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What's All This Ripping Nonsense About?

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

We all need to convert random width lumber into usable parts. It’s essential to any wood components business. However, a common misconception exists that ripping your own lumber is bad news bears, that the emotional and physical cost far outweighs the benefits of its backbreaking, tedious, and messy nature. (Think exorbitant amounts of sawdust.)

Are Your Hardwood Lumber Costs Sky High?

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

 If you missed Spencer's IWF Technology Theater Presentation: "10 Things you Must do to Control Hardwood Costs,” don't despair! We recorded it so you can watch it here instead. 

Your Number One Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Is In Your Trash Can

Posted on Sep 13, 2016

Nothing is more telling about how your manufacturing is performing than what is in your trash can or scrap bin. This is where all of your “oopsies” stack up. It is where all the mistakes go to die. A careful look into these two bins can give you a better idea about what is really happening on the floor than any number on a chart, yet it is probably the most ignored and overlooked item in your organization.

Dust Collection for Dummies

Posted on Sep 9, 2016

Good dust collection results in less time cleaning the shop and CNC table. When dust is effectively extracted from the cutting or grinding process on CNC equipment, cutting life is greatly extended and time intervals between blade changes are extended.

Seven Deadly Wastes Infographic

Posted on Aug 30, 2016

Awhile back we shared the 7 Deadly Wastes of Manufacturing and offered tips to combat the aforementioned wastes. During one of the busiest times of year (accompanied by the hustle and bustle of post IWF Atlanta) it is vital to your operation that you stay a lean mean manufacturing machine and as disciplined as possible. To refresh your memory, TigerStop has created a helpful infographic for you to use on the shop floor. 

Yield is Everything for Powell Valley Millwork

Posted on Aug 23, 2016

TigerStop had the pleasure of speaking with the folks at Powell Valley Millwork about their business, company history, points of differentiation, philanthropic work, and their new optimizing saw. This is what we learned:

Small Workshop Woes: How to Make the Most out of Your Tiny Space

Posted on Aug 16, 2016

Every tool and square foot in my small workshop has to earn its keep. I can’t afford to have a tool that does not get used every day, no matter how well it can perform a task. Nor can I mess around with a tool that does not perform its task well. And if your shop is anything like mine, every surface has to be available for a project – the table saw does double duty as a glue-up bench and the planer infeed becomes a staging area for hardware that is to be installed. The walls of my shop are totally covered with tools: clamps hanging here, blades there, and jigs all over the place.

The task at hand, every day, is to make our space as efficient and user-friendly as possible. I try to wring the most out of my small space and my general purpose tools. I can’t just add an edge-bander because a job calls for it – I don’t have the room, I don’t have the budget, and I won’t use it every day. So when I go shopping for a tool, it really needs to be the best fit, the best performer and the best buy.

How To Save Money On Material And Lower An Entire Lumber Grade

Posted on Aug 9, 2016

Are you paying too much for your lumber? Most of us are. Did you know that you can actually lower the grade of your material without compromising on quality, and save money doing it? It almost sounds too good to be true, but listen up, it's time to get knotty! Buying lumber with knots and defecting it yourself, can save you a great deal of money. 

Woodworking Automation Leads to Profit for Kensington Garden Rooms

Posted on Aug 2, 2016

 A creator of elaborate backyard oases, gazebo manufacturer Kensington Garden Rooms has found a perfect climate for building its business in Northern California. Founded in 2012 in the United Kingdom, Kensington Garden Rooms relocated the following year, “for the sun,” laughs Sam Misky, sales manager. Competitive reasons also factored into the decision. “After researching the American market, we learned there would be a lot of opportunities in the U.S. for selling luxury quality garden rooms.”

How To Build Your Very Own Bat House

Posted on Jul 26, 2016

Bats have a pretty bad rap. But these creepy crawly creatures of the night are incredibly useful! Bats are fantastic pollinators (like our honeybee friends) and are responsible for pollinating some of our favorite fruits such as bananas, mangoes, and avocados. Without bats forget about that delicious guacamole.