Archives for February 2018

CNC solution for furniture and frame construction

Weinig has added to its Conturex CNC platform with a new system for furniture and frame construction called C 125 Vario Furniture. The new development is designed as a double-part system with special individual clamping technology. In keeping with this design, the system has parallel charging and unloading, which allows an output of 2 parts […]

Thick veneer edging suitable for high traffic areas

Edgemate produces a line of thick veneer edgebanding products available in 1.0 to 3.0 mm thicknesses. Thick edgebanding is constructed by laminating multiple layers of the real wood veneers together using formaldehyde free Polyurethane (PUR) adhesive. The PUR adhesive between each layer form bonds within the wood that increases flexibility, increases productivity and reduces coil […]

E-letter: Plain English

Well, our redoubtable prime minister has made it into the world headlines once more, this time for man-‘splainin’ to a woman why she should say peoplekind instead of mankind. Peoplekind is neither in the dictionary nor the social lexicon, so we are left wondering what he meant, especially after a certain amount of backlash sent […]

Hinge hardware allows doors to mount flush with walls

Model HES3D-70 hinge hardware from Sugatsune allows installing hinged doors flush with the wall, resulting in a seamless look. Covers hide all screw heads for clean appearance and are available in dull nickel, black, and dull chrome finishes. Specifications include a door weight maximum of 9 kg with 2 pieces and 12 kg with 3 […]

Carbon politics

There are no words to describe the gratitude I have for those of you that responded to our annual November Readers’ Survey. This is the main tool we have to demonstrate to advertisers that you are real, you are reading and you care. No other magazine in the market can come close you as an […]

Old world technical ingenuity at home on the prairie

The land in southern Manitoba may be flat as a billiard table, but the ambition here is a mountainous as the Rockies. Over generations, Germans and other immigrants have exercised their wood craft skills to create scores of successful businesses, large and small. Here in Winkler, Man., 20 km from the U.S. border at North […]

Family business, Costa Rica style

Dropping out of the clouds over San José, Costa Rica, you get the feeling you are a long way from Canada. The view includes a few modern buildings, but many of the residences are walled and you discover as you drive past in your rental car that the walls are commonly topped with razor wire — a reminder that Costa […]

Mindful museums

Where manual and fine art meet By Paul Epp I go to a lot of museums. I see it as professional development. I’m kind of in that business myself. I design things and I try to do a good job. Museums collect and display things that are done well and this sometimes includes my work, which is, of course, […]

Creative energy

As 2018 is just barely poking its head out on a cold January morning, there is no doubt that we are living in a technological revolution the likes of which humanity has never experienced before. Chances are that some form of technology was included as a gift in recent celebrations and if you are a […]

Big labour changes here

At this point, many of us have heard about the increases to the minimum wage that have taken effect across the province of Ontario. This change is part of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, also known as Bill 148, which is intended to update workplace laws across Ontario. Further, the increase to the minimum […]