quired. Then the cut pieces go directly
to the edgebander or to assembly.
Mumma believes that the investment
in the Cut Ready may have already
paid off for the company.
There was a learning curve, and
Byrne did hire a CNC programmer.
Mumma said the company was not
completely new to CNC. They did have
a point-to-point machine, and had
earlier outsourced some work to an
outside CNC shop.
Mumma said the quality of the cut
materials is better. Blind dadoes allow a
box to be put together and stay together
before glue and fasteners are installed.
This also saves time in assembly.
Cut Ready allows them to make
certain pieces in house that they used
“The Cut Center is dummy-proof,”
They were able to use the exist-
ing Cut Center library on other jobs.
Mumma said that Cut Center also keeps
track of tool wear on different tooling
spindles after a baseline time is entered.
“Versatility comes to mind at first
thought,” Byrne said of the Thermwood.
General manager Donovan Mumma checks
a door made in house.
The door and drawer department, and another cut-out area can cut pieces on smaller
machines. Cabinet Vision is used in the shop.
If you’re driving around Lenexa, Kansas,
looking for the cave entrance, here it is.
“I truthfully believe we can take on any
project and with the combination of
our expertise and the versatility of this
machine, we will be successful.”
Doors and drawers
Byrne has 20 employees, including two
installers and two in the finishing shop.
Mumma said they use Cabinet Vision,
and he also uses Google SketchupPro 3D
modeling to visualize projects.
The door and drawer department,
and another cut-out area can cut
pieces on smaller machines.
The panel saw that couldn’t be
moved is still in use and performs
well. This is an SCMI Alfa 320 panel
saw that is from about 1994. An SCMI
edgebander from the same time
period is also still in service. A Ritter
edge sander is also used.
Dust collection is done the usual
way, with metal pipes and a dust collector on the outside of the main shop
area, also underground. Local schools
take the sawdust to use on their own
Software and spirit
Byrne said his outlook for 2018 is good.
“We have a great team of enthusiastic designers and craftsman and craftswomen.
(We have) lots of work on the board and
plenty of prospects in the wind.
“We have recently invested in software to integrate our technologies as
one. I want to expand our procurement
of sacred spaces projects. For centuries
around the world, some of the most
incredible craftsmanship can be found
in the churches and cathedrals.
“I would like our company to be a
part of that legacy!”
Ian Byrne’s creativity isn’t limited to
wood. He is lead singer for The Elders,
a Kansas City-based band that is plan-
ning a final year of concerts in 2018.
“It’s all in the hands and the heart! I
have also surrounded myself with great
craftsmen and talented musicians.
This has led to enjoying success in
both fields.” ✚