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How To Reduce Your Lumber Bill with Crayon Defect Marking and Grade Marking

Posted on May 30, 2017

Here's a simple how-to guide to reduce that heaping lumber bill of yours. Follow these easy steps to increase material yield, reduce scrap waste, and eliminate stock defects in-house. Don't let your lumber supplier hold you hostage- it's easier than ever to start saving. 

Length Stop Machine Gives Cal Door Consistency in its Door Production

Posted on May 30, 2017

A wholesale manufacturer and major supplier of high-end cabinet components, Cal Door credits its success to a combination of old-world craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology and length stop machines. In addition, the company has shown incredible resiliency in the face of economic adversity.

Not Your Run of The Mill Wood Shop Class

Posted on Aug 15, 2017

Many of us have heard the remarkable story about how an abandoned middle school in Colorado became one of the most elite career and technical education (CTE) facilities in the nation, Peyton Woods Manufacturing Program. Well, if you thought things couldn’t get any better for Peyton's CTE program, you surely haven’t met the program’s Director, Dean Mattson.

Is Automating Your Up Cut Saw Profitable? You Bet Giraffe.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017

If you are considering automating your upcut saw fence look no further than Executive Interiors Inc. While the firm has its fair share of manufacturing equipment, when the clock starts ticking the team relies heavily on its up cut saw fence to make jobs fly by. With less set up time, less rework, less scrap waste, it's a no-brainer for the busy custom and commerical millwork and cabinet manufacturer.   

Harp Maker Fine Tunes Its Operations With a Length Stop

Posted on May 25, 2017

 A true craftsman is never done learning. He is always on a path of continuous improvement striving to refine his skills as each day passes. There's a wonderful Japanese term for this: Shokunin. A simple translation of Shokunin is "mastery of a profession." A true Shokunin devotes his entire life to perfecting his craft insofar as it becomes his own personal mission. Meet a modern day Shokunin, Pete Daigle, who dedicates himself to manufacturing string instruments with the help of a length stop measuring system. 

Do You Really Need An Optimizing Cross Cut Saw?

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

Your cross cut saw gets a whole lot of action. More than nearly any piece of equipment in your shop. It's a real work horse and cuts day in and day out. It seems to do the job just fine and doesn't require a whole lot of fuss or technical service. All of the guys know how to use it. It's not complicated, and that's the beauty of it. As the age old proverb states, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." So, why automate your saw if it works perfectly fine? What could possibly justify the expense? And does anyone really need an optimizing cross cut saw or is it another superfluous expenditure for the tool addict in your shop? 

How to Reduce Welding Costs With Modern Metal Fabrication Tools

Posted on Apr 18, 2017

Welding is simply joining together similar metal materials using similar metal filler materials. While it may in theory seem simple, it’s a complex beast. It’s a multifaceted and ever evolving trade, career, science, hobby, and art form. It’s integral to our everyday lives- to the bridges we drive over, the pipes we drink water from, the skyscrapers we work in, the cars we drive, the bicycles we ride, you name it. Welding is all around us. For those in the welding business, reducing costs may be easier than you think with the right metal fabrication tools.

How To Free Up Your Top Dollar Guy

Posted on May 9, 2017

Solomon Group has made a name for itself in the entertainment and event industries across the globe. It produces extraordinary live events and exhibits using a multifaceted approach and tackling every aspect from design, fabrication, staging, lighting, the works. The intricate and award winning sets illuminate all of the senses in explosions of color and sound. The team has mastered the art of bringing stories to life, one cut at a time, with the help of its compound miter saw fence. 

Shield Casework's Table Saw Fence Makes The Cut

Posted on May 3, 2017

Shield Casework's award winning designs can be seen in hospitals, universities, and sports arenas across the nation. This savvy casework firm eliminated bottlenecks in its manufacturing process with the addition of lean manufacturing technology in the form of a table saw fence.

Material Pusher 102: Caution Heavy Load

Posted on Mar 28, 2017

If your operation requires processing extremely heavy material you are confronted with a very unique challenge. The fact of the matter is that the heavier your material is, the more dangerous it is. It’s as simple as that. Putting in a fool proof and efficient material pusher setup for moving parts through your various manufacturing processes, be it sawing, drilling or punching, is vital.