Woodworking and boat building go together, all the way back to ancient times. Whether it's the rainy weather or the relief from surviving the tempestuous waves of the downturn, WoodworkingNetwork.com visitors really clicked on the recount of the business of building arks - with examples drawn from around the globe.

This is also a busy season of trade shows and conferences, the the Milan Furniture Show report on a new chair, and Scm's first equipment showing at an event that is normally all about design.

Also popular was a video by Brian Grabski showing his kitchen island and cabinet construction. (Inset photo.) Along with those, here are the other wood industry's most read reports from the last week.

 Noahs Ark Alder Cornerstone Church

Staying Afloat in Wooden Boats: Noah's Arks

By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/06/2013 11:01:00 AM
Arks: wood projects that helped businesses stay above water during the downturn.
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 Scale of Justice  

Former Bernhardt Furniture Exec Sentenced for Fraud

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 04/10/2013 1:21:00 PM
Former Bernhardt Furniture casegoods director Andrew Geiger has been sentenced to almost 5-1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $560,000 in restitution. Read more


Great Island Cabinet Video
Art by Brian Grabski

Updated: 04/01/2013 7:29:00 PM
Brian Grabski, a Minneapolis, MN-based commercial woodworker, specializes in building custom interiors and one-of-a-kind furniture.
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Ashley Furniture Gets OK for
Phase 2 of $80M NC Complex

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 04/10/2013 11:16:00 AM
Ashley Furniture has been granted permission to move forward on Phase 2 of its $80 million manufacturing and distribution complex in Davie County, North Carolina.
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 Michael Kolibas Komo Machinery

Why KOMO Brought CNC Production Back to the U.S. from China

By Michael D. Kolibas | Updated: 04/05/2013 4:43:00 PM
While we were saving money in China on labor costs, we eventually realized that the savings were more than offset by the hidden costs created by a variety of factors.
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 Universal Veneer

Wood Veneer Print Items
Turn Heads

By Mark Vruno | Updated: 04/05/2013 1:13:00 PM
A printer taps Universal Veneer to print on cherry and maple veneers for business cards, instead of paper.
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Plywood Dream Chair at Milan Furniture Fair

By Bill Esler | Updated: 04/04/2013 9:02:00 PM
A sculptural plywood lounge chair created by Danish wood products firm Carl Hansen & Son with Japanese star architect Tadao Ando will be unveiled at the Milan Furniture Fair. Read more

 Connor Sport, Prater Flooring

FSC Basketball Court Takes Center Stage at NCAA Final Four

By Karen Koenig | Updated: 04/04/2013 12:13:00 PM
The Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team could have a home court advantage for the NCAA Final Four, playing on a Connor Sports FSC-certified court built in Amasa, MI. Read more

 OSHA ComDust Firefight Guide

OSHA  ComDust Firefighting Guide Has Wood Plant Burn Stories

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 04/04/2013 10:42:00 AM
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new publication, Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust, includes four examples of instances where firefighters were killed or injured battling a combustible dust fire at a wood manufacturing plant. Read more


Richelieu Hardware Continues U.S. Sales Surge

By Rich Christianson | Updated: 04/09/2013 10:42:00 AM
Richelieu Hardware continued to record strong sales gains in the United States while posting a nominal profit gain overall in the first quarter of 2013 compared to that of 2012 - $8.17 million vs. $8.02 million (CAD). Read more

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