"I always thought purchasing a CNC was just some crazy dream for a small shop owner like me," writes woodshop owner and commentator Jared Patchin.  "But times are changing, and they are becoming almost as commonplace in small shops as the sliding table saw."

"Early on, I figured my business would need to grow to a certain size, maybe 4 employees, before a CNC in the shop would make sense, but after talking with several shop owners, I am starting to reconsider. No matter the size of the business, they talk about their CNC machine as an indispensable part of their business."

Adding a CNC was also the topic of a popular webcast this week, among the wood industry's Top 10 most viewed stories.

Second Redwood Burl Poacher Sentenced
By Bill Esler Posted: 06/23/2014 9:50AM
The second of two redwood burl poachers was sentenced. Danny Garcia must pay restitution and serve 700 hours of community service for vandalizing giant trees in Redwood National Park. An accomplice is already in jail.


Archon Woodworks Wins Patent for ManBench
By Bill Esler | Posted: June 17, 2014 - 8:43 PM
Archon Woodworks was awarded a U.S. Patent for its pine ManBench product. Archon, formerly Hoffco Inc., says the ManBench has found popularity created by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

Faux Distressed Antique Wood Door Staining & Finishing Technique By Brian Grabski | Posted: June 16, 2014 - 7:00 AM
Custom woodworker Brian Grabski showcases his finishing expertise in giving a new door a weathered appearance with a wire brush, steel wool, sandpaper, and a few coats of oil stain.

Denise Butchko Milan

Seven More Design Trends from the Milan Furniture Show
By Denise Butchko | Posted: June 18, 2014 - 9:31 AM
A panel of deign experts discussed seven furniture trends gleaned from the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair.

Jim McCagy Stmate

My Millwork Firm Closed, But I Saved My Best Tool: Our Software
By Jim McAgy | Updated: June 21, 2014 - 11:34 AM
I owned a 50-person millwork firm in Chicago, Final Finish, for 28 years until the downturn closed us down in 2010. Here's what I learned, and how it can help your woodworking business. 

NIAGARA Worldwide

Old-Growth Hemlock Reclaimed from Factory Floor - 2M Board Feet By Matt Schumake | Posted: June 19, 2014 - 11:00 AM
More than 2 million board feet of old-growth Northern Hemlock is being reclaimed from the 100-year-old Mirro Factory in Manitowoc, WI.

 Department of Labor OSHA

OSHA Fines Buchman Lumber $145,200 for Amputation, Noise
By Rich Christianson | Posted: June 20, 2014 - 1:22 PM
Buchman Lumber Co. LLC has been hit by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with proposed fines totaling $145,200 for a laundry list of alleged safety violations including amputation and noise hazards at its sawmill.

Webcast: CNC Routers: Key Considerations for Your Machine
Posted: June 2, 2014 - 9:00 AM
CNC Routers: Key Considerations for Buying First or Next Machine. Original broadcast date: June 26 1:00 p.m.

Touch Up Solutions round hole repair

How to Fill a Mis-drilled Hole, and Redraw Wood Grain
Posted: June 23, 2014 - 6:07 PM
How to fill a mis-drilled hole on an oak shelf using Wood Grain Repair and a soldering iron.

Guitars Made With Hand Tools, Reclaimed Wood & 300 Hours
By Matt Schumake | Posted: June 19, 2014 - 4:26 PM 
Joseph Lukes Guitars builds acoustic guitars strictly with hand tools—planes, drills, chisels, and Japanese saws—and reclaimed wood sourced from bar tops and railroad ties.

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