Medical cabinetry like this dentist examination room is the specialty of Unique Woodworking in Weymouth, Mass.
Although Unique Woodworking does projects that include solid wood accents such as this reception desk, their real strength is plastic laminate and melamine cabinetry.
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the shop was automated with CNC
equipment, all parts were cut on a Striebig
vertical panel saw. Medeiros swears by the
machine and still uses it regularly, but today
he sees it best for smaller projects, such as
those requiring fewer than 10 boxes.
“We get better yield on small jobs
with the Striebig,” he says.
When the job requires more than 10
boxes but less than 50, Medeiros turns
to his SCM Practix CNC router.
The unit has a sweep system so it
slides a completed sheet of parts
to an outfeed table, allowing the
machine to be reloaded and start
cutting immediately. Then, while it
is cutting the next sheet, a worker
can be unloading the parts and
sending them onto the Gannomat
Index 130 Trend dowel machine
and the Holz-Her 1317 edgebander. For the really big jobs requiring
Long the main cutting machine in the shop, this Striebig vertical panel now is mostly used for smaller projects requiring fewer than 10 boxes. Medeiros says he gets better yield on those jobs with the Striebig.
At a glance
Who: Gary Medeiros
What: Unique Woodworking
How do you manage efficient
manufacturing across a wide
range of job sizes?
Where: Weymouth, Mass.
Where once upon a time a shop set up
for large projects could sneer at little
jobs and let them go, today’s shop needs
to be able to profitably handle any job of
any size or it will lose out on work.
That was the case at Unique Woodworking in Weymouth, Mass., which specializes in melamine commercial cabinets.
Owner Gary Medeiros realized he needed
to set up his shop for maximum versatility
and efficiency regardless of the size of the
job. And while most of the jobs now may
be smaller, he also knows he needs to be
ready for when the economy improves and
jobs start growing. His solution was to set
up three separate manufacturing cells that
could work independently or together.
Maintain three separate
manufacturing cells sized to
different kinds of projects.
Plant size: 10,000 square
feet plus 3,000 square feet in
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