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Vintage Capital Drops $2.3 Billion Aaron's Buyout Offer

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Vintage Capital Management has nixed its $2.3 billion buyout offer of Aaron's Inc. stock not already owned by the investment firm. However, Vintage Capital stated, it will proceed with plans to gain a majority of seats on the rental firm and furniture manufacturer's board.

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Taurus Craco Names New Eastern Ontario Sales Rep

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Taurus Craco Machinery Inc., a distributor of woodworking machinery and supplies, recently appointed Mazen Badr as sales representative for machinery sales in Eastern Ontario.

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Call for Entries: 2014 PWM Excellence Awards

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Call for Entries: 2014 PWM Excellence Awards

Show off your excellent work in 2014 Popular Woodworking Magazine Excellence Awards. Winners in each of five categories, a grand-prize winner, and a Readers’ Choice winner will be published in a feature article in the November 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. You can enter up to five pieces; the categories are: Casework, Cabinets & Bookcases; Seating; Tables; Boxes & Smalls (e.g. beautiful tools); Turnings, Carvings & Objet d’Art (by […]The post Call for Entries: 2014 PWM Excellence Awards appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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Friday at Brad's Bench April 18th

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The Right Boards

 I've been planning out a bowfront wall cabinet with coopereddoors for a few months. Originally, I was set on making it of walnut or cherry –two of my favorite woods to work with because they're very hand-tool friendly. Itook a trip to the local lumberyard, and unfortunately, none of the walnut or cherrywas very inspiring. A friend told me about some quarter-sawn, African ribbon-stripemahogany that he'd be willing to part with, and said I should come and have alook. After a couple passes on the jointer to see what it looked like, it wasclear that I had found my boards. The intensity of the colors and the subtle wavesof the grain were perfect for my cabinet.

 The only drawback is that this type of mahogany, with itsinterlocking grain, is not as "hand-tool friendly." In fact, itscreams for sandpaper! The interlocking grain is what gives these boards theirshimmering, striped appearance. The problem is that with each"stripe" the grain changes direction, which is a nightmare forhand-planing. You'll see the results in an upcoming issue of AmericanWoodworker. Wish me luck! 



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