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Outsourcing as an on-demand option

Written by John English Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

outsourcing2Outsourcing (for example, buying boxes, drawers and doors from a manufacturer rather than building them in-house) is becoming increasingly popular with custom shops. And while doing everything in the shop certainly offers more control over a job, outsourcing usually saves time and money. Hiring a factory that specializes only in components and makes them on a grand scale can be very cost-effective.

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Where experience really counts

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

experience2Frank Shatz, the 75-year-old owner of his namesake company, is bent over at the waste, working on a curved 25’ maple wall cap. He’s focused on the task for the better part of an hour, even while this magazine’s photographer and editor try their best to distract him. Following his lead, the shop’s other craftsmen stay busy, working independently or as a team on projects that require another set of hands. The crew is very accommodating, but with 17 jobs in the pipeline, stuff needs to get done.

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Standing out and fitting in

Written by John English Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

standingout3Custom cabinetry is often a buyer’s market. There are a lot of shops vying for a limited number of jobs. And just in case we’re not enough competition for our peers, the big-box home improvement stores have CAD systems to help them sell factory casework, much of which is poorly made with substandard materials.

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Only in America

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

america1Spend 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 McDonald’s? Yup, saw that twice.

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Perception vs. reality

Written by John English Monday, 14 April 2014 00:00

perception1Cabinetmakers 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 balance between aesthetics (appearance) and protection (durability).

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