In This Issue

Plant Production & Software

Monitoring wood dust hazards: Who's in charge

OSHA defines combustible dust as “fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in the air, in certain conditions.” For a combustible dust explosion to occur, five factors must be present: fuel (combustible dust), ignition (heat or spark), oxygen (air), dispersion (dust suspension) and confinement. Removal of any one element will eliminate the possibility of occurrence. The following is a list of some of the agencies and organizations involved in monitoring dust hazards in the woodshop.

Event Coverage

Scenes from the Arch Digest Design Show: Masterfully-crafted wood furniture

NEW YORK - The annual Architectural Digest Design Show opened in New York City last week to a crowd of over 40,000 design enthusiasts, homeowners, and professionals, as well as playing host to nearly 400 design brands. Held in Manhattan's Piers 92 & 94, the show featured the best in interior design, furnishings, handmade decor, appliances, and more from March 22-25.
There was an array of exceptionally-crafted wooden furniture on display. Some of our favorites can be seen above. 

Components & Sourcing

Causes of end checking

Q. We are seeing some end checking, and rarely some face checking, in the solid oak panels that we manufacture. The checking is right after finishing. We are thinking that our ovens might be too hot, or maybe the residence time is too long. Any guidance before we start changing things?

Wood Explorer


Dramatic Zebrawood: A Popular Exotic with a Popular Name By Jo-Ann Kaiser
Find a list of hot wood looks today and the dark, exotic woods will be at to the forefront.