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Double-end tenoner

SCM has introduced a new model of double-end tenoner for the processing of cabinet doors, drawer fronts, solid wood and MDF tables. Said to combine flexibility and productivity in the smallest possible space, the Celaschi cp double-end tenoner is designed to reduce the time of emptying the machine to maximize productivity, even in presence of … [Read More...]

E-letter: Have and have-not sectors

The art of politics is a powerful art, indeed. I see in the recent kerfuffle in the States over trade that Canada’s dairy sector – a political sticking point – comprises only about 15,000 farmers. That is, there are 15,000 dairy farmers that get price support from the rest of us to ensure that they don’t lose money. Estimates suggest we pay $2.6 … [Read More...]


Architect-ready: Windows respond to high-end demands

When architects want to wow a high-end budget client, giant windows and craftsman doors can make a satisfying statement about status, taste and function. Loewen Windows and Doors of Steinbach, Man., … 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


  • E-letter: Have and have-not sectorsKerry Knudsen" Hi, Sharon, I sent out an e-letter yesterday to a different audience, citing a report... " Jul 11, 3:32 PM
  • E-letter: Have and have-not sectorsSharon Weitzel" A friend forwarded your opinion piece to me as our family have been involved in... " Jul 10, 4:36 PM
  • Unions vs. CanadaRobert McKnight" So maybe the workers were approached by union officials with the same old story, we... " Jun 05, 3:50 PM
  • Carbon politicsElmer Halvorson" Back in the '50s we were taught that the world goes through changes approx every... " Mar 09, 12:47 PM
  • Creative energyAllan CNC Automation" Another great piece Alain. You always offer a fantastic perspective to incorporating technology in our... " Feb 19, 11:59 AM

Constructive dismissal: Firing can go both ways

When a business is humming along, and workers are all pulling in the same direction, employers might never give a second thought to a disgruntled employee lurking behind a bench. What did you do to cause such resentment? Was it a job reassignment? Or was a much-younger supervisor put in place that put a nose out of joint? There are many reasons a business — your shop, even — might face a “constructive dismissal” suit by an employee. In a nutshell, this is when the employee is “firing” the … Read More

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