by Rich Christianson
Nesting propels Wooded Hollow’s growth
Investments in CNC technology and CAD-CAM software pay off for
12-man custom cabinet shop in Utah.
Nesting cabinet parts has become second nature and highly profitable for Wooded Hollow Inc. of
Since the company purchased its first
Omnitech CNC router and KCD Cabinet
CNC Commander software in 2008, sales
are up - reaching $2.5 million last year.
Its table saw and boring machine have
been relegated to second-class status.
Jady Day, owner of Wooded Hollow,
says he took the plunge into nesting to
grow his business without having to add
payroll. It’s proved to be a winning strategy. Productivity has leaped, quality has
improved and new opportunities have
opened for the 13-year-old company.
While Wooded Hollow added a
second CNC nesting router and doubled
in size to 12,000 square feet, its current
staff of 12 employees is pretty much the
same headcount it was in 2007.
“When we were using a table saw to
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size parts and a line boring machine to
drill holes, it would take one guy a good
day or more to process parts for an en-
tire kitchen and get it ready to assemble,”
he said. “When we went to nesting we
went to half a day to cut and process the
same number of parts with fewer rejects.”
Day credits the CAD/CAM software
for helping streamline the process of
scheduling and managing jobs while also
enhancing production flexibility. “The
KCD software really helps us organize
the entire process flow from initial
design to final assembly and allows us to
make changes on the fly based on cus-
tomer needs and desires,” Day says.
Day began his cabinet making career in
1998. Seven years later, he established
Wooded Hollow as a two-man shop.
Building on a largely word-of-mouth
reputation for custom cabinets, countertops, fireplace mantels and furniture,
Day soon realized the best way to keep
pace with growing demand for his products was to invest in CNC technology.
Because he had no prior CAD/CAM
experience when he purchased his first
of two Omnitech Selexx Pal CNC routers, Day asked the salesman to help him
narrow his software choices. “Try KCD,”
he told me. “I didn’t even shop around.”
Day says it is easy to use his KCD Software to show customers design options such as corner columns and different hardware, assuring clients
that the 3D rendering accurately reflects what their kitchen will look like.