Lazy Susan Reinvented, Hobbit Joinery Top Custom Wood Stories

Kornerking's new, all-wood Lazy Susan, was designed and built by peter Mai, owner of Old School Cabinets in Big Falls, MN. Kornerking allows for complete utilization of a corner cabinet. By combining the access of drawers with a Lazy Susan, full usage of a corner cabinet is possible. Mai has used social media and online marketing to drive the business since its launch. Featured on the cover of October Custom Woodworking Business, it was the most-viewed custom woodworking feature in 2013.

Also popular were how Acacia Originals sells architectural millwork direct to clients, and how Hobbits do joinery, along with features on sanding, and users telling how they apply CNC software in custom woodworking projects.

Here are the most-viewed custom woodworking articles for 2013.


Kornerking Cabinets Updates the Lazy Susan
By Pete Mai | Posted: August 16, 2013 - 12:39 PM

Kornerking allows for complete utilization of a corner cabinet. By combining the access of drawers with a lazy Susan, full usage of a corner cabinet is possible.

  Five Tips for Sanding with Flap Wheels
By | Posted: June 19, 2013 - 3:01 PM
Sanding and finishing with flap wheels allows you to reach into crevices, and are designed to sand pieces with contours or a profile.
  CNC Router Aids Woodworker in 3D Design Production
By Wade Vonasek | Posted: May 6, 2013 - 10:05 AM
Woodworker and former graphic designer Grant Nicholson purchased a CNC router because of its ability to produce 3D designs and to work with natural materials such as wood.
Hobbit wood joinery, Bilbo Baggins   Hobbit Joinery a Custom Woodwork Feast
By Bill Esler | Posted: December 26, 2012 - 1:21 PM
Oak plank doors sawn, planed and joined in Middle Earth's pre-industrial woodshops give "The Hobbit" warren its signature comfort quarters. Circular doors and matching jig-sawn door frames are pegged into place. Joint and tenon furnishings abound.
  Closet America Named to Wood 100 for Custom Service
By Karen Koenig | Posted: 09/08/2013 9:35PM
Closet America was honored in the 2013 Wood 100 by Wood Products magazine for its exceptional customer service. The closet and home organization cabinetry firm also joined a webcast panel sharing their business strategies. Watch it now.
Acacia Originals Architectural Millwork  

Sell Millwork Direct to the Client & Avoid Subcontractor Status
By Will Fuller | Posted: November 6, 2013 - 12:52 PM

Architectural woodworking business operator Will Fuller's vision came true: 'If I started this business from scratch, how would I'd do it differently." Here's his story on what he did differently in sales, management and production.

  Burning Lumber as a Finishing Technique
By Bill Esler | Posted: August 8, 2013 - 1:32 PM
Finishing lumber with fire to preserve it and give it unique style - Shou Sugi Ban could be a coming design trend. A video shows how it's made.
  Wood iPad Cash Registers Add Creative Twist
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: April 22, 2013 - 1:35 PM
Wood iPad cash registers are popping up all over, allowing small shop owners to use the latest technology in creative wood frames to ring up sales.
  Pine Beetle Wood Crafter Gains Fame
By Bill Esler | Posted: January 15, 2013 - 1:00 PM
Cited for making beetle-kill pine furnishings trendy, and helping the wood industry and the environment, Azure Furniture owner Corbin Clay won Ketel One Vodka's Gentleman's Call competition.
  Wood Countertop Featured in "This Old House" Renovation
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 5, 2013 - 2:04 PM
A wood countertop from Grothouse Lumber was featured in an episode of "This Old House."
  CW Keller: Architectural Firm Ahead of the Curve
By Karen Koenig | Posted: August 7, 2013 - 4:23 PM
CW Keller specializes in architectural projects featuring complex curve geometry.
  New Breed of Woodshops Venture Into New Product Lines
By Bill Esler | Posted: June 5, 2013 - 2:12 PM
Woodwork innovators use technology and do it themselves, creating new business and opportunities.
  Ziricote: A Beautiful & Brainy Wood Species
By Jo-Ann Kaiser | Posted: July 3, 2013 - 10:00 AM
A beautiful species, ziricote is used for furniture, architectural millwork, musical instruments, dashboards, aircraft and yacht interiors.
  Cabinets Made Easy for A Custom Cabinet Shoppe
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: November 6, 2013 - 1:18 PM
Finishing, build-outs and installations go faster with outsourced cabinet boxes for A Custom Cabinet Shoppe.
  Wood Surface Preparation & Its Impact on Finishing
By Phil Stevenson | Posted: May 9, 2013 - 3:46 PM
Final whitewood sanding is the most important step in finishing for satisfactory results. Poor finish quality, rework, and missed expectations are in most cases a direct result of improper final whitewood sanding preparation.
  Carpenter Uses 3D Printing to Rebuild Saw-Injured Hand
By Rich Christianson | Posted: August 6, 2013 - 12:31 PM
When master carpenter Richard Van As lost four fingers on his right hand in a table saw accident in 2011, he said he was immediately determined to find a way to regain use of his hand to continue pursuing his livelihood.
  America's Best Rated Custom Woodworking Businesses
By Bill Esler | Posted: April 2, 2013 - 3:38 PM
Custom woodworking businesses serving residential markets use strategic social media, public relations, and marketing moxie, to rack up "Best Rated" kudos at Houzz, Yelp, Angie's List, Kudzu, and other sites. Here's a look at who they are, and how they've done it.
  Woodshop is Facebook's Latest Geek Perk
Posted: October 24, 2013 - 1:11 PM
Add a woodshop - along with accessible bikes, free Apple products and frozen yogurt - to the long list of perks for Facebook employees. The 3,000 square foot shop has attracted 350 employees.
Kent Gilchrist, Fremont Interiors, W&WP Market Leader  

Kent Gilchrist, Fremont Interiors, Is Wood Products 2013 Market Leader
By Wade Vonasek | Posted: December 1, 2013 - 8:58 PM
Wood Products magazine 2013 Market Leaders includes Kent Gilchrist.  He loved woodworking from an early age, but Gilchrist, president of architectural woodworking firm Fremont Interiors, was unaware of career opportunities in this industry.


Custom Woodworking Profiled in 2014 Wood Industry Almanac
Posted: December 4, 2013 - 1:58 PM
Major wood industry segments described, from the 2014 Wood Industry Almanac, include a look at custom woodworking, architectural woodworking, and cabinetmaking, along with a list of bigger players in the field, pus, facts and figures and descriptions of key product categories.


The Red Book Resource Guide for Best Practices
Wood Products' Red Book 2013: Resource Guide for Best Practices features tips and techniques to optimize your plant’s: solid wood machining, panel processing, pressing, assembly, plant production, waste utilization and more.


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