Know your niche
Much of the James’ shop’s
commercial cabinet work is office
cabinetry for the medical industry.
James works from a layout to design
the cabinets. Their Cabinet Vision
software helps the professionals they
deal with to visualize in 3-D what
the finished product will look like.
They face the challenge of competing with larger cabinet manufacturers. One job they’ve just started
involves 132 apartments. Mass-produced cabinets could just as easily
be used on this project, but those
involved also want the “look” that
James Cabinet Shop produces.
“We make our cabinets fit your
job,” says James. “You may pay some
more money for our product, but
we still hand-finish all our cabinets,
spraying them in our finishing area.”
The shop also insists on installing
all their cabinets. James says that no
New technology — Brandon James stands at the controls of the shop’s
new Omal boring, gluing and dowel machine. Brandon has taken the lead role
in automation efforts at the shop.
matter how good your finished product is, if the cabinets are not installed
right, the effort can end up wasted.
Most of their installation work
takes place within drivable distances
of their shop, including Augusta and
Atlanta. Business comes chiefly by
word of mouth. There are signs that
building is picking up a bit in the region, as they bidding more jobs now.
Advice for other shops
The James shop takes up just
6,500 square feet, all of it clean and
organized. When you walk into a successful shop like that, it’s hard not to
ask for advice for others in the industry. James is humble and helpful in his
answers: “We keep things clean, we
don’t use a lot of space — our shop is
very small — but we get the job done.
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