Cool Wood Creations Using CNC
By Karen Koenig | Posted: 06/06/2014 12:41PM
Considered innovative yet practical, the commercial interiors manufactured by John Hand and his team can best be summed up by one word: Creations.
Based in Anaheim, CA, Laminate Creations by Hand specializes in high-end commercial interiors as well as components for the millwork industry. In addition to the typical types of products and applications, the company thrives on the unusual.
“I’ll take on jobs most companies won’t,” says Hand, president of the 15-year-old company he owns, along with his wife Jean, CFO. Adds John, “I’m always up for a good challenge.”
Challenge is not a word John uses lightly. Among the more unusual jobs taken on by Laminate Creations in recent years was the re-creation of a 54-foot boat hull for Clearman’s Galley restaurant after the original was partially destroyed.
“We not only made the curved hull, but had to make the actual portholes. We did the restaurant interior along with a tongue-and-groove ceiling,” John recalls.
Also challenging, an extensive project for the Pacific Design Center in North Hollywood included the creation of a 3-Form illuminated bar, as well as a security desk which featured 1-inch blue laminated glass rings surrounding a white high-gloss-lacquered MDF exterior, with stainless steel accents.
“We can fabricate with just about any media,” John says, including solid surface, along with solid wood, veneer, composite panels and of course, laminates.
Although solid wood and veneer tend to be specified most often, it is not unusual for designs to combine the other media along with them, Jean says. For example, in a project for a local hospital, Laminate Creations combined bookmatched, sequenced cherry veneer with Madeira marble to make the boardroom conference table. The table measures 26 feet long and was 10 feet at its widest point.
One job often leads to others, with 75 percent of the company’s business coming from referrals, Jean adds.
The production level is high at the 35,000-square-foot facility, despite having just 15 employees in the shop. “We highly believe in CNC machinery,” John says. “Having so much automation minimizes the amount of employees needed to get the job done.”
A one-stop shop, Laminate Creations offers a full range of capabilities, from fabrication through finishing. Any service not offered in-house is subcontracted, with Laminate Creations maintaining control over the job. “Customers then only have to deal with one supplier,” John says.
About the Author
Karen M. KoenigKaren M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or Google+.