When it comes to vacuum hold-down: Don’t suck

An often-overlooked aspect of digital manufacturing is how to hold down the material while performing the machining operation. Over the years and after talking to various manufacturers large and small at one end of the country or the other, everyone agrees that this small function is often the source of major frustration and can lead […]

Balance, for now

It was harder than I had anticipated. But that’s because I didn’t think it through. I wanted to visit a furniture factory in Cambodia, and that isn’t what the tour operators usually handle. I’m not sure they quite believed that was what I wanted. But I was stubborn and I prevailed. The facility that I […]

Small claims court

Going to court can be expensive. However, in some circumstances, a lower-cost option is available. The Small Claims Court is a branch of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that is designed to be a people’s court and a “court of equity.” It was created to increase access to justice by providing a more efficient, cost-effective, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Selling custom products on the web

If you manufacture a custom or a customizable product, you have probably wondered how it could possibly sell online. We’ve all seen those fancy flash websites where you can design a wardrobe or put together all the options and build a new car, but let’s face it, those sites may cost hundreds of thousands of […]