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Tool selection guide app make calculations

A tool selection guide app for mobile devices has been introduced by Vortex Tool Company. Input the type of material being cut, the horsepower of the CNC machine, the tool diameter, the thickness of material and the type of cut desired, and the guide will recommend the best tool for the application, the company says. The app also includes … [Read More...]

E-letter: Resolution 2018 is in our hands

RESOLVED: That the future of the secondary wood-products industry in North America is entirely in the hands of the secondary wood-products industry in North America. Well, there it is, 2018, stretching out in front of us like some kind of latter-day Dominion Lands Act for us to claim, develop, sell off, build, plant or do with as we please. It … [Read More...]

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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 b … Read More

Door and countertop production driven by people, technology

When Fernand Belanger opened his Montreal, Que., business in 1965, he was a countertop pioneer working with particle board and laminate. Fifty-plus years later, cabinet doors have been added to the … Read More

The shop of the future – now

When a wood shop wants to automate its manufacturing operations, often one or two processes get a high-tech upgrade. Not so Muskoka Cabinet Company of Alfred, Ont., down-river just east of … Read More


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Economics of finishing

MILLWORK, furniture and cabinet shops face challenges when they can’t keep up with demand. So to stay on top of things, the decision often boils down to either hiring more hands, or taking the leap into automation. Those same in-demand shops that also do their own spraying in-house manually grapple with having enough skilled hands on deck, too. One company that didn’t hesitate to embrace automation is Muskoka Cabinet Company of Alfred, Ont. The now highly-automated residential and com … Read More

Technology inspires design

WHEN ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS approach a project these days, whether it involves cabinetry or furniture production, technological developments over the past 25 have affected their thinking about design. The question as to what degree things have changed is an important one to Alain Albert, who studied architecture in the 1980s and later transitioned into industrial design through that decade and into the 1990s. “Although there have been countless innovations in materials, finishes and hardware, … Read More

Guilded by association

When businesses think about marketing nowadays, there are many vehicles to consider: internet, social media, advertising, trade shows, ad mail, showrooms and direct sales. But can industry associations provide another key element to growing your business? Peter Gallagher, president of AWMAC Ontario (Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada, Ontario chapter) and president of Convoy Custom Interiors of Concord, Ont., believes they can. AWMAC welcomes two kinds of members to … Read More

Wood-be start-ups

Entrepreneurial spirits can soar Getting a business off of the ground can be a daunting task, but entrepreneurs in Canada are constantly making the leap. So whether your garage is just too small for your ambition or the vision at your current employer is too small, there are ways to get bigger, personally and financially. “I’m just an entrepreneur at heart,” says Alain Albert, owner of Woodoer.com, a digital manufacturing CNC contract services company. Albert admits he’d rather start his own … Read More