Problems in the cabinet shop? Roundtable offers advice

Having trouble solving some of your cabinet company’s problem areas? Need some practical advice?

A look at some of the key issues facing small- and mid-size woodworking shops will be the focus of the roundtable discussion, “What’s your problem?” presented by the Cabinet Makers Association.

Moderated by Amanda Conger, CMA executive director, the roundtable discussion will be part of the Cabinets Track at the 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo in Pasadena, California. The conference portion takes place March 27, with the expo being held March 28-29.

Topics for discussion in this highly interactive panel discussion include:

  • Developing time management strategies for the workplace, and how best to balance business obligations with your personal life.
  • Finding your niche market.
  • Managing customer expectations, while ensuring you get paid for the job.
  • How to price for profitability.
  • Obtaining, retaining – and motivating – your employees.
  • Finding and forming strategic partnerships with vendors.

Past roundtable discussions have yielded tips for time management and avoiding job burnout, along with the following advice:

On the topic of obtaining workers, in addition to working with local colleges, the suggestion was made to utilize current employees as job recruiters.

Also, you don’t have to do all things for all customers; it’s not always practical nor profitable. Constantly evaluate and assess what you enjoy doing, what makes you money – after expenses – and be willing to sub out the rest.

For more information or to register for the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo, visit




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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]