hunting and fishing.
The company started in 1948 as a
maker of shipping crates, and later
bookcases for encyclopedias.
All products are made by the
company’s 45 employees in Stamford.
Products are primarily made of yellow
birch, and are finished by applying
mineral oil to the wood.
“We purchase fresh sawn lumber
from local sawmills and dry it on site
in our kilns,” Smith said. “Once the
lumber is dried to 6 percent moisture
content, it is transferred into the plant.
We run the boards through an Oliver
two-sided planer so any defects are
A Cameron skew-chop system from
James L. Taylor has helped Catskill
Craftsmen improve its efficiency.
The planed lumber is processed
through the Cameron gang rip system,
where it is edged and ripped to get
the maximum yield from the lumber.
The rips are then processed using a
Cameron Quick Chop saw. The operator enters the desired cut lengths and
footage requirements into the system,
then marks any defects on the lumber
using a crayon.
The system calculates the best way
to cut the boards to maximize the
yield of the lumber. Once the cuts are
sorted by length, they are moved to
the James L. Taylor glue clamp and
optimizing system. The cut sticks are
placed in the optimizer, where they are
measured and combined to give the
correct panel sizes, again maximizing
yield of the material.
After the glued panels dry over-
night, they are surfaced using a Time-
savers top/bottom head planer/sander
line. Once surfaced, the table top and
cutting board panels are transferred to
one of the company’s CMS computer-
ized routers for shaping and drilling.
Other parts are sent to the moulder
or drilling machines as needed. Once
parts are the right sizes with all of the
correct holes drilled, they are sent to
the packaging department to be boxed
and placed in inventory for shipment
to the consumer.
Rip chop system calculates the best way to cut the boards to again maximize the yield of the
lumber for the RTA furniture components.
Packaging for shipment. The manufacturer has become a drop ship company for internet