Ipswich Cabinetry (Ipswich, MA)
Category – Closet Finish Over $25K
Project Description – Beaded inset cabinetry with bolection moulding on doors, three tone paint scheme, finish applied with Kremlin guns. This is one of the more challenging finishes we have attempted. Each door had a different color on the panel, bolection moulding, and frame. Oil paint had to dry for two days before masking for the next color. This tied up our spray room for a week and a half. This project was a great testimonial to the skill and perseverance of my finishers- I think they used a case of fine line automotive masking tape!
Unusual Aspects – In addition to the finishing challenges of this project, the owner decided he needed one of the fixed side panels framing a touch latched slab door so that he could hide a coffee pot where no-one would find it! His machine shop makes jet turbine parts for GE, so he was pretty fussy about the tolerances on his inset panel, and the doors in general!
Why I like the CMA – This group is self selecting for forward thinking, extremely independent entrepreneurs who combine those traits with a high level of skilled craftsmanship. This gives us a combined knowledge base that is tremendous relative to our size. The completely unselfish attitude of members who are willing to take time out of their day to solve each others problems by sharing their hard-earned knowledge always amazes me. The CMA is the antithesis of the me-first culture that prevails in too many aspects of our lives. Whenever I’ve had a tough day and need to be reminded why I got into this business in the first place, I can log onto the CMA Forum and be recharged with my fellow member’s humor, knowledge, and sharing attitude.