Corbin Clay, Azure Furniture, Ketel 1

At Cabinets & Closets Expo Corbin Clay talks on strength of wooden tenons versus other joinersThurs., February 28, and Friday, March 1 at  11 am, and 1 pm.

Wood technology at trade shows were most viewed reports this week: a stronger, thinner lightweight panel technology, a new panel laminator at IKEA Poland, both to be seen at Germany's Ligna in May; and a powerful hand-held automated tenon joiner at Cabinets & Closets Expo next week at the New Jersey Convention Center.

The automated tenon joiner, a Domino from Festool, will be demonstrated live at the Eveready Hardware booth by Corbin Clay, custom furniture builder and owner of Azure Furniture in Denver. Clay will explain the business model of Azure, its reliance on beetle-killed pine and the tenon joining system. He'll also touch on the strength of wooden tenons versus other joining methods such as dowels, dados and biscuit joiners. Clay speaks Thurs., Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1 at 11 am, and 1 pm.

Also leading the wood industry news this week: Austria's Klausner Group announced plans to build two and possibly a third giant sawmill in the U.S. Each of the timber firm's sawmills would be triple the size of any other existing U.S. sawmill, says one observer. The company also delivers wood waste from its xisting plants for biofuel, in growing demand, especially in Europe.

 Klausner Group sawmill lumber processing.

Austria's Klausner Lumber To Open Two Large U.S. Sawmills

Updated: 02/19/2012 6:35:00 AM
International timber manufacturer to create 350 jobs. Florida incentives beat Carolinas' bids to win Austria's Klausner Lumber Two investment of $110 million to establish state-of-the art sawmill.
Read more


Wood Plasticized as Lightweight Panel at Ligna 2013

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 02/14/2013 10:20:00 PM
A video shows a new lightweight wood panel technology. BASF will show its lightweight composite panel Kaurit Light at Ligna 2013 in Hannover, Germany in May.
Watch video

Armstrong Cabinet Products

Kitchen Cabinets Turning Colorful, Says Armstrong

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 02/16/2013 11:21:00 AM
Brightly painted Cabinets from Armstrong Cabinet Products - the business is now owned by American Industrial Partners - represent a 2013 design trend, corporate owner ACProducts, Inc. tells consumers
Read more

Homag reacTec panel laminating

IKEA Swedwood Plant Adds Homag ReacTec

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 02/15/2013 9:57:00 PM
HOMAG Group’s new reacTec panel laminating technology began running at the Polish production facilities of Swedwood, manufacturing arm of furniture giant IKEA. reacTec will be shown at Ligna 2013.
Read more


Masco To Exit Tvilum RTA Business

By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/13/2013 8:00:00 AM
Cabinet manufacturer Masco says it has decided to dispose of Tvilum, its Danish ready-to-assemble furniture and cabinetry business acquired in 2000. Tvilum did $250 million in cabinet and furniture sales in 2012. Read more

 Martin Perri Interiors Sabathia Closet

A $100,000+ Closet: Room for Everything

By Bill Esler | Updated: 02/09/2013 5:10:00 PM
A three-story closet with built-in elevator; a walk-in closet replaced by his-and-hers dressing lounges (for Yankees Pitcher C.C. Sabathia)were among $100,000 closets profiled in the Wall St. Journal's Mansions.
Slide show

Commod veneer and woodwork bavaria

Bavarian Millwork and Veneer Shop: Carpentry Artist

Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 02/14/2013 9:50:00 PM
Commod, in Wurzburg, Germany, brings contemporary woodworking technology to its Bavarian craftsman's shop, specializing primarily in high-quality architectural interior millwork. Stefan Freudenberger produces aspirational objects for discerning customers with a taste for the unusual. Read more

Combustible Dust Bill Re-Introduced in House

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/17/2013 8:11:00 PM
Legislation aimed at preventing combustible dust explosions in the workplace was re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last Friday.
Read more


Wetlands Issue Delays Ashley Furniture's New NC Facility

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 02/13/2013 11:43:00 AM
Ashley Furniture's $80 million development of a new distribution center and manufacturing complex has been delayed for a year or more following the discovery of 4 acres of wetlands.
Read more

 Corbin Clay, Azure Furniture, Ketel 1

Pine Beetle Wood Crafter Gains Fame

By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/15/2013 1:00:00 PM
Cited for making beetle-kill pine furnishings trendy, and helping the wood industry and the environment, Azure Furniture owner Corbin Clay won Ketel One Vodka's Gentleman's Call competition.
Slideshow and videos

See more wood production videos

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