Day freely admits to some early frustrations. “It was a little
painful at first because when you buy a CNC router, you think
you can just start cutting parts but in reality, that’s not how
it works,” he said. “There was a week of back and forth with
KCD and the CNC sales guy to get the post processor correct.
Both were very good about tech support. It was kind of slow at
“Once I became comfortable and proficient using KCD
Software it was pretty easy to train one of my employees to
run the routers,” Day said. “Once the job is designed, the
software does the rest. It creates the G-code and tool paths.
The operator just has to hit one button and the CNC router
In addition to nesting cabinet parts from thermally fused
laminated particleboard, Wooded Hollow uses KCD Com-
mander and the routers to accurately machine MDF raised
panel doors and drawer fronts. “When I used to make my own
door lists, I wound up with lots of doors the wrong size,” Day
says. “I’d save them thinking I might use them, but never did.
Now everything comes right off of my drawings and I don’t
have any mis-sized doors.”
One of Day’s favorite additions to the KCD product family is
their optimized touchscreen technology. It provides full program access to project files any where via a portable tablet.
“We have at least a dozen Microsoft Surface tablets in our
shop. All of the guys have one so I hardly print anything.
The guys can access all of the layouts and shop drawings on a
tablet and mark off their cut list as they complete a part. I can
see in real time instantly how the job is progressing,” Day says.
KCD Software is not only handy in the shop, it’s a great
sales tool, Day says. “After I meet with a customer to discuss
details and take field measurements, I create 3D drawing
using KCD and send it back to the customer for review,” he
said. “It’s easy to make changes to colors or things like adding
a decorative curve or a roll-out trash can. Once the customer
signs off on the design, we put it on the schedule, create door
lists and drawer box lists, generate G-code for the router and
order all of the hardware.”
Day says that changing colors has become one of the big-
gest things with using the software. “People will think, ‘Do I
want my island the same color as the cabinets or a different
color?’ To be able to swap colors with KCD on a screen in
front of them is a big deal,” he said. “I can show every aspect
of a kitchen right down to the corbels, crown details or draw-
er handles and change it out easily. The KCD 3D rendering is
a huge leap. It eliminates a lot questions when I assure them
that the picture on my device is exactly what their cabinet will
Wooded Hollow started its CNC experience with an Omnitech
Selexx Pal and KCD Software and added a second Omnitech Selexx
Pal when production increased.
Wooded Hollow works in a variety of styles, from traditional kitchen
looks to more contemporary designs.