CFP Components, a division of Columbia Forest Products, has acquired Cabinotch, a maker of ready-to-assemble face-framed cabinet boxes that feature Columbia’s formaldehyde-free PureBond hardwood plywood.
The Cabinotch system, which involves a patent-pending interlocking side panel-to-face frame joint, has been shown to help cabinet shops reduce costs and improve productivity, according to the company.
According to Mike Lee, director of CFP Components, Cabinotch is a modern extension of Columbia’s cut-to-size operation. “Ever since we first trimmed down a piece of plywood for somebody, we’ve been asked to provide more and more value-added services to make life in the shop easier for our customers,” Lee said. “Through the years, we have developed pre-finishing, edgebanding, drawer side blanks and paper laminating capabilities in response to market demand.
“Now, through the Cabinotch offering, we can deliver a set of custom-sized American (made) hardwood parts -- from the face frame through the sides, backs, bottoms, tops and shelves -- that the fabricator can finish and assemble along with their doors and drawers. It supports the market shift toward outsourcing, and delivers production efficiencies that shop owners are quick to appreciate.”
Through a Web portal (cabinotch.com), customers can register, then specify, face frame and interior face species, adjust sizes and order their cabinet box parts, which are then shipped directly to their shop. Videos on the website illustrate how to assemble the box through the notch in the back of the face frames, and the strength and alignment of the box when assembled.
“You can order your box parts from Cabinotch,” Lee said, “and start working on your doors, drawers, range hoods and trim. When the Cabinotch parts arrive, you just finish them and put everything together.”
Columbia intends to expand awareness of the Cabinotch cabinet box system through promotion by its network of independent wholesale distributors. Customers will continue to order their products online and receive them directly from the plant.
According to Lee, “We feel that Columbia distributors can offer a lot in the way of training shops how to maximize the value of the Cabinotch system, and are looking forward to rolling our program out to more cabinet shops in 2012.”