by Karl D. Forth
Solid wood RTA furniture maker
succeeds in its niche
New York company makes solid wood kitchen islands, microwave
carts and cutting boards, and improved its solid wood efficiency.
Catskill Craftsmen has evolved into its niche of kitchen furniture while updating its processes and
maintaining a strong environmental
The primary products are solid wood
RTA kitchen islands, microwave carts
and cutting boards.
“We have become a drop ship company for internet resellers,” said Ken
Smith, vice president. “Our products are
listed on essentially all major internet
sales sites such as Amazon.com, Wayfair.
com, Homedepot.com, Lowes.com,
Overstock.com, and Macys.com. Products are shipped via UPS/FedEx directly
from our warehouse to the customer’s
door, where they are assembled by the
“We have a broad product line with
various sizes and features, so the customers have several styles to choose from
that can meet any requirements for features, and space restrictions,” Smith said.
“Many of our pieces are solid wood.
We also make some items with solid
wood structural parts and veneer covered particleboard panels for the cost-conscious consumer.
“RTA furniture design can be challenging. Assembly can’t be too difficult.
Construction must be solid. Parts must
be drilled precisely so they go together.
We have a great customer service team to
assist consumers if needed.”
Catskills to consumers
Catskill Craftsmen is located in Stam-
ford, New York, a small rural village in
the northern sections of the Catskill
Mountains, at the headwaters of the
Schoharie Creek and Delaware River.
The area is known for its downhill skiing,
Who: Catskill Craftsmen
Where: Stamford, New York
What: Solid wood RTA kitchen
Islands, microwave carts and
At a glance
Once surfaced, table top and cutting board panels are transferred to one of the company’s CMS computerized routers for shaping and drilling.