Stone Veneer to Texturizing Lumber, IWF Awards Were Most Viewed  Woodworking technology details emerge as the IWF 2014 Challengers Award program announces the finalists. The original field of more than five dozen entrants, vetted to 33 semi-finalists in May, has now been narrowed to 20 finalists. The winners will be announced August 20, the morning the International Woodworking Fair opens.

Also popular this week, a D-Day story about a notorious oak desk, among the furnishings seized when U.S. forces took possession of Hitler's luxury apartment in Munich at the end of World War II.

The oak desk, along with a bookshelf, a table and chairs found in the apartment, was manufactured by the former Bavarian court furniture maker, M Ballin. 

In 2006, the desk was to be offered for sale by a London dealer. Apparently that sale never took place, as the German government retains ownership of the desk. The rectangular desk has a leather writing surface and a drawer on each side. The latches bear the Ballin company name.

Here are the rest of the week's most-viewed wood industry stories:

M Ballin Hitlers Desk Who Made Hitler's Desk?
By Bill Esler | Posted: June 6, 2014 - 12:53 PM
Hitlers desk - one of his desks - was recently rediscovered in a Berlin storeroom where it had been held since 2000. Before that it served anonymously in a rest home for U.S. veterans. But who made it?

U.S. Logging Team Jailed by Honduran Police
By Bill Esler | Posted: June 8, 2014 - 11:34 AM
A U.S. ship, dredging old-growth cedar and mahogany from Honduran river bottom, has been seized in Honduras and its crew jailed. The Aqua Quest was on a mission to salvage submerged logs for Miskito Indians.

Chip Yawney A Cut Above Woodworks Woodworking Inventors: How Your Peers Create New Products
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: June 1, 2014 - 1:03 PM Register now to hear six wood industry business creators tell how they built new business International Woodworking Fair 2014 day-long symposium on Aug. 19 in Atlanta. Registration includes free admission to IWF.
Georgia-Pacific Second Worker Dies from Injuries in G-P ComDust Blast
By Rich Christianson | Posted: June 7, 2014 - 8:42 AM
A second worker has died following an April 26 explosion and fire at a Georgia-Pacific plywood plant.
Wood Step Ladder Retail Who Hid Defects Fined $3.1M
By Rich Christianson | Posted: June 9, 2014 - 1:32 PM Cinmar LLC will pay a $3.1 million civil penalty to settle charges by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that it "knowingly failed" to immediately report defects of mahogany Frontgate step ladders for walk-In closets imported from Indonesia.
Jennifer Aniston Drive In Garage Closet: You Want Fries with That?
By Denise Butchko | Posted: June 2, 2014 - 8:58 AM
Celebrity Jennifer Aniston wants to turn her garage into a closet. She is willing to pay $60,000 for the project upon completion.
IWF 2014 Challengers Award

20 IWF 2014 Challengers Award Finalists Announced
By Bill Esler | Posted: June 7, 2014 - 3:54 PM
The 20 Challengers Award finalists for 2014 have been named by the International Woodworking Fair, including five from Stiles and three from Holz-Her. Seven winners will be announced on August 20 at the IWF 2014 trade show in Atlanta.

Lumber, Logs, Tables, Mantles: What's Up at WunderWoods
By Scott Wunder Posted: 06/09/2014 1:31PM
A video montage of daily woodworking involvement at WunderWoods--from milling to building custom furniture
Laminate Creations by Hand

Cool Wood Creations Using CNC
By Karen Koenig | Posted: June 6, 2014 - 12:41 PM
Laminate Creations by Hand uses CNC machines and mixed media to create high-end interiors.

Dremel-Saw Dremel Ultra-Saw Turns Convention on its Side
Posted: June 5, 2014 - 8:31 AM
Dremel's Ultra-Saw turns convention on its side. The multi-saw is a 3-in-1 tool that features a 7.5 amp motor, 4-inch abrasive wheels, longer lasting drivetrain and metal guards.

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