A Volkswagen Beetle covered in oak shingles by Momir Bojic, 71, created quite a stir this week at WoodworkingNetwork.com, as it does everywhere he drives it.

The car is made of 50,000 separate pieces of oak. Reuters reports that each of the thousands of shingles - made in the style of local roofs in Bosnia - required 23 steps, including cutting, chamfering, beveling, drilling and smoothing before they were glued on the actual vehicle, which is totally roadworthy. Its dashboard, gear stick, hubcap, radio, and steering wheel were lovingly carved and shaped from solid wood. Even the tail lights have a woven veneer pattern overlayed.

The oak VW story was popular, but so was the serious news of HON's closure of a case goods plant. Here are the week's top reports

HON plant closure HON Furniture to Close Casegoods Plant, 190 Layoffs
By Karen Koenig | Posted: May 9, 2014 - 11:50 AM The HON Co. said it will close its manufacturing facility in Florence, AL, by the end of 2014, resulting in the layoff of 190 workers. The office furniture company made the announcement May 8.
 Ethan Allen Ashley Furniture, Ethan Allen Are Bedfellows in Supreme Court Bid
By Karen Koenig | Posted: May 13, 2014 - 1:53 PM
Legal representatives for Ashley Furniture and Ethan Allen have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to claim a share of the antidumping duties from Chinese wood bedroom furniture.
Red Oak Pushes Hard Maple to the Back of the Saw Mill
By Andy Johnson Posted: 05/08/2014 11:09PM 
Frigid spring weather let mills push back Hard Maple cuts to take advantage of robust Red Oak markets. When the wave of Hard Maple production hits later than usual, markets will absorb it—particularly cabinet and flooring.
How To Steam Bend Wood in a Microwave
By Bill Esler | Posted: May 5, 2014 - 1:19 PM
Boat builder Barry Long uses a microwave oven to steam bend small pieces of White Ash, 9 and 16 inches long, for a wooden 1880's Melon seed Skiff project. Pieces are 1.5x.5 inches thick. These will become bentwood knees to support the side decks.
Wooden Volkswagen Beetle Wood Volkswagen Beetle Covered in 50,000 Oak Shingles
By Rich Christianson | Posted: May 11, 2014 - 12:59 PM
Usually wood and beetle in the same sentence in not a good thing. But Momir Bojic's wooden Volkswagen beetle is nothing to fear.
  Walnut Dinner Table with Arched Tiger Maple Base
By Matt Schumake | Posted: May 5, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Walnut dinner table by Blue Fulkerson features a laminated plywood base with Tiger Maple veneer, a laminated Walnut carrier beam, and a solid 2 1/2" Walnut top
features a laminated plywood base with Tiger Maple veneer, a laminated Walnut carrier beam, and a solid  2 1/2" Walnut top - See more at: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/woodworking-project-photos/woodworker-...

. It weighs almost 900 lbs.

Wolf Cabinets CEO in Governor's Race, Hit for Outsourcing to Indiana
By Bill Esler | Posted: May 11, 2014 - 8:41 PM Wolf Cabinets CEO Tom Tom Wolf, running in a crowded field for Pennsylvania Governor, fended off attacks by an opponent who accuses him of outsourcing cabinet manufacturing to Indiana.
Vangarde-Woodworks-Zacharias Woodshop Dressing Table Project, Beautifully Produced Video
By Justin Lovell | Posted: May 6, 2014 - 6:53 AM
Ben Zacharias and Vangarde Woodworks, Richmond, VA, produces high quality custom woodwork, cabinets, furniture, and architectural millwork. The quality of this film reflects the quality of the work.
Sam Maloof woodworking legend

On Matching Grain at Sam Maloof's Woodshop
Video Posted: May 7, 2014 - 6:21 AM
Sam Maloof helped found the studio furniture movement in America. Fifty years later his functional art still defines the highest standards. Take a look inside his woodworking shop and learn about how a Sam Maloof chair is made.

   

 

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.