Great tools have a magnetic attraction for woodworkers, so a beer hammer made from birch plywood and the Screw Grabber starter for non-magnetic screws were super popular stories this week. So was the story of the shellac-making bug, whose crusty protective coating secreted on tree branches in Asia and Thailand are converted to Liberon shellac. This typifies one aspect of the inquisitive "Mind of the Woodworker," subject of a groundbreaking research study to be presented at Cabinets & Closets Expo 2014.

So does the  story told by IKEA USA of its special relationship with Sauder Woodworking, which riveted the wood industry, and was the most-viewed report. Here are the week's top 10 stories:

Sauder Woodworking Gets IKEA Furniture Deal
By Bill Esler Posted: 03/25/2014 11:59AM
IKEA inks a 5-year deal with Sauder Woodworking for furniture production. Sauder's Archbold, OH plant already produces IKEA kitchen cabinets. It now will hire 150 and invest $13 million to build furniture lines.
Goldreif-Kitchen-Profile Poggenpohl Cabinets Debuts Mid-Priced, Laser Edge Line
By Bill Esler | Posted: March 19, 2014 - 8:13 PM
Laser edgebanding is used by luxury cabinetmaker Poggenpohl as it aims to grow share with Goldrief cabinetry, giving mid-to-premium priced cabinet segments an "accessible entrypoint" to its brand in trendy styles.

IKEA Hires Sauder Woodworking for Furniture Production
Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 03/25/2014 11:38AM
 IKEA expands production done for it by Sauder Woodworking's Archbold, OH plant. Currently producing kitchen cabinets, the Sauder Woodworking plant will add four furniture lines.

Shellac is Back, as Lac Bugs in Asia Do More of Their Thing By Bill Esler | Posted: March 22, 2014 - 8:17 AM
Shellac starts out as a crusty protective coating secreted on tree branches in Asia and Thailand. In short supply following unfavorable weather conditions, now the supply, from Frances Liberon, has returned.
Conestoga Wood Specialties Anthony Hahn Conestoga Wood Specialties in Supreme Court March 25 By Bill Esler | Posted: March 19, 2014 - 7:00 AM
Follow-up: Conestoga Wood Specialties' Mennonite owners and Hobby Lobby had 90 minutes to tell the Supreme Court on March 25 why their companies should be exempted from Obamacare contraception rules. A ruling is expected by June.
Screw Grabber Kickstarter

Screw Grabber Holds Non-Magnetic Screws As Turn Starts
 Posted by Bill Esler | March 11, 2014 - 1:35 PM
The Screw Grabber, patent pending, securely holds brass, stainless, aluminum and other non-magnetic screws to the end of a screwdriver. Develop Phillip Kaufman is funding a launch at

Wood Toilet Seat Maker, One-time Giant, Seeks Buyer
By Bill Esler Posted: 03/26/2014 6:10AM
Wood and plastic toilet seat maker Sanderson Plumbing Products may close April 30 if a buyer is not found for its Columbus, MS plant. Founded in 1893, and bailed out by the state in 2012, it issued a WARN notice of 250 layoffs.
Fire at Sturbridge Yankee Shaker Furniture Manufacturer By Bill Esler Posted: 03/26/2014 9:16AM
A fire shut down Town & Country Cabinets. The Gorham, ME firm is exclusive manufacturer of hand-made Shaker furniture for cataloger Sturbridge Yankee. Machinery including a CNC router may have been destroyed.
Birch Extruded Into Wood-based Plastic Panel for Car
Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 03/26/2014 9:31AM
Baltic Birch was converted to a thermoformable plastic by UPM, then used to create the Biofore Concept Car at Helsinki Metropolia University.
Sutro Coat Rack and Beer Hammer
By Matt Schumake | Posted: March 6, 2014 - 9:38 AM
The Sutro Coat Rack is made of CNC precision-cut birch plywood, with a hand-rubbed oil-and-wax finish. The red-and-white Sutros are screen printed with an exterior-grade enamel.

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