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Configurable calipers set for quality control

TigerStop has introduced TigerSPC, a configurable caliper set designed to make critical quality control measurements easy and affordable for parts as long as 16 ft, the company says. The set is accurate to ±0.006 in. (±0.15 mm) and has snap-on jaws to accommodate end to end, mitre to mitre, hole to hole, hole to centre and hole to end m … [Read More...]

European beech temperate hardwoods

Pollmeier has introduced what it calls the newest, only high-quality engineered hardwood product of its kind — Ingenious Hardwood BauBuche, European beech. The company says its processes can create an economical laminated veneer lumber from Beech for structural applications. BauBuche comprises boards and beams for timber constructions, as w … [Read More...]

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Old World meets new

The greeting couldn’t be warmer this sunny summer day. A bearded bear of a Russian welcomes me to the showroom of Barlow Cabinetworks in south Barrie, Ont., and the conversation flows. With a t … Read More

Sweet 16: Just In Time

Finding this particular wood shop and furniture store was challenging, even with an iPhone GPS. The journey also came with the lingering fear that my compact SUV was about to run out of gas after … Read More

Mastering mass customization

Every kitchen is the same — and different — so how does a cabinet maker profitably satisfy fickle, trend-loving consumers? Easy — through mastering mass customization where production can be accur … Read More

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Training simulators tackle wood

Training simulators are famous for teaching pilots the ropes before putting them into a multi-million-dollar cockpit and potentially endangering lives. The simulation environment that is often referred to as virtual reality (VR). It was natural that aerospace, with its deep R&D pockets, was one of the first sectors to adopt the expensive equipment. Today, with advancements in computing and visualization technology, VR simulators have gradually come to be developed for teaching … Read More

Advertising: finding value and trust

Many wood shops hum along just nicely on word-of-mouth, and wouldn’t know what to do if more business came in the door. However, there are more shops with business peaks and valleys that would rather smooth them out. Or better yet, they would like to take a step beyond survival and move on to sustained growth. Creating your own marketing plan to spark growth is a daunting task, with many elements needing attention in the so-called “mix:” advertising in print, digital advertising, elect … Read More

Labour challenge: Recruiting the right fit

Everybody wants a skilled, conscientious worker in the shop, whether the operation requires two, 10 or more on the floor. Wood shop managers across Canada all say the same thing — it’s tough to fill positions. Enns Cabinetry in St. Catharines, Ont., is no exception. Co-owner Bev Enns says the residential cabinet and millwork manufacturing and design company has been hiring and interviewing for positions in both its shop and software drawings department. Of the 15 employees, 10 are in the … Read More

Import costs rise with the loonie’s tumble

Currency exchange rates are like a rising tide that raises — or lowers — all boats. So, for importers in Canada, the precipitous plunge of the loonie over the past year made many wonder just where the bottom may lie. According to Joy Nott, president of the Toronto-based Canadian Importers and Exporters Association, “the assumption generally is that when you’re an exporter and the Canadian dollar falls, this makes you very price attractive on the world market. “That is true, but when you … Read More