posted 6-11-10)

3) Kimball Office's Coating Advances Enables Mighty Miters
Recently Kimball Office made another significant leap in its process manufacturing, developing a proprietary UV-cured finish so durable it allows assembly of fully-finished components.
The process is particularly noteworthy, say Kimball Office executives, because it assures office air quality by eliminating off-gassing. The coating, branded Pura, resists cracking, migration of chemicals from vinyl, is abrasion resistant, and withstand solvents, even acetone. Pura coatings themselves emit no VOCs during production or after. (Posted 6-14-10)

4) Senate bill limits formaldehyde in composite wood
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced today that their legislation, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act, has passed the full Senate. The bipartisan bill will establish national health standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products, protecting consumers from potentially hazardous levels of the chemical. The new standards would apply to both domestic products and foreign imports. (Posted 6-17-10)

Read update: Formaldehyde bill heads for president's signature (Posted 6-25-10)

5) Magic Finished Case Has Hidden Drawers
Brian Grabski, a Minneapolis, MN-based commercial woodworker, specializes in building custom interiors and one-of-a-kind furniture. Some of his provocative pieces carry hidden compartments, revealed only after a series of complex maneuvers opening doors, drawers and sliding bolts or pins — the bookcase shown here is one such project. (Posted 6-14-10)

6) Out of This World: Plywood Hubble Telescope
Australian artist Peter Hennessey has an affinity for large-scale sculptures and an unbridled enthusiasm for space travel. His most recent large sculptural work, My Hubble (the universe turned in on itself) debuted in the Turbine Halls of Cockatoo Island. It is an actual-size re-creation of the Hubble Space Telescope. It is fabricated in painstaken detail from laser-cut plywood and steel  (Posted 6-6-10)

7) IWF names record 22 Challengers Award finalists
ATLANTA, GA -- The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) Challengers Distinguished Achievement Awards selection committee has named 22 woodworking technologies and supplies as 2010 finalists. An increase in the number of finalists – usually just 20 finalists are named – will bring added interest to the outcome. (Posted 6-2-10)

8) EPA delays lead rule enforcement
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced June 18 that it would delay enforcement of its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP). The controversial rule had become effective April 22, 2010 to the consternation of many industry associations including the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and others. (Posted 6-21-10)

9) Daniel Island Woodwork's CNC Helps Grow a Company
Daniel Island Woodworks, North Charleston, SC, offers high-end manufacturing and custom woodworking services from its state-of-the-art facility. The 15-employee operation works with a range of demanding clients, including local and out-of-state contractors and architects. Voted one of the best architectural woodworking firms in the Southeast U.S., Daniel Island Woodworks says it meets or exceeds premium grade and museum-caliber work. (Posted 6-3-10)

10) American Signature recalls entertainment centers
WASHINGTON -- American Signature Inc. of Columbus, OH, has issued a voluntary recall for approximately 24,000 entertainment centers. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the products' shelves can detach and fall onto consumers when the entertainment centers are moved. (Posted 6-22-10)


11) Woodworking Technology Improves Quality, Production Rates (Posted 6-4-10)

12) Sarah Palin to headline NHLA convention (Posted 6-6-10)

13) Bayside Furnishings recalls 'Pirates' beds (Posted 6-8-10)

14 Thornwood Furniture files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (Posted 6-11-10)

15) Seven crib makers recall 2 million units (Posted 6-25-10)


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