How to Assemble Cabinets Faster

Its human nature to want to be efficient and go fast but often our attempts are misguided. We attempt to be efficient or fast at the wrong point in the process. That was us. 

So is there a way to do this at the right point in the process? Is there a way to assemble cabinets faster without adding time to the overall cabinets? You bet there is.

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[IWF] To Gain or Buy Capacity? - That's the Question

The first time I ever went to the International Woodworking Fair was back in 2006. I went with my dad and my brother. At the time I still had a very young company with only a couple employees and no automation.

I have guest passes available for this year’s IWF in Atlanta, which can get you into the show for FREE. Comment on this post on our Facebook page if you are interested. (Limited quantity available!)

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How Employees Can Help Build Value in Your Cabinet Shop

Just as we expect a certain value for price, as shop owners, we should be ready to deliver that same cost to value ratio to our customers. We should also be ready to deliver that same value to anyone looking to buy our business down the road. That means we need to start building value in our shops yesterday.

The most effective way to do this is with the help of some of your most valuable assets, your employees.

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Consistent Cash

As an owner or entrepreneur, it is painful to watch your cash swing violently up and down over a period of time. Not understanding what is causing it makes it that much more frustrating.  

What if I told you that you can have a steady stream of cash simply by adjusting how you approach production and sales? It is possible, even for the small businesses that don’t have sales and marketing staffs at their disposal.  

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My Take on the Import Plywood Issue

Everyone in the industry has their opinions as to why these tariffs are taking place. I have a few of my own, but for all intensive purposes, the shop owners that are buying these panels get stuck with the bill and if we are not diligent, then it can cost us our businesses.  

It is an unfortunate situation and we do not have control of the outcome, but we do have control of our pricing.

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[VIDEO] - $1, $10, $100

In a previous article we talked about 3 ways to get 3 things every shop owner wants. Today, we are bringing strategy #3 to life with a real world example from our shop. 

Let’s review our example to highlight the $1, $10, $100 thought process and then take a look at our video to see what it looks like in our shop. 


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What is a Vision and Why is it Important?

I will admit that, at first, I did not understand the purpose of a vision statement. I just thought it to be something of a website filler or a cool banner hanging in the shop.

On the contrary, a vision is much more than that. A vision serves as a guide for every decision the company and employees make. It is your guide for the present and the future.


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Pillars of Lean, Part 3: Adding Customer Value

In the last two weeks, we dove deep into the lean pillars of Eliminating Waste and Continuous Improvement. This week are diving into Adding Value for our customers.

Remember, understanding these pillars on a deeper level IS WORTH IT. Once you understand and see the implications of lean in your shop, you will jump in with all you’ve got and NEVER look back.

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Pillars of Lean, Part 2: Continuous Improvement

In last article, we laid the foundation of pillars of lean and discussed the impact of eliminating the waste. Understanding pillars of lean on a deeper level IS WORTH IT. Once you understand and see the implications of lean in your shop, you will jump in with all you’ve got and NEVER look back.

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