driven by the thickness and complexity of the part.
Ply wood veneer blanks are staged in the CNC area
for precise machining. “We try to keep the processes
together so we have one-piece flow,” Britton said.
The company utilizes 3- and 5-axis CNC machines by
Bacci, IMA and Heian.
Products are conveyed into a Col-Met spray booth
for finishing. “We also work with solid wood as well,”
A built-in data system helps Davidson Plyforms
track jobs as they move through the shop. Part of
Leggett & Platt’s Work Furniture Group, Davidson
Plyforms has approximately 300 employees.
❯ The largest commercial wooden bowl producer
in the United States, Holland Bowl Mill manufactures
800 to 1,000 solid wooden bowls weekly using a variety
of hardwood species, said David Gier, president. The
company, which traces its roots back to 1926, has been
featured on The Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made .
Inside the 18,000-square-foot facility in Holland,
Michigan, logs are cut into blocks and inspected for
flaws. A ripsaw then cuts the block into optimal bowl
size blanks, which are then machined on a lathe in a
nesting process. Curved knives are used to remove the
exterior bark shell and sculpt the surface and thickness. A smaller curved knife simultaneously creates the
inside wall of the larger bowl and the outer shell of the
next size bowl in a continuous process.
The bowls are steamed for approximately 4 hours
to “cook the sap” and air dried before sanding,
explained Gier. A special knife shaves the bottom flat
and the bowl can be custom engraved, painted or
❯ Although it also produces children’s furniture,
the focus at Great Lake Woods was on its custom wood
parts, wrapped profiles and wood mouldings.
The company processes more than 1,000,000
lineal feet of moulding per week. Production in the
100,000-plus-square-foot facility starts in the rough
mill area, where ripsaws and optimizing double miter
saws are used with Weinig CNC moulders to produce
a wide range of profiles – as well as textured mould-
ings – for use in cabinetry and other products. With
its ability to create tooling in-house, the company can
custom craft new profiles quickly and easily, noted
Andy Watson, account manager.
The use of tenoners enables the company to
manufacture long mouldings “with greater strength
and less expense.” Additional capabilities at the plant
include CNC machining, sanding, profile wrapping
and assembly, using C.R. Onsrud 3- and 5-axis routers,
a Duramac widebelt sander, Barberan profile wrapper,
and Doucet and Taylor clamping stations.
The Holland, Michigan-based firm was founded in
1988 and has approximately 96 employees. A second
facility, GLW Finishing LLC, specializes in finishing.
❯ Throughout Klise Mfg.’s 107-year-old history, the
core focus has been on carved wood. The same holds
true today, as the Grand Rapids-based manufacturer
continues to combines old world craftsmanship with
CNC to create carved and embossed lineal mouldings
from domestic and exotic wood species.
In addition to custom offerings, Klise has a library
of more than 6,000 patterns, including: embossed
acanthus leaf, basket weave, carved bead and bamboo, curved corners, embossed and carved flowers,
lunettes, curved and carved flutes, gadroon, embossed
guiloche, laurelling, chevron and herringbone. The
mouldings are made to order, using a variety of
machines including: Omga saws, a Centauro copy
lathe, Borgonova notcher, Heian CNC router, Mattison
A look at the membrane pressing line at Paladin Industries.