Wood smiths have a penchant for sharing their knowledge, techniques and shortcuts. It's one of the most fundamental aspects of the woodworking culture.

Professional expertise among woodworkers differs significantly from that of enthusiasts, as a paying customer awaiting promised delivery date places a different kind of pressure for job completion.

Woodworkers this week shared in their own videos and slide shows - operating a portable sawmill and calculating its business case; steam bending wood and making a table from a single log; cutting a tapered spiral table leg without carving - their personal approach to shaping wood. Snowboard designer Sean Martin made his own CNC drag knife for marquetry and inlays, now available for sale.

Here are the wood industry's top reports this week>>

Portable Sawmills let Woodworkers Cut Their Own Lumber
By Dave Boyt | Updated: 12/05/2012 5:29:00 PM
Portable sawmills allow woodworkers to experience every part of the process from cut to finish. Woodworker Boyt says a good way to see if a bandsaw is right for you is to hire a sawyer with a portable saw. Read more

Conestoga Wood Specialties

Conestoga Wood Specialties Sues Feds Over Health Care Act
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/10/2012 2:46:00 PM
Owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties filed a civil lawsuit against three Federal agencies over the Affordable Care Act requirment for insurance coverage for types of birth control for workers, stating it violates their Mennonite beliefs. Read more

 Air Handling Systems Jamison Scott

ComDust: What Woodworkers Need to Know
By Jamison Scott | Updated: 11/28/2012 1:22:00 PM
With the increase of combustible dust incidents, OSHA is visiting woodworking facilities with greater frequency.
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 Jarvi Bench, steam bent wood

Steam Bending Oak Wood Table by Mike Jarvi
By Bill Esler | Updated: 11/24/2012 12:00:00 AM
Mike Jarvi saws, planes, chisels, steam bends, bolts and glues his way to producing his signature wood Jarvi bench from logs.
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Masonite's Kirkwood, NY, Plant to Close
By Michaelle Bradford | Updated: 12/07/2012 3:41:00 PM
Wood door manufacturer Masonite International Corp. plans to close its Kirkwood, NY, plant, laying off approximately 64 workers. Read more

 St Pierre Woodworking, table leg, wood grinder, lathe

Video: How to Make a Spiral Wood Table Leg
By Bill St Pierre, St. Pierre Woodworking 
Bill St. Pierre shows how to cut and turn a tapering spiral wood table leg using a drill press, Jet lathe, grinders and sanders.
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 Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau

Wood Group Claims Secret Six-Figure Infringement Settlement
By Rich Christianson | Updated: 12/06/2012 9:53:00 PM
The Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) said it has reached a "confidential settlement, valued in the six-figure range," with an unnamed Louisiana company for unauthorized use of its certification stamp. Read more

 La-Z-Boy Galleries

La-Z-Boy Ends Lumber Processing, Adds Work Cells; Sales +5%
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/02/2012 7:29:00 AM
La-Z-Boy ended lumber processing and will outsource wood parts as its moves Hudson, NC to cellular production. It reinstated its quarterly dividend as 2nd quarter sales rose 4.8% to $322.3 million. Read more


Clear Lake Lumber Auctions American Made Flooring Plant
By Bill Esler | Updated: 12/08/2012 1:23:00 PM
Clear Lake Lumber winds down its American Made Flooing business, auction inventory and assets to focus on its primary business: kiln drying and selling hardwood lumber. Read more


CNC Razor Cutter for Marquetry, Inlays: Video, Slide Show
By Updated: 12/07/2012 6:20:00 PM
Developed by woodworker Sean Martin, this unique razor edge drag knife cuts square corners or sharp acute angles with no over-cutting into the adjacent material. Read more

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