An immensely popularly read article on Urban Woods' bid for a free Super Bowl commercial and bloggist Scott Wunder's take on drying "twisted" hardwoods, generated an exchange of comments between readers.

Using a 5-axis router to make drawers drew questions from a pair of readers, while another praised the woodworking program at Fox Valley College.

Following are selected comments posted by Woodworking Network readers to articles, blogs and videos this past week.

urban wood goodsUrban Wood Goods Vied for 2014 Super Bowl Ad Spot
Urban Woods, a Chicago-based manufacturer of furniture and other products made from reclaimed wood, came real close to winning a free Super Bowl commercial. The company, co-owned by the husband-wife team of Jason and Erin True, was one of 20 finalists among thousands of entries in the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest. The story resulted in the following exchange between an admiring reader and Erin True.

These days reclaimed wood is in a huge demand. The cost factor is very unstable but a lot of people are looking for that old look, whether it be on a desk, table, stool. Being able to get your company on the Super Bowl commercial would have been great for your company and the advertisement of reclaimed wood projects, The world needs more people like your company, recycling fine pieces of lumber. – Posted by Brad Harris, Mesick, MI on Jan. 31

Thanks Brad! Appreciate the comment! The cost of reclaimed lumber is continuing to go up and the demand is up as well. We are doing our best to keep acquiring more of it through deconstruction projects.- Posted by  Erin True, co-owner of Urban Woods, Chicago, IL on Jan. 31

Wunderwoods Twisted Wood”Drying Twisted Wood and Knowing When to Walk Away
Scott Wunder wrote a blog discussing the challenges of drying hardwoods that invariably end up twisted. As he puts it, in the world of sawmilling, very few logs come right out and announce that they are going to twist. They don’t say, “Don’t waste your time cutting me, idiot!” The blog led to the following exchange between a reader and the author about milling logs.

What type of mill do you use and how long have you been in the business? How did you get started? I have always been interested in milling logs into lumber but have not made a plunge. – Posted by Todd Hall, Grand Prairie, TX, on Jan. 30

Currently I use a Timberking bandsaw mill (for logs up to 30") and a Lucas mill with the chainsaw slabber for the big ones. I started about twenty years ago with an Alaskan chainsaw mill and have owned a couple other mills in between. I long for a Hurdle automatic circle mill to dice up the lower-grade logs as fast as humanly possible. As far as I can tell, there will always be another mill I want. I say start out small. If you like it, can handle it physically, can find enough logs and love doing it, you can always buy a bigger mill. It is just cool to cut open a log, no matter how you do it. – Posted by Scott Wunder, St. Charles, MO, on Jan. 30

Custom Drawers on 5-Axis CNCVideo: Bella Design - Custom Drawers on 5-Axis CNC
A pair of Woodworking Network readers questioned the wisdom of machining drawers with a 5-axis CNC machine.

Just because you can process something on a 5-axis router doesn't mean that is how it should be done. - Posted by Jim Senn on Jan. 27

Jim, I have to agree, in fact I think its ridiculous to machine that way. I can see that it "works" , but if you know how to program and run flat components efficiently 5-axis is a waste of time for drawer boxes. - Posted by Bob Oxley on Jan. 27

Teaching Wood Students Success at Fox Valley Tech
This feature article and slide show on the Wood Manufacturing Technology program at Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, WI, drew a glowing endorsement from an alumnus.

I am a former graduate of the program and it was an amazing experiance. Highly recommend it to anyone to take this course – P0sted by Patrick Nollenberg, Menasha, WI  on Jan. 29

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