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 […]

Roll coating and laminating equipment

Black Bros. has announced the model 22D-875 roll coater. Standard sizes start at 44 in. and run to 74 in. wide. A heavy duty welded steel frame allows the machine to run continuously, the company says. The glue spreader uses an 8.75 in. coating roll.

Manual airless spray gun and package

Sames Kremlin has introduced the SFlow 275 and 450 manual airless spray guns and packages. Ergonomically designed, the SFlow is very easy to use, the company says, and its 590 g mass reduces operator fatigue and increases productivity. The spray gun has been designed to help make working conditions easier for painters in the field, […]

Wood sanding machine covers widths up to 63 inches

The Weber KSF is a 2 to 3 shift per day wood sanding machine available in 3 widths up to 63 in. It can be equipped with up to 8 machining stations with the arrangement of the sanding stations varied as needed. Modular construction allows reconfiguration of sanding stations at a later date. Used for […]

Digital printer creates innovative haptics

The J-Print SP series from Cefla Finishing is said to meet growing market demand for tactile effects or “haptics.” Units include an advanced series of single-pass modules equipped with industrial print heads that can deliver UV-curable inks designed for integration into either fully digital or hybrid single-pass printing environments. The modular print bars can be […]