Lowe's $500,000 EPA lead dust abatement penalty reminds remodelers they must be certified to handle interior work on older homes. It was the wood industry's most-viewed story this week. Also popular, a Toronto hand-built furniture company, Ruff Sawn, which uses a unique model: designing funiture, then subcontracting to Amish and Mennonnite furniture builders for export to the U.S. Here are the wood industry's most-viewed stories:

EPA Fines Lowe’s $500,000 for Remodeler Lead Dust Violations 
By Bill Esler Posted: 04/17/2014 7:18PM 
Lowe’s Home Centers agreed to company-wide lead abatement training for its remodeling contractors and will pay a record $500,000 civil penalty, largest ever for violating the federal Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule.

Scott Wunder Blog Wood Beam Conversion How to Turn New Wood into Antique Beams
By Scott Wunder | Updated: April 16, 2014 - 9:32 PM
If you are looking for a way to work out your frustration on reclaimed wood, then boy do I have a job for you!

How To Lay Self-stick Maple Veneer
By Jared Patchin | Posted: March 28, 2014 - 1:58 PM 
Since making the first veneered maple desk in 2009, J. Alexander Fine Woodworking's Jared Patchin has received several requests for the piece. Here Patchin details the making and updating of the veneered maple desk.

 

Ruff Sawn Furniture Building a 'Made in Canada' Furniture Business
By Dana Fromunda | Posted: April 13, 2014 - 5:15 PM
Canadian furniture companies looking to market their products could take a look at Ruff Sawn, which exports to U.S. dealers. It designs hand-built furniture, then contracts to Mennonite and Amish woodshops for production.
Job of the Day: Finish Carpenter, Nassau Bahamas
By Matt Schumake | Posted: April 15, 2014 - 7:00 AM
Osprey Construction is seeking a skilled finish carpenter to manage interior framing and finishing carpentry on a 50-room boutique hotel in Nassau, Bahamas.
Chinese Furniture GOK Suspends Virginia Plant
Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 04/22/2014 12:52PM 
GOK International, a Chinese wood furniture company that planned to open an assembly and finishing plant in Ringgold, VA, creating a total of 600 jobs over the next few years, has temporarily closed for restructuring.
Holz-Her Evolution 7405 vertical CNC Machining Center Holz-Her Vertical CNC Machine Makes North American Debut 
By Rich Christianson | Posted: April 16, 2014 - 12:50 PM 
Holz-Her held its first North American showing of its new Evolution vertical CNC machining center at the 2014 Cabinets & Closets Expo in Somerset, NJ. The highly automated device is designed to fit into smaller woodshops.

How Hooker Furniture Used 3D Print on RTA Chairs
By Bill Esler | Posted: April 12, 2014 - 12:58 PM 
To engineer an upholstered ready-to-assemble furniture line, Hooker Furniture used 3D printing. Art Raymond explained the technology and its potential for wood manufacturing at the Executive Briefing Conference 2014 in Denver.

Seth Worley's Lighting Nordstrom Etsy Begins Wholesaling Wood Products to Nordstrom
By Bill Esler | Posted: April 16, 2014 - 7:35 AM 
Richwood Creations makes rustic wood home accessories. Worley's Lighting makes wooden lamps. Both are among beta tests of a Nordstrom wholesale supply chain, due to go national in June.
Award Hardwood Flooring Robots Seek New Digs at Auction
By Bill Esler Posted: 04/19/2014 11:30AM 
Award Hardwood Flooring, Wausau, WI, will sell its complete plant at auction April 30. Automated materials handling includes a bevy of robots, high volume sanding and finishing lines. A sizable inventory of hardwood lumber is offered.

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