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Manufacturing Day

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Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS 2017)
International Centre, Toronto

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Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC18)
Hyatt Regency Maui - Maui, HI


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Second Wood Pro Expo day features lean, CNC, software panel, hiring

LANCASTER, Pa. – Lean manufacturing kicked off day two at Wood Pro Expo. Mike Roth of described value stream management, mapping the big picture, the need to start with a commitment to lean and the expected benefits of a lean deployment.

Mike Littlejohn of Vero Software and Cabinet Vision discussed practical advice for software users in a question-and-answer session with FDMC editor Will Sampson. He talked about different types of software for shops, and suggested that woodworkers shop for software as they would other products.

Mike Roth of speaks on lean manufacturing at Wood Pro Expo.

The first Wood Pro Expo in Lancaster drew woodworkers to its new home during the second day of the exhibition.

A variety of equipment, supplies and services exhibitors met with local woodworkers and makers of cabinets, furniture and millwork at the Lancaster Host exhibit hall.

Greg Pilotti of Greg Pilotti Furniture described his hiring and retention strategies, and how he has dealt with his younger employees. Pilotti provided a great deal of information on his own experiences and his company, which makes high-end custom solid wood furniture, such as live-edge conference tables.

CNC tips and tricks was the subject of a presentation by Leland Thomasset of Taghkanic Woodworking. Thomasset provided hands-on practical information on solid carbide stock router bits, workpiece holding, and examples of unusual or difficult work that had been made on his company’s Omnitech CNC router. Thomasset was also speaking on behalf of the Cabinet Makers Association, which was an exhibitor at Wood Pro Expo and held their own plant tour event.

Lancaster County is home to many Amish woodworkers, but most of them are making traditional residential furniture. Steve Riehl of Knot & Ore spoke about his company’s startup as a manufacturer of contemporary solid wood furniture, incorporating live edges and metal components.

We’ll have more details on these presentation and a more detailed summary of Wood Pro Expo soon.

Posted: 10/21/2017

Wood Pro Expo Lancaster drawing larger crowds to new location

LANCASTER, Pa. – The first Wood Pro Expo in Lancaster drew larger crowds of woodworkers to its new home during the first day and the start of the second day of the exhibition.

A variety of equipment, supplies and services exhibitors met with local woodworkers and makers of cabinets, furniture, and millwork at the Lancaster Host exhibit hall east of Lancaster.

Will Sampson led off the event with a keynote address describing seven ways woodworkers can improve their businesses. Sampson discussed the benefits of a business plan, and how price is determined by labor plus material plus overhead and profit all equals price.

Will Sampson tells woodworkers how to improve their businesses.

Criswell Davis of Frank Miller Lumber showed how the other half lives with examples of high-end millwork jobs. He spoke about hardwood lumber trends, sustainable forests, and quartersawn lumber techniques. Davis said to keep specifying American hardwoods for environmental reasons. Cutting down older trees benefits the forest.

Cold weather fabrication was discussed by Bob Schaefer of Fessenden Hall Inc. Schaefer detailed characteristics of different types of panel and laminate products and the effects of moisture content and temperature changes. He also discussed characteristics of contact and PVA adhesives.

What’s in your spray booth? Bob Karmonick of Russell Plywood provided examples of possible challenges in finishing, and suggested that the finishing supplier should be working with the shop.

Here too, maintaining the right temperature of the coatings themselves can have big benefits in achieving finish consistency.

Sanding should get more attention and sanding shouldn’t be a punishment area, he said.

Also, Karmonick said that finishing suppliers should be able to suggest or provide methods for hazardous waste disposal. The individual shop doesn’t want this responsibility.

Matt Buell uses template routing to make high-quality furniture and residential and commercial products. He outlined tools needed, explained fixed-base vs. plunge routers, edge templates and how he experimented with template routing.

He explained that he didn’t know the rules, and he wasn’t afraid to try something new.

We’ll have more details about Wood Pro Expo and the second day’s activities coming soon. Follow at #WoodProExpo and @WoodworkingBiz on Twitter. 


Posted: 10/20/2017

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