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SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION Making The Best Cabinets & Furniture for 2013 Making the Best Cabinets and Furniture Another construction season is upon us and the recovering housing market is bringing with it a more sophisticated, more budget-wise homebuyer. Keeping up with changes in taste often means partnering with a company that is keyed into the market – one that deals with enough shops to see trends coming. Keystone Wood Specialties is one such company. They have ramped up their ba-sic, exquisitely made dovetail drawer to accommodate customers who want cut-lery trays, spice rack inserts, knife block inserts, waste bin pullouts, rollout tray systems, even custom shapes and other innovations. And as shops look at the components they make in-house, more and more of them are contacting North-west Hardwoods and taking a long, hard look at certified alder. Budget conscious buyers are delighted with how this sus-tainable and abundant hardwood can be stained to resemble more expensive spe-cies such as maple and cherry. Drawer Box Specialties, recently ac-quired by States Industries, offers wood-shops a huge choice of custom drawer boxes in a wide variety of substrates from melamine to exotic hardwoods, and cor-ner constructions that include English and French dovetails, plus doweled and nailed boxes. Gustav Stickley, the Greene brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright all designed custom furniture that matched the décor of the homes they built. Osborne Wood Products now offers two table kit pack-ages that can dramatically add to a shop’s offerings by allowing customers to add dining, coffee and end tables stained to match their kitchen’s finish. And speaking of designers, ShopBot Tools launched a Website a year ago that is designed to provide a forum for de-signers and fabricators – a way to build bridges that lead to collaboration and more efficient manufacturing. Read on to learn about that, and all the other ways that companies are providing support to woodshops in this new and exciting housing market. www.keystonewood.com .........................42-43 www.shopbottools.com ................................47 www.buyalder.com.......................................45 statesind.com ...............................................46 www.osbornewood.com ...............................44 MARCH 2013 WWW.WOODSHOPNEWS.COM 41

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<br /> Making The Best Cabinets & Furniture for 2013 <br /> <br /> Another construction season is upon us and the recovering housing market is bringing with it a more sophisticated, more budget-wise homebuyer. Keeping up with changes in taste often means partnering with a company that is keyed into the market – one that deals with enough shops to see trends coming. <br /> <br /> Keystone Wood Specialties is one such company. They have ramped up their basic, exquisitely made dovetail drawer to accommodate customers who want cutlery trays, spice rack inserts, knife block inserts, waste bin pullouts, rollout tray systems, even custom shapes and other innovations. And as shops look at the components they make in-house, more and more of them are contacting Northwest Hardwoods and taking a long, hard look at certified alder. Budget conscious buyers are delighted with how this sustainable and abundant hardwood can be stained to resemble more expensive species such as maple and cherry. <br /> <br /> Drawer Box Specialties, recently acquired by States Industries, offers woodshops a huge choice of custom drawer boxes in a wide variety of substrates from melamine to exotic hardwoods, and corner constructions that include English and French dovetails, plus doweled and nailed boxes. <br /> <br /> Gustav Stickley, the Greene brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright all designed custom furniture that matched the décor of the homes they built. Osborne Wood Products now offers two table kit packages that can dramatically add to a shop’s offerings by allowing customers to add dining, coffee and end tables stained to match their kitchen’s finish. <br /> <br /> And speaking of designers, ShopBot Tools launched a Website a year ago that is designed to provide a forum for designers and fabricators – a way to build bridges that lead to collaboration and more efficient manufacturing. Read on to learn about that, and all the other ways that companies are providing support to woodshops in this new and exciting housing market. <br /> <br /> Drawer Boxes: Not Just Boxes Any More <br /> <br /> As our culture becomes more sophisticated, so do the things we use. For example, a fishing pole was once no more that a stick, a string and a hook. Today, there is a whole industry offering sophisticated choices for what we still call a fishing pole. <br /> <br /> The same is true of drawer boxes. There was a time when a drawer box was just that—four sides and a bottom. And indeed manufacturing is still focused on creating strong, dependably square and attractive boxes that function well and last a lifetime. However, our new design culture now demands endless variations that can be custom tailored to meet the needs and desires of individual customers in what has become a creatively sophisticated climate. <br /> <br /> Keystone Wood Specialties in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has been a manufacturer of quality custom cabinet components for forty years. Along with their product lines of high-end cabinet doors, drawer fronts, face frames and molding, they have also been a leading manufacturer of upscale, custom, dovetail drawer boxes for decades. <br /> <br /> “The mainstay of the drawer box part of our business is, and always will be, the basic dovetailed drawer box,” says Keystone’s marketing director, Rolph Kullander. “Our customers depend on a well-made, beautiful box that brings refinement and unquestioned quality to their cabinets.” <br /> <br /> Kullander stresses that the company takes pains to use solid wood stock that is selected for appropriate color and quality. Gluing scrap cut-offs together is not an acceptable option. The box needs to have an appearance that supports and underscores the beauty of the cabinetry. What’s more, Keystone doesn’t impose minimum or maximum quantity constraints on ordering. One drawer or a thousand earns the same individual respect and attention from their staff of customer service professionals. <br /> <br /> Keystone also recognizes that the basic drawer box by itself is no longer sufficient to meet all the needs of the modern market. Today’s consumers expect convenience that makes their life more organized, and thus more efficient. <br /> <br /> “Cutlery trays, spice rack inserts, knife block inserts, waste bin pullouts, rollout tray systems, even custom shapes and other innovations are all designed to meet 21st century needs,” Kullander says. “And while soft maple may still be the most popular species choice for drawer boxes, more and more people are looking at a wider variety of wood species.” <br /> <br /> Space-saving devices are also popular, especially in remodeling or re-facing projects. For example, replacing an existing deep drawer box with a doubletiered sliding tray within a box can make the space far more usable, and desirable. These kinds of innovative options are so appealing that they not only solve storage problems, but also help cabinetmakers sell kitchens. <br /> <br /> The cabinetmakers themselves want choices, too. Partners like Keystone allow a shop to build faster, better, more efficiently and more creatively, especially when that partner addresses almost every aspect of production. In addition to the wide variety of design options, the company’s drawer boxes can be ordered prefinished or unfinished, assembled or knockdown, and they can be custom ordered to their customers’ specific requirements for side thickness and size. <br /> <br /> Cabinetmakers also appreciate the option of having their own logo laser engraved in an appropriate place on the inside of the box. Because in the end, while the drawer box has certainly evolved, it is still the time-honored tradition of craftsmanship that turns a beautiful dovetail drawer into an enduring symbol of quality. <br /> <br /> At Keystone, they are proud to say that all of their products are made in America. <br /> <br /> Phone: (800) 233-0289<br /> Web: keystonewood.com<br /> E-Mail: info@keystonewood.com<br /> <br /> Look What Osborne is Bringing to the Table! <br /> <br /> The best furniture and cabinets begin with the best components and when it comes to tables, Osborne Wood Products, Inc. of Toccoa, Georgia is definitely leading the field. Now in their thirty-fourth year of supporting woodshops by supplying furniture parts in small quantities, Osborne has just introduced a new line of Full Table Kits. Beginning with beautifully crafted tabletops, woodshop designers can now choose from various styles and profiles for a table that is perfect for any room. Osborne is offering various sizes of dining tables, coffee tables, and even end tables in over twenty styles, and in a wide choice of wood species. Kits include the impeccable quality of Osborne table legs, table apron kits, all the hardware needed for assembly, and the aforementioned wooden tabletops. Styles such as farm, ornate, mission, classic and more are offered. <br /> <br /> Each Full Table Kit is manufactured with 100% solid wood and comes unfinished, allowing a woodshop to match stains and topcoats in-house. Species include soft maple, red oak, knotty pine, alder, cherry, hard maple and black walnut. The mortise and tenon joinery is of the highest quality, and the assembly process is uncomplicated. All necessary parts are included. <br /> <br /> For customers who already have tabletops available, or who want to build them in-house to match a client’s décor or cabinetry, Osborne also now offers Table Base Kits. These custom kits include quality turned legs (lots of choices) that are already mortised and pre-mounted with threaded hanger bolts to accept the company’s carefully crafted table aprons. The aprons are predrilled to receive supplied screws that are used to secure the mortise and tenon joints. These aprons are always milled to 1” x 4” finished dimensions and include the option of a beaded, rounded or squared bottom profile. <br /> <br /> Browse the complete selection of Full Table Kits and Table Base Kits, and conveniently order online, at the URL listed below. <br /> <br /> Phone: (800) 849.8876<br /> E-mail: info@osbornewood.com<br /> Web: osbornewood.com/full-table-kits.cfm<br /> <br /> Have You Looked at Alder Lately? <br /> <br /> The choices we make when creating the best cabinets and furniture depend heavily on the materials that we choose. And when it comes to hardwoods, few species offer more advantages than alder. <br /> <br /> Abundant and sustainable, certified alder regenerates naturally and prolifically; it flourishes in areas where other species may not. It provides a unique benefit to the forest: its nitrogen-fixing root system adds nutrients to soils and helps neighboring species such as Douglas fir, cedar and hemlock thrive. <br /> <br /> PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification standard, promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to ensure good forest practices and wood sourcing. Northwest Hardwoods’ PEFC Chain-of- Custody (CoC) certified alder is sourced from forests that are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the American Tree Farm (ATF) system, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and PEFC. <br /> <br /> Beyond reliable supply, alder is everything else that a woodshop wants and needs in a hardwood. Its honey brown color and fine grain give it a distinctive look among hardwoods. Because there is virtually no discernible difference between heartwood and sapwood, it has a pleasing uniform appearance. It’s a medium density hardwood that has low bending strength, superior shock resistance and stiffness, and it’s also excellent for both turning and polishing. It machines well, and can be stained to resemble more expensive species such as maple and cherry. <br /> <br /> Northwest Hardwoods’ alder manufacturing practices and grading systems are known for delivering more of what customers need and less of what they don’t. Less waste means more margin. This is the foundation of their “Graded for Yield®” assurance, and it’s just one more reason why so many cabinet shops and furniture makers prefer Northwest Hardwoods brand alder. <br /> <br /> To learn more about this versatile, sustainable, elegant and beautiful hardwood, visit BuyAlder.com <br /> <br /> Phone: 503-277-2663<br /> E-mail: stephanie.happer@northwesthardwoods.com<br /> Website: www.buyalder.com<br /> <br /> It’s Kind of a privilege… <br /> <br /> …when you step back and take a look at all you can do for the hardworking craftsmen, designers and fabricators in this industry. That was likely the reward that States Industries saw when they began business in 1966, and it’s probably even truer today. Their recent acquisition of California-based Drawer Box Specialties has really rounded out their commitment to innovation, and to the specialty value that they aspire to provide to the marketplace. <br /> <br /> States’ Industries president Mike Taylor called the addition of DBS a strategic extension of State’s existing value-added components business. <br /> <br /> “DBS has a great brand franchise that we think will be a perfect complement to our business,” he says. “By recapitalizing the company and providing better access to the entire North American market through our network of distributors, we see significant upside.” <br /> <br /> DBS, located in Orange, California and founded in 1987, manufactures custom drawer boxes in a wide variety of substrates from melamine to exotic hardwoods. Options include FSC and NAUF certified materials, and corner constructions that include English and French dovetails, plus doweled and nailed boxes. <br /> <br /> States’ components plant manager, Donnie Graves, says that “the investments we’ve made here at our Oregon facility, in addition to the DBS acquisition in California, allow us to really excel at being a complete components supplier.” The company’s 200,000 square foot hardwood plywood plant in Eugene, Oregon, (the home of Apple- Ply®) includes a full components division, custom color lab for finish matching, and one of the largest UV pre-finish lines in North America. <br /> <br /> Phone: (800) 626.1981<br /> E-Mail: info@Statesind.com<br /> Web: statesind.com<br /> <br /> Want to Meet CNC Designers and Fabricators? <br /> <br /> A Website created by ShopBot Tools that was designed to support custom digital fabrication has really taken off over the past year. The site, 100kGarages, was created to help making collaboration easier between people in both the DIY and custom fabrication communities. <br /> <br /> Not long ago, the site’s blog featured a story on two 100kGaragers and how they connected via the site. Jens Dyvik, a designer based in Norway, linked up with U.S.-based designer/ fabber Lee Bernard and they are now in business fabbing Dyvik’s designs for distribution in America. To read about their collaboration, visit 100kGarages.com, and click on Blog under the Connect category. <br /> <br /> What’s interesting is that one doesn’t need to own a ShopBot brand tool to be a listed Fabber on 100kGarages. Established businesses that use CNC routers, laser cutters or 3D printers are all welcome to participate, and community garages such as TechShops, maker spaces and hackerspaces are all invited to register, too. <br /> <br /> Ultimately, the goal is to help people find each other and then learn and work together to make their dreams come true. For example, Brian McKenzie of North Carolina recently launched his small fabrication business, McKenzie Digital Fab (mckenziedigitalfab.com). He’s just beginning to share a journal of his start-up at the 100kGarages site. And ShopBot is also committed to helping woodworkers who have not yet embraced digital fabrication technology. Visit woodworkersgodigital.com for more information. <br /> <br /> Phone: (888)680-4466<br /> E-mail: dianne@shopbottools.com<br /> Web: www.shopbottools.com<br />

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