Perception vs. reality

perception1Cabinetmakers and furniture builders often look at finishing in very different ways. The former usually spray lacquer or varnish, while the latter often apply wax, oil or shellac by hand. Both, however, are looking for a delicate balance between aesthetics (appearance) and protection (durability). The advent of environmentally conscious coatings has been a bit of a bumpy road for both professions, as water-based finishes didn’t ...

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New Products

DeWalt nailer

DeWalt nailer

DEWALT says it has developed the world’s first gas-free, dual-speed, cordless framing nailer, model DCN692.

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Tools & Machines

Don’t be alarmed, but be ready for shop disasters

Don’t be alarmed, but be ready for shop disasters

On Jan. 3, 40 firefighters responded to a call at a woodshop in Frederick County, Md. The first response unit encountered heavy smoke in the 75’ x 100’ metal building at Celebration Farms in Libertytown. No injuries or deaths were reported and th...

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Wood Markets

Demand increases for red & white oak

Demand increases for red & white oak

There’s strong demand for both red and white oak, according to lumber dealers surveyed by Woodshop News.

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Editor's Picks

A monument to carving excellence

A monument to carving excellence

It’s not native, but there’s a whole lot of basswood in Custer, S.D. Tilia americana is a favorite of carvers because of its low density and lack of defined grain. Dale Schaffer knows a thing or two about it — and about carv...

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Perfect strangers

Perfect strangers

Find your niche. That’s the mantra to which every business aspires. And a couple of woodworkers out West seem to have done just that. Bill Pridgeon and Denny Zimmerman only met each other in April, but they have been doing remar...

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More for your money

More for your money

A few decades ago, financing equipment was pretty simple. Call the banker and then place the order. But in the early 1980s, the auto industry began leasing fleets of cars to rental companies on a large scale and leasing soon becam...

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Future uncertain for Baltimore furniture show

Future uncertain for Baltimore furniture show

The fifth annual Baltimore Fine Furnishings show featured about 30 exhibitors, a similar turnout to last year, but not as strong as anticipated. Although the show served its purpose to custom furniture makers and other craftspeopl...

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