The Red Book provides tips and other best practices for all facets of woodworking. Included are articles on:

• solid wood machining and materials • panel processing • cutting tool optimization • gluing and pressing operations, laminates and veneer • sanding and finishing • wood components, hardware and assembly tips and trends • plant production needs, including safety information, software utilization, dust collection and wood waste utilization.

Also online at Red Book are: new machinery and supply products, a directory of manufacturers and exclusive suppliers, downloadable specification charts, plus a listing of industry associations, government agencies and resources, and woodworking education sites.

In This Issue

Solid Wood Machining

Identifying four common cuts of wood

A look at the four common cuts: Rotary: The log is centered in the lathe and turned against a knife blade at a slight angle following the growth rings, producing a multi-patterned grain. Less expensive than sliced patterns, this is ideal for large surface applications where a broad grain pattern will suffice.

Panel Processing

Quick cut on panel saws

Panel sizing and optimization is going through a transition. For many companies, this involves moving from large batch processing to small batches or batch one sizes.

Gluing, Laminating & Veneering

Common veneer matches

Here is a brief overview of three common matches. Click on the corresponding links for detailed information. Book match: The most common match, alternating leaves of veneer are turned over, so that the adjacent leaves are opened like the pages of a book. It yields  symmetry, with visually prominent features. Read: Six things to learn about book match veneer.

Gluing, Laminating & Veneering

How to prevent warp in flat surfaced panels

Warp is seldom a problem with composite panels when care is taken. To prevent warp in flat laminated panels: 1. Store panels and laminates in reasonably uniform, protected warehouse conditions, avoiding extremes in temperature and humidity 2. Balance the overlay sheets by type and weight, and ensure they are evenly conditioned. The ideal is 70F (±5) and 35% (±5) RH for one week. 3. Be sure the grain and machine direction of the paper run the same way on both sides of the substrate.

Sanding and Finishing

Sanding machine FAQs

Sanding machines are an essential piece of equipment in every woodworking shop. Below are some frequently asked questions about this woodshop workhorse.


What's hot in kitchen & bath design trends

Kitchens and baths represent a $134 billion industry. According to research released by the National Kitchen & Bath Assn. (NKBA), more than 10 percent of American homeowners did a kitchen or bath remodeling project last year at a market price of $85 billion. The kitchen and bath market for new construction is $48.6 billion.

Components, Hardware & Assembly

Solving parts breakage & screw issues

Q We are experiencing breakage in walnut cut-to-size chair legs, somewhat like honeycomb and straight across. Can you advise? A What you have is “brash wood.” There are three causes. The first is due to the wood being much lighter in weight than normal. This is caused by very slow growth in porous woods. Light weight is also caused by the formation of tension wood (hardwoods) or compression wood (softwoods) within the tree.

Components, Hardware & Assembly

How to use video to generate business

Incorporating video into your marketing strategy is becoming increasingly essential. Video is the future and if you are not doing it, you are falling behind, says Designer Denise Butchko, Butchko & Co. Research from Cisco Systems reveals that two-thirds of mobile data is video and pictures. Whether for education or entertainment, this is how people consume content, she notes.