As cabinet shop owners, we are always looking to push our business into the future. A common topic people like to talk about with me is the future of cabinetry.Read More
In this article we are going to look deeper into everything about Lockdowel. What makes it work, the general way to set it up, and the features and assembly time using the Lockdowel method.Read More
In this article we are going to discuss the benefits of outsourcing Lockdowel components. In our last article we discussed specifics about how Lockdowel works and what it looks like to implement it into your system.Read More
When we set out to become the most efficient cabinet component manufacturer in the world, part of that equation was being able to order our components in the most efficient way possible for our customers.Read More
Our company has a long history of experimenting with different cabinet assembly methods. Originally, we tried a blind dado cabinet construction which, as a starter, was honestly a decent solution for how we assembled cabinets at the time.Read More
This article is dedicated to the future of cabinetry, which is a topic I ask many people about. I ask it on the push thru podcast when I interview someone. I ask what they believe the future of the cabinet industry looks like and I just love the answers I get on this because it’s a topic that’s very close to me.Read More
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.Read More
My biggest takeaway from IWF 2018 is that business is BOOMING. All the booths were packed out.Read More
I think there’s some tricks to maximize what you get out of the IWF experience. It can be easy to get sort of lost in the show, so use these tricks to make your trip successful.Read More
I can only imagine if I would have done this year two or three of my business where I would be today. I would be on a whole different level, there’s no doubt in my mind.Read More
In this article, I want to dive into the top ten things I really wish I would have known before I got into business. Not only would these things have helped me to make better educated decisions but they possibly could have put me our shop on a different trajectory from day one.Read More
The problem with feast or famine of the Vicious Sales Cycle is that it has a profound effect on our cash and operations of the business, not to mention our moods as owners.Read More
We are dedicated to continual improvement. Here are the top resources making us better right now.Read More
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!)Read More
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.Read More
We said Lean is about using your head, not your wallet! We emphasized that you probably don't need some fancy software to do what you can do with visual cues, like Kanban cards.Read More
In a previous article, How to Make it in the Cabinet Industry - Standardizing Systems, we talked about the necessity of standardizing your systems with SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures).
Today, we are bringing SOP'S to life with a video on the Bander SOP’s in our shop.Read More
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.Read More