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Employee Project Highlight: Furniture by Thad Trubakoff

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Thad Trubakoff, Woodworkers Source employee

Thad Trubakoff, Woodworkers Source employee and custom woodworker extraordinaire

When I decided it was finally time to get a small-ish cabinet for organizing my archives of our print promotional materials, I drew a quick stick-figure thing of some cubbies and asked Thad – an employee at our Tempe store – to build it for me.

The inspiration source: my drawing.  Perhaps it was the whole "pizza-n-beer-on-me" thing that got his attention?

The inspiration source: my drawing. Perhaps it was the whole "pizza-n-beer-on-me" thing that got his attention?

A week later, he called and said it was finished and ready to be picked up.

Knowing what I told him, and knowing how pathetic my drawing was, and knowing my criteria (“Ummm, I need a thing that holds some stuff . . “),  I expected something made of Baltic Birch or maybe just MDF.

You know, something utilitarian; it just made sense to me.

Thad didn’t quite understand my expectations.  He built a fine piece of furniture instead.  And there’s a good reason for it – building fine furniture is just his style. read more

When Do These Kids Have Time For Guitar Hero & Facebook?: A Look at the AWFS 2009 Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition

Monday, July 20th, 2009

When you stroll through the AWFS (Association of  Wooworking and Furnishings Suppliers) exhibit hall in Las Vegas, you’ll find impressive lumber-cutting machines.   Huge things that rival your house.  They can mill 8,000 little furniture parts in under 60 seconds, for over-exaggerated example. I’ve seen robotic arms use immense suction to lift 3/4″ thick 4×8 sheets of plywood, swing them up overhead, and set them down on a CNC table that, in turn, cuts out a couple hundred little puzzle-like pieces that get knocked together into rocking chairs (that part’s done by a human) – whamo! Done. Like it’s nobody’s business.

Well, seriously, it is nobody’s business.  From plywood to parts, you don’t need a person to handle the material.  Unbelievable.

It hit me like a ton of bricks: In today’s woodwork manufacturing, you don’t need to be a woodworker to control the machinery . . . on the contrary, you need to be a computer programmer.  It’s like woodworking – ahem, maybe I mean craftsmanship – has nothing to do with it all.

When you walk out of that exhibition hall, and if you’re not zombie-eyed and numb by what you’ve seen inside, you should notice a little kiosk thing in the concourse.  Inside the kiosk are the 50 finalist entries for the 2009 Fresh Wood Student Woodworking Competition.  Step inside.  It’s cool.  It’s inspiring.  Creativity and innovation come together. You’ll be saying to yourself, “Kids made this stuff?  Well okay, the world’s in good hands then.” read more