Cabinet Engineering https://craftsmanengineering.com/ en Tools of the trade - From storey poles and drafting tables to lasers and Cabinet Vision https://craftsmanengineering.com/blog/tools-trade-storey-poles-and-drafting-tables-lasers-and-cabinet-vision <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Tools of the trade - From storey poles and drafting tables to lasers and Cabinet Vision</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_post_inpage_image/public/2018-11/handyman-tools.jpg?itok=lItKE9Dq" width="750" height="422" alt="Cabinet Vision is the tool of my trade" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog-post-inpage-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bruce Chezem</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-12-01T00:00:44+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/30/2018 - 16:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Cabinet Vision</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/26" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Cabinet Engineering</a></li> </ul> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Back in the day, and I'm not quite certain how long ago that was, the state of the art measuring tool for laying out a room full of cabinets was the "storey pole" or some called them layout rods or storey rods.  Whatever the proper name for them really was, they were essentially two long sticks of softwood which the cabinet maker made pencil marks on.  With four sides of a square set of rods, a cabinet maker could layout a whole house full of cabinets...one room on each side of the rod...uppers on one edge of a side and bases on the opposite edge of the rod.</p> <blockquote> <p>The best ol' story tellers seem to start their tales off with "Back in the day".   Maybe that'll improve my crusty ol' story...   </p> </blockquote> <p><img alt="storey poles" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="86e315a4-0747-4d5c-8411-a0df724f5fdb" height="252" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/storey%20poles.jpg" style="padding-left: 0px; padding-top: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px; padding-right: 10px" width="371" class="align-left" />When the cabinet maker returned to the shop, he'd use the storey poles as a set of blueprints of sorts to make sketches and cutlists right from the storey poles.  Once the cutlist was drawn up, the cabinet maker would head off to the nearest lumber yard and load up the truck with all the supplies for that project.  This method certainly works but its certainly not scalable.  Can you image a shop with 75 employees, a beam saw, CNC routers, with frameless construction using storey poles?  Me neither.  </p> <p>At my first cabinet business, I used storey poles, doweled face frame construction, and I made all of my doors in-house...all 8 or 10 styles! </p> <p>It all seems like a fairy tale now to think back on those days.  But that was the state of the art. </p> <p>To be competitive in these modern times... ( oh geez, I  sound like my grandfather ) computerized everything is the only way to fly. </p> <p>At Craftsman Woodworks Engineering Servcies, I create drawings using software peculiar to the cabinet manufacturing industry.  My tool of choice is Cabinet Vision.  Most of my competitors in the Shop Drawing Submittal business use AutoCAD as their tool of choice.  Not that there's anything wrong with AutoCAD....I'm not knocking it in the slightest.  I use Cabinet Vision because its <em>the right tool for the right job</em>.  You've heard that a million times in this business and its true.  When it comes to preparing shop drawings, submittal drawings, reports for production, materials lists, job costing, cut lists, labels, communicating with equipment, photo-realistic renderings etcetera etcetera, there is no comparison.  Cabinet Vision does all of these necessary functions and more.  For me, its a no-brainer...Cabinet Vision is my tool of choice.  </p> <p>When I was IT manager for a large custom cabinet manufacturing company, my colleagues told me about OnCenter Software's <a href="https://www.oncenter.com/plan-viewer">FREE Electronic PlanViewer</a>.  OnCenter Software makes some great software for the construction trades.  For me, however, their FREE Electronic PlanViewer is perfect for my needs.  With it, I can open a PDF file or DXF file and get all my takeoffs with scaled precision.  It also has some great highlighting tools so I can keep track of the objects I'm drawing.</p> <p>Another must-have is PDF printing software.  A PDF creator is essentially a virtual printer.  Instead of printing to an actual printer onto actual paper, PDF printing software gives you the ability to print to a file.  You select the paper size...the same size you specified in Cabinet Vision...and the software creates a PDF file which is like any other PDF file.  There are dozens available for free.  Google it.  I use PDFCreator, but they all do essentially the same thing.  Make sure you pick one that will accommodate all the different paper sizes from plain ol' 8 1/2 X 11 up to Architectual "E" size. </p> <p>And don't forget to blow out the oil lamp before you go home tonight! </p> <p>  </p> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=25&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="o9CAgxp034ToWzLM_C7SgApgCxsPyXgb8vJqLzNZt74"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:00:44 +0000 Bruce Chezem 25 at https://craftsmanengineering.com We're building relationships with some really great people in the cabinet manufacturing industry https://craftsmanengineering.com/blog/were-building-relationships-some-really-great-people-cabinet-manufacturing-industry <span property="schema:name" class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">We&#039;re building relationships with some really great people in the cabinet manufacturing industry</span> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img property="schema:image" src="/sites/default/files/styles/blog_post_inpage_image/public/2018-11/personal%20network_4.png?itok=9BqBOLZy" width="750" height="422" alt="Personal network of friends and professionals" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-blog-post-inpage-image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <span rel="schema:author" class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Bruce Chezem</span></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2018-11-28T21:37:45+00:00" class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:37</span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Cabinet Vision</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/25" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Shop Submittals</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/26" property="schema:about" hreflang="en">Cabinet Engineering</a></li> </ul> </div> <div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As a very small business in a huge industry that is rich with the warmest people you'd ever want to come know, it's kinda hard to draw a real distinction between friends and clients and vendors.   I'd like to announce the addition of a few new clients and friends of Craftsman Woodworks Engineering Services.  </p> <p>I'd like to give a shout out to <em><strong>Elite Wood Design, Inc</strong></em>. in Rancho Cordova California...just outside of Sacramento.  They do some really nice stuff with residential and commercial cabinets.  I'm looking forward to a long, friendly and profitable relationship with these guys.  Although EWD's workflow still involves a lot of tried and true methodologies, they still require shop drawing submittals for commercial projects....great guys to work with.</p> <p>I recently met with the good folks at <em><strong>Sierra Cabinet &amp; Millwork</strong></em> in Stockton California.  They've been around a while and serve the commercial casework and millwork around Northern California.  They're a Cabinet Vision shop.  Cabinet Vision serves them well in their workflow.  I'm looking forward to working with these good folks.</p> <p>In November, I had the opportunity to do some training for <em><strong>Arreola Cabinets</strong></em> in Modesto California.  They've been in business for 18 years serving contractors, homeowners and small businesses in the region with residential and commercial cabinets and woodwork.   At a small shop like this or any shop for that matter, good customer service, friendly and sincere people, hard work, and attention to detail are the keys to success.  Arreola Cabinets is a good example of all of those traits.  </p> <p>Last and not least, I'd like to welcome <strong><em>Capitol Millworks</em></strong> to my network of friends and clients.  Capitol Millworks is a large and well established commercial casework manufacturer in Sacramento California.  Although they specialize in retail grocery store fixtures, they also serve the commercial construction throughout Northern California.  </p> <p>If you're interested in learning more about how I can serve you and your business, use the <a href="/contact-us">contact me</a> form or simply email me at bchezem@CraftsmanEngineering.com.  I'd like to learn more about you and your cabinet manufacturing business.            </p> <p> </p> <p>  </p> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comments field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=23&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="5hwweHEIZXVqJ2uah8FLspYv-oexAEI-W-Oi-BqY44I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 21:37:45 +0000 Bruce Chezem 23 at https://craftsmanengineering.com