Serenity now

serenity1It doesn’t sound like it now, but 70 years ago the home of Rockwood-Serenity Cabinets and Millwork was a swinging dance hall where banjo and piano tunes rocked and rolled into Virginia’s Appalachian foothills.

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New Products

DeWalt lithium-ion battery packs

DeWalt lithium-ion battery packs

DEWALT introduced 5.0 and 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery packs and a new 12/20-volt job-site charging station with dual USB ports.

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Tools & Machines

Learning to love lasers

Learning to love lasers

For decades, we’ve seen examples of engraved photos and other artwork done by lasers. And while ad-specialty manufacturers have put these machines to good use, most commercial woodshops don’t really have a need for engraving. If it occasionally c...

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Wood Markets

Sales remain slow and steady for alder

Alder is currently selling, but not at the pace it has been in prior years. Commonly referred to as red alder, American alder and Western alder, the species (Alnus rubra) grows from California up into Canada. It comes in clear and knotty variations, ...

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Editor's Picks

Only in America

Only in America

Spend a couple of nights waking along Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as The Strip, and eventually nothing will surprise you. A middle-aged man wearing a diaper and nothing else? Check. An old lady in a Batman costume ordering at ...

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Perception vs. reality

Perception vs. reality

Cabinetmakers and furniture builders often look at finishing in very different ways. The former usually spray lacquer or varnish, while the latter often apply wax, oil or shellac by hand. Both, however, are looking for a delicate ...

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Stand out and cash in

Stand out and cash in

We had a little work done on the home place a few months ago. A contractor came in and gave us a price, we signed the papers and all these very professional people showed up one after the other until everything was done.

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VOC rules can cause a mess

VOC rules can cause a mess

Cabinet Makers Association executive director David Grulke sums up regulation of volatile organic compounds, a vital component of most varnishes, paints and stains, with one word.

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