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Safety Speed Mfg. donates saw to promote woodworking in schools

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Somerset High Schol teachers Mark Barron (left) and Eric Olson (center) accept saw donation from Safety Speed Mfg. President Brian Donahue.

Safety Speed Mfg. donated a vertical panel saw/router to the tech-ed department of a local high school through the WoodLINKS USA project.
Brian Donahue, president of Safety Speed, got connected with Somerset High School through the WoodLINKS program in 2009 because he felt his company should focus more on promoting the wood industry in schools.|
The saw/router machine donated to Somerset High School carries a price tag of $6,677. The saw has capabilities that are advanced from anything the school district currently owns and the new saw is also much safer, according to tech ed instructor Mark Barron.
“It gives us a lot more options,” Barron said. “And it’s much more safe for beginners.”

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April 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

Rockler, Hardwood Forestry Fund plant trees for Earth Day

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Rockler's donation to the Hardwood Forestry Fund will help the group to plant more than 10,000 trees.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is partnering with the Hardwood Forestry Fund to plant over 10,000 hardwood trees in celebration of Earth Day.
During the week of April 20-27, Rockler will donate the price of one tree for every purchase made on the company’s website, www.Rockler.com. The Hardwood Forestry Fund will use Rockler’s monetary donation to plant trees in the United States on public lands managed by professional foresters. The Hardwood Forestry Fund targets planting and management of commercially valuable hardwoods, requiring that all trees planted by the non-profit group have a management plan, harvest and regeneration schedule.
“Teaming with the Hardwood Forestry Fund helps ensure future generations will enjoy the beauty and many uses of trees throughout the natural life of our hardwood forests,” said Scott Ekman, vice president of marketing at Rockler. “As the benefactors of harvested trees, our partnership to plant trees helps woodworkers understand the importance of supporting organizations like the Hardwood Forestry Fund.”

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April 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

The view from Interwood Taiwan

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Interwood Taipei 2011is a major machinery exhibition held in Taiwan every three years. We asked Elli Tsailing Hung, project manager at the Taiwan Trade Center in Chicago, about the show and the current woodworking business environment in Taiwan.
“In general, Taiwan’s wood machinery focuses on customized products, the prices are reasonable compared to Europe and the States,” he told CabinetMakerFDM. “The manufacturers keep making improvements on key components and after-sale services. In addition, due to the limited resources of wood (available in Taiwan), they also put efforts on how to reuse materials.
“The Taiwanese woodworking machinery industry has a history of more than 40 years and now ranks No. 4 in the world for exports. Over the years, the industry has specialized in providing machinery for both production of mass-produced and customized wooden furniture, while adapting to changes in market demand,” Hung said.
Interwood, known as the Taipei International Woodworking Machinery and Supplies Show, is one of the three largest professional woodworking machinery exhibitions in Asia. The last exhibition in 2008 drew 182 exhibitors using 1,070 booths, and more than 3,800 domestic and international visitors. The number of buyers from Russia, Mexico and India grew sharply, according to Hung.

1105CMFinter2More than 180 companies are expected at the 2011 event, held every three years.
The United States has traditionally been the largest export market for Taiwan-made woodworking machinery, but China claimed the top export destination in 2010, according to the Taiwan Directorate General of Customs and Interwood Woodworking and Furniture Digest. In the 2008-2010 period, Hong Kong, Canada and Vietnam were also major export destinations.
According to Taiwan Economic News, the global downturn has reduced machinery exports. Woodworking equipment exports declined 13 percent in 2008 to $590 million. Machinery makers have focused on saving customer’s costs, developing non-woodworking machines using core technologies, and seeking smaller orders. Newer machines featured better control technology, higher output and accuracy.
Taiwan Trade Center’s Hung said that more than 180 companies are using 1,100 booths in the 2011. The show will be held July 7-10 at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall and features a full range of woodworking machinery related tools, parts and accessories, raw materials, and other related items. For more information email the show directly.

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April 27, 2011 at 9:22 am

AWFS plans small shop, cabinet and millwork seminars

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The College of Woodworking Knowledge education program will offer a number of seminars targeted to cabinet and millwork shops, with a special series tailored to very small shops, at AWFS Fair in July. 
The Small Shops Ten and Under education track will focus on the issues and needs of shops with 10 or less employees. Topics in the small shop track range from sales and management, to automation and software. “Implementing Successful Sales Systems” will address the challenge small business owners face when running the front and back end of a company. “Think Like an Entrpreneur!” is another seminar that will be offered, based on the book, E-myths, by Michael Gerber. A panel on “Automating the Small Shop” will offer a view into automation conversion. Tim Killen, author of the e-book, Google Sketch Up Guide for Woodworkers, will offer a two-hour “Google Sketch Upfor Woodworkers” session, which will cover the advantages this free software application may have for those who have yet purchased a software system.
The cabinet and millwork track offers a course on “Aging in Place with Universal Designed Cabinetry.” The session, presented by designer, Carol Lamkins, will cover options for homeowners who want to remain in their homes as they age. In a panel, entitled “How to Work with Architects & Designers,” a designer, architect and project manager for a cabinet company will share their perspectives and goals for working together.
Companies looking to gain additional market share will also find two seminars in the educational program to be helpful. The first, “Transitioning from Residential to Commercial Work,” will cover the pros and cons of this transition. “Diversify! How to Capitalize on Market Opportunities” is a panel that will cover the realities and opportunities in healthcare furnishings, closets, historic government jobs and adding a millwork packages to a cabinet line.
Classes in CWWK education program will begin on July 19, AWFS Fair’s pre-show day, and will continue throughout the four days of the show, concluding on July 23. All seminars are priced individually and the full CWWK program is available on AWFS Fair website.

CMA to host May regional wood event in Kansas

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The Cabinet Maker’s Association will host its 2011 Spring Midwest Regional Event on Friday, May 6, at Superior Wood Products’ facility in Leavenworth, Kan. 
The event will include a special session, “The Art of Pricing Profitably,” which will earn participants two CMA continuing education units. Presented by Brian Dirks, owner of Cabinet Designs LLC and CMA board of directors member, this seminar will cover how much it costs a company to run, how to price work and how to make a profit on every project. KCD Software founder John Murphy will present a seminar on the efficiencies of software design, pricing and manufacturing. Other topics covered at the event include installation of acrylic undermount sinks into HPL, and laminate-clad, rounded profile custom-edge options for countertops. Time for discussions and questions will be allotted after each presentation.
The cost to register for the event is $25 before the May 1 deadline. Professional cabinetmakers, millworkers and woodworkers interested in attending the event may register online. For more information, contact Roger White of Superior Wood Products at 913.250.0060 or email roger@superiorwood.net.

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April 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

WMMA and WMIA members discuss woodworking issues in Washington

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A group of WMMA and WMIA members went to Washington in February to discuss existing and pending legislation and regulations with their congressional representatives. They met with 29 congressmen, senators and/or their staffs on issues ranging from business tax reform; enacting the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account legislation; increasing and making permanent direct expensing; pending OSHA industrial wood dust limits; enacting a simpler research and development tax credit for small business; retraction of the law requiring increased need for Form 1099’s and maintaining the bonus depreciation.
“The Woodworking Industry Public Policy Fly-In is a once a year event when all of us in the industry approach our representatives on the Hill with issues near and dear to our businesses,” said Mark Chappell, president of WMMA. “But don’t rely totally on the Fly-in. There is work to do in your community. Ask your representatives to your plant. Let them appreciate the work being done in the USA and ask for their legislative support on issues of importance to you.”
The Washington fly-in started with a dinner with U.S. Department of Commerce deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing Peter Perez. He addressed the group and answered questions regarding the administration’s priorities for the manufacturing sector. Job creation and increasing U.S. exports are priorities.
After a breakfast briefing from John Satagaj, WMMA National Affairs counsel, participants went to Capitol Hill for their appointments.
“The 112th Congress has an extraordinarily large freshman class and with a change in the majority in the House, it is an exceptionally great opportunity to get in on the ground floor before the Members of Congress become wise to the ways of Washington,” he said.
“WMMA has demonstrated time and time again that you do not have to be the biggest player on the block to be effective. Persistence and credibility go a long way with members of Congress. If they and their staffs can put a face to the local job created, it helps a lot. The fly-in bridges the gap. But, it is not the only way one can accomplish that task. Getting a Representative or Senator to visit your operation and see what it means to the local economy, makes you more than an email address to them.”
Headway was made on the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account after a meeting with Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), a co-sponsor MRA legislation. He was glad to see the manufacturing community endorse the concept and urged others to come to the Hill, meet with their representatives and convince them to sign on.
“Our job is never done,” said Frank Kobilsek, of Black Brothers and chair of the WMMA Public Policy Committee. “This is an exciting time for member involvement. If you can’t get to the Hill, solicit your Congressperson when he/she is in state to meet with you, preferably at your plant.”
Mark Craig of Giben and a WMIA member met with newly elected Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) and the staff of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and their response to his questions on direct expensing were positive.
“While direct expensing is safe until 2012, they assured me that it will be an important topic by next year and will be a high priority to extend it,” Craig said. “Regarding the MRA, it was something the Senator from Georgia was not familiar with. His office found the concept very interesting and the office claimed it could be something it would support.” 
WMMA member Jamie Scott of Air Handling Systems met with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). The Senator was convinced of the MRA merits and will be drafting a compatible bill to introduce MRA legislation. “We really have a unique opportunity to support USA manufacturing” said Scott. “Republicans, Democrats and the Administration are pushing USA jobs and manufacturing. Now is the time to engage your representatives.”
For those interested in learning more about the above issues from the WMMA perspective, contact Harold Zassenhaus of the WMMA, 301-652-0693 hzassenhaus@wmma.org for summaries outlining the issues and how they affect the woodworking industry.

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April 26, 2011 at 9:50 am

WMMA announces revised ANSI woodworking machinery safety standard

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The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America  announced the availability of American National Standard Institute standard, Safety Requirements for Woodworking Machinery Safety Requirements, O1.1-2009, which revises the previous O1.1-2004 standard.
This standard was processed and approved for submittal to ANSI by the Accredited Standards Committee O1. ANSI O1.1-2009 is an “umbrella” standard under which the committee is currently developing several machine-specific safety standards. The safety standard for fixed angle jump saws has been completed and is available.
For more information on purchasing the revised O1.1-2009 standard, visit ANSI’s eStandards Store.

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April 25, 2011 at 8:30 am

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