FDMC Best Pratices in Woodworking Technology and Business


Matt Castilleja has had an unusual career path, and a special mentor who helped him on his way.

Portland’s maker of handcrafted, solid wood furniture, the Joinery, decided to transform its downtown Portland, Oregon, pop-up shop into a permanent showroom, and every square inch was considered.

According to the latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors in Furniture Insights, a monthly report by Smith Leonard, new orders in June were 5 percent higher than June 2015.

But Grafton Furniture is also looking ahead, adding technology to improve its service to customers, and enlisting the help and advice of Marcus Lemonis, host of The Profit, the CNBC-TV program that seeks to turn around small businesses. Lemonis has worked with Steve Grafton and his sons Ryan and Steven.

Many furniture manufacturers are improving the efficiency of their processes, eliminating unnecessary costs, and improving quality by using structural plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) in their frames. OSB produced to U.S. Product Standard PS 2, and structural plywood produced to PS 2 or U.S. Product Standard PS 1 are typically used as floors, walls, and roofs.

Learn about the best practices for veneer production, new applications for veneer, and how to market veneer products at all-day event before IWF.

Alan Harp created the ultimate custom ping pong table that’s a winner for sport or dining.

The new Woodieful Chair is designed to be functional in adaptability, sustainable in quality and serves to inspire multiple uses to fit a person’s lifestyle. And the furniture project has reached its Kickstarter goal.

High gross sales, employment, and capital expenditures are indicators of the current strength of the contract and office furniture industry, according to the recent Michael A. Dunlap & Associates quarterly MADA / OFI Trends Survey.

Adelaide’s JamFactory has enlisted the help of some of Australia’s most respected designers and is about to launch a commercial furniture line.

Following the market studies on the use of kitchens and bathrooms, Hettich has now taken a look inside 100 bedrooms. The bedroom is a very central space people spend most of their time in at home, even if they are mostly asleep. Apart from the kitchen, it is also the room that needs the most storage space.

Brian Preston is not shy about telling people his Atlanta-area woodworking company, Lamon Luther, is staffed primarily with formerly homeless people. Invited to give a talk at the 2012 TEDxAtlanta event, Preston got a standing ovation as he told of founding the custom furniture and table firm and creating jobs for homeless people with backgrounds in woodworking – offering, he says, a “hand up not a handout.”

A Copenhagen, Denmark cabinetry design firm will soon begin producing kitchen projects for its soon-to-open Brooklyn, New York design operation. The business is based on engaging high-end architects to create kitchens using the Ikea cabinet lines as a basis.

Navy Island has a long history of innovation and of creating various kinds of wood products in response to demands from the industry. Over the past 33 years, the company has made custom furniture, provided wood finishing services and manufactured kitchen cabinet doors.

A new line of space-saving office and work furniture for the home or small office is designed to be flexible and allow maximum freedom in the choice of healthy working positions for its users.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. has announced it has received record written orders for the month of October 2015 that exceed any prior month of October. For the company's retail division, total written orders for the month of October increased 33.9 percent and comparable written orders increased 32.3 percent compared to the previous year October.

Byrne Electrical Specialists will bring 32 new jobs to Montcalm County, Michigan with the construction of a $750,000 manufacturing facility and collaborative workspace.

The company has also established a new division called Architectural Wood Solution (AWS). The division offers products and custom solutions for the restaurant, retail fixture, and commercial industries.

The A’ Design Award & Competition has announced a call for submissions for the International Street Furniture Design Awards. The International Street Furniture Design Awards seeks top-notch street furniture projects from industrial designers, architects, artists, civil engineers and street furniture manufacturers from anywhere in the world.

Wood coatings design and styling experts from AkzoNobel presented the latest research on color and styling trends for home furnishings, cabinets and flooring, including the 2016 AkzoNobel Color of the Year, to designers and product developers across the wood industries at the Fall 2015 High Point International Furniture Market on October 19.

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