Builders & Kitchen Bath Shows Design Reports Were Most ViewedMore than 82,000 attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry and Builders Shows - 38,000 of them to KBIS, which was combined with the Buidlers Show for the first time. Masco Cabinetry 's ready-to-assemble cabinet launch - the RTA Arbor Creek line will roll out in March 2014 -  was the biggest news in the cabinet industry.

Event planners - the National Home Builders Association and the National Kitchen & Bath Associations - uneasy rivals for attendee loyalty, both won big. As did a woodworker in California, who scratched of a lottery ticket at a local convenience store and won millions. That news was reported in WoodworkingNetwork's new Saturday newsletter, where we cover job plans, human interest stories and general woodshop stuff.

Advantage Framing Systems

Lumber Framing Owners Jailed for Undocumented Workers
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 11, 2014 - 8:44 PM
Three owners of Advantage Framing Systems, Inc., Spring Hill, KS, were sentenced to prison for harboring undocumented workers. Payroll totaled $4.6 million.

California Woodworker Wins $6.5 Million Instant Lottery
By Matt Schumake | Posted: February 7, 2014 - 3:43 PM
Jacob Lackey of Lackey Woodworking won $6.5 million with a $10 "Lucky for Life" scratch-off lottery ticket on Tuesday. 

Arbor Creek RTA Masco Cabinetry

Masco Launches Ready-to-Assemble Arbor Creek Cabinets
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 10, 2014 - 1:18 PM

Masco Cabinetry will launch Arbor Creek Cabinets, a birch plywood ready-to-assemble line of flat-pack cabinets. Finishes are harmonized with its Merillat Basics and QualityCabinets Woodstar lines.

MasterBrand home office KBIS 2014

MasterBrand Cabinets KBIS 2014 Design Trends
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 11, 2014 - 12:07 PM
MasterBrand Cabinets Inc. KBIS 2014 display - its first appearance at the show in three years - presented its Diamond, Decora, Aristokraft, Schrock, KitchenCraft and other cabinetry lines in innovative applications and colors.

Execs Call Stiles Acquisition by HOMAG a Win for Woodworkers
By Karen Koenig | Posted: February 6, 2014 - 1:53 PM
The acquisition of Stiles Machinery by Germany-based HOMAG Group is a win for U.S. woodworkers, and those abroad. Execs from the two companies met with Woodworking Network to discuss the February 3 announcement.

KBIS and Builders Show

Scenes from 2014 Builders Show and KBIS
By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: February 7, 2014 - 3:05 PM Woodworking Network's editors were live onsite capturing all the sights and sounds of the co-located KBIS and Builders Show, during what organizers dubbed as "Design and Construction" week.

Mine Bats, Mine Sport USA

European Beech Bats Approved by Professional Baseball
By Karen Koenig | Posted: January 30, 2014 - 9:56 AM Mine
Sport USA has received approval to supply their Mine Bats made from European beech to all levels of professional baseball, starting with this year’s spring training.

Yorktowne Cabinetry KBIS 2014

Yorktowne Cabinetry Design Trends at KBIS 2014
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 4, 2014 - 5:55 AM
At Elkay's Yorktowne Cabinetry, a wide range of kitchen cabinet styles, encompassing transitional designs, contrasting light and dark colors, and LED lighting even at the toe kick.

Sketchup kitchen cabinetry design

How To Video: High Speed Cabinet Design in Sketchup
Posted: February 6, 2014 - 11:35 PM
Using the Sketchup program, Jiaqi Xian shows the steps to a kitchen cabinet design, running at warp speed. Sketchup allows designers to share files in the cloud and collect design specification data and measurements.

Aaron's Inc.

Aaron's Furniture Gets $2.3B Buyout Offer; Net Income Plunges
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 10, 2014 - 8:57 PM
Aaron's, Inc., which manufactures furniture that it rents along with appliances through hundreds of its retail stores, received an unsolicited $2.3 billion buyout offer from Vintage Capital Management. Aaron's produced over $100 million in furniture in its captive factories.

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