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Superior Woodcrafts earns green certification

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Superior Woodcraft Inc. now has KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program certification.
The company met criteria in all five categories established by KCMA’s certification board: air quality, product resource management, process resource management, environmental stewardship and community relations. 
The environmental program promotes the use of lumber from recognized forestry programs, such as the Forest Stewardship Council, and the use of low formaldehyde-emitting wood products.

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April 30, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Economists: Housing industry poised for upswing

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Economists speaking at the National Association of Homebuilders’ Construction Forecast Conference say the worst may have passed for the nation’s housing industry, with a pivotal second half of the year approaching.

“There’s a lot of skepticism out there. This is a very deep hole we’re in,” said David Crowe, NAHB chief economist.

But, “the housing recession is nearing an end and housing will return on a very slow basis,” he said.

2009 single-family home sales are projected to reach 364,000, 24 percent behind 2008, and then are expected to increase 48 percent in 2010.

A pickup in single-family housing starts may not be far behind that upturn, with an estimated 45 percent increase 2010.

Multi-family starts are not expected to recover until 2010.
Crowe said low mortgage rates, decreasing sales prices and tax credits are aiding in the recovery.

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April 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

34 students participate in cabinetmaking competition

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The Skills USA Wisconsin Cabinetmaking Competition recently was held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., with 34 students participating in the competition, each building their own cabinet.
The Wisconsin chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Institute this year donated six copies of the AWI Quality Standards as prizes for the High School and Post-Secondary winners.
The Skills USA Wisconsin Cabinetmaking Competition hosted 34 students who each built their own cabinet.

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April 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Thermwood restructures eCabinet Systems

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Thermwood Corporation restructured the eCabinet Systems program giving free access to a collection of cabinet, furniture closet and carving libraries and the ability to output code to machines other than those within the Thermwood brand.

The company is offering a Web-based training program modeled after its weeklong software class. Access to the program is on a subscription basis.

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April 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Study reveals waning demand for luxury kitchens, baths

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While it’s true that stellar kitchens and bathrooms help a property stand out, many homeowners are shying away from high-end products and features, according to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey.

Even with the general easing in the emphasis on kitchens, some features remain very popular. The desirability of pantry space is as popular as it was in the AIA survey of a year ago, and dedicated space in the kitchen for computer use or for recharging electronic devices—such as cell phones or wireless Internet devices—remains very popular.

Integrating the kitchen with family space (such as a great room) and ensuring that the kitchen is designed to promote accessibility also remain popular design objectives. However, some more upscale kitchen features such as a wine refrigerator or a double-island have become significantly less popular over the past year.

Green is more important than ever. Renewable-material flooring or countertops were both reported to be increasing in popularity in this survey, and by almost the same pace as they were a year ago. Many respondents’ rated duplicate appliances, natural stone countertops, and upper-end appliances to be losing their momentum in terms of consumer interest.

Bath products reported as showing the greatest increase in popularity were water-saving toilets, doorless showers, and hand showers. Some more upscale products like multihead showers and double-sink vanities continued to show some popularity, but consumer interest appears to be tapering off.

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April 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Cabinet shop’s success bright spot in down economy

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Average shops do ok in a good economy, but savvy companies like RDM Cabinets in Trumann, Ark., are thriving in a down economy.

According to an article in the Trumann Democrat, the cabinetmaker is expanding and is 35 truckloads behind schedule. It also has the “problem” of not being able to meet customer demand for its wholesale, unfinished, all-wood cabinets.

The cabinet shop has grown from eight workers three years ago to 90 employees in a 40,000-square-foot facility.

RDM Cabinets has two product lines. Its first line, unfinished solid oak cabinets are built on site. Its other cabinet line is imported from China. These pre-stained cabinets are cut and assembled at the plant. The cabinetmaker supplies cabinets to 220 E.C. Barton and Co. stores across the country, and one of its customers has reported a 12 percent increase in sales last month.

While other shops are scaling-back production, RDM Cabinets is planning to expand to 150 employees in the next two to three years.

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April 23, 2009 at 7:11 pm

ShopBot announces open-syntax format

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ShopBot Tools now offers an open-syntax format for machine control code – OpenSBP.

OpenSBP is a syntax standard for the toolpath and instruction code used to control CNC machines and digital fabrication tools. It is in the public domain, available for use on any equipment and may be generated and exported by any software for use on digital fabrication tools.

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April 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm

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