Cabinet construction begins with
the ply wood sides and floors being cut
on a Multicam CNC machine. Drawer
sides are moulded and chopped prior
to being dovetailed on the Omec CNC
dovetailer and then constructed. Cabinet door parts are ripped, moulded and
chopped to length on the RazorGage
computerized chop saw, before being
machined on one of the two door
machines, which are pre-set to reduce
changeover time. Door panels are
chopped, glued, sanded, trimmed, and
shaped before being inserted into the
stile and rail. Cabinet frame parts are
also chopped on the RazorGage saw,
assembled on the Kreg Tool framing assembly table and then meet up with the
plywood sides and floors for assembly.
Two Unique Machine door machines, and a Unique door framing
table are used for cabinet doors. A
Kreg pockethole machine, Mereen
Johnson ripsaw, SawStop saws, a
Weinig moulder, Whirlwind chop saws,
Safety Speed Cut panel router, James
L. Taylor clamp carrier, Powermatic
shaper and downdraft sanding table
are used in the cabinet operation.
Cabinets and their doors meet
at the finishing area where they are
stained, painted, glazed, dyed, or left
natural before being sealed and top
coated. A catalyzed conversion varnish
is used. They are then completed with
hardware installation including soft
close hinges, drawer slides, handles,
knobs, and other specialty hardware.
From the time the first board is cut to
the time the cabinet is assembled it is a
six-day process, and the goal through
lean manufacturing practices is to
reduce that time to four days.
Signs in demand
Another company, Kendrick Home, designs and builds wooden signs for the
retail market, also using lumber from
the sawmill. Morgan Kendrick, human
resources and marketing manager,
said the business started in mid-2017
and has been very successful. They
are working three shifts to produce
wooden signs that are sold wholesale to
small stores and a large retailer.
Kendrick purchased a printing
machine, made prototypes and went to
Aerial view of Kendrick Forest Products. Start to finish from a log going through the debarker
to heading to the lumber inspector is about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Kendrick Home designs and builds wooden signs for the retail market, using lumber from the
sawmill. This business has proven to be very successful.