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01-18-2011 02:57 AM

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Good evening LJ’s this video was sent to me via e- mail American manufacturing at it’s finest ( wonder how cabinet doors are mass produced ? check out the link below

http://www.caldoor.com/tour.htm

Enjoy :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com


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#1 posted 01-18-2011 03:14 AM

eewwie! I’ve done my time in shops like this, most notably the old Triangle/Pacific plant in New Hampshire. wonder if it’s still there, the building was falling apart 30 years ago when I worked there. Though it was union, it was a crushing work environment, with a bonus to be had if we hit an unapproachable production target each week. The smell of fresh formaldehyde through my bleeding nose on a daily basis was what I remember most about hi-production woodshop machining. Sorry! The video evoked some bad memories, though we did have target practice at lunchtime, a bit of sandwich in the basement would lure the rats into firing range with our production staplers and air nailers.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 03:57 AM

Poopiekat Looks like it still is standing or at least part of it LOL Google earth 25 crown st Nashua NH
this popped up in my search for your curiosity Sorry for the bad memories :0

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 04:18 AM

Hi Sawblade!
I’m a bit remorseful for posting a downer of a reply. Sorry! But the video did evoke memories from long ago, working with fellow dead-enders who end up in those shops where you are scrutinized for your productivity. It would be interesting to get some background from a Caldoor worker’s point of view! Myself, the painful lesson I learned was that it would never make me a better woodworker. Standing behind monster Unisaws doing short-run sizing, and detail machining which was a fancy title for some broken dude standing in the same spot all day feeding raw lumber into machines. The ironic part of it all is that these were the factories that waged war with the artisan community… and won. Then they too began to crumble as imports and alternative products hit the stores. Yes, the Crown St facility was once “Gregg and Son Millwork” when I was a kid, Then became Triangle Pacific many years later when I worked there. We all dreamed of working for Bengue or Hermsdorf, where genuine woodworking skills were still in demand. Alas, these days I don’t know of a single artisan or cabinet maker among my friends still plying his craft today, to make a living anyway.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 04:44 AM

Thanks for your post again :) At least I am making a try to ply my skills as a craft to make money now and days with the internet age, cheap imports, and others we as woodworkers must be creative in our marketing and not live in the Pre- .com era and must also accept our currency is changing as a business standpoint anyway cash is still king but credit and debit cards are moving up quickly and leaving checks and money orders in the dust as many giants fell due to lack of this change and failing to realize people change too!!!! Enough of my rant Altough I enjoy discussing it with you :) BTW Did you kill any rats with your air nailers ? LOL :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 01:09 AM

I’m almost lost for words.
Sad is the first, impressed the second.
Sad due to the fact so many little work shops will die and dies, due to this.
Impresed since the world ‘could’ be a better place if we optimize like this.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 01:33 AM

Wow, now that is efficient, scary to say the least, but efficient non the less.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 02:04 AM

Mads Small shops need not fight or die Just latch on and save time, money and risks of injury. By following the old can’t beat em’ Join em’ this can make any shop more efficient LOL :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 02:25 AM

Funny, I don’t think I saw a single woodworker there! Lots of employees, but no woodworkers… :^D

-- Childress Woodworks

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 02:29 AM

That, just takes all the fun out of building cabinet doors!

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 09:42 PM

That place looks like my shop..ha ha ha….wow, quite a place. Thanks for posting.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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