The Chicago Kitchen & Bath Industry Show is generating a lot of news and new introductions in cabinets, components, and functional and decorative hardware.

The show runs through Friday, April 27 at Chicago's mcCormick Place. Among the most intriguing introductions is the Kitchen Maestro, developed by sound systems luminaries Harman & Kardon, being shown by hardware and component manufacturer Hafele. Very thin speakers are embedded in the kitchen cabinet doors, with a subwoofer above the crown or behind the kick plate. The speakers use the cabinet door itself as a resonator to expand the sound. 

Here are the wood industry's top reports from the past week, including a pair of video's about IKEA's TV furniture: one serious, the other a take by Conan O'Brien.

Ashley Furniture To Open Big Plant in North Carolina
By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/20/2012 1:00:00 PM
Ashley Furniture will establish on a former R.J. Reynolds property a furniture plant, possibly up to 3.3 million square feet, supported by funding from a trust and state and local grants. Read more

Lumber Products Files for Bankruptcy
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 04/17/2012 3:21:00 PM
Lumber Products, a wholesale distributor of hardwood lumber and plywood products as well as door and millwork components, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 11. It's creditors are owed millions.  Read more

Video: IKEA All-In-One Cabinet and TV
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 04/17/2012 
IKEA steps into selling electronics, offering its Smart TV, UPPLEVA, which contains an LED HD TV, Blu-ray, DVD, CD combo player and 2.1 wireless sound system all in one cabinet. Read more

Conan O'Brien IKEA Uppleva spoof

Video: Conan Spoofs New IKEA TV, Very Funny
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 04/25/2012 11:18:00 AM
"New IKEA Uppleva Is A SNAP To Assemble!" is the title of this video recently aired on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
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Beaufurn Furniture Joins Ashley in Davie County
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 04/20/2012 4:09:00 PM
Beaufurn announced it is moving manufacturing to Davie County, NC, joining Ashley Furniture, which recently announced the opening of a new manufacturing and distribution facility in the area. Read more



Sawmill Explosion Kills Two Workers in British Columbia

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 04/25/2012 10:37:00 AM
PRINCE GEORGE, BC - A huge explosion and fire at the Lakeland Mills sawmill Monday night claimed the lives of two workers and injured 22 more.
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Armstrong Cabinets Wins 84 Lumber Business
By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/22/2012 11:39:00 AM
Armstrong Cabinet Products will now be distributed through 84 Lumber's 280 locations. Privately held 84 Lumber will tailor kitchen cabient showrooms to local market demand. Video shows its construction services. Read more

Kartell Chairs Rock Lenny Kravitz, Philippe Starck Designs
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 04/20/2012 6:48:00 PM
Rock music and acting icon Lenny Kravitz’s furniture collaboration with designer Philippe Starck for Kartell’s redesigned Mademoiselle armchairs hit a high note with attendees at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair. Read more

Carveture Creates Fine Wood Detail With CNC
Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 04/16/2012 11:05:00
Wood carver Joe Valasek's company, Carveture, uses the latest CNC machining technology and CAD/CAM software to create large, finely detail wood panel projects.
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Horner Millwork's Lean Wood Shop Tips
Webcast, Featuring Dave Silvia, VP  | 
In an online case study, North Atlantic/Horner Millwork's Dave Silvia shares concrete tips - e.g., how to send wood components through an automated spray line, how to sort short wood trim more efficiently - drawn from Horner's continuous improvement program. For small- and -mid-sized woodworking firms, lean management optimizes capacity, cuts errors, even in customized work. Read more

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