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In this issue:

=> Kiln Drying Workshop to be Held in Syracuse
(Learn practical information and scientific background)

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

=> Editor's Choice
(A few of our favorites)

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

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


=> Kiln Drying Workshop to be Held in Syracuse

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry will hold a Dry Kiln Workshop January 9 - 12, 2006 in Syracuse. This course will provide practical knowledge about how wood is effectively kiln dried, and scientific background on related wood properties and drying processes.


=> Hot Threads

Extra large glue-ups mean extra problems keeping those panels flat and smooth. From clamps to cauls, this thread tackles the tools and techniques that will make oversized panel production a breeze.

This thread, entitled "Tricks of the Trade", starts out with a quick tip for nick-free jointer knives. Others have joined in with their own unique, time-saving tricks. We hope you will, too.

Boards emerge from this planer with fresh scars - the wood looks like it's been beaten with a chain. Just what, exactly, is going on inside this machine that causes such an event?

When a church's antique red oak pews show numerous longitudinal cracks in their backs, this woodworker is brought in to repair the offending cracks. Join in this discussion to help brainstorm a suitable fix.


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=> Editor's Choice

From articles on employee appreciation to eco-friendly cabinetry, you'll find a few of the editor's favorites from the past month right here:


=> Knowledge Base Highlights

As technology changes the face of many tools in a cabinetmaker's shop, one might assume a basic instrument like the tape measure would remain unchallenged by computerization. Not so. This article discusses new developments in measuring tools, focusing on laser devices that plug into a laptop.

As the plasma TV grows in popularity, cabinetmakers are often faced with the challenge of incorporating this contemporary piece of equipment into a traditionally styled entertainment center. Here's one approach:

This sawyer is itching to mill some wood, but first must fix an electrical fault in his Wood-Mizer. The problem is elusive and tormenting... and is solved with one, big spark...

A client comes crying after their beautiful, solid wood table warps, and is skeptical that the glass top they installed is at fault. The builder asks for corroboration from fellow woodworkers - and help building the case he will make to the client.

Water-based clear finishes have gained a reputation for the bluish cast they sometimes show. The object of this article is to understand the origins of the cold color, and how it can be warmed up.

A cabinetmaker is asked to build a cabinet that will showcase 100 bottles of fine wine. The finished piece must be more than a pretty looking piece of furniture - it must contain the precise environment that will preserve its wine well. Wine cabinet technology is discussed in depth here.


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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.

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would like more information on the RFQ process, click here:

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