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Moving with the market: CabinetMaker+FDM will be FDMC

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Effective with the January issue, CabinetMaker+FDM will become FDMC.

The new name was chosen in a reader survey. FDM and CabinetMaker merged in 2009. FDM dates from 1959 as Furniture Design and Manufacturing, and CabinetMaker started in 1986.

“The CabinetMaker+FDM brand was born in 2009 from a need to combine two leading magazines for economic survival in a market that was experiencing tremendous turmoil,” Tim Fixmer, president and publisher, said. “Five years later the single magazine brand is thriving and this industry is returning to health.

“Reader response has been wonderful and our advertising market share (now approaching 50 percent) has never been higher. This market validation told us we were positioned perfectly with a combined magazine moving forward.”

At one time, there was more of a stark difference between the two industry segments; the larger company market and small shop market were at significantly different levels of automation and were more at odds process-wise than they are today. Substantial price reductions in technology along with an industry shift from a focus on mass production to mass customization allowed many of today’s small shops to increasingly implement modern technology and CNC equipment, while larger companies can produce more with fewer employees. Our universal content now addresses the needs of large, medium and small producers alike.

Earlier this year, 30 new name ideas were developed, and CabinetMaker+FDM readership was surveyed and presented these names for review. More than 700 readers responded and their answers determined the best choice: FDMC, with the new tagline, Best Practices for Woodworking Technology & Business.

The name celebrates both original brands, yet is simple and straightforward. In addition, our website will have a new url: We invite you to enjoy and celebrate these changes with us as our industry continues to evolve.


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November 14, 2014 at 7:00 am

CabinetMaker+FDM survey respondent wins iPad

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For responding to a finishing survey conducted by CabinetMaker+FDM, Martha Grauduss of Alliance Millwork & Mfg. in Dayton, Ohio, won an iPad mini.


For responding to a finishing survey conducted by CabinetMaker+FDM, Martha Grauduss of Alliance Millwork & Mfg. won an iPad mini.

CabinetMaker+FDM  offered the drawing as an incentive for respondents to a finishing survey.  Grauduss was chosen as the winning name from the list of email addresses affiliated with the survey response file.
“Thank you again, this is so exciting,” Grauduss said. “I love your magazine. I read so many pertinent and applicable articles in the CabinetMaker+FDM  magazine which are very helpful.  The new CNC feature area in the magazine with the dedicated online help page is fantastic! Keep up the great work.”

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October 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

First-ever Wood Pro Expo held in Baltimore

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Hundreds of attendees from woodworking companies across the Mid-Atlantic region came to the first Wood Pro Expo in Baltimore.

The first-ever Wood Pro Expo opened on Wednesday, October 8 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds just north of Baltimore. The two-day trade exhibition featured a variety of equipment, materials and supplies companies, and drew hundreds of attendees from woodworking companies in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware and other states.

The WPE event featured a full day of education sessions, including a panel discussion on “Real Life Lean” led by CabinetMaker+FDM columnist Jim Lewis. Participants Dustin Hunter, Scott Pfaff and Brad Cairns told of their lean journeys, including the ups and downs and very real benefits.

Gene Wengert, the Wood Dr., spoke on upcoming lumber prices, and focused on gluing wood and analyzing incoming lumber.

CabinetMaker+FDM editor Will Sampson discussed pricing for the custom shop, including basic pricing strategies and the four pricing essentials of labor, materials, overhead and profit.


One of the big draws at Wood Pro Expo was a full schedule of education sessions. Here, Will Sampson talks about pricing.

Jamison Scott of Air Handling Systems updated the group on combustible dust dangers and the current state of regulations.

There were multiple sessions from the Cabinet Makers Association, including project coordination by Dave Grulke, the art of pricing profitably by Sean Benetin, and CNC tips and tricks by Leland Thomasett. More details about these presentations and the show itself will follow in the coming days. There were also four CMA sessions on the second day of the show, covering time management, design software, marketing and advertising basics, and CNC tips.

Extended evening hours and a catered barbecue capped the first day of the show.

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October 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

See CabinetMaker+FDM on any device

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CabinetMaker+FDM is fully optimized for every mobile device, allowing easier reading and navigation. CabinetMaker+FDM is designed for responsive web design, which requires a minimum of scrolling, panning and resizing.

Responsive web design is intended to provide an optimal viewing experience no matter what kind of device is used, including mobile smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computer monitors.

Both editorial content and advertising messages can be seen easily by using this format on iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle Fire and any Android device. Use of mobile devices to surf the web is growing quickly, and is the only site in our market that is optimized for these devices.

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September 25, 2014 at 7:00 am

Wood Doctor Knowledge Center opens

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Visitors to can see questions submitted to Gene Wengert and his answers, such as avoiding cupping in narrows strips, 10 facts about end cracking, advanced kiln schedules and many others. Viewers can also enter their own questions.

The Wood Doctor Knowledge Center also includes Wood Explorer profiles on different species such as aspen, balsam fir and american elm, along with many others. The knowledge center is sponsored by Northwest Hardwoods.

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March 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

CMA to host webinar on ‘Top 10 Marketing Mistakes’ on Jan. 29, 2014

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The Cabinet Makers Association will present a new webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. as part of the CMA-Cabinetmaker+FDM Pro/Ed series. This latest webinar will feature Rich Harshaw, of Monopolize Your Marketplace, presenting a talk, titled “Top 10 Marketing Mistakes.”

A discounted registration rate is offered for $19.95 and $9.95 for CMA members. Register for the webinar at

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January 3, 2014 at 7:00 am

Festool Carvex jigsaw winner named in CabinetMaker+FDM survey drawing

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A new Carvex jigsaw from Festool was won by David Yonenaka of Grass Valley, Calif. All he had to do to win was participate in a reader survey conducted by CabinetMaker+FDM recently. Yonenaka’s company is

Fine Line Joinery, which makes custom cabinets and architectural woodwork. The company also handles general contracting, green building and consulting.

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November 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

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