Slicing and dicing, lasers put work in a new light

lasers1For decades, the only contact that most woodshops had with lasers was when there was an occasional award plaque to build or a panel to engrave. Lasers weren’t considered mainstream woodshop equipment and most shops just subbed out the work.

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New Products

Full Access Quadro

Full Access Quadro

HETTICH AMERICA introduces the Full Access Quadro, the result of optimizing the hardware manufacturer’s tried-and-proven Quadro slide.

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Tools & Machines

Anver offers air-powered vacuum lifters

Anver offers air-powered vacuum lifters

Anver Corp. offers new air-powered vacuum lifters with 180-degree flip capability for loads of any semi-porous or non-porous material, including wood and metal, of up to 750 lbs.

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Wood Markets

Restrictions make exotic woods even more desirable

Purveyors of exotic woods, like ebony and snakewood, tell Woodshop News that sales have picked up as the economy has improved. But trade restrictions, which have made exotics scarcer on the open market, have also had the interesting effect of creatin...

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Editor's Picks

Men of steel

Men of steel

Take one craftsman with an established shop, add a businessman who owns another shop and mix thoroughly. It’s been a recipe for success at National Woodwork in Pittsburgh.

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Updating a classic

Updating a classic

In one form or another, Rainier Woodworking Co. has been making cabinets for Puget Sound customers since 1957. Scott Reader bought the Tacoma, Wash.-based shop in 2001 and has established an efficient nested-based manufacturing op...

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The damage done by dust

The damage done by dust

We breathe in two types of wood dust — organic and inorganic. The former can be spores or fungi released by deteriorating lumber, pollens, seeds, oils, plant toxins, pesticides and so on. Inorganic dust in the woodshop is primar...

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Passionate in Portland

Passionate in Portland

Do what you do best. It’s the simple advice that’s often the best advice and it seems to be working out pretty well for Mike Redmond at Creative Woodworking NW in Portland, Ore.

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