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Table of Contents
PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON (TOP, COVER)

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Features
34 IT’S GOOD TO BE KING: Bob King started his stair
making business, King & Co., at the age of 24. While much
has changed over the past 32 years, a commitment to quality
has never wavered.

40 FRESH COATS: Finish manufacturers have been working


overtime to produce new products for the wood industry.

45 GOING WITH THE GRAIN: The natural look of wood is


in, according to various reports, and there’s some amazing
stock available from specialty hardwood dealers.

News Desk
8 Wendell Castle, mentor 12 Kitchen study puts
and innovator, dies. organization first.

10 KBIS benefits from strong 14 WOOD MARKETS:


industry growth. Tiger maple roars.

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Tools & Techniques


15 Ovvo adds hidden connector
for particleboard.
16 Cabinet Vision update
focuses on image renderings.
18 Handibot increases
cut capacity with
Large Sheet Tool.
19 Streibig scores with new
panel saw.
20 CUTTING THE CORD:
Many of the familiar jobsite
tools are now battery operated,
while recent innovations
also include multi-tools and
6
portable WiFi access.

Columns
26 FINISHING: Departments
Testing wood finishes.
By Bob Flexner 6 Taking Stock

29 FINISHING: Filling voids, 52 At the Galleries


knots and dents. 54 New Products
By Scott Grove
59 Calendar
00 THE CUTTING EDGE:
61 Classified
Artistic software and tooling.
By R.W. Lee 64 Out of the Woodwork

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W
ith great sadness, it is my duty
to report the death of Wendell
Castle, educator, craftsman
and innovator, on Feb. 20 at
the age of 85.
Mr. Castle graced the cover of our April
2006 issue, which included a first-rate profile GROUP PUBLISHER, GENERAL MANAGER GARY DE SANCTIS
VP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR BILL SISSON
by Brian Caldwell. Excerpts follow that will GROUP CREATIVE DIRECTOR DAVID POLLARD
VP, MARKETING AND EVENTS JULIE JARVIE
hopefully remind you of his extraordinary VP DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT ERIC DALLIN
talents and insight. Our coverage continues DIGITAL DIRECTOR IAN BOWEN
PRODUCTION MANAGER SUNITA PATEL
on Page 8. SENIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATOR CHRIS CIRILLI
PRODUCTION COORDINATORS AMY PINTO, ALEC PUCILLO
TRAFFIC COORDINATOR SARA CARPENTER

B
ehind the thick, blue-rimmed glasses GROUP CIRCULATION DIRECTOR DANA RAVEN
CIRCULATION, FULFILLMENT MANAGER CERISSE CARPENTER
is a complex man who has been at IT SUPPORT COLLIN DEHNERT
the forefront of sculpture and furni-
ture design for more than 40 years.
His work has progressed through phases as
he has built series after series of pieces, each
group incongruous from the previous one.
Whether it has been pure sculpture, bent or
stack laminations, trompe d’oeil pieces or
working with plastic, stone, or other materials, PRESIDENT & CEO ANDREW W. CLURMAN
SVP, TREASURER & CFO MICHAEL HENRY
Wendell Castle has been ahead of the design CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER JONATHAN DORN
VP AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT TOM MASTERSON
curve throughout his illustrious career. He VP, CONTROLLER JOSEPH COHEN
loves to be challenged and definitely lives for Wendell Castle at his studio in Scottsville, N.Y., VP, RESEARCH KRISTY KAUS
VP, IT NELSON SAENZ
the next challenge. Anything less would be in 2006. HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR JOANN THOMAS
completely unacceptable. ings that go along with art. That is what AIM BOARD CHAIR EFREM ZIMBALIST III
“The one thing that I really think is wrong I want my furniture to have: a meaning,
… is to just do it over and over again,” whether it is a social statement or a state-
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Wendell Castle, mentor
and innovator, dies
By Jennifer Hicks

W
en d e l l C a s t l e , r e - cesses and approaches to design with
ferred to as the father me. He inspired me and encouraged
of the art furniture me, and I will miss him.”
movement, died Jan. Silas Kopf also worked for Castle,
20 at his home in Scottsville, N.Y. He beginning in 1974.
was 85. “One morning Wendell came into
Castle is recognized for inventing the shop and eyed the stack-lami-
a completely new way of designing nated maple dining table that was
and constructing furniture. fairly far along in the carving process.
A native of Emporia, Kan., Castle I imagine that at least two weeks had
was an Artist in Residence at Roch- been put into it,” Kopf recalls.
ester Institute of Technology. His “Wendell silently walked around
connections with Rochester, N.Y., it several times, put his hand on his
and RIT ran deep. Harold Brennan, chin and stared at the piece. He then
the director of what was then the picked up a chainsaw, cut off the bot-
School for American Craftsmen, re- tom 18” and started the laminating
cruited him to join the RIT faculty over again. I was horrified. The table
in 1962 to teach woodworking and had looked fine to me but obviously
furniture design. Castle maintained something didn’t sit right with Wen-
a studio in downtown Rochester, dell. The clear lesson was to never
which was within walking distance compromise the integrity of your ar-
of RIT’s former city campus during tistic vision.”
the 1960s. Bebe Pritam Johnson, owner of Pri-
Until recently, Castle had regu- tam & Eames Gallery, reflects on a
larly taught a graduate industrial friend she will miss.
design seminar, which enabled RIT “Wendell brought the attitude of
students to interact with the artist in a sculptor to furniture and we wel-
an intimate setting. He had a tradi- comed exposing this aspect of furni-
tion of inviting students into his stu- ture making. We will not forget his
dio to learn about the inner work- early support of Pritam & Eames. In
ings of his unique practice. future years our paths would occa-
“Wendell gifted us with his en- sionally cross, and I would enjoy a
thusiasm, his eagerness to collabo- conversation and drink with this shy,
rate and share, and his generosity to soft-spoken man from Kansas. He
deliver his intentions with tangible Scott Grove became Castle’s studio director always said something unexpected,
and always elegant results,” said Josh Owen, in 2008, and still can’t believe his good fortune. something remarkable. I will miss those con-
professor and chair of RIT’s industrial de- “He and his team continued to evolve and versations,” says Johnson.
sign program. explore new aesthetic themes and methods Garry Knox Bennett, a furniture maker in
By 1965, Castle’s work and influence po- right before my eyes and added a carving Oakland, Calif., knew Castle well. They vis-
sitioned him at the forefront of the growing robot to his collection of amazing tools. I have ited each other’s studios over the years, col-
Craft Furniture Movement sweeping the na- since moved on but I’m grateful for the time laborated on projects and shared many con-
tion. His designs were organic, bold and at I spent working with him. He touched many versations.
times whimsical. Crafted from hardwoods, lives and his work will continue to influence “Wendell and I were very good friends. One
plastics, concrete and metals, he used mul- many artists and craftsmen alike,” says Grove. of the things I noticed was people thought he
tiple disciplines that included stack lamina- “Wendell is considered the father of the art was aloof, but he wasn’t. He was shy in a so-
tion, hand carving techniques, casting forms furniture movement; he was also like a father cial situation and that’s surprising for a person
in bronze, and milling with a 6-axis CNC ma- to me in my own career. He validated my of that stature. But in a business situation he
chine. He moved to Scottsville in the 1970s. artistic path and shared many methods, pro- was very up and ready to go,” says Bennett.

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project. They want uncluttered coun- tops, which has surpassed granite with over 500 spaces for show attendees,” according
ters, plenty of storage, and solutions in popularity. Nearly 40 percent are to show owner Karla Little.
for recycling. adding kitchen islands, especially in The Fine Furnishing Show is an annual show of-
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when it comes to the functionality of their The average spent on a major re- sories and art from one-of-a-kind pieces to complete
new kitchens, followed by creating a model, which includes replacing at room sets in a wide range of designs, materials and
pleasant environment to cook, interacting least all of the cabinetry and appli- prices. Over 100 exhibitors include artists, craftsmen
with family, and entertain, according to ances, is $42,000 for a 200-sq.-ft. or and students in furniture making programs offering
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WOOD MARKETS
Tiger maple roars with
renewed popularity
By Jennifer Hicks

O
ften used for historic reproductions “I think it’s more popular now than a year
and musical instruments, and now ago, it’s just harder to find,” says John Sliney
becoming a go-to for contemporary of Vienna Hardwoods in Vienna, Va. “That
designers, tiger maple is in demand hasn’t really affected the price, it’s just a lot of
in the U.S. and abroad, according to suppliers suppliers don’t have it.”
interviewed by Woodshop News. Sliney says customers are using it for deco-
Also known as curly or flame maple, this rative countertops, cutting boards, and drawer
figured version of the maple tree species is fronts on maple tables and chests. “Sometimes
unique for the wavy stripes that form against they mix it in with regular maple for accent
the grain during growth. Tiger maples are rare pieces like drawer fronts. The curly maple and
and grow sporadically, accounting for only a bird’s-eye are very popular for that.”
small percentage of all maples. Greg Engle of Certainly Wood, a veneer
“They grow randomly, with no rhyme or supplier in East Aurora, N.Y., says when
reason,” says Skip Kise of Good Hope Hard- it comes to figured maple, rotary cut curly
woods in Landenberg, Pa. “You only know maple is his biggest seller.
when you potentially might have a good log “With rotary, the trees are peeled, not sliced.
is when the sap is running because the bark What that does is it accentuates the curl by
peels off. They must be identified by the rip- giving it evenness across the entire face, as op-
ples in the live edge.” posed to slicing,” Engle explains.
The softer version, red leaf tiger maple, is a “I would say sales have been steady but
better seller than the hard tiger maple because haven’t been out of this world for figured
of its more prominent curly figuring, says maple lately. It’s primarily used for furniture,
Kise. He explains that because the hard maple conference table work and custom kitchen
is a denser, slower growing tree, the growth interiors. We did work for a custom yacht
rings are tighter and less apparent. interior last year that needed 24” wide compo-
“Tiger maple, for me, is always steady. nents in a single veneer piece, which is where
I’m noticing an increase in it for instruments the rotary comes into play.”
right now, but it’s still very popular among all At the retail level, expect to pay about $5/bf for
genres of woodworking, from contemporary 4/4 soft tiger maple and $6/bf for 4/4 hard tiger
to reproduction. A large majority of it’s get- maple. Prices start to soar with thicker, wide and
Curly maple.
ting shipped to China,” adds Kise. highly figured stock.

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vvo Technology introduces the “The unique selling point is the tool-less as- thicknesses,” Phillips explains. “The new
model V-1230 hidden connector, sembly and the fact that it is totally invisible,” V-1230 builds on the award-winning proper-
specifically designed for use with says Ovvo marketing director Brendan Phil- ties of the V-0930 and was developed for 5/8”
high-grade particleboard. lips. “It’s designed for cabinets, closets and and 3/4” board thicknesses.”
Available in both permanent and releasable flatpack furniture.” Ovvo’s connectors can be fully integrated
versions, the V-1230 works with high-grade Ovvo currently offers three connection with CNC manufacturing processes. The
chipboard of 15, 16 and 18mm thickness, as well products, including the original model 1240 company also offers a hand-held milling tool,
as high-pressure laminates, composite material and V-0930 model AB181, developed with Virutex.
and solid woods, according to the company. “The V-0930 was launched at Interzum last For more, visit www.ovvotech.com.

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Cabinet Vision update


focuses on image renderings
By Jennifer Hicks

T
he latest release of Cabinet Vision by Another key feature allows designers to
Vero Software, Version 11, includes change material and textures in 3D mode, giv-
a powerful new photo-rendering ing them an immediate impact on the drawing
engine geared specifically towards produced.
the design market. Customers can impress The update also includes improved and sim-
their clients with realistic-looking photos in a plified lighting tools to enhance drawings,
single program. and an auto-fill feature to add cabinets, for
“The significant enhancements to the ren- example, with a single mouse click.
dering capabilities will mean that shop owners Cassidy adds that V11 developers also fo-
have a single tool to produce their perfect im- cused on providing one complete package
ages, improving the customer experience by from the initial design stage through to the
showing them exactly what is designed,” says product coming off the CNC machine to elimi-
product manager Marie Cassidy. nate human error.
“Any time used to produce the images is “Cabinet Vision is now an end-to-end solu-
time saved, as all the manufacturing infor- tion, producing images of the highest quality,
mation is contained in the drawings. This perfect cutlists and machine ready code for
means greater efficiency in the shop, and almost all machines, along with material lists,”
timed saved can then be devoted to other she says.
projects or concerns.” For more, visit www.verosoftware.com.
tools & techniques

Cabinet Vision’s software update


produces photo-like images that
shops can use as an effective
sales tool.

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TOOLS & TECHNIQUES

Handibot increases cut the tool around between each cut. If you have
a table design laid out on a 4’x8’ sheet of ply-
wood, you would just complete each tile in-
capacity with Large Sheet Tool dividually with the Handibot, moving it by
6” each time until you’ve finished the whole
By Jennifer Hicks table cutout,” says Owens.
New hardware features on the Large Sheet

S
hopBot Tools introduces the Large to be joined together at completion. Tool include a variety of simple fence options to
Sheet Tool for its Handibot portable “When you’re tiling, you’re completing a cut long lumber, wide-open surfaces and sheet
CNC machine, featuring a rigid frame large cut in multiple chunks and you move goods; a built-in clear hood to help reduce noise,
that clamps onto large capture sawdust and keep hands safe,
pieces of material up to 24” wide. and wheels for portability.
“It allows you to execute large The Handibot is compatible with
projects with a series of accurate most design software programs. It
cuts, quickly sliding the Handi- has a built-in fabrication and mo-
bot down the length of your ma- tion control system, called FabMo,
terial,” explains product manager allowing the end-user to create any-
Brian Owens. where through a Wi-Fi-enabled de-
“On most CNC tools there is vice. For traditional CAD to CAM
a bed on which you place your workflow, the company provides
material where cutting happens. access to VCarvePro ShopBot Edi-
With the Handibot there is no tion and Autodesk Fusion360.
bed. The tool has an open bot- The Large Sheet Tool sells for
tom, so you put it anywhere you $3,995 with a DeWalt router, a col-
want and cut through the bottom lection of LMT Onsrud bits, and
of the tool.” CAD/CAM software. Optional ac-
The Large Sheet Tool is opti- cessories include a touch-screen
mized for tiling, the process of control panel and engraving bit kit.
creating a project in small batches For more, visit www.handibot.com.

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The Bosch Blaze One (left) and Blaze Pro laser measuring devices.

It’s capable of running on either one or sign makes the Radius Site Light easy to
two battery packs, and delivers 9,000 transport and store. It’s built for tough
lumens in a 360-degree coverage pattern, conditions with a high-impact polycar-
according to the company. Adjustable bonate lens and IP54 rated against dust
output levels let a woodworker light up and water.
a jobsite for up to 14 hours on a single Milwaukee now offers more than 125
full charge. Designated as the model tools that are fully compatible with the
2150-20, it has a two-battery charger on M18 family. The new Hackzall, model
board. Plus, plug-in and daisy-chaining 2625-20, is a cordless, 18-volt, one-
means one can connect up to six lights handed reciprocating saw. It has a pat-
on a single circuit. Milwaukee’s One-Key ent pending anti-vibration system and
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DeWalt’s DCS577 circular saw and Jobsite WiFi Ac-


cess Point device.

and a built-in LED light all add to the allure. rolling over cords, thresholds and small shop never change) this 18-volt platform, so the
Cleaning up the jobsite has become a bit debris. Onboard storage holds a crevice tool, company’s newest products and batteries fit
easier, too. The newest One+ tool from Ryobi floor nozzle and extension wands, while a original versions all the way back to 1996.
is a six-gallon wet/dry vacuum that deliv- clever dock stores the hose when not in use. Makita USA is also thinking clean-up: the
ers corded performance with cordless con- There are multiple carrying handles, and the company has introduced a new brushless, dry
venience. Available at The Home Depot ($99 removable top makes it easy to empty debris dust extractor called the XCV08Z. There’s a
without batteries), it draws 80 cfm and weighs and even liquids. The One+ cordless lithium- three-stage HEPA filtration system, automatic
just 15 lbs., according to the manufacturer. A ion system now features over 100 power tools. filter cleaning, and it operates on two 18-volt
large wheel design keeps it balanced when Ryobi has never changed (and says it will batteries. The model also includes the com-

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Makita’s dry dust extractor, model XCV08Z.

pany’s AWS (automatic-start wireless system), including a 40-volt, half-gallon, oil-free model
which uses Bluetooth technology for wireless that is great for small trim jobs. It also makes
power on/off communication between a tool chainsaws, drills, circular saws, reciprocat- The MultiTasker line of tooling is
and the extractor. This intelligent communi- ing saws and even a self-propelled cordless designed for dual purposes. For
cation system eliminates cords and reduces wheelbarrow for jobsite cleanup. The com-
noise, since the vacuum is trigger-activated. pany has 24-, 40-, 60- and 80-volt batteries. small production runs on a shaper
Makita has also introduced a 36-volt 6-1/2” Founded in 2007, the company has recently the MultiTasker can be fitted with
plunge-cut circular saw, model XPS01. There’s announced plans to invest $10 million in a dis- precision ground HSS knives for a
an optional guide rail that turns the saw into tribution facility that will create 187 new jobs
a jobsite system. Cut depths are 2-3/16” at in North Carolina. low cost to complete the project.
90 degrees and 1-9/16” at 45 degrees, and Bosch USA has two new additions to its For larger runs, the MultiTasker
the base can run as close to a wall as 11/16”. Blaze family of laser measuring devices. The can be fitted with carbide inserts
Features include a brushless motor, soft start, One and Pro models both deliver precise
and a built-in depth stop that can be used for laser measurements with a 165 ft. range that
for longer tool life and steel backer
scoring. It also has Makita’s Star Protection, is accurate to 1/16”, according to the com- for support.
which allows the saw and battery to talk to pany. The One is a one-button tool with an
each other and protect against overloading, Auto Square function that automatically cal-
over-discharging and overheating. culates square footage. The Pro provides re-
al-time point-and-shoot measurements plus
Cordless air compressors area, volume, indirect measuring functions
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Festool’s DTSC 400 and ETSC 125 sanders.

withstand rainy or dusty jobsite conditions.


They come with a handy wrist strap, target
cards and a carry pouch.
DeWalt has launched the Jobsite WiFi Ac-
cess Points (DCT100). Built to withstand job-
site conditions, it is designed to deliver reli-
able internet access using a company’s exist-
ing ISP. Woodworkers on remote jobsites are
now able to access files such as 3D models,
construction software, change orders, punch
lists, collaboration tools and photo documen-
tation. Each Access Point operates on 120-volt
AC power and sells for $1,499.
DeWalt also presents the new Flexvolt
7-1/4” worm-drive saw (DCS577). It has an
electronic brake and a bevel capacity of 53 de-
grees, with stops at 45 and 22-1/2. Featuring
a magnesium shoe and a brushless motor, it
can cut through 2-7/16” at 90 degrees, accord-
ing to the company. There’s a rafter hook to
hang it up between cuts, an integrated dust
blower for the line of sight, and onboard blade
wrench storage. It is available with a 6- or
9-Ah battery.
Speaking of saws, the German manufacturer
Mafell recently introduced its KSS 50cc cross-
cutting system with an 18-volt battery. It’s top
of the line, with a price tag of about $1,100.
The company is represented in the U.S. by
Chicago-based Timberwolf Tools.

Porter-Cable entries
A new and very affordable four-tool kit
from Porter-Cable (item PCCK614L4) runs
on the company’s 20-volt Max battery system
and contains a really useful collection of tools
for jobsite work. There’s a 1/2” drill/driver
with a two-speed gear box that weighs only
3.5 lbs. and has a built-in LED light; a 6-1/2”
circular saw with 2-1/8” cutting capacity and
a 50-degree beveling shoe; a reciprocating saw
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a variable-speed trigger and a compact design


that’s only 14.5” in length; and a flashlight
with four LED bulbs and a pivoting head. The
kit also includes a standard battery, a Max
Pack battery, a standard charger, a bag/tote,
one double-ended screwdriver bit, an 18-tooth
circular blade, and a 6” woodcutting recipro-
cating saw blade.
Panasonic’s new EYC18DV42 impact tool
and driver kit has a power plant with dual
voltage technology. That allows the user to
power the tools with 14.4- or 18-volt Li-ion
battery pack. Both tools are Tough IP rated,
which means they’ve passed company tests
that simulate working in extremely dusty
work environments, and the effects of water
getting sprayed by powerful jets. Panason-
ic’s 4.2 amp/hour LS battery pack cells have
an over-discharge sensor that prevents the
user from running the tool after it reaches a
point where too-low voltage could damage
the battery or the tool. They also have a sensor
that flashes a warning light and then cuts off
power if the battery temperature reaches criti-
cal levels.
Festool’s new hybrid sanders (models RTSC
400, DTSC 400 and ETSC 125) run on cordless
or corded power, and feature an 18-volt bat-
tery pack, brushless EC-TEC motor, and Plug-It A battery-powered wheelbarrow from Greenworks Tools.
adapters for continuous electrical operation.

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more scratch resistant than acrylic and poly-

FINISHING urethane water-based finishes.


But what about differences among brands
within each finish type? Or what about the com-

with BOB FLEXNER


parative difference between a water-based poly-
urethane and an oil-based polyurethane – that
is, how much scratch resistance are you actually
giving up using a water-based polyurethane?
To determine a finish’s scratch resistance,
purchase a set of architect’s drawing pencils

Testing wood finishes ranging in hardness from about 2B (soft) to


5H (hard). Sharpen each pencil using a knife
so you leave the sharp cylindrical edge of the
lead intact. If you damage this edge, or if it be-
With a few simple tests you can check if a finish has the qualities you want
comes worn, sand it flat, holding the pencil 90
degrees to the sandpaper.

S
ome finish manufacturers provide lots at least a couple of weeks in a warm room be- Beginning with one of the softer pencils,
of information about their products fore performing the tests. hold it as you would for writing and push
that make it easier for you to choose it forward an inch or two across the finish.
among brands or within a brand to Scratch resistance Maintaining equal pressure, follow with pen-
get the qualities you want. But many don’t. The ability of a finish to resist damage from cils of increasing hardness until you find one
Companies like BYK-Gardner sell very sophis- coarse or sharp objects is one of the most that cuts into the finish. The hardness rating
ticated measuring instruments that allow you important qualities you’re likely concerned for that finish is the rating of the previous pen-
to make accurate measurements yourself. But about. cil – the hardest lead that doesn’t cut.
most of these instruments are expensive. To a large extent you can know the com-
So here are some inexpensive and easy tests parative scratch resistance simply from the Water resistance
you can perform in your shop to determine category of finish. For example, oil-based Another quality you may want is water re-
key comparative differences. In most cases polyurethane varnish and catalyzed lacquers sistance. All finishes are more water resistant
you’ll want to do the tests on scrap wood. For are much more scratch resistant than shellac the thicker they are applied. So testing won’t
the most accurate results let the finish dry for and nitrocellulose lacquer, and usually a little be very revealing except on thin finishes

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such as oil or wax, or any film-building finish applied with just one
or two coats.
To test for water resistance, make up a sample board with the same
number of coats applied in the same manner as you intend to use on your
project. Then place a small puddle of water on the surface and cover it
with a metal or glass cup or jar to prevent evaporation. Check every 10
minutes or so until you notice cracks or discoloration in the finish. Rate
the finish at the most recent previous time before the damage occurred.
The most vulnerable surfaces to water damage are the top and bot-
tom edges of cabinet doors and the raised panels within the door
frames because these surfaces often receive a reduced finish build.
They are especially vulnerable just below a sink. To test these sur-
faces, stand a finished sample door on a sponge lying in a pan of water.
Check the finish around the edge every so often until cracks appear, the
finish delaminates, or there is some discoloration.

Heat resistance
Resistance to damage from hot objects is an important quality for
tabletop and counter surfaces in kitchen and dining areas. Again, fin-
ish types tell you something. For example, oil-based polyurethane and
catalyzed finishes should pass almost any test. But shellac, lacquer and
water-based finishes will likely be vulnerable.
There are two tests for heat resistance.
To test for dry-heat resistance, place a metal cup or pan containing
water heated to just below boiling on a dry finish. Check under the con-
tainer as it is cooling for discoloration, splits or indentations.
To test for wet-heat resistance, do the same as above but this time
place a cotton or cheesecloth wetted with the same hot water under the
cup or pan.

Chemical resistance
Eating surfaces are also vulnerable to staining from a number of house-
hold liquids independent of the thickness of the finish. In other words,
the finish itself may become stained. Common products that can cause a
problem include mustard, vinegar, orange juice, lemon juice, grape juice,
ketchup, coffee, tea, wine and 100-proof alcohol. (You can use denatured
alcohol mixed half with water instead of liquor for the alcohol test.)
To test a finish for resistance to each of these liquids place a number
of drops on the finish and sponge them off one at a time at short inter-
vals (generally several minutes apart) until the finish under the drops
becomes dull, discolored, shows cracks, or the wood underneath be-
comes stained.
The resistance of the finish to damage is rated at the last time before
the damage appeared.

Adhesion
How well a finish sticks is not usually an issue when the finish is ap-
plied directly to sanded wood as long as the sanding isn’t too fine. But the
bond can be an issue over stains, sanding sealers, glazes and pore fillers.
To test for adhesion, cut through the dried finish with a series of hori-
zontal and vertical lines, making a crosshatch pattern, about 3/4” long
and 1/16” apart using a razor blade. Then place a strip of masking tape
over the scorings and press it down with your finger.
Pull the tape up quickly and observe how clean the cut lines remain. The
more jagged the edges of the cuts, the poorer the finish is bonded. If your
finish has adhered well, the edges of the cuts should still be fairly clean.
If you are testing to determine if you have weakened the bond with
the stain, sanding sealer, glaze or pore filler you have applied, test the
bond over these compared with the bond of the finish applied directly
to the wood. Ideally, the edges of the cuts should look the same.

Bob Flexner is author of “Understanding Wood Finishing” and “Flexner


on Finishing.”
This is the most common mistake, and leaves
Filling voids, knots and dents a halo of filler around the repair. To avoid this
witness line, tape off the surrounding area
before applying the filler. The tape will also
A furniture maker’s how to for hiding or accenting act as a raised ledge for solvent-based putties,
common wood defects and mistakes leaving it slightly high after application and
allowing for shrinkage, if there is any.
By Scott Grove
The woodworker’s secret

L
et’s face it, none of us are perfect, and matching wood, like in an open seam or joint. There are many types of fillers that work
neither is wood. Knowing how to re- Filling it with a thin slice of veneer or sliver of just fine. They may differ in curing or drying
pair defects is critical to the success of wood and gluing it is my first option, but most time, expense, odor and available coloring op-
any job. Many projects need repair or of the time, defects are irregular in shape or tions. Since I like to keep my projects moving
touch up in some form or another, whether it’s too small for inserting wood. and hate to watch the grass grow, automotive
a small knot or check, or when our own short Open knots or checks, large or small, are putty is my choice for large voids.
comings in craftsmanship reveal themselves, like actually the easiest to fix as they are already Bondo, for example, is polyester-based putty
on open seam or the mistaken drop of a hammer. a visible and accepted defect. Because these filler catalyzed with a two percent harden-
Whatever the cause, in this two-point series, knots are darker than the surrounding wood, er of benzoyl peroxide. The hardener has a
I will explain a few simple tricks to repair filling them with a matching or darker color is toothpaste-like consistency and comes in three
these blemishes. These techniques can be used typically all that’s needed. colors: red, white and blue. I avoid blue be-
for raw or finished wood. Before any repair is done, I seal the wood cause it adversely effects pigmenting or over-
I break these issues into voids, like an open with a light coat of wax-free shellac that brings coloring. Red is okay when my woods are
joint or check crack; and color changes where out the final color of finished wood, because it brownish in color, but white gives me the
the wood or repair needs color touchup. In aids in color matching. It also helps with adhe- most pigmenting flexibility. Minwax makes a
part two, I will cover color repairing and fix- sion and protects the surrounding area from polyester-based filler with a tan coloring.
ing defective finishes. There are a larger vari- excessive filler. Always do a color test on a A downside to polyester fillers is the odor.
ety of types, causes and remedies – too many sample board first. It has a stinky smell due to the styrene solvent
to cover here – but this information will get When using wood fillers, it’s vital to make in it, and I don’t recommend using it inside a
you through some major ones. sure that the surrounding surface grain house or basement.
It’s always best to try and fill a void with doesn’t get filled or clogged with excess filler. To get a two percent mixing proportion, use
Fill small holes with a solvent-based putty, taping around the defect for a neater job, and then sand flush.

a golf-ball sized blob of Bondo to a 1” line of and gummy when trying to sand. Urethane smooth, which is another common mistake,
hardener. Once thoroughly mixed, it will set is a great quick-setting option but not always especially with large voids.
up in 5-10 minutes at 70 degrees F, and is then readily available. For smaller voids like thin cracks and pin-
ready for sanding and finish. Polyester pig- Automotive filler, epoxy and urethane don’t hole knots, wax is great way to go. Wax comes
ments or Blenall powders can be added and shrink. Most other filler options have sol- in a variety of colors and a few hardnesses.
mixed in to adjust the color of the putty to vents, such as acetone, alcohol or water, which For very small voids no larger than 1/16”, I
closely match your wood. cause shrinkage as they evaporate. To combat like to use rub-in blending sticks. In a pinch,
You can also use epoxy to fill holes but the shrinkage, apply the filler proud of the surface crayons will work. Simply rub it in or use a
set time is much longer, typically one to 12 or use two coats. heat gun to melt the wax and drip it into the
hours. I don’t recommend using five-min- Scratching in grain texture helps guard void. After it hardens in a few seconds, remove
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darker side. These specialty waxes will even The last type of void that needs filling is
take a sprayed finish without fish eyeing. a dent. In these areas, the color and grain of
Solvent-based putties like Famowood or the wood is intact and filling with pigmented
DAP wood dough are good for small holes filler will cause more of an obvious blem-
and great for edges and corners where wax ish. First, I try steaming the divot with a few
won’t have the structural integrity needed. drops of water and an iron. Often this will
These come in a variety of colors and can be swell the wood, and once sanded back flush,
intermixed to adjust the color and dry quickly. the color and texture matches perfectly.
For better adhesion, add a small drop of If the dent still remains, fill with any clear
white glue to the mixture, which will also resin, which allows the surface to be flush
work with water-based fillers. For very fine and the color to show through from below. I
seams, you can create a simple home mixture like to use a UV or blue light-catalyzed resin
of fine sawdust and shellac or PVA glue. like BluFixx, which is a pen that has a squeeze
dispenser on one end and a blue light on the
Accent instead other. BluFixx comes in a variety of colors. I
A clear or colored resin can be applied and cured As an alternative, instead of trying to hide like clear and black for knots.
with a LED repair pen. a defect, you might consider accenting the Lightly sand the void with 220 grit, and
natural blemish with a contrasting inlay using then add a few drops of resin to the void.
flush with a hard block of wood wrapped in a colored wax, pigmented resin, and mineral or Apply a piece of clear packing tape and
cotton rag and a few drops of mineral spirits. metal dust. squeegee the resin flush with a putty knife.
There are harder low-heat wax sticks that Filling a void with crushed turquois and Shine the blue light through the tape. It will
are better for slightly larger voids, 1/8” to mother of pearl or copper dust is easy to do. set up in about 10 seconds. Remove the tape,
1/4” in diameter. These waxes are hard Simply fill the small void with the dry pow- sand flush and you’re good to go.
enough to prevent a fingernail from pushing der and adhere with CA glue. Once set, it Scott Grove is an art furniture maker, sculp-
in and require a heat gun, iron or open flame can be sanded flush and finished. For larger tor, and YouTube personality who selective-
to melt in place. Once they set, use an old voids, add epoxy to the mix. If the void is re- ly teaches and lectures, most notably at the
credit card as a scraper to flush it down, then ally deep, fill with resin until left with a small Marc Adams School of Woodworking and
buff with spirits and a cloth. void, then apply the accent powder. Typically The Chippendale School of Furniture in Scot-
All of these wax crayons come in a variety a second coat of fine powder is required to fill land. For more, visit www.imaginegrove.com
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THE CUTTING EDGE
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Add to a CNC’s capabilities with


artistic software and tooling

A
3-axis CNC router can do more a sign made from a logo. Simply import the
than just machine sheet stock for logo into VCarve, which will change the raster
cabinets. Given the right software image into a vector file, create a tool path, and
and tooling, other than a spiral cut- then produce a tool path simulation.
ting end mill, a 3-axis CNC router can gener- One very useful operation for cabinetmak-
ate more artistic items than cabinets. ers is VCarve’s ability to create molding tool
There are many CAD programs that can paths, which can be used to create cross sec-
generate drawings for 2.5D and 3D projects. tion profiles, arches, frames and fluting. Parts
At the top of the list is probably Rhino. It is nesting is also included.
extremely versatile and relatively inexpensive. Aspire is Vectric’s most comprehensive pro-
However, its complexity does make it time gram. It has all of VCarve’s features plus oth-
consuming to learn. ers aimed at production of true 3D objects.
Rhino does not have an integrated CAM Artistic digital fabrication requires angled
package. There’s a separate program, Rhino or tapered bits. Quality is important because
CAM Art, for tool path generation. Both pro- you’ll be making lots of cross grain cuts. I
grams sell for about $1,300. recommend bits with replaceable cutters. It’s
SketchUp is another option. It is quite easy also a good idea to purchase sign-making kits.
to learn and has numerous third-party plug- You’ll save money and have the necessary bits
ins for artistic work. MeshCAM Pro will con- at once. Amana Tools, Freud and Onsrud offer
vert native SketchUp files into tool paths and such kits.
has some CAD abilities as well as an optional Adding software and tooling for artistic
3D tool path simulator, Cut View Simulator. work is a great way to keep your CNC run-
It also has the capability to take raster image ning and add extra income. An employee
files such as JPGs, BMPs and PNGs, and con- who is already versed in cabinetmaking soft-
vert them to 3D files that can be used to create ware can easily learn the new software, and
a tool path. This means that images from the your customers will appreciate the finely
Internet and digital cameras can be used to detailed work.
create objects and products for customers. The
total cost of SketchUp, MeshCAM and Cut
View Simulator is about $1,100. Register for NWFA’s
Vectric offers a number of programs that can Wood Flooring Expo
be used with a 3-axis router to produce artistic
objects, VCarve Pro and Aspire, priced at $699 Registration is open for the National
and $1,995, respectively. Both programs have Wood Flooring Association’s Wood Floor-
CAD, CAM and tool path simulation. They are ing Expo, scheduled for Apr. 11-14 in
easy to learn and use. Tampa, Fla.
Vectric is very dedicated to providing ongo- “We are really looking forward to
ing user support, which includes an annual user bringing our industry together for an-
group meeting, online videos and user blogs. other tremendous show,” Michael Mar-
VCarve has CAD drawing tools, including tin, NWFA president and CEO, said in a
a line, rectangle, circle, and oval, as well as a statement. “With the continued success of
free drawing instrument. It can import a vari- NWFA University, bringing Hardwood
ety of 2D vector files, such as DWG, DXF, EPS, Floors Magazine in-house, and increased
AI, PDF, SKP and SVG, and create tool paths engagement with our members, we have
that appear on screen as 3D images. It can also more to offer than ever and know that
raster image files. will make this year’s show even better.”
VCarve uses an integral process called For more, visit www.nwfaexpo.org.
“trace bitmap”, which traces the imported ras-
ter image. For instance, say a customer wanted

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Bob King started his stair
making business, King & Co.,
at the age of 24. While much
has changed over the past
32 years, a commitment to
quality has never wavered.
By Jennifer Hicks

W
hat goes up must come down in the stair busi-
ness, though that hasn’t been the case for King &
Co. in Marlborough, Mass., celebrating its 32nd
year anniversary.
Owner Bob King and his six-person crew complete about 20 proj-
ects per year in a 6,000-sq-ft.-shop, recently outfitted with more au-
tomated machinery. The shop has hundreds of high-end staircases
in its portfolio, gracing residences in New England and beyond.
The goal of King & Co. is to support the customer – whether it’s
an architect, homebuilder or homeowner – every step of the way,
providing design, fabrication, finishing and installation services.
“My approach with a builder is to take the issues of the stairs out
of their concern,” says King. “Many other trades tie their work into
the stairs, including electricians, trim carpenters and framers. As the
business has evolved into larger projects, the shop drawings and the
PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON (SHOP)

office end of it has become much more involved.”

Stepping up
King was born and raised in Keene, N.H., and started out as a car-
penter, working for a custom homebuilder while still in high school.
He was supervising by the age of 24, when he decided to become a
business owner.
“That wasn’t supposed to happen until I was around 30,” says
King. “My wife Diana (the shop’s co-owner and bookkeeper) was

MARCH 2018 WWW.WOODSHOPNEWS.COM 35


These days, King spends about as much time nurturing client rela-
tionships as he does building stairs. He doesn’t need to advertise, but
he does need to clearly articulate the capabilities of his shop.
(From left) Nate Clay cuts a walnut handrail on “If a client calls me, I can do well selling the job. I’ve never really ad-
the shop’s Shoda Iron Works NC-1U 5-axis CNC; vertised. When I first started out I had a brochure, then got our website
Harry Carson, Eric Rabold and shop foreman Ar- up and running. That really started to expand business,” he says.
mand Paquette secure a vacuum bag, and stairs “We typically get stair concept plans from the architects, and then
being assembled. resolve the details. We generate shop drawings and do 3D model
renderings for approval and fabricate from there. When there’s direct
correspondence with the owners I can give them the right informa-
extremely supportive. She said going into business was my goal, so I tion to make the best choices. Ultimately, they always tell me they
should try it. I had not considered it, but with her support and blessing, will never look at a staircase the same way again. By that point they
I started the business and never looked back.” have a better understanding and appreciation that the stair is a cen-
That first business, Robert C. King Builder/Cabinetmaker, did reno- tral part of the house aesthetically and functionally, as important as a
vations with a focus on trim and casework. He quickly realized oppor- kitchen and a bathroom.”
tunities with custom stair building and took the time to learn the basics
through trial and error. Tapping into technology
“It’s a specialty and there was no one in the area doing stair work,” King relocated to his current shop 20 years ago. It’s been expanded
King recalls. “I figured I can build the parts in my shop and take them twice to accommodate a pair Shoda CNC machines. The first, a two-
out to the site. Once I started doing them, it became apparent it was a head model, was purchased 13 years ago when he had four employees.
good direction for a business.” “At that point our business was continually growing and I got it to
He started with straight and L-shaped designs, and then progressed expand our ability to do curved and complex work more easily. That
to more complicated work. King relished the challenge. basically changed our business. It dramatically improved the level of
service we could offer the clients which took us to much higher-end
Exponential growth projects,” says King.
His market started to expand around 1992, particularly around the After witnessing proven results from one CNC, King purchased a
ski resort areas of northern New England. 5-axis model six years ago to do even more detailed work.
“Most of our work comes from builders we’ve worked with before. “They’ve expanded our horizons with the amount of curved work
We never look at working with a builder or architect as a one-time deal. and rail work we do. The CNCs have allowed us to maintain a higher
We always look at it as the start of a long-term relationship,” says King. consistent standard of quality and keep up with demanding schedules.
PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON

Nowadays, most projects are in the six-figure range. Most are for new So we’re able to turn around complex jobs in a much timelier fashion,”
construction or extensive remodels. says King.
“The general market we cater to is homes in the $2 to $10 million The shop started using Staircon software two years ago. It is a Swed-
range,” says King. “We’ve also done a special project for $60 million ish-based 3D parametric modeling program created for stair manufactur-
home in Ohio, through a prominent architect, and for an $80 million ing that is still relatively new to the U.S., according to King. It has a web-
coastal home on Mount Desert Island, Maine. based presentation feature, allowing clients to simply click on a link to
Commercial jobs are rare, due to code issues for public buildings, King says. approve drawings, choose baluster options, request a finish, and more.

36 WWW.WOODSHOPNEWS.COM MARCH 2018


A comfortable pace Two stunning staircases from the shop’s extensive portfolio.
King is pleased with the consistency of the shop’s day-to-day opera-
tions. He has no plans to add employees or change the scope of work. At some point, King hopes to hand he reigns to his son-in-law, Nate
Occasionally, the shop produces millwork and flooring requests from Clay, currently responsible for the shop’s CNC programming.
its regular customers. “I’m 56 and envision being involved in the business until my early
King is also secretary of the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Asso- 70s. In ten years I want to turn the bulk of the operation to Nate and
ciation. “I’m very involved with the SMA,” he says. “I’ve been in it for just come in to work,” says King.
about 12 years and I used to contact [executive director] Dave Cooper a “We currently have all the work we can handle and an extensive
lot for code information. They do workshop tours around the country, backlog. We’re fortunate that we can pick and choose our jobs. A lot of
including last July at our facility.” businesses can’t do that.”
King reveals that when he first started, he was intimidated around other Contact: King & Co., 8 Roxbury Road, Marlborough, NH 03455. Tel:
stairmakers but now it’s all about building relationships with them. 603-876-4900. www.kingstair.com

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SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION Making The Best Cabinets for 2018

Making the best Cabinets


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Once cabinet parts are machined and assembled, they need to be coated. Keeping up with changes
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stellar record for service and delivery. Outsourcing puts a shop’s reputation on the line, so it’s a good idea
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Making The Best Cabinets for 2018 SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION

A Full Range Of Machines


provide repeat-ability and accuracy.
The HSD spindle uses CP4 DB bear-
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Castaly Machine can help wood-
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When it comes to making the best cabinets matic pusher feed system, reduced cycle time opened an American branch of the FineCNC
and furniture, Castaly Machine in La Puente, and perfect square cutting accuracy. The TS- manufacturer. That allows direct product
Calif. offers a wide range of top-quality, rea- P10AAT is driven by a super performance 1/2 shipments to woodshops across North Amer-
sonably priced options for woodshops of any HP AC servo motor for accuracy within 0.002”, ica from the 26,000 square foot warehouse
size, from one-man operations to large scale in- and it delivers a high feed rate from 16 to 98 in Los Angeles. And also from that location,
dustrial manufacturers. The selection includes, FPM. There is an option for printing labels. Castaly can provide service calls, complete
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moulders, wide-belt sanders, edge, curve and rolled steel, and the carriage runs on highly Castaly Industries Corp. invites prospective
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strives to ensure that its equipment meets the saw carriage, and an automatic saw stroke re- in person before purchasing, and discuss needs
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rability. And the team is constantly adding op- erally adjusted for a burr-free cut or vertically turers that have production sites in Central and
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P10AAT, which is a 10’ Auto Pusher Beam Also new from Castaly is the Pro-408 CNC Manufacturers (OEM) and original design man-
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panels quickly and efficiently. It has advanced with its automatic infeed loader with scissors shop owners can visit the company’s Facebook
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belt. There’s an 8-station ro-
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SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION Making The Best Cabinets for 2018

Outsourcing Can Be A Game


Changer
When it comes to making the best cabinets drawer box options, trendy new col-
and furniture, sometimes the smartest policy or finishes, and accessories such as
is… don’t. Outsourcing from a specialist can be floating shelves that have a hollow
both cost effective and timely. It gives a wood- core and can be ordered in various
shop the chance to catch up and stay current species – raw, stained or painted.
on jobs, and because some outsourced suppli- Keeping up with, and sometimes
ers can apply vast experience and economies of ahead of, such design trends allows
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be surprisingly right. However, there is a po- customers more choices in the best
tential pitfall. A woodshop’s reputation is rid- cabinetry and furniture.
ing on the quality of the outsourced supplier’s
work and the timeliness of its delivery. So it’s
absolutely critical to go with proven results.
And that’s where Elias Woodwork in Win-
kler, Manitoba comes in. Besides being located
at the very center of North America (the per-
fect shipping location), the team at Elias has
been building some of the world’s best case-
work since 1983. And a dedication to the prin-
ciples of lean manufacturing has allowed the
company to grow in both volume and quality
over the decades. In fact, it’s now one of the
most vibrant, successful and growing suppli-
ers on the continent. With a quarter of a mil-
lion square feet of production space and a vast
array of choices, Elias can transform a custom
woodshop’s catalog and make it more com-
petitive, more appealing and more profitable.
They pride themselves on using state of the
art equipment and strict quality control proce-
dures. Combined with their competitive pric-
ing, Elias can be the ideal supplier. Some of the
latest additions include new door styles, more

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Making The Best Cabinets for 2018 SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION

The U.S Coatings Market is at a Crossroads

This is a unique time to be in the wood coat- when it comes to pot-life. The going rate on The experience of European coatings is
ings industry in the United States. Now more CV pot-life is typically 24 hours for clears and reaching Stateside of late, and it’s catching the
than ever, American finishers and woodshop 8 hours for pigmented. (There are, of course, attention of both finishers and shop owners.
owners are finding that they need to juggle exceptions to this.) Coatings factory reps have They’re learning that 2Ks are quickly bridging
price and quality to find the best answers. been saying for years that shops can leave the gap, and soon will replace varnishes as the
Consequently, they’re researching options product in the pump overnight and pick it up standard for high-end cabinetry, millwork and
like never before, and because of that the team the next day and spray. But nobody can real- furniture finishing.
at Milesi is fielding more and more questions istically do that and still put out a consistent Visit Milesi online, and discover how
about 2k urethanes over conversion varnish- finish. Most woodworkers will set up in the experience pays.
es. Milesi is a brand of the IVM Group, which morning, spray until lunchtime, and after
is one of the largest and most influential wood lunch they’ll stir the coating, re-circulate the
coatings manufacturers in the world. And the pump and start up again. But with urethanes,
answers those shop owners find are surprising they can simply mix product for the morn-
a lot of people. ing and spray. After the break, product can
2K urethanes are actually more user friendly. be quickly mixed for the afternoon. Bottom
With typical industry standard varnishes, a line: both methods use the same amount of
shop sees small catalysation ratios from 10% to time. Typical 2k urethanes pot-life on clears
as low as 2%, and some coatings manufactur- is 4-6 hours (up to 24 hours on some), and
ers have one catalyst for the sealer and a dif- 2-6 hours on pigmented, depending on
ferent one for the primer and so on. Until now, the product.
this meant that finishers had to keep spread- There’s also a great debate, and some mis-
sheets and break out their calculators just to information, about formaldehyde and isocy-
be able to mix product correctly. Conversion anate. There are actually two types of isocya-
varnish catalyzation ratios are crucial, which nates in European 2Ks – bonding and free.
requires measuring as exactly as possible. If When a woodworker is mixing 2k urethanes, Play Video
one goes too easy on the catalyst, the product the hardener typically has resin in it as well.
will not dry properly, or even not at all. And So, when the user is mixing part A to Part
if one adds too much catalyst, the product can B, they’re virtually mixing with bonding iso- Milesi Wood Coatings
acid bloom or crack. cyanates (which is the one that’s ‘not bad’).
On the flip side, 2k urethanes tend to have Free isocyanates, on the other hand, are con- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/
simpler ratios such as 50%, 25%, and 10%. This sidered harmful. Formaldehyde is released company/milesiwoodcoatings/
makes it faster to get product ready, without as conversion varnish starts the drying and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
having to learn algebra just to spray a job. crosslinking process. It will stay in the film Milesiwoodcoatings/
Some finishers still think that conversion var- of the coatings for weeks as formaldehyde is E-mail: milesi@milesi.us
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SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION Making The Best Cabinets for 2018

Build The Best, With The Best


Built CNCs
something very comforting about the
way that Limtech works.
And there are plenty of reasons that
those customers love Limtech. For wood-
workers who worry about Windows™,
there’s the fact that the company only
uses stand-alone PLC controllers that
don’t rely on that platform. Customers ries. It enjoys many of the design and operating
never worry about PC crashes, software features of the larger Orion series in terms of
updates, or issues with proprietary soft- reliability and serviceability, but it comes with
ware communications. linear tool changing stations instead of the on-
Limtech users also enjoy the security board carousel tool-changer that’s on the Orion.
One of the most rewarding parts of building and confidence instilled by world class, brand The Centaurus is an excellent quality and very
casework in the age of Industry 4.0 is oppor- name components such as HSD spindles and affordable machine with standard features and
tunity. Advanced technology provides us with Fanuc controllers. Those parts are easy to available options that are designed for nested
a way to find a global solution to a local chal- source, which keeps maintenance costs down. base manufacturing, specifically with cabinetry
lenge. A woodshop owner can literally travel And speaking of maintenance, the company and closet systems that take advantage of in-
the world without leaving the office, and dis- configures its products with the industry’s line 32mm line boring in the X and Y axes.
cover new ways to increase profitability and highest mechanical drive configuration, such as The larger Orion series is the company’s flag-
production. A prime example of this bounty is servo motor with ball screw, or with planetary ship, and it is “built like a tank” from its table
Limtech Industries, which is located in North gearbox and helical rack and pinion systems. frame construction to the size of the compo-
Carolina and brings the best of global engi- This means that Limtech machines require low nents used. It has three linear guide bearings
neering and manufacturing to the doorstep of maintenance and have a simple service ori- for each guide rail on all three axes. Plus, it
America’s woodshops. ented design: a woodworker can replace most comes with a FANUC controller including the
Limtech’s Asian factories design and build components or perform simple adjustments monitor and keypad, plus servos, drivers, am-
its products, meeting the company’s strident without requiring that a certified field service plifiers and PLC, and it’s backed by a 2-year
specifications at every stage from construction engineer is onsite. warranty from Fanuc America. And the Pega-
to configuration, features, and the brand name That kind of solution is made all the easier sus series shares all the same features and build
components used. All products are uniquely because technical support on the company’s specs as the Orion, but its larger frame format
designed and built from scratch the Limtech CNCs is… free! And after a woodshop buys a allows it to be fully customizable regarding
way, and the result is a perfect meeting of machine, its operator receives log in informa- table size, spindle, tool changer and Z-stroke
quality and cost. Woodshops receive state-of- tion to access a customers’ portal for general configurations. It’s the ideal machine for wood-
the-art engineering and support at affordable, technical documents such as manuals and op- shops looking for a heavy duty machine with
reasonable prices. With a long list of satisfied erating instructions. desirable, custom options.
customers who are more than willing to share There are three series of machines available. With Limtech, it’s not where the products are
their experience with shop owners, there’s The Centaurus is the entry level industrial se- built, it’s how.

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Finish manufacturers have been
working overtime to produce
new products for the wood industry

Finishes are mostly fluid, and so is the nature of the cabinet and fur-
niture coatings industry. Here, technology is constantly evolving, in
part thanks to innovations from the automobile and hardwood flooring
industries, and also because of new chemistry, improved pneumat-
ics, and the global growth of technical knowledge. But most of the big
changes happen within the industry.
Take, for example, what happened in Pittsburg on Jan. 30. Industry
giant PPG (ppgindustrialcoatings.com) announced the opening of a wood
coatings research and development lab at its Springdale, Pa., facility.
The lab is dedicated to developing industrial coatings for wood prod-
ucts, and to that end it employs chemists, technicians and color stylists
who are supported by the latest application, mixing, testing and ana-
lytical technology. Among the technical emphases for the laboratory
are ultra-violet(UV)-cure coatings, which emit virtually no volatile or-
ganic compounds (VOCs) when applied; waterborne and solvent-borne
coatings; and specialty products such as electro-beam(EB)-cure coatings
and ink resins for resilient flooring. PPG has more than 100 years of ex-
perience in the wood coatings industry, a longevity that is perhaps due
to forward-thinking moves such as this new lab. The company manu-
factures toners, primers, stains, fillers, sealers, glazes and topcoats.
Globally, one of the more unusual recent evolutions in topcoating is
the manipulation of other gases for the air in pneumatic delivery sys-
tems. One of these is Nitrotherm Spray, a coating for wood and carv-

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By John English

ings that uses spray guns to deliver a mix of air and heated nitrogen,
developed by Eurosider (eurosider.com), a manufacturer in Grosseto,
Italy. Among the advantages of coating wood using this technique are
that less material is sprayed; more paint adheres to the wood; there is
almost no material dispersion in the environment due to ionized nitro-
gen (which eliminates the electrostatic particles from wood); a shorter
drying time is required for carved materials and complex surfaces; and
it also takes less time to spray the coatings.
Some technologies help with cost. Axalta (axaltawoodcoatings.com)
supplies varnishes, glazes, stains and lacquers that are available in
ultra-low VOC and HAPs-free, formaldehyde-free and isocyanate-free
formulations. Its wood coating lines including Zenith, Ultraguard,
Lifeshield, and Color Choice, and last fall, the company expanded
its industrial Tufcote product line with Tufcote Hydro 2.1 HG, and
Tufcote Hydro LV HG waterborne acrylic products. The new collection
of waterborne coatings is formulated to meet the demand for economy
industrial products, and may be used on wood surfaces.
“We are excited to add waterborne products to our growing Tufcote
portfolio,” said John Corry, the product director for industrial sales in
North America. “Their formulation offers building industries such as
healthcare offices, hospitals, and schools, a cost-effective coating that is
USDA approved for use in areas with incidental food contact that is easy
to apply, delivers outstanding adhesion, and variable gloss levels.”

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Milesi is a brand of the IVM Group, which is one of the largest and IN THE LAB
most influential wood coatings manufacturers in the world. It is lead- Formaldehyde has been a challenge for the coatings industry for a
ing a movement, born in Europe and now gaining serious ground in the long time, but manufacturers around the world have made a stand
U.S., that changes the standard coating from conversion varnish to 2K of late.
urethanes where the catalyst is in a separate container. A good example is Renner Wood Coatings (rennerwoodcoatings.com),
which began manufacturing in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012. Its research fa-
LED CURING cility in Italy employs 46 chemists who have turned much of their focus
Rubio Monocoat (rubiomonocoatusa.com) in Spicewood, Texas, is on formaldehyde-free coatings. Formaldehyde has traditionally been
known for its oil finishes that offer natural ingredients. Now the com- used in this industry as an antibacterial, anti-fermentation and anti-
pany has launched LED Oil, which is cured by running coated product mold solution, but it is also toxic. According to Renner, concentrations
under a bank of LED lights. It is available in 40 standard colors, looks of the chemical may cause respiratory and eye irritation, especially in
and feels more ‘natural’ than many other coatings, offers easy mainte- asthmatic or allergic individuals, and it is lethal if swallowed or inhaled
nance and can be cured in the woodshop, on the jobsite and even with in large quantities. Renner Italia decided to eliminate formaldehyde
a hand-held dryer. LED Oil is suitable for flooring, furniture, stairs and and its parent compounds from its water-based coatings, and its wood
other hard to reach areas, according to the company. coatings are now completely formaldehyde free.
In these days of painted casework, where Houzz recently reported Another company worth watching in the field of research is Very-
that almost half of new cabinets come in white, woodworkers will find lak (verylak.com), a new player that was formed by Canlak, DAAS &
it interesting that Benjamin Moore & Co. recently introduced Ultra Spec Partners, and Verinlegno. Based in Lewisville, N.C., it combines North
Scuff-X. The company describes it as the first-of-its-kind, one-compo- American and EU technologies, and has labs in both Canada and Italy.
nent interior latex paint engineered specifically to resist scuffmarks in Products include solvent-based lacquers and varnishes, water-based
high-traffic, commercial environments. products, UV coatings, products low in VOCs, polyesters and polyure-
“Our proprietary scuff-resistant technology minimizes repainting, thanes.
retouching and cleaning, while offering easy application, low odor and Another company with strong Italian roots is Ontario-based ICA
quick dry-time,” said Alfredo Valiente, Benjamin Moore’s brand manager. North America (icaamerica.biz), which imports water and solvent stain
R&D Coatings (rdcoatings.com) in McKees Rocks, Pa., started out systems, 2k solvent-borne polyurethanes, polyesters, and some of the
making solvent-based coatings, and today offers water-based and UV very latest water-borne products. Its new Urban Matter range of wood
finishes. It now offers UV industrial wood stains that maintain a con- coatings has a distinctively metropolitan feel. It’s composed of high-
sistent color during production runs, according to the company. And impact, material-like effects that give the impression of textiles, fabrics
woodshops that are unable to stain wood, but would like to change and other tensile surfaces.
the shade or color of a product, can use R&D’s UV curable Toned Top AcromaPro, from the Sherwin-Williams Co., offers AccuStain in a
Coats to accomplish that. combination of 16 alkyd colorants and three clear mixing bases. The

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mixing system provides clean, rich colors and has soft set-
tling characteristics for color consistency. And the spray
version, AccuStain Spray Stain, also offers a combination
of three solvent blend formulas as a guide to formulate
spray (no wipe) bases for interior woodwork. These sug-
gested solvent bases “are for high production shop ap-
plications where line efficiency is critical in allowing the
operator to spray without further manipulating the stain
with a rag,” according to the company. These spray stain
formulas provide a softer appearance compared to stan-
dard wipe stain applications and can be customized to fit
line requirements.
Mid America (midamcoat.com) offers a full line of sol-
vent- and water-based UV coatings for wood, including
urethanes, acrylics, two component and self-crosslinking
systems. The solvent-based products include pre and post-
cat lacquers and conversion varnishes. The company’s UV
1010 tint-able clear UV coating for wood can be applied
with a spray or vacuum system and meets or exceeds all
KCMA standards.
And Teknos (teknos.com) has built a brand new technol-
ogy and training center in the company’s Rajamäki facili-
ties in Finland. The facilities also allow the company to test
its own products before commercializing them, and do so
in the circumstances where they will be used.

OTHER RESOURCES
M.L. Campbell (mlcampbell.com) introduced the Polarion
2K acrylic polyurethane system, consisting of sealers, Urban Matter from ICA North America can be applied and massaged to give the impres-
primers, and clear and pigmented topcoats with a full sion of textiles, fabrics and other tensile surfaces.

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on the jobsite.

turn-key production from initial drawings to


finished parts. Once a shop sends drawings and
finish specs to the company, it works with a
network of MDF mills and CNC machining com-
panies to source materials and finish them in its
UV powder coating facility. Its UVMax brand is
a UV-cured powder coating that flows smoothly
over contoured shapes, edges and 3D surfaces.
Gemini Coatings (gemini-coatings.com) has loca-
tions throughout the U.S. and offers a complete
line of wood finishing products and support
materials including conversion varnishes, pre-
catalyzed lacquers, stains, touch up and repair
products, primers and sealers, urethanes, acryl-
ics, waterbornes, and exterior wood stains in its
TWP product family.
Old Masters pays homage to the current trend
toward gray floors with two new colors, Aged
Oak and Weathered Wood. There are samples of
range of sheens, all using just one catalyst and mix ratio. This these on various wood species on the website, myoldmasters.com.
simple combination makes it ideal for use on large surfaces such Unearthed Paints (unearthedpaints.com) has changed the name of its
as conference tables and bar tops, or any interior wood surface that main wood finish to Naked Floor Hardwax Oil. The product is mostly
requires a hard durable finish, according to the company. used as a floor finish, providing a natural alternative to polyurethane,
M.L. Campbell has also introduced Agua- and it can also be used as a hard finish on
lente Plus, a waterborne pre-cat that is a one furniture. For every applied square foot of its
component, VOC compliant system that pro- oils, paints and plasters that are purchased, the
vides a hard, durable, stain resistant finish for business buys one square foot of rain forest and
interior wood surfaces. donates it back to indigenous peoples.
General Finishes in East Troy, Wis., was
founded in 1928 by a Milwaukee lumber com- PROTECTIVE
pany to make finishes for its cabinet-shop Some coatings are designed for endurance,
customers. The company has a very intuitive and nothing tests that more than a maritime
guide to its topcoats on its website, generalfin- existence. Bristol Finishes (bristolfinish.us) was
ishes.com. originally founded in Virginia Beach, Va., to
IC&S (ics-ilva.com) handles a wide range of create solutions for boat owners. The com-
products from the Italian supplier Ilva. In- pany’s Classic Clear Water Based Urethane is
cluded are interior and exterior waterborne a ready-to-use, self-activating urethane finish.
systems, UV cured finishes, polyester, polyure- CCI/FinishWorks (ccifinishworks.net) has
thane and acrylic urethane systems. locations throughout North America and its
BTD Wood Powder Coating (btdwoodpowder- Aristo Shield product is designed to make a
coating.com) in Brainerd, Minn., is a manufac- finish more resistance to scratches and marring.
turer of powder-coated wood components, and For woodshops using clear coatings, How-
has been coating MDF since 2002. ard Products Inc. (howardsproducts.com) in
Integra Doors in Greenville, S.C., offers pow- Paso Robles, Calif., offers a range of prod-
der-coated MDF custom cabinet doors and ucts designed to protect and enhance and
moldings, and the company presents a pretty preserve them. Those include Restore-A-
good argument for going this route. A page Finish, Restore-A-Shine, SunShield, Cutting
on its website, integradoors.com, describes in Board Cleaner, a butcher-block conditioner,
detail the process whereby custom MDF doors paste wax and other polishes.
are coated with epoxy powder and an acrylic And shops with an interest in achieving a
binder and then heated, which causes the pow- traditional shellac look may want to take a
der to gel and flow, bonding to the surface and look at Royal-Lac from ShellacFinishes (shel-
completely sealing the piece. lacfinishes.com) in San Diego. This post-cat
Another significant player in the powder- wood finish delivers the look and feel of shel-
coated wood field, DVUV (dvuv.com) in Cleve- Eurosider’s delivery system mixes air with heat- lac with quick curing, high solids and low
land, makes finished parts to order, providing ed nitrogen. levels of VOCs.

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The natural look of wood is in, according to various reports, and there’s some
amazing stock available from specialty hardwood dealers
By John English

W
oodshops that produce flooring are usually among the first “on cabinets and floors, we’re moving away from white and gray into
to notice new consumer appetites. The buyer-driven trends wood tones and finishes.” Again, the stress isn’t so much on species as
that they watch have a strong influence on the species of hard- treatment, and the tendency seems to be a return to warmer textures.
woods in the market, and also on the way they are processed. A recent Houzz (houzz.com) report, called the 2018 Kitchen Trends
Among the indicators of taste this spring are several tendencies Study, notes that 43 percent of new kitchen cabinets are still white. The
toward the past – wider and also more varied width boards; grays good news for woodworkers is 73 percent of the survey respondents
and muted colors that work better with monotone cabinetry; a return want custom or semi-custom cabinets. Shaker-style, five-part, flat-panel
to parquet hardwood tiles; and even a revival of 1970’s intentional doors still rule, appearing in 57 percent of new kitchens. On the other
distressing. With flooring, while the species is definitely important, it hand, Houzz also noted that genuine hardwood floors are continuing
doesn’t seem to be quite as much an issue as the treatment and finish. to lose ground to engineered hardwoods and laminates.
Marni Jameson of the Times-Picayune in New Orleans wrote in But real wood, it seems, is gaining ground against foil and paint on
January that she sees shades of blue-green as the top designer color cabinets at about the rate that it is losing out to laminate flooring. And
this year, along with blackened floors (yup, black!), although she says just to confuse the heck out of woodworkers, the online real estate data-
that gray stain continues to be popular. And she quotes Beverly Hills base Zillow is also questioning the industry’s faith in foil by predicting
designer Christopher Grubb (christophergrubb.com) as predicting that the return of medium- and light-toned hardwood cabinetry in 2018. (By

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the way, Zillow also says we’re going to matte metal hardware, which but Talarico Hardwoods in Mohnton, Pa. (which is best known for
reaches even farther back than the ’70s.) old-growth quartered white oak) will soon be offering a selection of
quartered Scottish oak that was purchased from an old estate. Some of
WINDOW SHOPPING it is four feet and better in diameter. Warning: furniture builders and
Woodshops that are ready to jump on that train back to natural surfac- architectural millwork buyers will probably drool over the images on
es are going to find a lot of support from specialty hardwood suppliers. the company’s website, talaricohardwoods.com.
For example, Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford, Pa. (hearnehardwoods. For woodshops that wish to work with some unusual oak, Roberts
com) is currently offering a mix of English sycamore logs, all with a Plywood (roberts-plywood.com) in Deer Park, N.Y., recently offered
wide range of figure. The boards are at least 2” thick with few defects 3,600-year-old fossilized Italian oak logs for sale. They come with car-
beyond small knots and end checks. Hearne is also running a special bon dating certificates verifying the authenticity of each log. These are
this spring on hardwood flooring in a number of species including rus- milled into live edge slabs along with sections of the stump and root.
tic and figured walnut, curly and bird’s-eye maple, and some interest- The company has also just made a flitch of guanacaste available to its
ing European pear. customers (you can learn more about this species and others from The
And for shops that really want something different, Keim Lumber Wood Database, at wood-database.com). The river-reclaimed log was
Co. in Charm, Ohio, stocks more than 60 exotic and specialty wood harvested deep in the jungle of Belize, and it’s a medium to large tree,
species from places as diverse as the West Indies, Africa and the Pacific growing to 75’–105’ tall with a trunk up to 10’ in diameter.
Rim. There’s a virtual tour on the website, keimlumber.com. Woodshops trying to spot trends in specialty hardwoods can also
Woodworkers who build outdoor furniture might want to explore take a virtual, self-guided tour of some of the county’s best suppliers
the possibilities of mukulungu, which is more commonly known as by visiting sites such as Bailey Wood Products in Pennsylvania (bai-
African redwood. According to Northwest Hardwoods (northwesthard- leywp.com); Berkshire Products in Massachusetts (berkshireproducts.com);
woods.com), which has 11 yards on the West Coast and in the Midwest, Eisenbrand Inc. Exotic Hardwoods in California (eisenbrandhardwoods.
mukulungu is a great choice for outdoor use “because of its durability, com); Gilmer Wood Co. in Oregon (gilmerwood.com); L.L. Johnson Lum-
rich color and fine texture.” And with pricing lower than both compos- ber Mfg. Co. in Michigan (theworkbench.com); Lewis Lumber Products in
ites and comparable exotic hardwoods such as ipé, it’s becoming very Pennsylvania (lewislp.com); Northland Forest Products in New Hamp-
trendy of late. Northwest also offers a catalog that runs from alder to shire (northlandforest.com); Rare Woods USA in Maine (rarewoodsusa.
zebrawood, including virtually every species and grade of commercial- com); The Hardwood Connection in Illinois (thehardwoodconnection.com);
ly viable North American hardwood lumber and more than 35 exotics. and West Penn Hardwoods in North Carolina (westpennhardwoods.com).
Many suppliers mentioned to Woodshop News that the peren-
nial quartersawn white oak is once again one of the strongest trends POLITICS AND GLOBAL TRADE
in hardwood. Standing out from the pack there can be a challenge, When it comes to trends in this market, global trade is one of the key

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influences on the species we choose. Supply and demand set prices and Native Hardwoods Initiative.” This proposal would change the des-
availability, so any disruptions in the flow of hardwoods will affect the ignation for thousands of acres in the southern half of the Mohican-
product choices that woodshops offer customers. The heavy hand of Memorial State Forest that previously had been shielded by future old-
Washington has a lot to do with that. growth status as High Conservation Value Forest.
Many of the hardwoods that we use are grown along, and on either And Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been in the news a lot over the
side of, the Canadian border. And most exotics are imported, too. In past few months regarding his plans to shrink the boundaries of many
a throwback to earlier times, the U.S. has recently introduced a phi- National Monuments, modify others, and open vast tracts of federal
losophy of restrictive and protectionist tariffs in a number of industries, land to commercial use that includes forestry. Part of that effort is seen
from solar panels to washing machines and, of course, wood products. as a way to promote homegrown species as an alternative to import-
Our trade partners are astonished that this is happening in a global ing specialty hardwoods from abroad, especially as those imports will
economy that has evolved over the past 40 years to espouse and foster probably be getting a lot more expensive soon because of new tariffs.
free trade. The U.S. government is getting more involved in regulat- For now, it seems that the various sides in this discussion are still
ing the importation of Chinese plywood, the exportation of American sharpening their swords, but there is potential for some fairly disrup-
hardwoods, and the cross-border trade of Canadian forest products, to tive battles in the hardwoods market. And probably more disconcert-
name a few areas of contention. ing is a shift in the price and supply of softwood cores that are used to
There’s support for such policies among some of the titans of indus- create hardwood panels.
try. But lower down on the food chain, employees and consumers are Much of the U.S. government’s involvement in the timber trade is
beginning to wonder how a global trade war might affect the way they an effort to thwart the Chinese practice of buying raw logs in North
shop in terms of prices, options, supply and even their jobs. London’s America, shipping them home, and then add value by processing them
Financial Times, for example, has opined that these new U.S. tariffs will in Chinese mills. Local companies then use cheap labor to manufacture
“likely cause the loss of more jobs than they save.” That’s definitely a cabinets and furniture that are, in turn, marketed back in the U.S. Austra-
concern in the hardwoods industry, but also in woodshops, too. lia has been having the same problem, and the Aussie timber processor
Hermal Group has just begun to work on a new mill in Tasmania that
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environmental issues. There is a movement toward opening logging in plant. It will initially process about 1/3 million cubic yards of plantation
areas that have traditionally been protected, and this will probably af- hardwood logs every year, most of which would otherwise have been
fect the supply and selection of some species. shipped to China for milling. Eucalyptus is not a very stable wood, so it
For example, the Cleveland Plain Dealer recently ran a piece by is probably of more interest as a component than boards. But look Down
James F. McCarty regarding a decision by the Ohio Division of Forestry Under for a new trend in affordable hardwoods over the next few years
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er an active show schedule in 2018, for contemporary art and sculpture, hosted a exhibition setting, titled “Things I Have No
starting with the ArtFest in Fort Mey- special “Pop-Up” event for the New Hamp- Words For”, accompanied by painting from
ers, Fla., followed by 15 more venues. shire Furniture Masters Association on Feb. 3-4. Amy Brnger, Abba Cudney, Jarid Del Deo
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at Dog Patch Studios and Hyatt Regency in dreds of exhibitors and dozens of seminars to

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ings, classes or shows of inter- maximum production, profit and efficiency.
est to professional or hobbyist COLORADO Location: Georgia World Congress Center in
woodworkers are invited to sub- March 1-2 — Cabinet Makers Association’s Atlanta. www.iwfatlanta.com
mit items to: Calendar, Woodshop News, national conference. Scheduled agenda in-
10 Bokum Road, Essex, CT 06426; editorial@ cludes educational seminars, networking HAWAII
woodshopnews.com. events and keynote address by furniture May 1-4 — Woodworking Industry Con-
Include name, dates, location, description maker Paul Downs. Location: Crowne Plaza ference (WIC 2018), sponsored by the Wood
of event and a contact address or telephone Denver Airport Convention Center in Den- Machinery Manufacturers of America, will
number. Calendar items, which should be ver. www.cabinetmakers.org address wood industry topics through semi-
typed or printed clearly, must be received a nars, panelists and networking events. Loca-
minimum of 60 days before the event. FLORIDA tion: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in
Please note that fees, as listed, might not Ongoing — The Dunedin Fine Art Center Maui. www.woodworkingindustryconference.
include materials or shop fees. Check with a is offering six-week woodturning classes at com
specific class for further details. its Cottage Campus taught by AAW profes-
— Compiled by Jennifer Hicks sional member Tony Marsh for beginners LOUISIANA
and intermediate-level participants. Full- March 18-20 — International Wood Prod-
CALIFORNIA day classes are held on Thursdays. Call 727- ucts Association’s 62 annual World of Wood
Monthly — San Fernando Valley Wood- 298-3322 or e-mail education@dfac.org. Convention Location: Hotel Monteleone in
workers meetings are held on the third Monthly — Woodcrafters Club of Tampa New Orleans. www.iwpa.org
Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the meets every third Thursday evening at 3809
Balboa Park Sports Complex, Gym Building, W. Broad St. in Tampa. www.tampawood- MARYLAND
at 17015 Burbank Boulevard in Encino. www. crafters.org Monthly — The Howard County Wood-
sfvw.org workers Guild meets the first Saturdays of
GEORGIA the month at the Bain Senior Center at 5470
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wood. For information, email Manny Fleck- April 21 — Rochester Woodworkers So- ers Guild meets the last Thursday of every
er at aaron0641@hotmail.com ciety Members Showcase, featuring work month (except August) at various members’
from nine categories and demonstrations by shops. The club has hand tool and wood-
MASSACHUSETTS guild members. Location: Eisenhart Audito- turning groups. www.sdwoodworker.org
July 19-22 — Society of American Period rium at the Rochester Museum and Science
Furniture Makers’ mid-year event. An an- Center in Rochester. www.rochesterwoodwork-
nual gathering for members and guests to ers.org Würth Baer acquires
attend workshops, lectures and more. Loca- May 20-23 — International Contempo- Akins Machinery
tion: Old Sturbridge Village. www.sapfum.org rary Furniture Fair, an annual show fea-
turing more than 800 international exhibi- Würth Baer Supply Co., a division of
NEW MEXICO tors and 36,000 attendees. Location: Jacob Würth Craft Line North America, recently
April 25-28 — Stairbuilders and Manufac- K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. completed the acquisition of Akins Ma-
turers Association’s annual conference. At- www.icff.com chinery Inc. in Londonderry, N.H.
tendees will experience networking events, Akins, a full service SCM Group North
seminars and a special event at the city’s NORTH CAROLINA America dealer, service support center
Loretto Chapel, featuring the famous Mirac- Monthly – Triangle Woodworkers Asso- and machinery rebuild house, has been
ulous Staircase. Location: La Fonda on the ciation meetings held on third Thursday of servicing the Northeast woodworking
Plaza in Santa Fe. www.stairways.org each month at 7 p.m. at Klingspor’s Wood- market for over 20 years.
working Shop in MacGregor Village in Cary. “We are very excited about this new
NEW YORK www.trianglewoodworkers.com development especially since Dick Akins
Monthly — Sawdust and Woodchips and his entire team will continue to run
Woodworking Association meetings are PENNSYLVANIA the business with the strategic support
held on the first Wednesday of each month April 13-15 — 24th annual Philadelphia and backing of Würth Baer Supply Com-
at 6:30 p.m. at the Cold Springs Fire Depart- Furniture Show showcasing artisan quality pany,” vice president John Geraghty said
ment in Baldwinsville. www.sawdustwood- furniture and home furnishings. Location: in a statement.
chips.org 23rd St. Armory in Philadelphia. www.phila- Würth Baer Supply Co. has also opened
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sociation meetings held on second Thursday Mich., and Leetsdale, Pa.
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to build your dream log or timber Anderson America Corp ...........................................................................................................................7
home — all under one roof! Beaver Tools ......................................................................................................................................................16, 28
Berkshire Products.......................................................................................................................................60
Bessey Tools North America .................................................................................................................18
Boaters University..........................................................................................................................................C3
California Air Tools .........................................................................................................................................12
Castaly Machine..............................................................................................................................................9, 40
Castle Inc..............................................................................................................................................................26
Charles G.G. Schmidt & Co......................................................................................................................13
Colonial Saw Co. ..............................................................................................................................................47, 51
Connecticut Saw & Tool ............................................................................................................................27
Crazy Horse Dolly, LLC ................................................................................................................................58
DanAmAir ..........................................................................................................................................................53
DC Distributing .................................................................................................................................................19
Elias Woodwork and Manufacturing.................................................................................................41
Felder USA ..........................................................................................................................................................4
Festool USA........................................................................................................................................................2
Forrest Manufacturing ...............................................................................................................................53
Frontline Engineering ...................................................................................................................................31
Grizzly Industrial Inc. ......................................................................................................................................32-33
Hafele America Co. .......................................................................................................................................57
Hearne Hardwoods ......................................................................................................................................15
Hoffman Machine Co...................................................................................................................................54
Irion Lumber Co...............................................................................................................................................38
Keystone Wood Specialties.....................................................................................................................55
Laguna Tools .....................................................................................................................................................17
Lignomat USA Ltd..........................................................................................................................................14
Limtech Industries .........................................................................................................................................43
INDIANAPOLIS, IN DENVER, CO
Log & Timber Home Show ......................................................................................................................63
March 9-11 September 28-30
Martin Woodworking Machines ..........................................................................................................60
MINNEAPOLIS, MN MARLBOROUGH, MA Milesi Wood Coatings. ................................................................................................................................42
March 23-24 October 26-28
Monarch Metal Fabrication ....................................................................................................................10
GATLINBURG, TN ASHEVILLE, NC New England Drawer...................................................................................................................................56
April 6-7 November 2-4 Oneida Air Systems.......................................................................................................................................3, 52
HARRISBURG, PA CHANTILLY, VA PMK Family LLC ..............................................................................................................................................25
April 20-22 November 9-11 Resource Guide ...............................................................................................................................................21
LAKE GEORGE, NY RSA Solutions....................................................................................................................................................20
May 4-6 Sames Kremlin Inc. .......................................................................................................................................57
Sata Spray Equipment.................................................................................................................................55
Sawtooth Shelf System ..............................................................................................................................56
BECOME A SCM Group North America ....................................................................................................................24

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Smartech International ..............................................................................................................................30
Visit www.thelogandtimbershow. Stiles Machinery..............................................................................................................................................1
com/university to learn more
Ventless Inc. .......................................................................................................................................................52
Virutex ....................................................................................................................................................................11
presented by W. Moore Profiles Ltd.................................................................................................................................23
WalzCraft Industries ....................................................................................................................................59
Williams & Hussey ........................................................................................................................................59
Wood Tech Industries.................................................................................................................................22
Woodcraft Supply ..........................................................................................................................................29
Visit LogHome.com/shows or call 931-596-2992
Woodstock International Inc...................................................................................................................C2
for current locations, times & special offers. WPMA - Wood Products Manufactur ............................................................................................54

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OUT OF THE WOODWORK

(Clockwise, from top left) The Danvers table, Vaughn dining chair, Gardner stool,
Steinbeck chair, Grant chair, Hudson bar cart.
60 Grit Rough humor by Steve Spiro

One way to go

I
f you can make it happen, one market- Hayworth – of the early to mid-20th
ing strategy is to create an exclusive century “whose contributions made
line for a retailer. the world around them a more beauti-
For example, Duncan Hughes, an ful and interesting place,” according to
award-winning interior designer and principal Hughes. “I’d like to think that each one
of Duncan Hughes Interiors in Boston, has cre- of them may have enjoyed this new fur-
ated the Duncan Hughes Collection for Dowel niture collection in their own homes.”
Furniture, an online furniture company. Dowel Furniture oversees production
The collection, launched at the recent of the line and handles the marketing
Las Vegas Market, has nine pieces that in- aspects. The collaboration is simply ti-
corporate “lean silhouettes and clean lines tled, “Duncan Hughes for Dowel”.
against sumptuous style elements that are The company carries another fur-
sophisticated and provocative yet at the niture line by Barbara Elza Hirsch, a
same time casual and graceful,” according French-American interior designer and
to the Dowel Furniture marketing folks. principal of Elza D. Design Inc. in Con-
The pieces are named after iconic Amer- cord, Mass.
ican musicians, writers and celebrities – For more, visit https://www.dowel.
such Stan Getz, John Steinbeck and Rita furniture. LOUISE TRIES OUT HER NEW “STUD FINDER”

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