Personally, I am surprised it has taken this long to get this far. As cutt
ing machines become more sophisticated, more nimble, and yet more easy to u
se, this type of machinery is just a natural evolution.
I see more and more commercial solutions to joinery that require less skill
and attention to detail. CNC carved doors are a snap to finish for an exp
erienced sprayer as opposed to stile/rail/panel construction, so that makes
finishing easier as well. If the end product produces innovative joinery
techniques that take advantage of digital precision (and joints that can us
ually be secured with a line of today's excellent adhesives)that is easy to
assemble, wastes a tiny bit of material, and actually allows you to progra
m in to use scrap from another job, this is a cabinet maker's dream. Fast,
accurate, economical with your labor and material while still turning out
a good product is all that can be asked of a machine.
These machines would be a natural extension for Karl and Leon, guys that al
ready detail out the tiniest bit of minutiae before stepping out the shop.
If they were full time cabinet makers, building cabinets only for a living
, they would be able to set this machine up, go make some phone calls to in
stallers/clients/suppliers/finishers while ti worked. Any force multiplier
is a pretty good thing for a businessman.
There can be a collective gasp of despair about the loss of craftsmanship,
but the hard news is that real appreciation of it is disappearing rapidly.
People aren't used to a higher level of craftsmanship because they rarely
see it and don't know what it looks like. If they can find a craftsman, th
ey don't want to pay for a higher level of work. I have seen so many custo
m furniture and cabinet makers go out of business in the last 40 years I ha
ve lost count. They start with the dream, then satisfy a handful of client
s that have encouraged them to open a shop, then they have to become busine
ssmen and they fail. Their first few clients don't ask for bids or estimat
es. They all do after that. Then you have to cultivate new business, keep
accurate books, pay taxes a certain way, and on a on. You don't get back
to building a Maloof style rocker until you have time.
A machine like that could be ideal if you could keep it busy. Since so man
y cabinets are painted these days, it seem the door profiler would be a mon
ey maker in itself by going to all the home builders and ask them if they w
ant a custom profile, them make their doors only. Or maybe send them a pac
kage of parts to the job and have their trim guys assemble the cabinets. Y
ou could knock off one-off cabs for remodelers in no time. "Need a vanity
built to this exact size? Come by tomorrow with a check and we'll load the
Imagine someone that is refinishing and repairing cabinets (like I do) bein
g able to call up the guy with the machine and have him make a kitchen full
of doors and drawer fronts in a quick, accurate, and economical way, with
the profile picked out by the client. Sounds good to me!