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What equipment do I need to make solid wood cabinet doors in-house?8/15
Exactly what equipment do I need to start making solid wood cabinet doors in-house. I want to offer most styles. There is probably only going to be 1-2 people making these doors at my shop. so I dont think i need the biggest machines. plz let me know what equipment I will need. Thanks guys <3.
We use the following:
What's your budget? Are you looking at all new or used? Can you spend some time and sweat equity fixing some older stuff? Give us a little more info please.
We make about 50 doors a week with the following,
my thought along time ago we had multiple shapers
one machine to do all
do not forget a wide jointer & power feeder to flatten the stock = same a Martin
It's a good idea to think about tooling at this point too. Using insert cutters on your shaper which maintain your joinery will serve you well over the long term. It also makes it cheaper to change out profiles between jobs if you're just changing a knife instead of buying a new set.
The company I work for (Rangate) just developed a stacked toolset for shaker style cabinets since we were getting a lot of calls from cab makers telling us that's what their clients were asking for. You could do a true shaker with adjustable groovers, or invest in a set if you would prefer to save yourself a bunch of set-up time.
It seems like people buying cabinets tend to say they want "Shaker" but also want a slight bevel/chamfer on it. It's one of those terms that has a dictionary definition but also means different things to different people.
We have an option called CutterShare which would let you get our cabinet set for up to 3 months for less than even a brazed set would run you. That could be a nice way for you to get set up to do quality cabinets without committing to any tooling- you can subtract your initial cost to buy the set out if you end up liking it, as well.
Good video overview of the 5-piece build process here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQGegCGfAV8
CutterShare Cabinet Set