April 25-28, 2017
Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC17)
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort
Rancho Mirage (Palm Springs), CA

May 22-26, 2017
LIGNA 2017
Hannover Exhibition Grounds
Hannover, Germany

July 19-22, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV


Monday Economic Report: December 5, 2016
We have seen a steady stream of good economic numbers in the past few weeks, and the data that came out last week was no exception. See more ...

Global Manufacturing Economic Update — Third Quarter
The third quarter NAM 2016 Manufacturers� Outlook Survey shows manufacturers continue to cope with policy headwinds. Read more ...


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Ikea renames products after most common Google searches

In a new campaign, Swedish furniture giant Ikea has renamed its products to the most common Google searches about relationship problems.

Featuring names like “My Partner Snores” for a daybed, “My Teenage Daughter Throws Clothes on the Floor” for a chair with towel rack, “Hard to Get Teenager Out of Bed” for a lithium-ion drill, “She Gives Me Mixed Signals” for a bunk bed frame, and “Dating Three at Once” for a triple pad wireless charger, the campaign aims to help customers repair their relationships at home.

“There’s a variety of everyday dilemmas that can be solved or improved by our products,” said Akestam Holst, the creative agency behind the campaign, named Retail Therapy.

“These days most of us turn to the internet with our problems. So we renamed Ikea’s products to the most common searches about relationship problems. Now when you Google your problem, you’ll find an Ikea product with the exact same name.”

“What better way to connect Ikea’s products to people’s actual lives than the questions everyday people actually ask on Google?” asked Akestam’s creative director Magnus Jakobsson.

The updated products are featured on a new website identical to the company’s main site.


Posted: 12/09/2016

New legislation encourages universities to improve manufacturing education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Both houses of Congress have passed legislation that will motivate U.S. universities and qualified organizations to strengthen their manufacturing education programs. The goal is to prepare students in meeting the demands of the modern manufacturing industry.

The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is based on the Manufacturing Universities legislation, led by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).  President Obama is expected to sign the NDAA into law in the coming weeks.

The bill will authorize the Department of Defense to support industry-relevant, manufacturing-focused, engineering training at U.S. universities and qualified organizations, including non-profits.  Universities and organizations would be selected through a competitive grant-based process and required to better align their educational offerings with the needs of modern U.S. manufacturers.

“Manufacturing has evolved over the years and we need to ensure engineering programs meet the demands of 21st century manufacturing," said Senator Coons.

The legislation whas already been endorsed by many U.S. universities and manufacturing associations.
“Manufacturing is vitally important to the economic wellbeing of our country, and it is critical that our schools and universities are providing students the tools they need to be successful in this field," said Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "This program will go a long way in helping schools establish and modernize their curricula in manufacturing engineering.”

Posted: 12/09/2016

New MDF plant in Thailand planned by SPB
Second Dieffenbacher plant for SPB plant supplements existing particleboard plant

Posted: 12/09/2016

World of Wood 2017 looks at uncertain marketplace
Regulatory compliance, market intelligence, and corporate branding will be discussed.

Posted: 12/08/2016

Woodworking Magazine for the Professional Woodworker | Woodshop News
January 2017

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ITC confirms ruling in Reaxx table saw suit.

Lumber coalition seeks U.S.-Canadian fair trade rules.

Stiles Machinery backs group’s reforesting efforts.

“Generation Next” seeks funds to support trade workers.

WOOD MARKETS: Threat of invasives slows sale of white ash.


PRO SHOP: Trump and taxes. By Mark Battersby

FINISHING: Choosing a finish. By Bob Flexner

THE CUTTING EDGE: Ready2Rout. By R.W. Lee

Tools & Techniques

Opera R takes the hands-off approach for sanding.

Teknatool releases new Nova Voyager drill press.

Freud rolls out new panel-saw blade series.

Hettich America debuts drawer system.

Spindle problems can spin out of control.


GOOD TIMES IN THE BADLANDS: South Dakota shop owners punch above their weight class by successfully competing with larger competitors.

GIVE ME A SIGN: Many CNC tools can be adapted to specialize in building custom signage that will add to your cash flow

HARDWARE HEAVEN: Long overlooked, these components are now being considered at a much earlier stage and playing a more pivotal role in the design process.

Posted: 12/09/2016

Tiny houses win IRC approval

The International Code Council reported that public comment RB168-16, the tiny house appendix, received the required two-thirds majority vote and will be part of the 2018 International Residential Code.

Posted: 12/07/2016


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