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In this issue:

Featured Sawmill

Starting as a supplement to a dairy farm and now shipping lumber around the world, the Frank Thomas sawmill has evolved in many ways. Read about its extensive family history and more here:

Knowledge Base Highlights

For large, bulky curved laminations, keeping the form outside the vacuum bag simplifies the process. Here's how...

Where strength and rot resistance are needed, black locust stands out. This long discussion explores locust as a utility wood.

Here are a few opinions on why tempered is the glass of choice for the prudent cabinetmaker, and an explanation of how glass is tempered.

Learning the rules about worker classification and managing the details correctly is a hassle, but the risks of managing them incorrectly are major. Should you hire employees or subcontractors?

Another take on a common topic: whether to buy a panel saw or a slider (or both).

CNC-based knife-grinding setups... This article presents good info on their advantages and limitations.

Video Pick

Beaver Tools features assorted tool demonstration videos, including these manufacturers: Bosch, Litheon, Festool, Kreg, Sawtrax and Virutex. To view the videos, click on the link below and scroll down to Beaver Tools' video link:

This issue of the WOODWEB Update is sponsored in part by
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Manufacturer of CNC routers, inverted routers, and routing accessories

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    Hot Threads

    Swirl marks or cross-grain scratches - no matter what steps this door maker takes, he's left with unsatisfactory sanding marks. Participants in this thread offer suggestions on efficient ways to handle sanding chores for doors.

    A question about cutting end-grain balsa core on a CNC router inspires some solid advice, along with video of parts being cut...

    When a client requests that her kitchen cabinets be re-lacquered a darker color, Finishing Forum participants pipe up with advice on allowing the grain to show through.

    How is it that horses have become the hot topic at the Sawing and Drying Forum? Skidding logs the old fashioned way - with draft horses - is under consideration:

    Industry News

    Industry professionals looking to network and discuss strategies for recovering from a difficult 2009 should plan to attend the 2010 Woodworking Industry Conference in Monterey, CA. Set for April 21-24, WIC 2010 is themed "Forget Yesterday, It's a New Tomorrow" as a reminder that one of the keys to surviving an economic downturn is planning to best position your organization to take full advantage of the economic recovery as it begins to inevitably gain momentum. Learn more at:

    Recent Additions to the Woodworkers Directory

    The following companies recently created free web pages at the Woodworkers Directory. Create yours at:

    An Andalusian Artisan, LLC

    Jefferson Millwork and Design

    Cool Manor

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