A cabinetry production venture using a robot to do all the work was the most viewed report at Woodworking Network this week. Ro-Bois-Tic's name - a play on French words for woodworking and robots - will be covered in a keynote presentation on wood manufacturing automation at Wood Tech Summit 2012, running Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 22-23 in Vancouver. It is sponsored by WoodworkingNetwork and the University of British Columbia's Centre for Advanced Wood Processing.

Restoration Hardware got into trouble with a competitor, Emeco Industries, which said the furniture retailer has lifted its design for a chair. The New York Times presented other examples of seating by famous designers, including Arne Jacobsen, who's famous plywood Ant Chair turned 60 this year.

The snow-crushed Sunco cabinet plant reopened, and furniture makers Jasper Industries and Jofco's merger were also in the top wood industry reports this week:


A Cabinetmaker and His Robot
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 10/12/2012 12:20:00 PM
1 Man + 1 Robot @ 24/7 = 1,200 Cabinets. That's the potential weekly output at Ro-Bois-Tic, a most intriguing start-up I visited last week in St.-Apollinaire, QC. Read more

ExxonMobil Corporate Campus

Herman Miller Lands Huge Furniture Order from ExxonMobil
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 10/16/2012 11:26:00 AM
Herman Miller has inked a multi-million sale of office furniture to ExxonMobil, for its new, 10,000 employee office campus. Read more


Restoration Hardware Sued for Copying Chair Designs
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/13/2012 12:45:00 PM
Restoration Hardware, furniture, cabinetry and decorative home hardware retailer, was sued last week in Northern California District Court by chair manufacturer Emeco for infringing on a trademarked furniture design. Read more

Jofco casegoods furniture Jasper Industries

Jofco and Jasper Furniture May Merge
Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 10/17/2012 8:56:00 AM
Jasper Group and Jofco have signed a letter of Intent to investigate a merger of the two business furniture and casegoods manufacturers. Jofco would become part of the Jasper Group organization. Read more

 Cabinet Robot; Sunco Re-Opens; Jasper-Jofco Merger

Sunco Cabinetry Rebuilds After Collapse; Launches New Lines
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 10/10/2012 10:05:00 AM
Sunco Cabinets opened a new 150,000-square-foot facility to manufacture its new high-end cabinet line, a year and a half after its headquarters crumbled under heavy snow. Read more

 LePage Millwork doors and windows

Lepage Millwork in $10 Million Plant Expansion
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/11/2012 1:21:00 PM
Lepage Millwork in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, will invest $10 million, acquiring a moulder, installing more efficient paint rooms, upgrading its rough mill and planing operations.
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Lumber Selection, Draw Bore and Mortise Cutting Techniques By Johnny Miller, Oakbridge Timber Framing | Updated: 10/08/2012
Here are some tips we use at OakBridge Timber Framing for selecting the right pieces of timber, and some minor but important techniques for draw bore and mortise cutting. Read more

 High Point Furniture Market

High Point Furniture Mart Sees Lots of Launches
By Bill Esler | Updated: 10/16/2012 8:32:00 AM
Residential furniture firms introductions at the High Point, NC, 2012 Fall Furniture Market included custom finishing and natural wood; 75,000 attendees were expected. Read more

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