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California Closets Ohio sets grand opening for its largest showroom

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The grand opening of California Closets Ohio’s largest showroom in its Midwest franchise (Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Central Illinois) will take place August 29. Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers during the unveiling of the 2,200-square-foot space, originally occupied by the Malton Art Gallery, the company says.   The three-story showroom will offer the...
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Storage tips for wine collectors

PASO ROBLES, Calif. - Allegretto Wines, a single vineyard winemaker in Paso Robles, California,  released the report ‘Storage Tips for Wine Collectors,’ providing tips on storage space, storage methods, the best temperatures for storing and serving, and creative ideas for building a wine cellar on a budget.    “One of the conversation topics in our tasting room is the best stor...
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Cabinets To Go’s new Texas location first to sell custom closets

Photo: Kim Giannetti, Community Impact Newspaper HOUSTON, Texas - Cabinets To Go, a retailer of solid wood kitchen cabinetry, bathroom vanities and flooring, recently opened a location in Houston, Texas, which is the first in the company to sell custom closets, acco...
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California Closets adds Baltimore and New Jersey locations to company-owned operations

TORONTO - FirstService Corporation, the parent company of California Closets, expanded its company-owned operations with the acquisitions of Baltimore and South New Jersey franchises.    “These two acquisitions provide key market footholds in the attractive and growing Mid-Atlantic region,” said Charlie Chase, President & CEO of FirstService Brands. “Both operations will benefit...
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Recession coming? Find out from EBC keynote Alan Beaulieu

San Jose -- Alan Beaulieu, president and a principal of ITR Economics, will discuss the economic outlook for 2019 in a webinar on Tuesday, January 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern.  His presentation, "Shifting Gears and Looking Ahead," will discuss how the U.S. and global economies are not what they we...
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2020 holiday design contest winners announced

LAVAL, Canada - 2020 recently announced the winners of its 2018 Holiday Design Fest Contest. Interior designers submitted their "jolliest and cheeriest" designs using 2020 Design and 2020 Fusion.    “All the designs that were submitted are both beautiful and very festive,” says Santiago Morales, 2020 Design product manager. “I’m glad designers are using the new 2020 Cloud Deco...
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Sustainability challenges to be discussed at Decorative Surfaces Conference

MIAMI -- All economic activities that occur in the natural world require resources such as energy, materials and land, while generating waste and polluting emissions as unwanted byproduct. Today the demand for natural resources and the production of pollution exceed the regenerative capacity of the Earth and put us face to face with one of the biggest challenges of our time: moving towards a sustainable economy. But what does sustain...
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WMS 2019 reports brisk exhibit sale activity

Mississauga – CCI Canada, the organization that runs the 2019 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo, reports that exhibit sales are running well ahead of last year’s event a year out from the show.  WMS, to be held October 31 to November 2, 2019,  is more than 30% ahead of the 2017 event's pace in terms of exhibitors and exhibit space.  “Our 2017 event created a lot of positive moment...
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Next month's Decorative Surfaces Conference offers a glimpse of the future

MIAMI -- Get a glimpse of the future at the Decorative Surfaces Conference 2018, 4-6 December in Miami, organized by TCM North America. Conference topics include: •    The latest on lightweight decorative surfaces: Not just for RTA anymore! The incredible realism of these materials have put architectural surfaces in play. We’ll be analyzing these opportunities. •...
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Closets industry study findings to be revealed in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE -- The results of a state of the industry study conducted by Closets & Organized Storage Magazine will be presented exclusively to attendees of the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, March 6-8 at the Charlotte Convention Center.  "We're excited to conduct this study to see where the industry stands and where it's headed, " said Laurel Didier, publisher of Closets & Organized Storage. CCCE 2019 attend...
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Deep-rooted component producer adapts to changing markets

Taylor Brothers Manufacturing’s roots run deep in northeastern Georgia, but the company has done well by adapting to changing markets and conditions. Jeff Taylor said the Toccoa, Georgia, company’s work tends to be more custom and in smaller runs, instead of the large-run components that may be imported. They specialize in architectural millwork and custom glued-up panels, and make architectural interior and exterior compone...
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Washington Woodworking names Jordan new CEO

Frankie Jordan LANDOVER, Md. - Architectural woodwork firm Washington Woodworking Co. has named Frankie Jordan as its new CEO.  Based in Landover, Maryland, Washington Woodworking has been manufacturing and installing custom architectural woodworking to major law firms,...
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New California rice straw-based MDF plant to start production this fall

WILLOWS, Calif. -- CalPlant I, the $315 million rice straw-based MDF plant now under construction north of Sacramento, is scheduled to begin production this fall, according to CalPlant CEO Jerry Uhland. Construction of the manufacturing location is almost 80 percent complete, and an inventory of more than 200,000 tons of rice straw is currently in storage at the CalPlant site for the first run of panels, which should roll off...
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Winners named in 2019 CMA Wood Diamond Awards

CHICAGO, IL – Winners of the 2019 Wood Diamond Awards contest have been announced by the Cabinet Makers Association. The annual design competition promotes professional development and encourages peer recognition of outstanding workmanship in a variety of categories. The 2019 award winners were announced on Thursday, July 18, during the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas. First place winners were awarded a customized plaque in their...
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Texas millwork company makes planning a priority

Keystone Millwork’s strength is planning and managing high-end architectural projects with many different types of materials. Owner Bob Kraus said the Texas company keeps projects on track and organizes workflow and materials, while being detail oriented on the administrative side. They also work closely with general contractors on a number of levels. That emphasis on planning extends to Keystone’s own operations. The compan...
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Osborne Wood Products sets new trade partner program

TOCCOA, Ga. -- Osborne Wood Products, Inc. has announced the establishment of the Osborne Wood Trade Partner Program, which will offer businesses in the trade access to discounted prices on Osborne Wood’s inventory of unfinished wood furniture components. Starting with a discount for all participants who enroll online, the Osborne Wood Trade Partner Program comprises a tiered system in which the level of discount increas...
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Poplar powers Powell Valley Millwork

Powell Valley Millwork in Clay City, Kentucky, is not your typical millwork company. In the first place, it is dedicated to working with only one species of wood: poplar. While it’s a family business with the third generation now in key management, it also has important stakeholders in active management who are not related to the family. Located in a rural area, it is no backwater when it comes to technology, currently putting in a state-of-t...
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New startup is built around concept of wood joinery

LEHI, Utah -- Authentic Joinery wants to bring furniture into the future by concentrating on methods of the past. “I am introducing Authentic Joinery, LLC which brings custom doors and furniture into the 21st century,” said owner John J. Martin. The new company is located near Salt Lake City. Its philosophy puts aside methods such as metal pocket screws and joints that depend on glue for structural integrity...
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Marvin Windows and Doors rebrands: New name, logo & collections

WARROAD, Minn. — Marvin Windows and Doors is launching a new brand name, logo and product collections. Known simply as Marvin, the brand represents all fenestration products previously known as Marvin Windows and Doors and Integrity Windows and Doors, with both of those brand logos now retired. The company said the new Marvin brand logo, with a bold font and an updated yellow rose, "reflects Marvin's progressive, design-...
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A new brand of architectural woodwork

Patrick Dickinson and his team had a vision: To create a unified, nationwide architectural woodwork firm for the complete project management of complex, large-scale projects. Newly formed and already making its mark, USA Millwork combines the expertise of four longtime regional manufacturers spread throughout the United States: IBS Millwork, O’Keefe Millwork, Cabinets by Design, and Freelance Millwork.  The conglomerate designs, bui...
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Beachley Furniture maintains craftsmanship and commercial production

Beachley Furniture Co., Inc., is living proof that, even in an increasingly “disposable” world, pride in craftsmanship can still be passed down through generations of woodworkers and appreciated by new generations of customers. “The core values of the company go all the way back to 1887, and we’re truly in the business of relationship building,” says co-owner David Beachley, the great-great grandson of one of the...
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Parker House furniture sues Costco and Kuka for false advertising

Parker House, an importer of furniture and case goods, is suing Costco and Chinese furniture maker Kuka Furniture. Parker House filed a complaint last week after it said Costco included a Kuka sofa named "Parker" in its catalog.   In the lawsuit, Parker House says Costco and Kuka clearly intended to benefit from the Parker House brand and reputation. The lawsuit says the advertisement appeared in Costco's Connection magaz...
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Wood furniture market to reach $580 billion by 2025: GMI

The size of the wood furniture market is estimated to surpass $580 billion by 2025, according to a new research report by GMI. Rising per capita income along with residential and commercial projects is expected to drive the wood furniture market. Increasing production of complex designs and the incorporation of innovative materials supported by advanced manufacturing technologies are expected to boost sales. Moreover, the availability of a wid...
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Fellowes Brands acquires office furniture maker Trendway

ITASCA, Ill. -- Fellowes Brands, a maker of business products, has announced its acquisition of Trendway Corp., of Holland, Michigan. Trendway manufactures office furniture systems, movable walls, and seating for work environments. Fellowes Brands first expanded into contract furniture through its acquisition of ESI in November 2017. The addition of Trendway to the Fellowes portfolio creates a broader offering to this channel....
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Slideshow: Ultra-low waste furniture uses just one sheet of plywood

NEW YORK - FN Furniture founder Ken Landauer makes high-quality, low-cost furniture from single sheets of plywood. Each furniture piece uses a minimum of 92 percent of each plywood sheet.   Landauer launched FN Furniture in 2017 after building a house in upstate New York with his wife. Since then, his furniture has been picked up by the Museum of Art and Design, Saratoga Springs' Tang Museum, and the...
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Guilty pleas in government contract furniture bid scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former State Department official has pleaded guilty to disclosing confidential bid proposals to help a furniture company executive win a lucrative contract for furniture for a new U.S. embassy abroad. Patricia DeLaughter, 69, faces up to five years in prison when sentenced on Nov. 8 for her role in the procurement fraud. According to court documents, from December 2016 to March 2017, DeLaughter...
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La-Z-Boy shutters California upholstery plant, moves cut-and-sew operation

MONROE, Mich. - La-Z-Boy announced it will close its Redlands, California upholstery manufacturing facility and move production to other North American facilities. Production at the 200,000-square-foot plant is expected to cease in October 2019. La-Z-Boy also said it will move the leather cut-and-sew operation from Newton, Mississippi, to its other North American-based cut-and-sew facility. According to the company, t...
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ASTM revises furniture stability standard

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn. – Revisions to the voluntary furniture stability standard for clothing storage units are expected to be published this month, according to information from the American Home Furnishings Alliance. The revision to ASTM F2057 expands the scope of the standard to clothing storage furniture 27 inches and taller, as opposed to 30 inches and higher previously, and incorporates two new warning labels. To...
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Commercial furniture survey shows shipment growth

HOLLAND, Mich. - Office and contract furniture manufacturers reported slightly higher shipments and business activity for July, according to Michael A. Dunlap & Associates in its quarterly MADI/OFI Trends Survey report.  The survey measures the current business activity of the commercial (office, education, healthcare, and hospitality) furniture industry and its suppliers. July's survey shows an overall index in July...
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Furniture makers and artists highlighted at 2019 Furniture Society conference

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Furniture makers and artists from across the country converged on Milwaukee, Wisconsin earlier this summer for the Furniture Society’s annual conference Groundwork, which was held at The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).   Conference speakers touched on topics from the business side of furniture making and artistry to inspiration and design and the importance and valu...
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ESI president carries love of wood back to Redwood Empire

A California company is offering redwood lumber from trees that were originally harvested in the 1800s. Sharp Acres Redwood Milling offers old growth redwood in the traditional tight, straight-grained deep red clear material for architectural applications and furniture. They are also providing dense and heavy root material with a color range from deep reds to bright yellows with curly and other appearances. The company also offers custo...
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White oak dark and light color

Q. We have some white oak lumber that has a dark outside color, but the inside is whiter in color, which creates a big issue. Do you know what is going on? A. I am familiar with this defect where the core is much lighter in color than the shell. It happens with other species as well as with white oak. This color difference is caused by partial air drying (rather than complete air drying) followed by normal kiln drying. In slow air dryin...
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Door panel cupping

Q. We are having problems with our door panels cupping and the glue joints showing. Any insight? A. Wood moves, including cupping, and glue lines are seen due to excess pressure when the wood warps, only when the wood's moisture changes, so the wood is too wet for your plant's environment. You should check the incoming lumber's MC everyday...several times a day if a lot of lumber is being processed...in most cases, nothing wetter than 7.8 perc...
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Finishing western red cedar paneling

Q. We are having some issues with old growth western red cedar paneling. The wood is interfering with finishing. Any help? A. Without being there, I can only guess, but I think I know the answer. When an old growth tree is growing, there is an anaerobic bacteria that often gets into the tree. It is in small compartments running vertically in the tree. While alive, it creates fatty acids that turn rancid with time. Did you or the homeowner ment...
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Modified wood market to expand in outdoor uses: Report

The global modified wood market is slated for robust revenue growth during the course of next few years, according to Persistence Market Research, a research and consulting firm. Over the projection period 2018-2026, global modified wood market revenue will expand at a solid CAGR of 9.6 percent. Most of the demand for modified wood will be accounted by the residential sector of the construction industry, as indicated by their report....
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Setting moisture content in the plant

Q. We get our lumber at 6 to 8 percent MC. We check its moisture to confirm. So, should we set the plant at 7.0 percent EMC (halfway between), or should we set the plant a little drier, like 6.8 percent EMC because we want to discourage any drying at all? A. Because a little drying shrinkage is more serious than a little moisture gain, the general recommendation is that the plant should be a little bit drier than the mid-point value. So, 6.8 p...
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Hickory sapwood lumber is pink in color

Q. Our customers like the white-colored, hickory sapwood lumber that we produce. The problem is that, especially in the summer, the sapwood is pink in color. Why is this? A. The pinking discoloration is due to a chemical oxidation reaction in the wood that turns sugars and starches in the sapwood into this pink color. This chemical oxidation reaction goes much faster when it is warmer, so we see the biggest problem in the summer. The re...
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Alternate species for oak, maple, walnut and cherry

Q. Can you suggest some alternate species, at lower cost, for oak, maple, walnut and cherry? A. It is difficult to suggest alternate species without knowing what requirements that you might have, such as color, grain appearance and surface hardness. I do discuss one species in FDMC every month. A larger collection is on our Internet site, woodworkingnetwork.com. Look for “Wood...
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Splits caused by nails and screws

Q. When we nail near the end of a piece, or nail or screw in the side edge, we often see a small split created by the fastener. Why is this and what can we do? With MDF, the fastener in an edge seems to create a bump in the surface of the board and also create a separation in the wood around the fastener. A. When you put a nail or screw into the wood, the wood fibers or cells need to compress (or move aside) in order to make room for the faste...
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WCMA announces new brand identity, website design

LINDSTROM, Minn. -- The Wood Component Manufacturers Association is launching a new brand that communicates members’ approach to hardwood manufacturing. “The new look communicates our strengths of sharing and learning, reflects an openness to new ideas from the next generation, and graphically represents the collaborative nature of the members we serve” said WCMA executive director Amy Snell. “The forme...
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Dawn redwood: A living fossil

In 1940, scientists found some fossils in Japan for a new, unfamiliar species of wood that was quite similar to redwood and sequoia that are living trees in California. (Since this find, fossils of the same genus have been found in the Badlands of western North Dakota.) Then in China in 1941, botanists and foresters were surprised when three living trees of an unknown species, that eventually turned out to be the same tree as the fossils, were found...
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Lauan, meranti or Philippine mahogany

Lauan is one common name for lumber from a large number (over 120) of species in the Shorea genus. These trees are grown in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. There are thousands of local names for these species, but from a lumber point of view, the species are divided into four groups, based on color and weight: dark red meranti, also called tanguile, (pictured) which is dark red and very heavy (over...
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Jarrah

There are many species that are in the Eucalyptus genus. Some are small and produce leaves for floral arrangements; others (including jarrah, and also blue gum, karri and Tasmanian oak) produce excellent timber and lumber products. Jarrah, Eucalyptus marginata, is a dark red wood with outstanding strength and stiffness. This species, also called Swan River mahogany in the past, is found along the coastal area of Southwest Australia, and is i...
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Rubberwood

Rubberwood is the name given to lumber from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis), which is a tree producing latex which is then used to produce natural rubber. (Other names today include parawood and Malaysian oak.) Although Christopher Columbus was shown rubber on his journeys to the New World, it was not until 1839 that the vulcanization process was invented that made the elastic properties of rubber permanent. Prior to WW II, a vast fores...
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California black oak

California black oak (Quercus kelloggii) is in the red oak group of species, but its source of supply (It grows primarily in northern California and southwest Oregon), physical properties (It is weaker than most red oaks, but machines better), appearance (It is not as red, but has tighter grain), and processing differences (Drying is difficult) merit a special discussion of this species. The tree reaches maturity in 90 years or longer...
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Santos mahogany

Santos mahogany (scientific name: Myroxylon balsamum) is also called balsamo (English) and palo de balsamo (Central America) in the lumber business. Although this wood is not related to Honduran (or true) mahogany or to African mahogany, it is a rich dark mahogany colored wood and is actually a bit harder then Honduran mahogany. The wood has interlocked grain, which gives it a strong ribbon-like pattern. The tree, which is in the legu...
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Lodgepole pine

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) grows in the Rocky Mountains, from Alaska to northern New Mexico, in the Black Hills and on the Pacific Coast. Poles of this tree were used by Native Americans for structural supports for teepees and lodges; hence the common name of lodgepole. Lodgepole pine trees are not very large. In the Rockies, they may reach 80 feet in height, but seldom exceed 14 inches in diameter. Oftentimes, lodgepole pine lumber and p...
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What you need to know about bamboo

Bamboo is not wood, but a grass with no woody material in its stem. But we are seeing more and more use of this grass in cabinets and as a substitute or adjunct to "good old, solid wood." And I have seen some pretty good- looking bamboo items. This grass that looks just like the bamboo fishing rods used by Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, only larger, is being harvested in a manner similar to trees. The round, hollow stem, with closed se...
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Western spruces, Engelmann and Sitka

Two major spruces are found in the western forests of the U.S. Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) is found throughout the Rocky Mountains, from Alberta to Arizona. It is named after George Englemann who discovered this species in the mid 1800s. Sitka spruce is found primarily within 50 miles of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to northern California. The name comes from Sitka Island where the tree was discovered in 1892; Sitka spruce is also...
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Longleaf pine

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), also called fat pine or heart pine, is one of the four major species making up the Southern pines. It is the strongest of the four, the tallest (over 100 feet) and the most fire resistant. While the tall, stately longleaf pine once covered 30 to 60 million acres of the southeastern U. S. coastal plain, 200 years of logging and land clearing have greatly reduced its range to 10 percent of the past acreage. The t...
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Mar. 5, 2019

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