Survey asks shop owners about the current state of the industry
The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA), in conjunction with Woodworking Network, requests that small- and medium-sized shop owners complete their 2019 Benchmark Survey. Their answers will provide a clearer picture of the woodworking industry in the U.S. and Canada, while also helping other shops have a better idea of where they stand in relation to the rest of the industry.
This annual survey is designed to establish benchmarks for the industry. In doing so, the survey explores business outlook, staffing and compensation, shop rates, CNC automation, construction methods, and marketing. On the demographic side, the survey paints a portrait of where shops are located, number of employees, and what kind of work they do.
All participants are eligible to be entered in a drawing for a free power tool, and they will also receive a copy of the full survey data. An overview of the results is published in the December issue of FDMC Magazine. Individual survey responses are kept strictly confidential regarding the participant’s name and company.
For those who have contributed in the past, the 2019 questions have been streamlined so it should take less time to finish. The survey is open until 12:00 AM on November 1, 2019. To complete the survey, please visit bit.ly/benchmark19
WalzCraft recently added five on-trend Super Matte Colors to our collection of 3D Laminate (RTF) Finishes. 3D Laminate (RTF) is available on 1-Piece Doors & Drawer Fronts, as well as a wide range of moldings and various types of sheet goods.
New Super Matte colors include Mysterious, Siena, Gauntlet Grey, Canadian Grey, and White. The Super Matte Finish has a low sheen and offers a durable, easy to clean surface.
WalzCraft manufactures custom cabinet doors, drawer fronts, dovetail drawer boxes, cabinet components and millwork for custom cabinetmakers and cabinet refacers throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1982, WalzCraft has built a reputation for producing a High-quality product, at a competitive price, with a short delivery cycle, while offering a vast array of options from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at 2600 Hemstock Street in La Crosse, WI. http://walzcraft.com
The new SAMES KREMLIN MAGMA 500 heaters will heat paint evenly without any burning effect. Their fully stainless-steel construction makes it compatible with most materials. They can be used in paint kitchens for circulation to maintain a constant temperature for each color or for direct heating to increase the temperature of the paint just before the application.
The MAGMA Heaters will optimize the heating of fluid materials. Their modular design makes it possible to replace the lower fluid body without changing the electrical modules eliminating the need to purchase a completely new heater.
As an option, the MAGMA heaters can also heat the atomizing air for faster drying times and increase finish quality in Airmix® or Airspray applications.
ShopBot Tools, one of the largest makers of digital fabrication tools in the U.S., has announced the launch of the ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC, the newest addition to their desktop tool line. The Desktop MAX ATC has all of the same capabilities of the popular Desktop MAX but has the additional power and efficiency of an Automatic Tool Changer (ATC). Like their other desktop tools, it utilizes a unique frame and bed design (36”x 24” cutting area) which is completely open underneath. There are two different deck options: a universal vacuum hold down deck or an aluminum deck, which can be partially or completely removed for a wide variety of end-milling and edge work. It also features a dual-motor gantry design, providing impressive stability and precision.
An ATC reduces production time by quickly and robotically changing cutters between tool paths, eliminating the need to change and zero tools individually. “The MAX ATC is a factory at your fingertips,” offers Ryan Patterson, one of the Engineers on the team that developed the Desktop MAX ATC. “It’s out of the crate ready to add to a production line in any size shop and can be set up with a variety of accessories for virtually any custom application.”
ShopBot's expanding array of CNC tools are used in prototyping, full production cutting, carving, machining, and milling in a variety of materials, including wood, MDF, plastics, foams, and soft metals. The full line of tools from ShopBot is oriented to be used for both standard and specialty operations. ShopBot's CNC tools deliver professional power and precision typically associated with more expensive CNC tools.
Jeanne Taylor, ShopBot’s COO, explains, “The ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC aligns our commitment to well thought-out tool design and our ongoing interest in helping small businesses be more productive and profitable.” Taylor adds, “This small footprint – extremely accessible – CNC powerhouse, when paired with the automatic tool changer capabilities, is truly a unique tool in the market.”
The tool ships fully assembled and uses 110v household power, it comes standard with a six-position tool bank, 6: ISO20 tool holders and 6: ¼” collets. Customers will need an air source to provide 4cfm @90PSI in order to utilize the automatic tool changer. The MAX ATC ships with ShopBot Control System software and comes bundled with two powerful software programs to create CNC projects. It also includes a simple, quick start set-up guide. The ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC will begin shipping in late August 2019, ShopBot Tools is currently taking pre-orders for the tool. The Desktop MAX ATC starts at $14,950 and can be bundled with an Invision Full Enclosure, the ShopBot Edge Clamp Joinery Jig and other accessories. This tool is manufactured and sold direct by ShopBot, call for a quote or additional information 888-680-4466.
About ShopBot Tools, Inc. (www.shopbottools.com)
Founded in 1996, ShopBot's mission is to make the empowering technology of digital fabrication widely accessible and usable. ShopBot's subtractive digital fabrication tools, working across a range of sizes, deliver the power, precision and reliability of digital tools traditionally costing thousands of dollars more. ShopBot tools are designed, built, and supported in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
Keystone Wood Specialties, wholesale manufacturer of wood components for the custom cabinet and remodeling industries, is excited to unveil Instant Pricing! Keystone understands that in this industry, today’s business owners are moving fast to make sales. Putting quotes together for their customers can sometimes take days. But, with Instant Pricing by Keystone, cabinet makers, remodelers, contractors, and the like, can now submit a quote request or an order and receive pricing in less than 30 seconds, any day, anytime, anywhere!
The pricing is created through their webOE system accessed on their main website, and is a custom built system just for Keystone by an in-house team. Accessing the system is easy. Visit www.keystonewood.com and click on the “Log In” tab in the upper right-hand corner on the homepage.
Keystone hopes this will revolutionize the way traditional quoting is done and be a valuable tool for their customers and the speed at which they can do business. For more information, visit www.keystonewood.com/introducing-new-instant-pricing or call Keystone customer service at 800.233.0289.
Awards program recognizes excellence in industry
The Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) is pleased to announce the winners of their 2019 Wood Diamond Awards contest.
The CMA was founded on the principles of sharing one’s experiences and ideas with other members in an effort to promote success and professionalism in the woodworking business. This awards program provides another outlet for that purpose to be fulfilled. As members view the work and accomplishments of their peers, ideas are exchanged and the flow of information continues. CMA member Ken Kumph of Premier Builders (Georgetown, MA) confirms that “the Wood Diamond Awards program is an exceptional opportunity to recognize the unique talents of its members.”
The 2019 award winners were announced on Thursday, July 18, during the AWFS 2019 trade show in Las Vegas. First place winners are awarded a customized plaque declaring their excellence in their respective category.
A few observations:
The 2019 “Best Of, Best Overall” award goes to Covenant Millwork (Louisville, GA) for their outstanding project submitted in the category of “Commercial: Hospitality”. The first place award winners recognized by category submitted are listed below. Details and photos for all projects can be viewed at www.cabinetmakers.org/2019winners
ShopBot Tools of Durham, NC, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of professional and affordable CNC routers, has announced a special offering for attendees at this summer's Association of Woodworkers and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS) Fair in Las Vegas, NV July 17-20. For those who are seriously exploring CNC solutions in woodworking (or virtually any material), ShopBot will demonstrate the cutting of your design, live at the event.
Ryan Patterson, ShopBot Engineer, noted, “Our tools enable tremendous efficiencies for manufacturers, and really the best way to understand the power and precision of CNC technology is to see it in action. That's why we're providing this opportunity for interested professionals.”
Patterson invites show attendees to send him information about their product and production needs, and include a design, that ShopBot will cut on either the ShopBot PRSalpha 96 x 48, with Automatic Tool Changer, or the ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC. The design can be anything from a pencil sketch to a CAD drawing file. Get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Ryan by July 5th in order to “make the cut.” The ShopBot team will perform material cutting for a limited number of AWFS Fair attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.
ShopBot Tools has specialized in serving the needs of small to medium-size cabinetmaking, furniture, and other woodworking businesses for years. But their tools are also widely used on materials such as plastics, MDF, styrofoam, and non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, in a wide array of industries. "This includes aerospace, transportation, consumer products, sign making... the list is endless," noted Patterson.
Manufacturers using wood or other materials are encouraged to get in touch with the ShopBot team to discuss their production needs. “We're not just about providing tools, ShopBot is here to help solve problems. Aside from providing affordable CNC tools, what sets us apart is the group of services and resources we offer to support your success,” says Ted Hall, ShopBot CEO and Founder. Resources include free access to user forums, in-person and online training classes, and technical support.
About ShopBot Tools, Inc. (www.shopbottools.com)
Founded in 1996, ShopBot's mission is to make the empowering technology of digital fabrication widely accessible and usable. ShopBot's subtractive digital fabrication tools, working across a range of sizes, deliver the power, precision and reliability of digital tools traditionally costing thousands of dollars more. ShopBot tools are designed and built in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
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