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In this issue:

=> Updated Eastern Lumber Buying Guide
(Get the latest pricing info)

=> Hot Threads
(A sampling of current forum discussions)

=> Sawing and Drying Forum Technical Advisor
(Meet the Wood Doctor, Professor Gene Wengert)

=> Getting Good Quotes from Wood and Lumber Suppliers
(Information is the key to success)

=> Knowledge Base Highlights
(The latest additions to this growing resource)

=> Industry Sales and Special Offers
(Current listings on great deals)


=> Updated Eastern Lumber Buying Guide

Current hardwood pricing has just been posted for the
Eastern United States:


=> Hot Threads

This inquiring cabinetmaker wants to know: can I gain the
profit I'd like to be making by expanding into the custom
millwork arena? Some feel he's doomed to fail if he can't
make a profit under his current setup, and others believe
he's wrong in thinking that growing his business will
solve the problem. What do you think?

Many finishers seem to agree: birch is a real pain. If
you have the secret to a blotch-free stain or would like
to learn the methods others swear by, take part in the
talk at:

The subject line of this thread reads 'The perfect is the
enemy of the good.' Where does a woodworker draw the line
in the quest for perfection? Folks at the Cabinetmaking
Forum have embarked on a rather interesting exploration
of high-end, low-end, and the quality level found in
between. Fresh points of view are welcome - join in at:

Perfection is a highly sought-after quality at the forums
these days... Do you have a method for achieving flawless
miters (or would you like to discover one)? The
conversation is just one click away:


=> Sawing and Drying Forum Technical Advisor

Dr. Gene Wengert is Professor Emeritus in Wood
Processing, Department of Forestry, at the University of
Wisconsin (Madison). He frequently contributes to trade
journals serving the primary lumber processing industry,
and is president of The Wood Doctor's Rx, LLC, through
which he provides educational and consulting services to
lumber processing firms.

Browse through Dr. Wengert's many wood engineering and
processing articles at:
and visit the Sawing and Drying Forum at:


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=> Getting Good Quotes from Wood and Lumber Suppliers

Wood and lumber products can be difficult to specify. But
with the right information, suppliers can quote fair and
accurate prices. Here are some tips:

*Moisture Content* Kiln-dried, air-dried, or green lumber?
*Species* Be specific. For example, 'hard white maple',
	(not just 'maple').
*Machining* Rough or S4S (Surfaced 4 Sides)?
*Quantity* Specify board feet, linear feet or square feet.
*Grade* If you are not familiar with the grade, include a
	description (clear no knots, sound knots ok, knotty ‘rustic’)
	and your intended use.
*Dimensions* Thickness (finished or rough) x widths x lengths.
	Include minimums and maximums when appropriate.

If you'd like to submit a Request For Quote (RFQ) or
want more information on the RFQ process, click here:


=> Knowledge Base Highlights

Here's a true cautionary tale for the conversion varnish
(CV) sprayer. Why did CV's formaldehyde fumes wreak havoc
with this finisher's lungs? The wrong respirator was at
the root of the problem...

You won't find many steamy subjects at WOODWEB, but we
think this Knowledge Base article qualifies. Steam-lam
versus glue-lam - which lamination process for curved
parts will win? Less mess and less length are a couple of
the qualities that give steam an edge in the competition.

Scribner - International - Doyle... When sellers and
buyers demand their numbers in different log volume
scales, how do you come up with the calculations to
satisfy everyone?

Is glue strong enough on its own to attach face frames to
a 3/4 plywood cabinet box? The ultimate aim is to do away
with those pesky putty-filled nail holes glaring back at you.

The search is on for a reliable and cost-effective
shipping solution. Crating options and carriers - from
the carrier that kicks your box across the country to the
carrier that takes tender care with your cargo - are discussed.

Think your blades are out for blood? There's plenty of
talk about a new saw stop that claims to protect your
precious digits from that finger-slicing tablesaw. Is it
all it's cracked up to be?

=> Industry Sales and Special Offers

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- Exciting new design software available
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- All new customers get a 100% free	template
	order from Template Services
- New Festool customers get a one-time 20% discount
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