Table Saw Brakes, Combustible Saw Dust Top Wood NewsAs the economy improves, wood industry regulatory issues heat up, with power tool safety and combustible sawdust at the top of the list. In this weeks wood industry review, a slide show of extreme joinery for a wood building constructed without nails.

This week's most-viewedwood industry reports include coverage of California legislation that would require safety brakes on saws sold to woodworking hobbyists and professionals. Lowe's and Home Depot lined up against it as the bill proceeded to passage by both houses in the state assembly.

A custom furniture builder who obtained a grant froma state arts council says he will use the money for a SawStop safety brake system. Bosch, meanwhile, voluntarily recalled 22,000 miter saws over laceration issues, reports the Consumer Products Safety Commission. 

 California Table Saw Safety Act

Table Saw Safety Bill Heads for California Senate Vote
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 07/09/2012 12:06:00 PM
California's controversial table saw safety bill will head to the state senate for a vote after being approved 3-2 by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Read more


Extreme Joinery: Wood Building Skips Nails, Connectors
By Bill Esler | Updated: 06/30/2012 7:28:00 PM
Wood fittings, used in Japanese puzzles, have already been applied to solid wood furniture. Now a cypress building has been assembled entirely from giant versions of the wood puzzle sticks, held together only by shaped joints. Seea slide show

 Bosch SkilSaw 10-inch compound miter saw recall

Bosch Recalls 22,000 Miter Saws
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 07/10/2012 12:10:00 PM
Robert Bosch Power Tool Corporation announced the voluntary recall of some 22,149 SkilSaw 10-inch compound miter saws due to a laceration hazard. Read more


Fine Furniture-grade Wood for iPhones, Kindles
By Bill Esler | Updated: 07/06/2012 2:33:00 PM
Furniture-grade walnut, birdseye maple, ebony maccassar and other fine woods are the antidote to iPhone 4 backplate's tendency to damage, says Tucker, GA's Material6. The explosion in tablet readers is opening markets for millions of custom wood cases. Read more

 Table Saw Brakes, Combustible Saw Dust Top Wood News

Richelieu Hardware Continues Expansion Through Acquisition
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 07/06/2012 1:04:00 PM
Hardware manufacturer and distributor Richelieu topped off another quarter of sales growth and profitability with the acquisition of CourterCo. It was the company's sixth purchase of a U.S. company in the past two years. Read more


Custom Woodwoodworker To use Arts Grant for Saw Safety
By Bill Esler | Updated: 07/05/2012 7:17:00 AM
Nooga Wood Custom Furniture, Dayton, TN, says it received a $5,000 state grant to fund the addition of SawStop safety technology for its tablesaw. Read more

 Babine Forest Products Fire

Wood Plants Join Sawmills on Canada ComDust Watch List
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 07/11/2012 11:55:00 AM
Combustible dust from wood manufacturing plants faces more regulation as WorkSafeBC, a Canadian authority similar to OSHA, expands its dust controls to include wood and paper operations. Read more

 Fender wood guitar bodies

Fender Guitars Goes Public July 19
By Bill Esler | Updated: 07/10/2012 9:39:00 AM
Guitar maker Fender Musical Instruments will go public July 19, with stock price offered between $13 and $15 dollars, expected to raise $160 million. Read more


Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Franchise Forecasts Growth
By Bill Esler | Updated: 07/08/2012 2:56:00 PM
Kitchen remodeling business are poised for growth, says Kitchen Solvers, a national franchising company that specializes in kitchen cabinet refacing and remodeling. Read more

Video: Demo of A Patented Table Saw Safety Device   
A former woodworker has received a patent on a flesh-sensing table saw safety braking system. David Butler, principal of Whirlwind Tool, has spent years developing a system to prevent serious injuries among table saw users. Read more

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