Archives for August 2014

Longer life, more power

According to Bosch, power-tool professionals continue to look for increased battery power and runtime capabilities for power-hungry system tools and all-day driving and drilling. The company says it answers this need with its newest Best Built power-tool battery technology: the BAT621 5.0 Ah 18V Lithium-ion FatPack battery, which features the patented CoolPack technology for longer […]

Industry gets social

Aug. 20 saw the first Wood Industry Social Network gathering, held in Burlington, Ont. Some industry members talked about motivating workers with a martial arts pro, others shared ice bucket challenge video, all enjoyed meeting colleagues in a friendly setting. The Network is an experimental effort to build industry connections, sponsored by FPInnovations and organized by Alain Albert. […]

Constructive dismissal

Changing an employee’s job By Jeremy Warning   Kenneth Farwell was a long-serving employee of General Coach Canada – a name through which Citair, Inc. carried on business. At the relevant time, he had worked for the company for approximately 38 years and was 58-years-old. He also held the position of Operations Manager/Vice-President of Operations. […]

No drive belts

The NewGen series of shredders from Vecoplan feature direct drives to the cutting routers, which increases torque and eliminates drive belts. With no drive belts to tighten or replace, maintenance time and cost are decreased. The swing-up screens on the NewGen shredders provide a very-large access portal to wear parts for quick and easy maintenance, […]

The Legend of Quadro Tracker

I see from the July 29, 2014 issue of Chicago-based Vance Publishing’s Woodworking Network that it is sponsoring “Canada Reception” with IWF management this year. The apparent reason for the event, according to Editor-at-Large Rich Christianson, is, “Woodworking Network reaches thousands of Canadian woodworkers and suppliers through its daily e-newsletter.” The word “reach” is a […]

New gluing options

The Boss EB365 Edgebander is an automatic edgebander used for the application of edges of different materials in roll or strips. There are several configurations available. The touch-screen control is easy-to-use and quick to setup. This edgebander’s newest feature is a Quick Glue Melting Unit. The unit includes a pre-melt mechanism and a quick-change mechanism. […]

Old ways

Tradition can carry wisdom Design lessons are sometimes found in unlikely places and at unexpected times. All the good learning doesn’t happen in the classrooms. A very important experience occurred for me while I was a student, but not through a curricular lesson. As a non-funded student, I worked my way along, and, in 1970, […]

Parachute vignettes

I took my grandson to the ball diamond up the hill to launch a new model rocket a while back. It was perfect. We had three engines for three flights, having assembled and painted the rocket during several days before. Following the last flight, I got overcome by nostalgia as the character of the diamond overcame […]

QTK Fine Cabinetry

Building cabinets is building a brand   Passion resonates in Daniel Toto’s voice, and in his steel-grey eyes. The passion, you discover, is for the family business and making it a bit more successful every day. With each word and gesture, it is clear he is part of the “special breed,” of business families described […]