Archives for July 2013

Canadian home sales show highest growth since 2010

According to BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic, the latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association show that the Canadian housing market remains balanced and well-behaved. Existing home sales rose for the fourth month in a row in June, posting a 3.3 percent seasonally adjusted gain from the prior month and down just 0.6 percent […]

Tackling corruption

According to Laguna, the results have been more stunning than the company could have imagined. For professional woodworkers, the days  of viruses, corrupted files, crashed hard drives and the unceasing headaches always associated with PC-based systems are a thing of the past. That’s because B&R Controllers have turned out to be a perfect match for […]

The finishing touch

Sherwin-Williams says it understands how finishing decisions for the wood contract furniture industry have become more complex. Performance expectations are higher, aesthetic demands are greater, and concerns for the environment are increasing. That’s why the company has made a commitment to the sector, helping finishers navigate and succeed with technologies and industry-leading service and support. […]

Change without effort

Benz has introduced a new aggregate to help control small nested parts on flat table routers.  The DH100 incorporates a large eight-inch pressure pad that puts anywhere from nine to 16 pounds of pressure down on the parts and helps keep them secure until cutting is finished.  A 2.75-inch tool opening allows for large-diameter cutters, […]

Canadian housing starts remain steady

Housing starts in Canada were trending at 184,514 units in June compared to 184,087 in May, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates of housing starts. “As expected, the trend in total housing starts remained essentially stable in June, for […]

The software knows

KCD software is designed to make it easy to specify custom manufacturing and building methods within the software. The program’s advanced custom-building technology allows the user to globally change these specifications at the touch of a button — without having to go back into a design and modify each part separately. The software knows, so […]

It’s the adjustments

The Tec soft-close from Grass is a face-frame hinge with the soft-close damper pre-mounted in the hinge cup. Sleek in design, this Tec soft-close features a new adjustable switch to regulate the closing action. A three-tiered adjustment provides different levels of resistance on the soft-close mechanism. The setting can be adjusted so that the closing […]

Who is on your side?

When I was in my marketing sequence in grad school, the professor one day told us how to control a magazine from the outside. “Get to be friends with the editor,” he said. “Buy him a pair of Nikes or a trip to Florida. Then he won’t be able to say ‘no,’ when you ask […]

Canadian building permits rise again

According to Statistics Canada, contractors took out building permits in Canada worth $7.3 billion in May, up 4.5 percent from April. The total value of building permits continued to trend upward on the strength of five consecutive monthly increases. The increase in May came mainly from the residential sector in Ontario and the non-residential sector […]

U.S. construction spending hits four-year high

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce has announced that construction spending during May, 2013, was estimated at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of $874.9 billion, which is the highest level reached in almost four years and is 0.5 percent above the revised April estimate of $870.3 billion. The May figure is 5.4 percent […]