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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Cabinet Encounters uses technology to shape your home

  • Cabinet Encounters is a rapidly growing business in the Lewisville area. The business began in 1999 in what was the old grocery store building. After a fire five years ago, there was a short break while the new Cabinet Encounters shop was built – now it is growing faster than ever, with almost twice as much business being done in 2013 as their best year prior.
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  • Cabinet Encounters is a rapidly growing business in the Lewisville area. The business began in 1999 in what was the old grocery store building. After a fire five years ago, there was a short break while the new Cabinet Encounters shop was built – now it is growing faster than ever, with almost twice as much business being done in 2013 as their best year prior.
    One major new innovation you will find at Cabinet Encounters is the addition of a CNC Router machine. When a new kitchen is designed using computer software programs, each section of a cabinet is drawn into the program using incredible detail.
    Customers can have a 3D look at what their kitchen will look like before it is even built. From there, the design can be transferred to another computer where each part is optimized and cut from a solid piece of wood as efficiently as possible. Every detail of a cabinet can be included and cut through this machinery, exactly to the customer's specifications.
    "It's definitely made us more efficient," said Denny Jahnz, owner of Cabinet Encounters in Lewisville. "It reduces the amount of time it takes us to get the project done, and not only that, but the cabinets are a lot more accurate."
    The CNC Router machine gives more flexibility to what they can do with a design. Corporate logos can be input into the machine and cut perfectly – along with pretty much anything else drawn on the computer.
    It takes anywhere between six and 15 minutes to cycle a sheet of plywood through the machine, depending on how many operations are included in the design. This means the wood for an entire kitchen can be cut in just one day.
    "A kitchen used to take four to five weeks and we've probably cut about a week and a half out of that time period just by having this machinery here," said Jahnz. "And, it gives us the flexibility to do a lot of other things with it like arch balances – you know, things you can't do by hand."
    The machinery offers Cabinet Encounters the opportunity to do custom work that either wasn't possible before, or just wasn't cost effective because it took too long.
    Cabinet Encounters can tackle just about any project, including kitchens, vanities, entertainment centers, home offices, bars and more. They also work on commercial projects and recently finished the new counter at the St. James Vet Clinic.
    Projects are designed in-house for the most part, but Cabinet Encounters will also work with architects to make sure that a project is done right and to the specifications of the customer. Even specially guided projects aren't a problem for the team at Cabinet Encounters.
    In one project, the workers at Cabinet Encounters used reclaimed wood from area barns to create a totally unique kitchen area for a customer. Pulling together custom cabinetry with other elements for a customer made for a very challenging project that was completed looking very nice.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I enjoy working with the customer," said Jahnz. "Working with clients one-on-one and just being able to figure out what they're looking for and coming up with a design
    that works for them and makes their place better than it was before."
    For projects small or big, Cabinet Encounters is here for you. They will even help repair and restore your existing cabinetry with their new Cabinet EMT program. Five percent of each project is donated to your local EMS Department and the crew will have your cabinets looking like they did when they were first installed.
    You can contact or book Cabinet Encounters by calling Denny Jahnz at 507-236-5514 or emailing at denny@cabinetencounters.com.
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