Custom versus custom

It is rather like standing at an unmarked crossroad in the middle of nowhere and trying to determine whether both roads lead to the same place, whether they go off in entirely different directions or whether one road ends abruptly at a precipice. When it comes to the future of fine wood craftsmanship design and […]

BOLD market opportunity: U.S. and beyond

Canadian secondary wood manufacturers have been squeezed in recent years. While demand from construction has been booming, importers from China and elsewhere have crowded much of the marketplace. The rising Canadian dollar, the U.S. housing bubble, limited international trade, and even inter-provincial trade barriers have often forced Canadian producers to keep their target markets local. […]

Can’t find help? Look at home.

New labour prospects could be hoping for a second chance … and living next door Canada’s wood industry is in desperate need of skilled workers, and has been for a long time. Jim is a skilled worker looking for work in Canada’s wood industry. He is trained, loves working with wood, and would love nothing […]

What is your relevant humidity?

It is March of 2002. The place is a dock in New Delhi, India, where a container of high-end, Canadian-manufactured kitchen cabinets has been waiting for a month to clear customs and be delivered. The ambient temperature in the sun approaches 50 C. The relative humidity is over 90 percent. Inside the steel boxes … […]

Fillings the skills gap: Video update

Last year we ran a feature on the amazing work being done by Dean Mattson and his students in the cabinet-making program at North Salem High School in Salem, Ore. Below are a few videos of the program posted by Mark Till. The first is a very short trailer, followed by a music video. The third […]

Big enough for gold medals, big enough for Europe

New trade agreements mean new offshore opportunity for Canadian manufacturers Canada’s wood industry has changed — probably forever. Competition from importers has made the domestic market far more competitive. A more expensive Canadian dollar has made exporting a challenge. A forever-recovering U.S. economy has sidelined a once-powerhouse buyer of Canadian goods. As a result, Canadian […]

Accidents happen: Are you prepared?

On New Year’s Day, 2009, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets of Renfrew, Ont., received a phone call that didn’t start off with “Happy New Year.” Instead, the voice on the other end of the line asked: “Did you hear about the fire at the plant?” These are words that no wood shop owner ever wants to hear, […]

Reader survey 2013

Canada’s industry weighs in, Wood Industry listens I have to confess, I really enjoy the surveys. We say we are doing it for editorial perspective and to help you understand the industry, and we are. However, I get a real kick out of the kaleidoscope effect of picking apart numbers and seeing what the pattern […]

Match people with process

Logistics equations that succeed include the human factor Automation has changed the way Canada’s wood industry works. What once was done by hand and tool, or much simpler machinery — and often by more than one person — can now be done with the flick of a switch on a CNC panel.  Has this revolution […]

Joint preparation

Successful edge and face gluing By Jaye Schroeder Edge- and face-gluing solid lumber puts even the strongest adhesive to the test and makes it all the more imperative for furniture manufacturers and cabinetmakers to properly prepare the joints to be bonded. Poor preparation can cause weak, ill-fitting joints that compromise product quality. Here are some […]