SMALL SHOP SUCCESS
Software and CNC
capability help shop
move from a hobby
to a business
Software helps in working with customers
and making changes.
Deerpark Creations makes specialized signs and cutting boards, complete kitchen and bath re- models and everything in between, working with area contractors who need specialized woodworking, moulding, cabinets, and customer builds.
“We have never advertised; everything has been word of
mouth, and I would like to say it is our quality that makes us
special,” said Rick Dulka. “Our goal is to give the customer
what they want, not what we want. Working with Mozaik and
Aspire I can give a detailed picture to the customer of what
they are wanting.”
Dulka said the history of Deerpark Creations started in
2004, after he and his wife Janet retired from the U.S. Army
following more than 20 years of service for both of them.
Dulka and partner Galen Peters have worked to steadily ex-
pand the business.
“I bought my mom and dad’s farm in northern Minne-
sota,” Dulka said. “It was a pig farm when I was growing up. I
spent the first year cleaning out buildings and painting and
The shop’s first building at that farm in Trail, Minnesota,
was 30 x 45 feet, and during the first few years Dulka said they
were “pretty primitive,” with everything being done by hand,
from start to finish.
In 2007 they added a 25 x 35 spray booth for finishing,
and in 2009 they added a 40 x 60 x 12 main shop.
In 2012 they added a 30 x 40 office, display room and
“So over the years it has grown from a hobby to a business,”
“When we first started out most projects were done on
white paper, all hand drawn and hours of detail making sure
everything was right. In 2009 we bought our first CNC, a
CAMmaster and Mozaik software. (There was) a huge learn-
ing curve from doing everything manually to automated.
“In 2014 we bought our second CAMaster Panther which
was a bigger machine and with Mozaik we went from making
kitchens that literally took three months (down) to two weeks
“Our shop is relatively small,” Dulka said. “There are only
four of us working, but Mozaik (acts as) our fifth and sixth
Bringing ideas to life
Dulka said Mozaik is used from start to finish with cabinets.
“I will sit down with a customer and get their idea and then
I use Mozaik to bring it to life for them, with 3D renderings,
layouts and options that they can use to change things,” he
said. “With Mozaik it is so easy to change something once I
have a design in the program, and the customers love it too
because I can change something for them and show them
In the shop, they run cut sheets for each job packet, while
the face frames are being cut out and assembled on a home-
made Kreg table, the sheet goods are sent to the CNC and
The Minnesota company works with local contractors and makes
cabinets, mouldings and signs, and specialized woodworking.
by Karl D. Forth