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Alaska conservation society publishes guide to Tongass young-growth wood

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The Sitka, Alaska, Conservation Society has published a guide that profiles projects that use wood from trees harvested in young-growth forest in the Tongass National Forest.

“Alaskan Grown: A Guide to Tongass Young Growth Timber and its Uses” is a practical tool for builders, woodworkers, consumers and others interested in learning more about the quality of Tongass young-growth timber, an increasingly available resource in southeast Alaska, and how it can be used. The guide, published with support from the National Forest Foundation, explores the common species of young growth on the Tongass and profiles projects throughout the region that use young growth in a variety of ways.

Projects featured in the guide include:

● Furniture built by Sitka High School students from young-growth red alder harvested and processed in the Sitka Ranger District. ● A bike shelter that will be built by Sitka High School students for the Sitka Sound Science Center this spring. ● The Bosworth home in Gustavus, Alaska, a private cabin constructed with young-growth spruce and Western hemlock from Prince of Wales Island. ● The Starrigavan public-use cabin on the Sitka Ranger District, which is constructed of young-growth Sitka spruce and Western hemlock logs.

“There are a lot of opportunities for using young-growth timber from the Tongass, but consumers and others need to understand what those are and why it’s important to buy locally when possible,” said Sitka contractor Marcel LaPerriere, who owns Southeast Cedar Homes and uses Tongass wood. “I believe this is an opportunity to raise awareness and increase the commercial use of local young-growth around the region.”

To learn more about the guide and using Tongass wood, please visit www.sitkawild.org.

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January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Fire destroys small Canadian woodworking shop

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A small woodworking shop was destroyed in Morell, Prince Edward Island, Canada, leaving only the north wall standing among the remains of the charred embers, theguardian.pe.ca reports.

The Morell Fire Department received the call that came in as an automatic fire alarm at 12:48 a.m. Firefighters and RCMP were still on the scene this morning.

Four fire departments and 35 firefighters battled the blaze. It appears the nearby house escaped any damage as firefighters battled the flames in bitterly cold temperatures in an effort to save the residence. Morell firefighters were assisted by St. Peters, Mount Stewart, and East River fire departments.

Joe Dunphy Custom Woodworking was a long-established business in the community, with an Island-wide reputation for creating custom-made kitchen cabinets, cupboards and furniture.

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January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Leitz Tooling Systems acquires Royce Pacific Precision Cutting Tools

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Leitz Tooling Systems, a manufacturer of precision cutting tools for wood and advanced materials, has finalized the purchase of assets of Royce//Pacific Precision Cutting Tools in San Bernardino, Calif.

“The purchase is a continuation of our international growth strategy and will enable Leitz to offer enhanced diamond and carbide service capabilities and additional experienced technical personnel to the market,” said Mike Lind, Leitz USA CEO. “This particular acquisition represents a stronger, more ‘local’ approach to serving the Western region of the United States.”

Former CEO, Holger Nagel, will assume the responsibilities of Western regional sales manager for Leitz, bringing more than 25 years of industry experience to the company. For more information on the acquisition, please visit www.leitztooling.com.

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January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Michigan high school student recognized for woodworking project

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Trenton High School graduate Andrew Lindsay has been named winner of the month by Minwax for January 2013, according to trenton-grosseile.patch.com.

The Minwax awards were created by The Community Craftsman Award program to be rewarded to those who improve their communities by working with wood.

Lindsay “used his impressive woodworking skills to create two striking display cases for” the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library, the site reported from a Minwax release.

Now that Lindsay has been entered into the program, if selected, he could win a cash grant of $5,000; a workshop with wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson; a supply of Minwax products valued at $1,000; a $2,000 cash grant and a supply of Minwax products.

“At this point we are picking the 2012 winners,” a spokesperson for Minwax told the site. “Andrew submitted in 2011 and received the special recognition award.”

A photo of Lindsay and his work will be posted to the Minwax Facebook page beginning January 28.

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January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Northwest Hardwoods launches sustainable hardwood sweepstakes

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Northwest Hardwoods is launching a sweepstakes for projects featuring sustainable alder hardwood that awards the winner with a SawStop industrial cabinet saw.

U.S. and Canadian woodworking professionals can enter a drawing to win a SawStop heavy-duty 10-inch industrial cabinet saw by by entering the project details and photos of their projects that feature the Northwest Hardwoods’ alder. Alder is a honey-brown hardwood, available as lumber and plywood, which is ideal for cabinetmaking.

Professional cabinetmakers and cabinet shops can enter the contest by going to www.buyalder.com. Multiple projects may be submitted and the winners will be chosen at random. The contest runs through June, and winners will be drawn in July and announced at AWFS 2013 in Las Vegas.

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January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

Sanding tools mold into precise shapes for an assortment of projects

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Several collaborators recently created a set of sanding tools called Sandables that can be reshaped like gritty modeling clay for more accurate woodworking, GizMag.com reports.

Made out of polycaprolactone (PCL), Sandables become more elastic at moderately high temperatures. After three minutes in the microwave, they can be shaped like modeling clay into any form you need. PCL also has the added benefits of being non-toxic and biodegradable.

One package of Sandables contains three sanders in three distinct grits for different sanding jobs. They can be bent to smooth out unusual wooden shapes, but they can also be wrapped around a stick to sand hard-to-reach areas, or even be attached to a drill to make a customized power sander.

Sandables were created through Quirky, a website that brings various collaborators together to make changes to an invention until it’s ready to be sold as a complete product. Quirky is still determining a price for them, so Sandables are not yet available for purchase. Right now though, you can still go to the website to vote on what price you’d be willing to pay for a set of moldable sanding tools.

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January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am

New standard promotes use of safety glass in furniture

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Glass has long been popular in furniture, however, the use of annealed glass tops in tables and desks has often led to injury sustained from falls into the furniture, News.Thomasnet.net reports. ASTM, an international standards development and delivery system, has developed a new international standard that stresses the use of safety glass to cope with the problem.

ASTM F2813, Specification for Glass Used as a Horizontal Surface in Desks and Tables, covers performance requirements to ensure the relative safety of glass used in furniture as a primary or secondary surface on tables, including coffee tables and end tables.

Henry Chamberlain of Allied Glass Experts, tells that site that most serious injuries involving glass in furniture occur when juveniles or elderly adults fall into glass-topped coffee tables. Children tend to climb onto the tables, while adults often back into a table and then fall through the top.

To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations at: (877)-909-ASTM.

 

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January 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

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