Foreign ventures topped the news: the $2.3 billion cabinetry refacing firm U.S. Home Systems entered Canada with a partnership with retailer Canadian Tire, with plans to expand into several provinces. And cabinetmaker Woodcraft Industries acquired a Mexican cabinet door manufacturer.

Recovery triggers lumber demand, leading hardwood Review's forecasts of hard and soft maple and poplar pricing to the top of the wood industry news this week.

Workplace risks also figured in the wood industry's top reports for the week, but so did articles on how to do an Ash dining table and CNC carve a Bamboo magazine holder:

Pioneer Cabinetry

Fire Destroys Pioneer Cabinetry Plant
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 05/17/2012 12:23:00 PM
Fire caused $2 million in damage to Pioneer Cabinetry, gutting the Tillsonburg, ON custom cabinet shop. Police said the May 14 fire at the 8,000-square-foot shop wasn't suspicious.  Read more

 Lumber pricing and sales

Hard Maple, Soft Maple and Poplar Price Forecast
By Andy Johnson Updated: 05/17/2012 12:29:00 PM
Hard maple prices are still firm, partly because production was so low late last year, soft maple is in demand, and poplar, seeing high demand, will see added production. Read moreB

 Parisi Inc.

Woodworker's Arm and Hand Crushed in Press
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/17/2012 9:47:00 AM
A woodworking employee of Parisi Inc. custom architectural woodwork and store fixtures, sustained serious injuries when his arm caught in an operating press. Read more

Woodcraft Industries Buys Mexican Door Firm
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 05/23/2012 12:00:00 PM
Woodcraft Industries has acquired the assets of Técnica Maderera Especializada's (TME) cabinet door division in Guadalajara, Mexico. Read more


IKEA Tops Major Cabinet Brands in Survey
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 05/18/2012 9:15:00 AM
IKEA ranked tops in customer satisfaction for kitchen cabinet purchases in a JD Power survey, though Merillat, American Woodmark, RSI and KraftMaid were close behind.Read more

U.S. Home Systems

U.S. Home Systems Cabinetry Services Moves Into Canada
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/21/2012 6:02:00 PM
Cabinetry refacing firm U.S. Home Systems, Inc. (NasdaqNGM: USHS) launched Canadian Tire Home Services in Ontario, aiming at Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. Read more

 Artcam bamboo magazine holder

Wood Carving on CNC a Winning Magazine Holder
Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 05/23/2012 9:37:00 AM
A Seattle woodworking professional is also a woodcraft enthusiast. Here's how he made a winning project for a design competition using CNC router and application software. Read more

 J Alexander Fine Woodworking Jared Patchin

Ash Wood Table Used Euro-ply Panel Torsion Box: Sweet!
By Jared Patchin | Updated: 05/23/2012 11:59:00 AM
I built an Ash wood dining table with a torsion box top using Euro-Ply. Ever since I used it for a job of 26 thick desk tops, I've been in love with this wood panel material! Read more

 Lakeland Mills Explosion

Probe of Fatal Sawmill Blasts Focuses on Conveyor Areas By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/15/2012 2:01:00 PM
WorkSafeBC, investigating tdeadly sawmill explosions at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills, said ignition sources for each of the accidents appear to have been located at the conveyor level where electrical and/or mechanical equipment was in operation. Read more

Bostik Explosion

Bostik Settles with OSHA Over Plant Explosion Incident
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 05/18/2012 1:35:00 PM
Bostik, maker of adhesives for wood products and other industries, will pay a $600,000 fine to settle litigation over a March 2011 explosion at its Middleton, MA. Read more

Home Depot

Home Depot, Lowe's Sales and Earnings Jump
By Bill Esler | Updated: 05/21/2012 9:35:00 AM
Home remodeling and economic recovery spur double digit net earnings increases and improved sales for first quarter 2012. Warm weather drives net earnings up 27.9% at Home Depot, 14.3 percent at Lowe's. Read more

Blotching: A Woodworker’s Nightmare
By Bernie Bottens | Updated: 05/17/2012 11:32:00 AM
Blotching is something that we woodworkers love to hate. It turns our beautiful wood into something less attractive than we would like. Read more

Also drawing visits were these stories:

Furniture Made in America Finds Support

U.S. Window and Door Market Trends

Ex-84 Lumber Spins Off Housing Investor Group

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