Archives for April 2015

In need of some restraint

The March Wood Industry e-letter on standards violations by Lumber Liquidators had barely made it out the door when the second shoe dropped. Apparently, some of the board members of Lumbers Liquidators, when they found they were under criminal investigation, sold off shares in an action being portrayed as insider trading. We don’t have an […]

A world-first sander

Mirka has unveiled what it says is a world first — an electric sander with a brushless motor and no external power supply. The Mirka Direct Electric Random Orbital Sander (DEROS) is a lightweight, compact sander that comes in at just 950 millimetres high and one kilogram in weight. Mirka says the DEROS is the […]

Success comes cold-calling

There’s a line in a song by the legendary Maritimes singer/songwriter, Stan Rogers, about an Alberta rodeo-star-turned-rancher-being-cattle-rustled that goes, “Forty-four’s no age to start again.” But that’s exactly what Gary Litwin did when he started Union Square Vintage Wood Co. in Montreal. A dynamo who thrives on the unknown, Litwin laughs, “I had no idea […]

Export: Go big or go home

According to Wood Industry’s November 2014 survey, 79 percent of Canadian respondents expect revenue growth this year — a figure that approximates a similar survey in the States by the Milwaukee, Wisc.,-based Cabinet Makers Association (CMA). There, just over 86 percent of respondents to the CMA’s survey said they are anticipating revenue growth this year. […]

Banding the contours

Festool’s new Conturo Edgebander is a handheld tool that lets you easily apply edgebanding to curved surfaces and small pieces, but that can also be turned into an edgebanding station with an optional table. The Conturo uses hot melt glue pucks, and the glue system is thermally isolated so there’s no risk of burns from […]

Revisions to the Canada Labour Code: danger redefined

by Jeremy Warning Although decried by organized labour, key amendments to Part II of the Canada Labour Code (the Code) came into effect on Oct. 31, 2014. These amendments change the definition of “danger” in the Code and provide expanded obligations for the workplace parties when an employee exercises the right to refuse dangerous work. Organized […]

Tilt your drawers

Accuride’s new AL4190 Tilt Track System provides access to drawers or top trays installed at shoulder level or higher. It uses wheels and rollers to extend the drawer, and an aluminum channel guides the back of the drawer upward as it slides out. This action tilts the drawer downward for easy access to contents. Tilt […]

Ride the train of real-world design solutions

We designers typically start doing what we do once we have a clear idea of a problem that needs solving. These may be very tangible and public issues or they may be more vague and personal. But the addressing of a problem is what gets us moving toward an outcome: a result or solution. It provides us […]