Lumber (90% alder, and some maple and pine)
is delivered as rough-cut, kiln-dried dimensional lumber...
goes into the "rough mill" where defects are cut out.
The wood is cut into dimensions, edge glued and
laid up into panels...
in the "finish mill, the glued wood is shaped, drilled, and turned to make
...and chair seats.
A final finishing...
...a quality check, and then it's ready to be packed..
...for storage or shipment. About four 40-foot trailers of furniture
leave this plant every day!
Chairs can have as many as 32
different parts... Everyone has to work
together to make sure that all those parts come through at the same time. Each
work center is responsible for quality control, and safety. This shop prides
on the continual feedback between employees and managers that provides an opportunity
for constant improvement.
Special thanks to our host for
opening their doors