by Karl D. Forth
Amaker of cabinet doors has expanded its CNC capability to offer a complete RTA cabinet system. “A trend has been taking place among many small- to medium-sized cabinet shops, especially those shops without CNC equipment, and that is to compare the fixed price of our cabinet box to their best estimate of what it actually cost them to manufacture a similar box on their shop floor,” said John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors.
Allan said in many cases this change is from a
new generation that has been working on the shop
floor and is now beginning to
take on more responsibility in
the overall management of the
AWD’s first RTA cabinet system was actually designed and
introduced in 2000 and was
offered for about two years.
“At the time it was very diffi-
cult to generate much interest
in the system, although we
were successful with builders,”
Allan said. “In 2015 I began
the process of updating our
original Stonehenge Cabinet program and my
first priority was updating our CNC equipment.
After reviewing the many CNC router options
available, I decided that Thermwood offered the
best machine to build our new cabinet program
around, their Cut Ready Cut Center.”
The Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center is
designed to be an alternative to traditional CNC
routers for making cabinets, closets, furniture,
doors and drawers. It can be operated as a tradi-
tional CNC router, running programs generated
by different types of CNC software, or it can be
switched between operating as a CNC router and
operating as a Cut Center.
“We see an opportunity in the custom cabinet
market to increase the overall value of our door
sales via offering the custom cabinet components
Newer generation looks at
CNC capability helps door supplier
expand into custom RTA cabinets
The company has expanded its CNC capability to offer
a complete RTA cabinet system.
Who: Arkansas Wood Doors
Where: Pottsville, Arkansas
What: Cabinets and cabinet
At a glance
Boards are fed through an Omga GT 2005 OPT cutoff
saw and optimizer that cuts pieces of clean lumber.