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Hafele America to carry TAG Hardware's Symphony Wall Organizer

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada — TAG Hardware Systems, Ltd., announced immediate availability of its new Symphony Wall Organizer system through Häfele America.   “The Symphony Wall Organizer solves storage problems for constrained spaces,” said Sergi Ullod, an industrial design engineer at TAG Hardware. “It combines low-profile wall storage with a high-end design aesthe...
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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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Hague named new AWI exec vice president

POTOMAC FALLS, Va. --  AWI Board of Directors reviewed the AWI Executive Vice President Search Committee's report and recommendation of Doug Hague as Philip Duvic's successor effective January 1, 2020. Following the board's unanimous vote on that recommendation, Directors enthusiastically endorsed Hague in his new role as the AWI EVP. Duvic has been associated with AWI since November 2000 and was appointed as executive vi...
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USNR named major supplier for large CLT operation

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Katerra, a vertically integrated construction company, selected USNR as the major supplier for its new Cross Laminated Timber manufacturing complex located in Spokane Valley. It will reportedly be the largest CLT production plant in North America with new technology provided by USNR. It will give Katerra the ability to pre-qualify the lumber that goes into its CLT panels. Whether green or dry they can re...
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Quanex’s Woodcraft wins Kentucky safety award

HOUSTON – Quanex Building Products has announced that Woodcraft Industries, a Quanex company, has received the Kentucky Governor’s Safety and Health Award at its Bowling Green, Kentucky operation. The award is a recognition of Kentucky organizations with outstanding safety and health performance. The award helps to encourage the development of programs designed to reduce and eliminate occupational injuries. It is g...
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How architectural woodworker, Lifetime Design, offsets tariff hikes

DEER PARK, NY– Lifetime Design's client list includes Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, The Waldorf School and many others.  Their 35 years of experience in architectural woodworking is unlimited. Recently the company said it has fully adopted Lockdowel pre-inserted technology for cabinetry and panels to offset the tariff hikes on building materials.  The AWI-licensed commercial millwork company said it is using Lockdowel...
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Uniboard introduces TFL digital panel designs

LAVAL, Quebec -- Uniboard, a North American designer and producer of TFL decorative composite wood panels, has announced the introduction of Studio, a collection of 20 digital designs. These new colors will be available at Uniboard’s authorized melamine distributors and were scheduled to be unveiled during the Wood Design Show in Quebec City.  Inspired by the arts and creative expression, Studio is comprised of 20 d...
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Expansion starts at Renewal by Andersen manufacturing campus

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. -- Andersen Corp. broke ground recently on an expansion of its Renewal by Andersen manufacturing campus in Cottage Grove, near St. Paul. The expansion, adjacent to the existing Renewal by Andersen facility, will include a 350,000-square-foot Value Add Center to accommodate manufacturing, warehouse and office space. Andersen plans to invest more than $35 million in the expansion and is expe...
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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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Bassett Furniture to acquire Crimson Casual for $2.25 million

BASSETT, Va. -- Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. has agreed to purchase certain assets of Crimson Casual Inc. for $2.25 million in cash and stock. Bassett's acquisition of the outdoor furniture company is expected to be finalized in early November. Details of the transaction, announced Oct. 17, were not disclosed. A statement from Bassett said the addition of Crimson Casual will help the company in its plans to further penetr...
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Biesse first production lines ready for click joinery

Biesse has delivered its first production lines ready for production of furniture with Threespine click furniture technology by Valinge. The launch of the new line is reported to be a result of the growing interest in Threespine and will open up more opportunities for companies interested in introducing easily assembled furniture. The new lines from Biesse include two double-sided Stream edgebanding machines with extra motors for profiling of...
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Steelcase expands relationship with Uhuru Design

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Steelcase announced it will expand its relationship with Uhuru Design, giving customers access to Uhuru's full product portfolio, inclusive of the design firm's line of contract furniture solutions. Steelcase said the relationship with Uhuru complements the contract furniture giant's extensive portfolio. The collection of...
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Knoll sues UK-based Senator furniture for patent infringement

EAST GREENVILLE, Pa. - Office furniture giant Knoll is suing one of its UK-based competitors for alleged patent infringement.   In a lawsuit filed October 2, Knoll says Senator furniture's Array table features "an ornamental appearance that is almost identical" to that of its 'C-leg' design on the company's Pixel desking system. Senator, a British furniture maker for the corporate, office, and hospitality...
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American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation launches Leaders Circle

HIGH POINT, N.C. — The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame is launching the Leaders Circle, a group that includes Hall of Fame inducted members, future leaders and other industry leaders. The inaugural gathering of the Hall of Fame Leaders Circle takes place Oct. 17 at the String & Splinter Club. Leaders Circle members will gain access to exclusive activities, connect with other influencers, and will receive speci...
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Copeland introduces furniture using reclaimed hardwood

BRADFORD, Vt. -- Copeland Furniture is introducing value-priced designs that use reclaimed or “upcycled” solid walnut with the introduction of the Linn bedroom collection this fall. With this collection, Copeland targeted a lighter scaled and a soft modern aesthetic that resonates with eco-conscious consumers. Five and six drawer dressers along with a one drawer or stylish shelf nightstand will be available for purchase a...
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Herman Miller pays $78 million for majority interest in Denmark's HAY furniture

ZEELAND, Mi. - Office and furniture giant Herman Miller - number 5 on the FDMC 300 - will pay $78 million for an additional 34 percent equity interest in HAY A/S, a European leader in ancillary furniture. Herman Miller owned 33 percent before the purchase - bringing it to a majority 67 percent. &...
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E&E recalls made-in-Vietnam dressers due to tipover hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that about 1,800 INK+IVY Renu three-drawer dressers imported by E & E Co. Ltd., dba JLA Home, of Fremont, California, are being recalled. The recalled dressers are reported to be unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tipover and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. The dressers do not comply with the performance requirements of...
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Residential furniture orders up 6% in July: Furniture Insights

HIGH POINT, N.C. - New residential furniture orders were up 6% in July compared to the year prior, breaking a five-month downward trend, with 53% of survey participants reporting increased orders, according to the latest Furniture Insights survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors from Smith Leonard. Year-to-date new orders are down 2% for 67% of the participants. The September 2019...
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Figuring the strength of a table leg

Q. When looking at the strength of a leg, what factors are important? A. A quick summary. Obviously, the size (especially the smallest diameter) and the species are important. In general, the denser species are stronger. But even within a single species, the density can vary substantially; you need to avoid pieces that are much lighter weight than normal. Another factor is the grain angle. If the grain (as determined by splitting a piece, as a...
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WCMA elects new board

NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association's Board of Directors were recently elected at the group's annual Fall Meeting & Plant Tour event, held Sept. 22-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The WCMA Executive Committee includes: Leon Osborne, Osborne Wood Products, president; Frank Fitts, Fitts Industries Inc., vice president; Mark Elliott, Elliott W...
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Planed lumber pieces that are bowed

Q. We have some lumber that we planed on our two-headed planer. We are certain that the lumber was flat going and coming out. We then stacked the lumber and now about four weeks later, we are seeing a lot of pieces that are bowed. In fact, within the stack, all are bowed the same direction…ends down and center up. Where should we look? A. We know that stacking for drying was OK or else there would have been warp before planing. We know...
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Delta post oak for interior doors

Q. I am thinking about using delta post oak for making some interior doors. Is this a good choice? A. Delta post oak has total radial shrinkage of 5.4 percent, from 28 percent MC to 0 percent MC (radial would be the width of a quartersawn board) and a shrinkage of 9.8 percent tangentially (width of a flatsawn board). For comparison, northern red oak is 4.0 and 8.6 percent  which is over 15 percent more stable than post oak; but red oak is...
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Appalachian Partnership launches new Ohio Wood Products website

NELSONVILLE, Ohio -- Appalachian Partnership, Inc. has announced the launch of the new website for Ohio Wood Products. Designed to be Ohio's foremost wood products resource, is a single hub where distinct sectors of the hardwood industry can easily connect. At the heart of the website is the Ohio Wood Products Directory with a GIS-enabled supply chain map that is making the industry more accessible.  "The site and company...
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Regular and exterior wood adhesives

Q. What is the difference between regular wood adhesives and those that say “exterior?” A. Here is a general explanation…read the label for complete information. Interior Adhesives will soften or lose strength (the joint will likely come apart) when exposed to water or heat, especially after an hour or two of exposure. Essentially, the glue, with water exposure, begins to return to the consiste...
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What is the difference between red oak and white oak?

Q. What is the difference between red oak and white oak? A. The difference is primarily in appearance. Of the 20 commercial red oak species, many have a slight reddish tinge to the color, while the 20 white oaks are paler or browner. It is impossible to separate the red and white oaks by color alone. The ray cells in white oak are larger and more distinct, creating more character (in the eyes of some people). For this reason, quartersaw...
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Columbia Forest Products to close Oregon cabinetry components location

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Columbia Forest Products has announced plans to cease production of cabinetry components at its Salem, Oregon, location, which started up 24 months ago. Orders for components manufactured at this location are moving to the company’s original production center in Kentucky. "The decision to close the Salem operation was especially difficult, given the skills and commitment of the employees at thi...
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Grain raising after finishing

Q. We are having, and so are our neighbors, quite a bit of grain raising, which seems to show up after finishing. We keep our plant in the low 40 percent RH. A. It is difficult in a few words, to respond completely to your questions. Appreciate that grain raising is basically due to fibers that were crushed or pushed into the wood surface during machining. These fibers absorb moisture and then swell and spring back to their original position....
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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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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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