Archives for January 2018

Tool selection guide app make calculations

A tool selection guide app for mobile devices has been introduced by Vortex Tool Company. Input the type of material being cut, the horsepower of the CNC machine, the tool diameter, the thickness of material and the type of cut desired, and the guide will recommend the best tool for the application, the company says. […]

E-letter: Resolution 2018 is in our hands

RESOLVED: That the future of the secondary wood-products industry in North America is entirely in the hands of the secondary wood-products industry in North America. Well, there it is, 2018, stretching out in front of us like some kind of latter-day Dominion Lands Act for us to claim, develop, sell off, build, plant or do […]

The leadership list

WMS this year was genuinely fun for us at Wood Industry. We especially enjoyed the Manufacturers’ Roundtable we put on at the Royal Ambas­sador north of the show venue, and we want to thank our sponsors and attendees once more, sponsors comprising Akhurst, Axalta, Grass Canada, Precision Drive Systems, Super Thin Saws, Taurus Craco, Weima […]

Good vibes on WMS show floor

Visitors from nine provinces and two territories, as well as 34 of the U.S. states, attended the three-day Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS) held this fall at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont. According to show organizer Woodworking Network of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the WMS 2017 show had attendance up 12 percent over the last edition in 2015. Preliminary figures show […]

2017 Reader Survey: Social media gets an “F”

Thank you to all of those who took part in our 2017 Reader Survey. We loaded up on social media questions to gauge your level of participation on these digital platforms. Judging from the feedback, responses showed a large degree of ambivalence. While most of you do have a social media account for your businesses, a whopping 37 percent do […]

Software success: production is not magic

New software can transform a business, increase productivity and improve the bottom line, all the while making the work of the team members easier — when it’s done right, of course. We all must come to grips and accept that woodworking is now a mix of computer science and artistry which requires us to learn […]

Barns reborn as custom furniture

Wooden antiques are not always hidden away in upscale shops and grandparents’ homes. Sometimes they hide in plain sight, littering rural roads across Canada and the U.S., those once-functional buildings that helped settlers put down stakes across the continent. For antique restorer Blayne Wyton, the dilapidated barns he saw driving with his young family across […]

Economics of finishing

MILLWORK, furniture and cabinet shops face challenges when they can’t keep up with demand. So to stay on top of things, the decision often boils down to either hiring more hands, or taking the leap into automation. Those same in-demand shops that also do their own spraying in-house manually grapple with having enough skilled hands […]

Canadian copies

I hate being embarrassed. Most of us do. Our dislike of that self-conscious sting is part of what keeps us behaving in a socially acceptable way and that’s a good thing. But we tend to remember when we get caught out. Years ago, I was touring a group of students through showrooms in Milan, Italy. In one, the polite host asked after our nationality. When I identified us as Canadian, he hit […]

Seller Beware?

Rocky residential real estate landscape Joseph and Anna Canuck are retired and living mortgage-free in their 2,100-square-foot bungalow in Vaughan, Ont. After years of home ownership, they have decided to downsize by mov- ing into a condominium. On the advice of their realtor, they list their home for sale on March 10, 2017, asking $710,000 […]