Jail time for a killer of centuries old trees was the most viewed article this week. But custom woodworkers who won awards were super popular. Many of these winners will be coming to Cabinets & Closets Expo 2013 Feb. 27-Mar.1 at the New  Jersey Convention Center to bask in the glory, including 18 Design Portfolio Winners announced last month. Another winner who topped the news will be showcased at the event: Corbin Clay from Azure Furniture (video report below), demonstrating high tech joinery in furniture building. His visit is sponsored by Festool, and he will appear in the Cabinets & Closets Expo Eveready booth showing and telling about how he built a business model around the Domino.

Since Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo was expanded this year into a true cabinetmaking show, Custom Woodworking Design Portfolio awards will be presented for the first time in an awards reception at the show, including the People's Choice Design Portfolio award.

Here are the week's top wood industry reports:

 U.S. Forest Timber Thief

Timber Thief Pleads Guilty to Felling 330-Year-Old Tree
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/17/2013 8:56:00 PM
A 330-year-old Douglas fir was among 102 trees that a Brinnon, WA, man pleaded guilty to stealing or damaging from the Olympic National Forest and was sentenced to one year in jail. Read more

 Classic Oak Popp Woodworking

Classic Oak Furniture Woodshop Destroyed by Fire
By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/18/2013 10:21:00 AM
Classic Oak Furniture's woodshop in Cuba City, WI was destroyed by a fire January 13. Owner Dale Popp says he hopes to reopen his wholesale oak furniture manufacturing operation in a month.
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 Walmart stores

Walmart Pledges Furniture Insourcing to U.S.
Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 01/15/2013 8:23:00 PM
Walmart will steer furniture and appliance suppliers to onshore manufacturing to the U.S., pledging to buy $50 billion more in U.S. sourced products, and plans a U.S. manufacturing summit this summer. Read more

 Herman Keese Lean Manufacturing Article

Enhancing Woodworking Productivity: The Lean Journey
Updated: 11/25/2012 10:25:00 PM
For woodworking companies, Henry Ford's critical thinking on matters of efficiency, waste and profit ring true today in the application of Lean Manufacturing. Read more

 900 Blok wood table

State Shaped Wood Side Tables
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 01/18/2013 2:24:00 PM
900 Blok, a contemporary furniture design studio, recently launched a collection of side tables in the shape of the U.S. and its 50 states.
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Video: Tour World's Thinnest House in 1 Minute
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 01/09/2013 9:11:00 PM
What's described as the "world's thinnest house" has opened in Warsaw, Poland. Read more

 Lumber pricing and sales

Lumber Inventories Low, Some Species in Tight Supply
By Andy Johnson | Updated: 01/18/2013 4:50:00 PM
Domestic lumber consumption continues to increase, with strong demand from flooring plants and rising demand from the kitchen cabinet sector. Read more

 Briank Grabski Faux Antique Finish

Video: How To Distress Wood Faux Antique Paint Finishes
By Brian Grabski | Updated: 01/04/2013 3:39:00 PM
Professional woodworker Brian Grabski shows how to distress wood faux antique paint finishes. Read more

Wood shrinkage Louisiana Pacific

As Wood Buildings Go Taller, Shrinkage Is a Challenge
Posted by Bill Esler | Updated: 01/20/2013 6:25:00 PM
As architects increase wood building heights, shrinkage from moisture changes must be accounted for. Laminated strand lumber can reduce plate shrinkage in taller buildings, explains a Louisiana-Pacific infogaphic. Read more

Techniks, NAP Gladu, Tenex

Tenex Capital Acquires Techniks, Merges It With NAP GLADU By Bill Esler | Updated: 01/20/2013 7:34:00 PM
Wood Industry tooling company Techniks has been acquired by Tenex Capital Management and merged into NAP GLADU under Quintec, a newly formed industrial tooling company. Read more

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