Limited kitchen space can be a problem for some homeowners, especially if they cherish all the kitchen gadgets available today. Keystone Wood Specialties has heard their cries for help, though, and has responded with some innovative drawer and cabinet components like the Double Cutlery Tray drawer boxes.
In the November issue of Qualified Remodeler, we introduced you to the Double Cutlery Tray drawer box. Keystone Wood Specialties offers Double Cutlery Tray drawer boxes, available in any height as small as 4 in. with six standard tray configurations. Standard trays are for a 21-in. drawer depth (outside dimension), are available finished or unfinished and come in most wood species. Custom size and design requests are always welcome.
“Because drawers are typically 4 to 5 in. deep, your basic cutlery set won’t take up all that height,” says Sam Stolzfus, president of Keystone Wood Specialties. “With a double cutlery tray, you now have twice the storage space and you can put the things you don’t use as much in the bottom half of the drawer and the things you use most often on top.”
Keystone Wood Specialties started in 1972 building kitchens and cabinetry. In 1977, it started building its own cabinetry components and within a year’s time, it was so busy with that business it stopped building cabinets and kitchens to focus on cabinet doors and components. By the 1980s it added drawers and drawer components and has since added mouldings and other kitchen components too difficult for cabinetmakers to make themselves.
“Most cabinetmakers, with a minimum amount of equipment can build a cabinet, but it takes a greater amount of machinery to build a raise paneled door or a dovetailed drawer box,” explains Stolzfus. “It makes sense for them to buy their component parts from us, because that way a cabinetmaker can build more kitchens. If they can build one kitchen in a week by themselves, or two or three by buying their components, obviously they can make more money by purchasing those components.”
Keystone Wood Specialties has also added a radius or “curved” option to their product line. Most of Keystone’s door and drawer front styles are now available in customer specified concave, convex or crossbow curves, with the added options of matching curved face frames, curved mouldings and boring for hinges. Products can be ordered finished or unfinished, and in all wood species.
“When you go buy a vehicle, the company makes their money on selling you as many options as they can,” adds Stolzfus. “When you go into a kitchen showroom, they’ll show you the basic kitchen, but then show you all the things you can add to make things easier and people like those options.”
Keystone Wood Specialties continues to modernize its equipment and has even installed fiber optics to some of their machinery in order to transmit and build an order as soon as it comes in. Each component that Keystone builds is made to the specifications of the product, keeping no inventory of components. Their goal is to build these components quickly and cost-effectively.
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