FDMC Best Pratices in Woodworking Technology and Business

Small Shop Profiles

From the outside, Lusting Custom Cabinets appears to be just like many other cabinet shops. The family-owned business builds custom furniture, cabinets, casework, doors, and mouldings, all in two buildings with ten employees and extensive machinery packed in just 14,000 square feet. 

New Hampshire shop makes new and reproduction millwork out of PVC to stand up to the tough challenges of weather in New England.

CNC routers speed up process and offer repeatability for components.
Despite a small building, RJM Cabinets has wide capabilities.
Couple with no prior cabinetry experience takes over and rejuvenates Missouri cabinet shop despite recession.
Small shop uses outsourcing to meet customer needs.
Nelson’s Cabinets Inc. in Long Beach, Calif., shows how to prosper with some traditional values and a pragmatic business sense.
Matching appearances with special colors and distressing helps meet designer requirements.
Primeway’s equipment capabilities and experience have helped it move from custom contract work into the casework side of the business.
New company uses technology and hiring the right people to do the job right.
Seattle cabinetmaker emphasizes using the right materials to protect the “indoor ecosystem.”
Morphosis architectural model shop adds CNC routing to its repertoire.
Big Drawers makes extra-large furniture to serve plus-size customers.
Commercial furnishings manufacturer expands options and emphasizes customer service to build business.
Michigan cabinetmaker’s dedication to learning and training means better presentations, more efficient operation.
Tackling unusual projects with maximum customer service helps small shop build relationships to compete.
Association’s first design contest shows breadth of talent in membership.
Old City Millwork is set to move to a new location and into some new product areas – as soon as they see a solid uptick.
Problem: How to recover when storm inundates shop just after investing $15,000 in new equipment and there is no flood insurance? Solution: Pick up the pieces and rebuild everything yourself while introducing new efficiency measures to the operation.
Green Design Furniture transitions from manufacturing to design consulting
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