A project begins as plans are examined in detail by a project manager and is budgeted by
our estimating staff. Our project manager will follow a job through from estimating to
completion and billing. With an approved estimate, our draftsmen generate millwork
drawings and a cut list (assisted by CAD/CAM systems that can translate drawings directly
into CNC machine code). Every operation from sawing and laminating through joining,
finishing and installation is accounted for Shop drawings, together with finished veneer
and solid samples, are then submitted for customer sign-off. Before the first cuts are
ever made, any aspects of design requiring special attention are identified and resolved.
The key to success for each project is the selection and matching of materials. Integral
to that process is veneer lay-up. Usually hand selected from a single flitch of wood, we
lay-up veneer on our own veneer press custom built to Bernhard specifications. Producing
our own veneer panels allows us to balance the grain, burl, texture and color of each
panel to bring out the characteristic beauty of each wood species.
Our highly automated machining department with its many types of CNC equipped saws,
joiners, routers and sanders is where a project begins to take on recognizable form. We
grind our own molding knives, and with more than 500 in stock, our multi-head molder can
mill almost any profile. Other advanced equipment includes an edge-bander to laminate
finished edges onto stock, a V-groover, veneer edge-gluers and stitchers, automated
planers and more.