An awesome expansion for high flying Custom Aircraft Cabinets owners Paul Reesnes (left) and Mike Gueringer  in Sherwood, AR.
An awesome expansion for high flying Custom Aircraft Cabinets owners Paul Reesnes (left) and Mike Gueringer in Sherwood, AR.

Robotic wood production versus King Richard III's furniture-making descendant were among the most viewed items at WoodworkingNetwork.com this week.

But the 2012 Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers' Assn. sales report - $4.7 billion in total for 2012, a 7.3 percent hike over 2011, verifies the recovery in remodeling and home building. Even more so for December, which saw cabinet sales jump more than 15 percent higher than the year ago December.

KCMA Executive VP Dick Titus says that after closing 2012 on a positive note for the first time in six years, expectations for 2013 cabinet sales are upbeat as the economy grows.

“The slow improvement in the health of the housing industry is expected to continue," Titus says in an interview with Wood & Wood Products February 2013. Cabinetry sales for new construction as well as repair and remodeling are projected to grow, as is an increased demand for certified cabinetry, Titus says.

Also among the hiighly viewed news this week: a giant aircraft cabinetry outfitting plant has opened in Arkansas - 194,000 square feet, with 290 employees the goal - making beautiful veneered wood interiors for private and corporate planes.

Also popular this week: how to use a Dremel to fix a hole mis-drilled on a CNC machine. Here are the week's most viewed wood industry reports:

Ro-Bois-Tic, robot woodworking

Lights Out Woodworking at Ro-Bois-Tic
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/04/2013 12:27:00 PM
What was once a dream is now a reality for the owner of Ro-Bois-Tic, North America’s first one-man, one-robot lights-out woodworking factory. Read more

Michael Ibsen furniture maker Richard III

Furniture Maker Michael Ibsen Is Richard III's Descendant
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/04/2013 5:08:00 PM
A Canadian-born woodworker Michael Ibsen's DNA sample helped academics verify a skeleton unearthed last summer is indeed that of King Richard III. The furniture maker has been catapulted to international fame.
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Whalen Furniture Bayside Furnishings

Whalen Furniture Pays $725K in CPSC Penalty Suit By Karen Koenig | Updated: 01/31/2013 1:11:00 PM
Whalen Furniture Manufacturing, dba Bayside Furnishings, has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $725,000 with regards to faulty children’s furniture.
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Custom-Aircraft-Cabinets-Gueringer

Custom Aircraft Cabinets Opens $5.9 Million Plant
By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/01/2013 1:02:00 AM
Custom Aircraft Cabinets celebrates new Sherwood manufacturing facility Aerospace company holds grand opening, 150 new jobs created.
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Dremel Greater West Town Chicago Woodworkers Training

How To Use a Dremel to Save Mis-drilled Holes
By Doug Rappe | Updated: 02/02/2013 12:34:00 PM
We flush trimmed dowels and plugs using a Dremel MultiMax tool to repair a part that was run in the wrong location on the CNC machine. Here's how we did it.
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 Chrysler Cabinetry Launches at 2013 Chicago Auto Show  

Chrysler Cabinetry Launches at Chicago Auto Show by Bill Esler | Updated: 01/29/2013 10:49:00 PM
A line of custom cabinetry will be launched by automaker Chrysler Group LLC at the Chicago Auto Show, February 9-18 in Chicago.
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 Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair  

Herman Miller Wins U.S. Ban of Eames Knock-Offs
By Jeff Yoders | Updated: 01/30/2013 9:07:00 AM
office furniture giant Herman Miller has negotiated a ban that will keep Toronto-based rival Nuevo Americana originally reported the story.
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 Curly Maple

Maple Prices Will Climb on Cabinet Sales
By Andy Johnson | Updated: 02/01/2013 9:39:00 AM
Hard maple prices expected to climb on cabinets sales and poplar demand will increase on growth in remodeling, homebuilding and commercial construction.
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 Superdome wood paneling  

Wood-paneled Party Rooms Greeted Super Bowl
by Bill Esler | Updated: 02/03/2013 2:10:00 PM
Super Bowl 2013 fans will find a fully remodeled Superdome. The symbol of Hurricane Katrina's destruction was reskinned, re-lit, and packed with wood-paneled party venues in a $365 million redo.
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