Woodworking Stories, Woodworker Profiles and Products

Picture-perfect plan

Written by Ann Goebel Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

34_featuresThough Rob Grant loves his big equipment — Omnitech CNC, Whirlwind saw, Brandt edgebander — there’s a smaller tool he uses to run his cabinetmaking business: a multi-lens digital camera. Creating a picture-perfect image is vital for any company and Grant, president of Contemporary Woodcrafts, does it largely with snapshots and labels to match.

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Where values matter

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 21 January 2013 00:00

26_featuresEstablished in 2007, Merrill Woodworking and Design in Rigby, Idaho, features a lineup of state-of-the-art machinery, allowing the company to offer a range of cabinetry styles for clients throughout Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Montana.

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In his own world

Written by Thomas G. Dolan Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

35_featureAlfred Anderson, principal of Alfred Anderson Craftsman in Wood in Colbert, Wash., works out of a 19th century farm and, in many respects, his life and work styles are more reflective of that bygone era than of modern times. Everything he makes is an original. There are no standard products, no inventory. Anderson builds handcrafted basic furniture such as beds, tables and chairs.

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Front and center

Written by Jennifer Hicks Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

26_featureWith about 50 employees, Out of the Woods Custom Cabinetry in Layton, Utah, is an example to smaller shops wishing to grow. About 11 years ago, the company started as a two-man operation.

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An eye on outsourcing

Written by John English Monday, 17 December 2012 00:00

31_featureWhen it comes to kitchens, what’s the difference between a big-box store and a custom cabinet shop? It’s that one word: custom. It’s the ability to change the rules, make things work perfectly, be creative. It’s more than aesthetics. Custom means being able to fit a kitchen to the available space, rather than the other way around. Trying to fit the room to standardized cabinet dimensions is, by its very nature, more an exercise in arithmetic than craft. The results — lots of fillers and soffits and compromises — often leave something to be desired.

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