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Dust extractors with suction hose, Bluetooth and remote control

 Festool has introduced updated models of its CT Dust Extractor product line that feature smooth suction hoses, optimized SYS-Dock with cord holder, T-LOC function and optional Bluetooth connectivity with remote control. The new suction hose is designed for sliding over edges, improved handling and a longer service life. The CT 26, CT 36, CT … [Read More...]

Miniature furniture rolling door hardware

 Custom Service Hardware says its new miniature furniture rolling door hardware offers versatility and is designed for smaller applications. The hardware can be used on an entertainment centre, storage area, or decorative piece. Sold separately, a strap kit and a rail kit are needed for installation. … [Read More...]


Another box builder? No.

Quality hums at custom cabinet shop Nestled in a leafy family neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Man., custom cabinet shop Mosiac Millwork has been serving the local high-end residential market for 13 … Read More

Old world technical ingenuity at home on the prairie

The land in southern Manitoba may be flat as a billiard table, but the ambition here is a mountainous as the Rockies. Over generations, Germans and other immigrants have exercised their wood … Read More

Barns reborn as custom furniture

Wooden antiques are not always hidden away in upscale shops and grandparents’ homes. Sometimes they hide in plain sight, littering rural roads across Canada and the U.S., those once-functional … Read More


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U.S. District Court, industry, back formaldehyde emission standards

Remarkable cooperation After years of industry associations cooperating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on formaldehyde emission standards, a recent position reversal by the EPA prompted a court decision to allow the rollout of the standards to continue, but at slower pace. On February 16, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order granting plaintiffs’, the Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana, motion for summary judgment. … Read More

FOCUS ON EXPORTS 2018: Prosperity over the horizon

Many wood-industry manufacturers have businesses that do well in their own back yards — where customers are never farther than a tank of gas in the company pickup truck. But there comes a time when a cabinetmaker or furniture manufacturer wants to expand beyond its municipality to the next province or even another country. To just ramp up production and hope for the best in new markets is, of course, foolhardy without a solid plan in place. Luckily, wood-products manufacturers in Canada can … Read More

Family business, Costa Rica style

Dropping out of the clouds over San José, Costa Rica, you get the feeling you are a long way from Canada. The view includes a few modern buildings, but many of the residences are walled and you discover as you drive past in your rental car that the walls are commonly topped with razor wire — a reminder that Costa Rica is low-crime and low-risk for tourists, but has its local problems with pilfering and burglary. Out of town and headed north on Hwy. 1, the Pan-American Highway, the impression … Read More

Small business clampdown

New employment standards legislation in Ontario is making it easier for unions to organize in the province. When Bill 148, the "Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act" came into effect on January 1, it lowered the threshold from 50 to 20 percent signup of union cards in the private sector to allow access to employee data through the Ontario Labour Relations Board. According to Julie Kwiecinski, Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) director of Provincial Affairs, Ontario, the … Read More