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Show Displays Give Insights Into Finishes

Show Displays Give Insights into Finishes CabinetMaker+FDM magazine conducted its 24th annual survey of cabinet displays at the 2012 KBIS trade show in Chicago.  The survey “shows what is being displayed, not what is being produced or sold.” On the … Continue reading

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A Reduced Cost vs Value Ratio is Still Good

A Reduced Cost vs. Value Ratio is Still Good Historically, homeowners find consolation in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report. The money they plowed into their home in repairs and remodeling is not lost after all; a portion of it … Continue reading

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The Millwork Business is About Relationships

The Millwork Business is About Relationships In spite of social communication’s interaction, technology is inherently impersonal. Over twenty years ago, a commercial identified this problem and taught a profound truth: Don’t stray away from strong, personal relationships with your customers; … Continue reading

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AWI Involves Its Membership at Every Level

AWI Involves Its Membership at Every Level Members of AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) create the finest commercial woodwork in America. They’re pros. As evidence, read the article, Ski Right In (Design Solutions, Spring 2012). It features the architectural woodwork in … Continue reading

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Sponsor a Lunch & Learn; Presented by AWI

Sponsor a Lunch & Learn, Presented by AWI AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) is the foremost architectural trade association in the U.S. Together with the Woodwork Institute and AWMAC, it developed a unified standard (AWS), a common language and guide, for … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Being a Square Peg in a Round Hole

The Advantages of Being a Square Peg in a Round Hole Differentiating in the millwork industry DWM (Window and Door Manufacturer Magazine) recently published its “Annual Product Guide for 2012”. Look for Midwest Prefinishing on page 44 under the heading, … Continue reading

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A Change of Season Brings Out the Viscosity Cup

A Change of Season Brings Out The Viscosity Cup Seven seconds into Midwest Prefinishing’s video tour, a stainless steel viscosity cup comes briefly into view.  You’ll miss it if you’re not careful; the snappy music and images move rapidly.  It symbolizes … Continue reading

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Blend Woodgrains and Finishes In The Same Room

Blend Woodgrains And Finishes In The Same Room A design brochure published by The Hardwood Manufacturers Association, prefers blending instead of matching stained colors and wood species.  “Don’t try to be a match-maker.  Better to blend~or contrast~ the colors and … Continue reading

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Buy Solid Wood Moulding With A Clear Conscience

Buy Solid Wood Mouldings With a Clear Conscience At MMPA’s (Moulding and Millwork Producers Association) March meeting in Santa Monica, CA, Ivan Eastin related both the problems and the potential of the wood moulding market.  Eastin directs CINTRAFOR  (Center for … Continue reading

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Avoiding Beige-Creep And Blotchiness

Avoiding Beige-Creep and Blotchiness Midwest Prefinishing developed its ProFinish staining process to accentuate woodgrain and its beautiful variations.  Sometimes, a dye stain or wash coat is specified to assure uniformity.  But the trade-off is often a loss of clarity and … Continue reading

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