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Making short work of long panel cuts

Hendrick Manufacturing’s new HC6 PL Panel Saw cuts panels up to 12 feet long. The heavy-duty, high speed computerized saw cuts to both four- and six-inch depths. It has a 25 hp, variable-speed motor (20 hp with four-inch depth cut; 25 hp with six-inch depth cut). It features quick blade change, dual fully-automatic crosscut side alignment devices, r … [Read More...]

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More battery power

If you’re using Milwaukee Tool M18-series cordless tools on installations or in the production shop, the company says you’ll see an instant increase in run-time and durability of your tools by upgrading to the new M18 RedLithium XC5.0 extended-capacity battery pack. With the launch of the XC5.0 in November, Milwaukee claims it’s leading the way in c … [Read More...]

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Jonathan Glick is on a constant high. “This is the best period of my career. It’s the most fun I’ve had,” he says from behind a desk covered in neatly arranged paperwork he still has to attend to. “I’m … Read More

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Lovech MDF Doors and Custom Products

It is December—that time of year when the Toronto Maple Leafs traditionally start to tank heading into the second half of the hockey season. But Emile Pironkov doesn’t care that his beloved team has … Read More

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Andex Kitchens and Custom Woodworking

Chris Moura talks so passionately, proudly and astutely about how he has built his kitchen cabinetry and custom woodworking business, you would never know that he never really intended to get into the … Read More

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Managing risk

Some people don’t like change. But when it comes to safety and risk management in your business, changing your ways can be critical to preventing catastrophe. Just ask Josef Pruellage. He is the senior risk assessment consultant with the risk services division of Hub International, the largest insurance brokerage firm in Canada. Pruellage has done assessments for wood businesses in just about every region of the country, and he has seen just about everything. Pruellage recalls one shop in p … Read More

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Getting on board with barcoding

In 2014, barcoding turned 66. And it’s more ubiquitous, more advanced, and plays a more vital role, than ever before. Perhaps more than barcoding inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver ever imagined. Silver was a young grad student at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia in 1948. He overheard a conversation and blazed the trail for today’s barcoding technology. Silver heard the owner of a local food-store chain ask one of the institute’s deans a question. Would he do resea … Read More

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Custom versus custom

It is rather like standing at an unmarked crossroad in the middle of nowhere and trying to determine whether both roads lead to the same place, whether they go off in entirely different directions or whether one road ends abruptly at a precipice. When it comes to the future of fine wood craftsmanship design and production versus computer-designed and CNC-machined pieces, it seems they are two paths destined, for the most part, to continue their separate ways. But they’ll also continue crossing.  … Read More

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BOLD market opportunity: U.S. and beyond

Canadian secondary wood manufacturers have been squeezed in recent years. While demand from construction has been booming, importers from China and elsewhere have crowded much of the marketplace. The rising Canadian dollar, the U.S. housing bubble, limited international trade, and even inter-provincial trade barriers have often forced Canadian producers to keep their target markets local. But much of that is now changing, and Canadian wood shops can only benefit from these bold new … Read More