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Tree Koozies – What a great idea!

Tree Koozies – What a great idea!

No, we didn’t go into the Koozie business but thought it was such a great idea for those of us in the business that we just had to share!


Beautifully handcrafted Beer Koozies made right from tree branches!! Real wood and bark, no fillers or other veneer materials. Made by a local crafter in Massachusetts.  These come in sizes for 12oz. cans, 12 oz bottles or 1 liter bottles.  We currently have them on a trial basis and only have one of each.  If you want more than one or we’ve sold out, please email us and let us know you want a “Tree koozie”!

Tree Koozies

So, if you want one of these, click on the picture above to go to their website!


U.S. sets preliminary duties on plywood from China

U.S. sets preliminary duties on plywood from China

While this is a step in the right direction, we shouldn’t think that the battle is over because the same plywood manufacturers who were “dumping” their plywood products will realize that they can get around this duty by offering cut-to-size plywood which is not subject to the same regulations. So, these new regulations will shift the pain of this market inequity to the local businesses who might well be selling these plywood products as a cut-to-size product, something the Asian manufacturers didn’t have much interest in before.

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department

said on Wednesday it had set preliminary duties ranging up to 27
percent on plywood from China worth hundreds of millions of

The move represents a victory for U.S. plywood producers in
North Carolina, New York and Oregon who filed a petition last
year asking for import relief.

The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood accused
Chinese manufacturers and exporters of “dumping” the plywood in
the United States at prices 298 percent to 322 percent below
fair market value.

They also asked for countervailing duties to offset alleged
Chinese government subsidies given to the companies.

The Commerce Department’s preliminary duties on Wednesday
covered only the subsidy portion of the case. It will announce
preliminary anti-dumping duties by the end of April. A final
decision on both types of duties is expected in July.

domestic solid maple panels

The United States imported about $617 million of the
hardwood and decorative plywood from China in 2011, down from
$635 million in 2010. The wood is used for cabinets, flooring
and other housing applications.


Will this have any impact on supplies of logs and lumber for those of us who live in that world primarily? Maybe! Think about this. We ship a tremendous amount of logs to the Far East that go into plywood production. This is primarily in the whiter – softer hardwoods to make veneer core for plywoods but also includes some(?) percentages of hardwoods like red oak, maple, cherry, hickory, etc., for “fancy face” plywoods. So, any of those log that are not sent to the Far East for plywood would be available here for plywood production here or even for hardwood lumber production.

Other distributors have indicated that it is only China who is being penalized with a “duty” situation and that Vietnam and Malaysia have plenty of plywood producers that can absorb significant quantities of logs from the U.S. So, this may be a “shell game” and the only thing that will change will be that the “pea” is under Vietnams(?) shell instead of China’s. However, we do know from our own plywood suppliers that the price of plywood is going to go up right away. How much? I don’t know because some of the increases have already been factored in, in the previous three months.

U.S. sets preliminary duties on plywood from China

Red Oak and Hard Maple Squares Available

In any manufacturing operation there are always small amounts that are in excess of the needs of the operation at some particular time. We have two lots of squares that fall into that category right now. They are:

2 1/2" red oak squares

2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ x 14 7/8″ Red Oak, Squares

There are 468 pieces available


1 3/4" hard maple squares

1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ x 15″ Hard Maple, Squares

There are 27 pieces available

If this is something that you might be interested in, please call Mark Thomas at 812-248-2233 or e-mail me at

I look forward to hearing from you!

RTA Face Frame parts now available

RTA Face Frame parts now available

RTA Face Frame parts are now available as chopped to length part that has a 1/2″ plywood plough milled into it. The Face Frame parts come in all the species that we sell regular face frame parts in such as poplar, red oak, hard maple, hickory and soft maple. They come in a number of standard lengths such as 14.5″, 30″, 31 1/8″, 36″ and 42″ lengths. All are molded to 13/16″ in thickness as well as to their standard widths. All are cut to length via a precision end trimmer for the consistency that you need and want.

We make these parts as a way to deal with side bend and end bow in the standard mill length parts and we go to great lengths to cut any severe bow and bend out of the product.

Call us today at 812-248-2233 and find out how we can make your throughput in your cabinet shop go a little faster!

RTA Face Frame parts now available