Maple skateboard laminates, blade brakes for table saws, and the fiery death of a 3,500 year old Cypress were highly viewed at Woodworking Network, but a sawmill accident and the fate of two closed plants topped the news. Here are the top stories this week:

Babine Forest Products Fire

Two Bodies Recovered at BC Sawmill
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/24/2012 12:20:00 PM
Rescuers continued to search for missing employees of Babine Forest Products, following a potential natural gas explosion that destroyed the sawmill and possibly killed at least two workers Friday night.
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Stephen Gass SawStop

SawStop Inventor Weighs in on Table Saw Safety Rule
By Stephen F. Gass | Updated: 01/25/2012 3:46:00 PM
There is an economic disconnect where the table saw manufacturers, who decide whether to make their products safer or not, do not pay the costs of the accidents so they don’t want to spend money to eliminate those costs.
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Ancient Cypress Tree Destroyed; Investigation Goes On
By Jo-Ann Kaiser | Updated: 01/23/2012 3:56:00 PM
The pre-dawn fire that ravaged a 3,500-year old bald cypress tree known as The Senator on Jan. 16, 2012 continues to be under investigation.
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 Thomasville Furniture Industries Plant B

City Pushes for Demolition of Old Thomasville Furniture Plant
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/19/2012 1:53:00 PM
An abandoned Thomasville Furniture factory, deemed a public safety hazard, needs to be torn down sooner than later, according to the Thomasville City Council.
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 Weather Shield logo

Weather Shield to Close Window and Door Plant
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/18/2012 12:24:00 PM
Weather Shield's factory dedicated to vinyl windowand door production will permanently close by Aug. 31, putting more than 500 people out of work.
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 Musicians Against Illegal Logging

Musicians in Tune on Illegal Logging Battle
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 01/20/2012 10:56:00 AM
In a vocal demonstration of support for the Lacey Act, a group of musicians joined environmentalists yesterday outside the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA, to garner support for the forest conservation law and to stop illegal logging. Read more


Tiger Woods' Ex Dumps His Cabinets
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 01/17/2012 5:02:00 PM
Elin Nordegren donated cabinetry from her demolished $12 million home to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County, located in Stuart, FL.
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 Mike Mahoney Honey Skateboards hardwood

Video: Advanced Wood Laminates for Skateboards
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/23/2012 9:39:00 AM
Honey Skateboards, Grand Junction, CO, has developed a thriving business custom crafting long board skateboards around cores of laminated hard rock maple. Read more

Mullet Cabinets Supplies This Old House Renovation
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/21/2012 2:32:00 PM
Mullet Cabinets supplied This Old House with its Levant kitchen furniture-style cabinetry for renovation of the second oldest home ever done on the PBS show. Watch the Video.
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 Eli Wilner hand carved wood picture frames

Wood is Gold for Master Frame Carving Company
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/15/2012 9:43:00 AM
A gilded wood frame by master wood picture frame makers Eli Wilner & Co. is featured at New York's Metropolitan Museum renovated American Wing. Wilner now sells hand-carved frames at an online store.
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Also getting a lot of attention this week:

Wright Architectural Millwork Reclaimed Napa Pipe Pine

Wright Architectural Millwork Reclaimed Wood: Slide Show
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/17/2012 2:57:00 PM
Wright Architectural Millwork finished a reclaimed wood project near Boston. beams from a California factory were milled down to a tongue and groove flooring product and applied to walls and a bench.
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Pella Pankow Construction Phoenix

Renovation Rebound: Remodel Spend Outpacing New Homes
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/20/2012 2:05:00 PM
Remodeling spending will outpace single family home construction in 2012, as homeowners embark on a home remodeling spending spree, say studies from Harvard and IHS Global.
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No Whining Over Ignorance of CARB
By Karen Koenig | Updated: 01/23/2012 1:48:00 PM
I frankly have no sympathy for the California storeowner who claims he was completely ignorant of the CARB Rule until one month before it took effect.
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