Scott Robeson Custom Woodworking (Lander WY)
Main Category: Kitchen
Sub Category: Face Frame
Dollar Amount: Under $25,000
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
I build completely custom cabinetry and other kinds of woodwork, as well as some furniture. I love a challenge, so I love building things that people can’t get anywhere else. I like to integrate local artists work in my pieces when possible, and I build almost everything myself, from the boxes to the doors, here in my shop.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
In this kitchen I used: wormy oak, maple melamine, oak crown moulding, KV MUVB under mount slides, Blum soft close, adjustable hinges, Titebond glue, screws, brad nails, Minwax oil based polyurethane finish, Minwax Polyshade in Mission Oak, seeded glass, granite tile for around the cooking area and also in the bottom of the warming oven, Wilson Art laminate, particle board, Wilson Art adhesive, NSL xenon mini puck lights, Pony transformers, and a warming light.
Describe, in detail, the project/item’s construction.
I used a Grizzly table saw, Grizzly jointer, Grizzly planer, Grizzly shaper, DeWalt chop saw, Porter Cable sanders, PC routers, a dovetail jig, DeWalt drills, DeWalt circular saw, CMT saw blades, DeWalt and Insty bit drill bits, and Wood tech router bits.
The only obstacle in this job was that I had to help design and build this kitchen without ever seeing the space. I am in Western Wyoming, and the ranch house it was for is in eastern South Dakota.
I had worked with the owner before, so I knew she knew what she was doing. She did a detailed set of photos, measurements, and swatches and sent them to me. She visited throughout the project and we worked through the questions together.
I built, finished, and assembled everything here at my shop, and then I disassembled it and transported it to her home in S.D. Together with her husband, I installed the kitchen. Everything fit beautifully.
I built everything from the boxes to the drawer boxes, to doors and drawer fronts, as well as the counter top. I also installed the granite tile and undercabinet lighting.
The original ranch home had a lot of dark oak in it, so the owner wanted to match the oak and put brickwork in, too. She did the brickwork.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
The most interesting part is the warming oven. I had built a kitchen for the same owner before, using a tile and stone warming oven and dark hickory (which placed in this contest in 2012.) This time, I built the box for the corner warming oven, and I installed the granite tile, but the homeowner wanted to try the brickwork, so she did that herself, and she did a beautiful job.
List any items that were outsourced (not produced by you or your shop).
I built everything except the crown moulding, and again, the homeowner did her own brickwork.
Please offer a brief explanation of how being a member of the CMA has benefited you and/or your business.
There is a lot of networking with the CMA, through Linked In, various forums and newsletters, subscriptions to online and traditional magazines, and shows. We enjoy the access to good information, as well as the opportunity to connect with others and ask questions.
The Wood Diamond Contest has afforded us many marketing opportunities, with excellent press releases.