Archives for May 2013

Spring freshet

Wooden toy charts the course of a career We all got our start as woodworkers somewhere. Somehow. Some occurrence, possibly quite by chance, got us started. I started by building little toy wooden boats. It was before I started school, so I was young. My experience splitting firewood had familiarized me with handling an axe, […]

Compensation benefits

Risks of dismissing a worker By Daniel Mayer Dismissing a worker who is receiving loss of earnings (“LOE”) benefits from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) is fraught with risk. An employer might have just cause to terminate the worker’s employment, and might believe that LOE benefits will cease after termination, but there is […]

Muskoka Surfboard Co.

When in doubt, diversify THERE WAS A TIME during the financial crisis when Richard Hatkoski’s company, which once employed 28 people, was down to one: himself. No work was coming in. Bills were piling up by the day. Friends and family members were asking him why he didn’t just give it all up. He had […]

Filling the skills gap

A unique program  gives hope to industry, and spirit Dean Mattson is director of the cabinet-making program at North Salem High School in Salem, Ore. He had helped one of his students, a Hispanic girl he calls Mary, complete a class project: a very small table that measured 16-inches by 16-inches by 16-inches. She told […]

Success, on your terms

In our most recent Readers’ Survey, 56 percent of the respondents self-identified as “owners.” Words mean things, and this one is worth looking at. A president is not necessarily an owner. Neither is a c.e.o. or general manager necessarily an owner. An owner may be all the above, but only an owner can be an […]

We’re number two

Canada ranks second in an international survey asking people about the influence individual countries have in the world. Germany ranks first. The view of Europe in general is rising, while that of China and India is currently in decline. The survey was conducted by the BBC.

It’s the system

Thanks to the P-System, says Leuco, applications previously considered impossible are now possible. What allows these tools to stand apart is their large shear angle of more than 55 degrees. Designed for stationary and through-feed processing, the P-System is suitable for zero joints, which requires the best cutting quality available. Developed initially from the company’s […]

In a tight spot

Do you have a heavy load to move in the shop? According to General International, its model 50-035 heavy-duty mobile base is up to the job. With its sturdy, all-steel construction, the 50-035 is designed to hold machinery and other square or rectangular objects that weigh up to 1,000 pounds. This base is equipped with […]

The dual-function Duo

Häfele’s Duo is a dual-function lid/flap stay for horizontal doors that installs with tool-free clip mounting. The Duo’s brake grips instantly without sagging, and the stay has weight capacities of up to 18 pounds, which makes it easier to match the correct stay to the lid or flap material. The available 6 kg and 8 […]

U.S. existing home sales highest in three years

Existing-home sales are at the highest pace since November 2009 when the market spiked to 5.44 million in response to the home buyer tax credit.  Total sales have been above year-ago levels for 22 consecutive months, while prices show 14 consecutive months of year-over-year price increases. Existing-home sales rose in April but remain below underlying […]