panel saw and edgebander. The panel
saw, it turned out, was too large to
move out of the cave.
So Byrne moved in, and they’ve
been happy ever since in their underground space.
The caves resembles a movie set,
where it never gets too hot or too cold.
When it is bitterly cold outside it is still
warm deep in the caves. And the lack
of large temperature and humidity
extremes minimizes wood changes.
“The upside is a controlled envi-
ronment with regard to humidity and
temperature. It is very comfortable
all year round and the wood loves it,”
Byrne said. “The downside is we have
to transport our product for finishing
to another facility.”
The finish shop is located above
ground, in West Bottoms near down-
town Kansas City.
Customers and markets
Most work is residential, and general manager Donovan Mumma said
that some larger residential jobs are
handled as a commercial job would be.
One recent job was for a large
30,000-square-foot house, including
large walnut closet cabinets, gun cabinets, and pecky cypress.
Mumma said that alder was very
popular, and has replaced cherry in
Also, reclaimed wood continues
to be popular for furniture and faux
beams. Byrne gets this wood from a
number of sources, including old barns.
Byrne also makes plantation shutters,
using paint grade basswood and poplar.
“We built a library for a client using
walnut,” Byrne said. “They insisted that
the shutters in the doors and windows
also be fabricated using walnut. So we
made the necessary jigs and tooling
and the shutter department was born.”
Other projects have included a
large curved desk with flex plywood,
and many altars, candle stands and
Altars made by Byrne for St. Francis Church. Byrne said he is happy that the design trends
have gone back to Gothic and traditional styles. He said it has been quite adventurous
designing and producing some of these elements with their CNC.
Most work is residential, and some larger residential jobs are handled as a commercial job