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Arizona cabinetmaker survives recession by branching out

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When the recession hit in 2007 and the long-booming new home construction market collapsed, John Stutler, owner of Stutler Cabinets of Kingman, Ariz., starting looking for out-of-town work, NewsTimes.com reports.

The company’s crew of 10 builds and installs cabinets, crafts and delivers custom doors and furniture and performs trim work in homes and businesses throughout Mohave County, Phoenix, Lake Havasu City and even California. Stutler Cabinets is still in business today, having survived the tough economic downturn that wiped many other cabinet businesses out.

“We go all over the Tri-State area and Kingman is the hub,” Stutler told NewsTimes.com. “Work is coming a lot easier again,” he said.

The company stayed afloat, Stutler says, because of the quality of the work and employees who pay attention to details. Production is split between contractors and private customers looking to remodel. Stutler and his crew will take almost any paying job, but they prefer “anything that’s truly custom, unique and one-of-a-kind,” Stutler told NewsTimes.com.

The main woods Stutler uses are pine and alder, mostly because those two work well with popular Western- and Mexican-themed furniture and woodwork. A variety of stains are offered to customers in a wide range of prices. “What we do in the custom arena is complete remodels,” Stutler told NewsTimes.com. “We can use exotic woods, metals and plastics. Whatever the customer wants,” he said.

With business on the up-and-up and more than 100 years of experience shared between Stutler and his three key cabinetmakers, Stutler Cabinets is in for the long haul.

“2013 is my best year so far,” Stutler told NewsTimes.com. “We were too new to have a good year before the recession, but we’ve survived the worst. It’s been tough, but we did it.”

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January 14, 2014 at 7:00 am

Four centuries of cabinetmakers celebrated at Massachusetts exhibit

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As part of a collaboration between 10 Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions, “Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture” is showing off furniture making from the 1600s forward with a series of exhibits and programs that will run through December,

MassLive.com reports .

One of the exhibitions, “Furniture Masterworks: Tradition and Innovation in Western Massachusetts,” curated by Joshua W. Lane, will feature an extensive furniture collection at the Wright House in

Historic Deerfield  with 58 pieces made of various species’ of wood. Furniture Masterworks delves into the first 150 years of furniture making in Western Massachusetts with objects that exemplify the region’s signature contribution to American design history.

Some of the pieces on display will be taken from museum storage, while others will be retrieved from the museum’s historic houses. Woodworkers left a design record in the form of the functional and aesthetically pleasing household furniture they created, Lane told MassLive.com. Cabinetmakers and joiners practicing before 1720 used oak and ash for the furniture they made. Later, they preferred cherry, but maple was also used often. When the craftsmen could get it at auction on a wharf in Boston, walnut and mahogany were applied in many of their furniture pieces.

Items in the exhibit were all handcrafted locally from the 1600s through the 1900s. They include: a pair of “great chairs,” made in Springfield, the only known pair to have survived together since the 17th century; a cherry and white pine dressing table, believed to have been made in Northampton; and a tall cherry and white pine chest-on-chest-on-frame made by Jonathan Smith Jr., of Conway, in 1803.

Lane told MassLive.com that Smith’s piece celebrates the artist’s vision of rural refinement, because it is an imaginative fantasy of Georgian architectural motifs and includes a double-scrolled bonnet with dentil carved moldings, three keystones and two fan-carved drawers.

Also on display will be a cherry, mahogany and white pine desk made in 1808 by William Lloyd, Springfield’s leading cabinetmaker between 1800 and 1817, Lane told MassLive.com.

Finally, another piece that will be featured at Furniture Masterworks is a soft maple, beech, chestnut, oak and white pine chest with drawers from Hadley, Hatfield or Deerfield, made between 1715 and 1720. The curator told MassLive.com that its paint decoration was applied in the late 19th century on top of remnants of the original paint, preserving evidence of the pigments first used to accentuate the carving.

The ongoing exhibition is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (413) 775-7214 or go online to

FourCenturies.org.

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October 18, 2013 at 7:00 am

Thermwood creates YouBuild business model for cabinetmakers

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Thermwood Corp. (www.thermwood.com) has created a new program called “YouBuild,” a business model that provides a path for cabinetmakers with Thermwood CNC routers to easily address the huge home and office furniture market.

On the new website, www.YouBuild.com, customers can view unique designs for home and office furniture and closets that can be customized, available in four real wood species, finished or unfinished: walnut, maple, oak and cherry. The wood, specially made for YouBuild by Columbia Forest Products, is formaldehyde-free and available in any quantity through local Home Depot stores under a special order program.

1207CMFthermwood2.jpgYouBuild designs like the Man Cave model can be customized in four wood species.

Manufacturing is done locally by cabinet shops or “YouBuild Cut Centers” who participate in YouBuild. Each Cut Center has its own area within the YouBuild website to quote and accept orders online. YouBuild Cut Centers access CNC programs online, using their CNC machined control, and then cut and edgeband parts that were ordered. Customers can assemble themselves, using unique joinery, or they can have the Cut Center assemble for them.

Because Cut Centers are not required to do any design or programming, the Cut Centers can establish Retail Dealers and Retail Design Centers, independent individuals and businesses to promote and sell YouBuild products, receiving a commission on orders sold.

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July 16, 2012 at 7:00 am

Cabinet Makers Association holds regional meeting in Florida

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Kevin Ward hosted CMA members at his shop in Winter Haven, Fla., for a regional meeting.

Kevin Ward of A Ward Designs recently welcomed visitors to his Winter Haven, Fla., shop for the Cabinet Maker’s Association’s regional meeting.
The Cabinet Makers Association’s regional meeting included workshops, demonstrations, speakers and a shop tour. During the shop tour, Ward showed off his new CNC machine. Dave Grulke, executive director of the CMA, talked about the association’s new certification program. Christian Smedberg, director of marketing at Osborne Wood Products Inc., also spoke.
To learn more about the CMA or hosting an event, visit www.cabinetmakers.org.

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February 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

Cabinet Makers Association announces professional certification program

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At AWFS Fair, the Cabinet Makers Association announced the launch a new professional credential program for the cabinet making and custom woodworking industry.
The program uses both live and Web-based technologies for industry professionals to earn both basic and master level professional certification credentials.
“When we looked at the industry, we saw a gaping hole,” said Dave Grulke, CMA’s executive director. “While there are other professional educational and standards programs available that address design, technique, construction standards and a smattering of other areas, there was nothing that seemed to address the entire business of running a successful custom woodworking or cabinet shop. That’s where CMA’s Professional Certifications differ. We address the entire business, and include the all important customer’s perspective in our program.”
CMA’s program includes classroom instruction and requires testing in major areas of business operations. All program participants begin with a business ethics session, then move into basic certification curriculum. The basic level graduate will acquire advanced knowledge in business management, machinery, wood physics, design, finishing, safety education and the basics of measuring. Master level graduates will show expert knowledge in at least seven of the following areas: tools; portable power tools; machinery (master level); shop drawings/design drawings; software; CNC machinery; marketing; lean manufacturing; finance and computer assisted bookkeeping; shop/job site safety; and green manufacturing.
After a participant has passed required testing, they will also be interviewed face-to-face by the CMA Certification Board before being conferred their certification. Certified individuals will be authorized to add the three-letter acronym for their professional designation to their name (CCM=Certified Cabinet Maker; CCW=Certified Custom Woodworker; MCM=Master Cabinet Maker; MCW=Master Custom Woodworker).
Full details about the CMA Professional Certification program are available on its website: www.cabinetmakers.org.

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July 29, 2011 at 7:11 am

11 tips for better cabinet installs

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Eliminate headaches and speed the process of installing cabinets with a few simple steps.

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February 8, 2011 at 9:19 am

Marketing your shop to build business

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As the economy begins to improve, this is a golden opportunity to position your shop with an aggressive marketing plan. Learn woodworking-specific, cost-effective marketing ideas that you can put to work in your business.
Join CabinetMaker+FDM editor, William Sampson as he discusses real-world solutions that have worked for real shops. He will also point out common marketing and advertising paths that typically don’t work so well for woodworking businesses.
This online seminar is part of an educational series presented by CabinetMaker+FDM magazine. This second seminar in the series will be presented on May 27th at 1pm Central and will be Pay-Per-View only. 
The cost to view this seminar is $39.95.
Attendees will be issued a password to view the seminar after completing both the registration and fee transaction. For more information, see http://www.cabinetmakerfdm.com/ViewWebinar.aspx?id=7335.

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April 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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