Rivendell Woodworks (Concord, CA)
Main Category: Kitchen
Sub Category: Creative Solution
Dollar Amount: Over $25,000
Briefly describe your business and the type of products manufactured.
Rivendell Woodworks, Inc. is a custom cabinet and millwork manufacturer, specializing in high-end residential (and occasional commercial) cabinetry. We follow through with design, computer layouts, construction and installation of our work to ensure the highest quality end product for the discerning client.
What materials/species were used in this project/item?
All doors, drawer fronts and end panels are frame-and-panel (both raised and recessed) with applied mouldings, from Dutchman Doors. All cabinet exteriors are paint grade maple except the island, which is walnut. All interiors (carcases) we built from Columbia PureBond clear acrylic finished maple plywood. Bases, trims and crowns are custom made to match existing woodwork. Drawers and rollouts are solid maple in dovetail joint construction.
Describe, in detail, the project/item’s construction.
This was one of the first projects we laid out in our Microvellum AutoCad program specifically to have cut out on our new Weeke CNC router, bringing a new level of speed, efficiency and most especially accuracy to our production process.
What is the most unusual aspect or outstanding characteristic of this entry?
We worked very closely in tandem with the designer (Kathy Burke Designs of Lafayette CA) to refine her initial drawings into working plans and real cabinetry. There was a mix of different styles of cabinetry addressed, including both face frame inset and frameless full overlay, as well as odd angles calculated for the breakfast nook at the right end of the kitchen and the kitchen desk at the left end of the kitchen, to blend them together in a unified whole.
List any items that were outsourced (not produced by you or your shop).
Clear and solid color opaque conversion varnish finish was by others (Cabinet Coats, Concord CA). Solid maple dovetail drawers and rollouts were by Western Dovetail (Vallejo CA). Cabinet doors (noted above) were by Dutchman Doors (Tracy CA). Mouldings not produced in shop were outsourced to the Moulding Company (Concord CA) and Beronio Lumber (San Francisco). Stone countertops and door pulls were also by others. Convenience hardware items, such as the LeMans corner lazy susan was by Hafele, and door-mount trash/recycle units were by Revashelf.
Please offer a brief explanation of how being a member of the CMA has benefited you and/or your business.
As a new member of CMA, we are excited by all the various benefits offered.
The opportunity to meet with and share experiences and insights with other members, at occasional regional meetings as well as at the annual fairs, plus through the member forums and webinars, is extremely valuable. We are all a collection of like-minded professionals keyed on the mutual goal of becoming better woodworkers and successful businesspeople.