The antidumping debate over hardwood plywood imported from China led to a number of widely read blogs on WoodworkingNetwork.com, with the top three on the topic – War on Imported Plywood Bears Collateral Damage for Wood Industry, Plywood Antidumping Ruling Upside-Down System of Justice and ITC Testimony in Chinese Plywood Dumping Case - receiving more than 10,000 page views combined. Other highly read blogs run the gamut of topics, from touting innovative products and processes, to the reshoring of U.S. manufacturing.
Based on the number of page views, the following rank among the most-read blogs for 2013.
War on Imported Plywood Bears Collateral Damage for Wood Industry
Can This Super Glue Work for Woodshops?
|Plywood Antidumping Ruling: Upside-Down System of Justice
By Carl Spencer | Posted: October 1, 2013 - 10:03 PM
Spencer Cabinetry, my company, is just a small kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Washington State. Who would have thought we would be sucked up by the typhoon that is national politics. I have now seen it first hand and it is truly ugly.
|Scantily Clad Wood Windows: Something's Rotten
By Brooks Gentleman | Posted: July 25, 2012 - 6:00 PM
There is a serious problem with using aluminum clad wood window replacements in historic applications. Once water breaches window seals, it will be containedin a built-in sarcophagus, accelerating wood rot.
|What Chemicals are in Your Lacquer Thinner?
By Bernie Bottens | Posted: April 1, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Let’s look at lacquer thinner and see what those chemicals might be and how different combinations or proportions of chemicals affect the drying time of the coating.
|Staying Afloat in Wooden Boats: Noah's Arks
By Bill Esler | Posted: April 6, 2013 - 11:01 AM
Arks: wood projects that helped businesses stay above water during the downturn.
|Are Robots Taking Over Woodworking Jobs?
By Karen Koenig | Posted: January 14, 2013 - 12:33 PM
Are robots in the wood manufacturing workplace helping or hurting job growth, and thus the overall economy?
|Wood Science 101: Where Does Lumber Come From?
By Chuck Ray | Posted: August 20, 2013 - 11:45 AM
Many modern folk would have a hard time explaining where the natural gas in their home comes from, or how bread is made, or even what the very walls around them are made of. The same goes for lumber.
|Ashley Furniture Never Lost Sight of Made in America
By Rich Christianson | Posted: June 1, 2012 - 12:45 PM
The tiny hamlet of Arcadia, WI, has birthed the nation's largest furniture manufacturer and retailer. Talk about a great American success story.
|ITC Testimony in Chinese Plywood Dumping Case
By Carl Spencer, Owner, Spencer Cabinetry | Posted: October 24, 2013 - 9:24 PM
Forty years ago this past April I got a job running a panel saw for Armstrong Cabinets in Ottawa, Kansas. While I was there, I mastered every cabinetmaking task on the shop floor and every business task in the office.
|Aging Metal Hardware Like a Man
By Scott Wunder | Posted: August 27, 2013 - 1:20 PM
Rusty metal is a very desirable finish in these days of worn, industrial, antique, distressed furniture. I have developed a technique for burning and finishing metal hardware to make it look very old.
|Jay Leno Goes Wood
By Chuck Ray | Posted: May 26, 2013 - 4:32 PM
A video from "Jay Leno's Garage" shows one of the best of the best, the 1948 Chrysler Town and Country convertible and also demonstrates the durability of wood..
|Why KOMO Brought CNC Production Back to the U.S. from China
By Michael D. Kolibas | Posted: April 5, 2013 - 4:43 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.
|Steelcase Pyramid Can Be Had for $19.5 Million
By Rich Christianson | Posted: November 11, 2013 - 10:44 AM
Steelcase Inc.'s iconic pyramid building is on the market for the drastically reduced price of $19.5 million. That's a far cry from the $111 million that Steelcase spent to build its former corporate headquarters and research facility, which opened in 1989.
|What Causes Veneer Checking?
By Bernie Bottens | Posted: March 8, 2013 - 3:32 PM
Veneer checking is a common occurrence in woodworking. Anyone who has to apply veneer or use veneered panels certainly understands what an unpleasant event this can be.
|Turning Dead Pine Into Furniture: Azure's Corbin Clay
By Bernie Bottens | Posted: August 29, 2013 - 9:34 AM
Azure Furniture's Corbin Clay goes through his use of beetle kill pine at AWFS Fair 2013. His latest venture: a pop-up store in Denver where he will make furniture live and sell it.
|What Makes a Good Crotch Wood?
By Scott Wunder | Posted: August 18, 2013 - 1:24 PM
Every log has wood in it somewhere that is at least a little irregular. You just need to know where to look. One place that holds a lot of promise is the crotch area.
|As Chestnut Goes, Ash Follows a Hundred Years Later
By Dan Cassens | Posted: October 18, 2013 - 8:28 PM
Reclaimed ash and chestnut lumber are sometimes confused, perhaps because they have both been attacked by a deadly Asian import.
|The Best Wood Filler
By Scott Wunder | Posted: July 22, 2013 - 8:15 AM
I thought everyone made their own filler, especially when they ran out of filler from the store. Just take some wood dust, mix it with some sort of binder, and voilà, you have wood filler.
|Custom Woodworking Success Drivers: Skills, Sales & Love of Wood
By Rich Christianson | Posted: August 25, 2013 - 9:09 AM
Craftsmanship, salesmanship, and a whole lot of love for wood are all fundamentally important requirements for building a successful career as a custom woodworker. But which of these trumps all others for creating, sustaining and growing a custom woodworking business?
|Band Saw Artiste James McNabb
By Bill Esler | Posted: January 24, 2013 - 7:34 PM
James McNabb is a custom woodworker who builds furniture. But he's also artist working in wood. More than that, he is crossing into fame through the wonderfulness of his work, and his adept use of media.
|Masco Should Buy Fortune Brands, Says Mad Money's Cramer
By Bill Esler | Posted: January 26, 2013 - 11:31 AM
Should Masco acquire Fortune Brands Home & Security? The parent of MasterBrand Cabinetry and Simonton Windows would mix well with Masco's offerings, says Mad Money financial commentator Jim Cramer.
|Teak Veneer, Deck Flooring in Airstream Land Yacht Trailer
By Bill Esler | Posted: February 20, 2013 - 11:32 PM
Italian cabinetry firm Tecnoform built out Airstream Trailer's Land Yacht concept trailer, with boat decking floors and cabinetry wrapped sumptuously in teak veneer.
|Wood Battery: Get Charged!
By Karen Koenig | Posted: September 4, 2013 - 8:46 PM
A team of engineers at the University of Maryland have developed a battery made from a sliver of wood coated with tin.
|Woods for Laser Cutting and Engraving
By Greg Weber | Posted: April 16, 2013 - 3:22 PM
I produce laser cut wooden gift items. I use all kinds of wood, but mainly I work with alder and balsa wood, because they are perfect for laser cutting and engraving.
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