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The Mind of the Woodworker is a wide ranging thing, casting about for creative influences, finding heroes in brave intellects as well as design geniuses. This, among several initial finding of Woodworking Network's benchmark study, "The Mind of the Woodworker," already reveals some surprises. (It will be unveiled at Cabinets & Closets Expo April 9-11.)

The study found people employed in the secondary wood production industries profess to love their work, they are college educated, and most learned their professional on their own. Though gregarious and outgoing, woodworkers are also engaged in a solitary profession. 

The range of interests is reflected in the most-viewed stories this week, from lumber shipments slowed by a Vancouver port strike to tips on how to clean saw blades (Simple Green!) and how to make a live-edge table.

Woods Quality Cabinetry Orphan Sites Trail Its Auction
By Bill Esler Posted: 03/13/2014 9:05PM
Woods Quality Cabinetry Company, in the town called Eighty Four, PA, invested in a flashy website - with a 360-degree video tour of its 90,000 square foot manufacturing operation. It documents what went wrong.

Video: How To Produce Live Edge Tables
Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 03/10/2014 3:49PM
How to attach thick, angle iron brackets for producing live edge tables using a new heavy duty leg bracket system from A&M Wood Specialty.

Russian Lumber Exports: Blocked by Crimea Crisis?
By Bill Esler Posted: 03/17/2014 8:09AM
Lumber shipments from Russia - one of the top global sources - could be blocked as the U.S. and Europe freeze financial transactions following Crimea's vote to leave the Ukraine. But most Russian lumber goes to China.

Steam Beech, Maple, Walnut and Sapele Guitar Bar
By Sean McKenzie, Posted By Matt Schumake 
Functional 10-foot long model of an acoustic guitar, fabricated from sapele, steamed beech, maple, walnut, aluminum, and steel by Sean KcKenzie.
What's in a Name? Try $2.5 Million for 'Cabinets.com'
By Bill Esler Posted: 03/07/2014 3:32PM
An e-commerce advantage in the cabinet industry is open to whomever nails down Cabinets.com, and the asking price is a cool $2.5 million for what is said to be one of the most searched terms in cabinetry. Is that even true?
Logjam In Vancouver Truckers Strike
By Bill Esler Posted: 03/19/2014 7:55AM
Log and lumber shippers are stymied as Canadian truckers escalate a strike at the Port of Vancouver, where forestry products are 80% of the volume. The Canada government has entered the fray. Truckers complain of long waits.
Steelcase Pyramid Building Governor Nixes Steelcase Pyramid Building Donation
By Rich Christianson | Posted: March 8, 2014 - 3:24 PM
Steelcase Inc. failed to find a buyer for its iconic former headquarters. But its plan to  donate it to a non-profit group that would use it as a STEM-focused education hub got the thumbs down from the Michigan Governor.
IKEA Opens Russian Furniture Plant, Closes Another
By Karen Koenig | Posted: March 12, 2014 - 4:20 PM
IKEA plans to build a furniture factory in Russia, alongside the particleboard plant it purchased from Pfleiderer in 2013. The furniture giant said the new factory will create approximately 250 jobs.

How To Make A Thick Countertop Out Of Thin Wood
By Scott Wunder Posted: 03/09/2014 11:35AM
Woodworkers are asked to make some magic happen from time to time. Often, it involves stretching lumber to make a project even possible.

Maryland Woodworker Wins BEST Kitchen Design Contest Updated: 03/19/2014 10:55:00 AM
A maryland woodworker is the winner of the 2014 BEST Kitchen Design Contest, sponsored by Timber Products Company. Kelvin Brown of Integrity Trim Works, LLC, took the prize. The award will be presented at Cabinets & Closets Expo, April 9-11 in Somerset, NJ.
Cleaning Sawblades? Simple Green Is Super Mean! 
By Scott Wunder Posted: 03/06/2014 8:11PM
I have used oven cleaner in the past to clean saw blades, how could I have guess Simple Green would also work? -
Greenberg Casework Debuts DIY Garage Cabinets
By Bill Esler | Posted: March 11, 2014 - 9:32 AM
Greenberg Casework bypasses dealers and reaches directly into new markets with powder coated MDF WorkSpace Garage Cabinets, aimed at the DIY market, and sold at GarageCabinets.com

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