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Stolo Cabinets - second generation cabinetmakers.


Stolo Cabinets of Brea, Calif., has a four-decade-old reputation for producing high-quality custom cabinetry. Since going solo 38 years ago, Dominick Stolo has been joined by his sons Bob and Donald, who have been entrusted to carry on the family tradition.

There have been some major changes along the way, Bob notes. In the earliest days of the business, the emphasis was on manufacturing residential cabinets. Over the years, Stolo Cabinets has evolved to lean more toward the commercial sector. Working with commercial contractors, the majority of the company's work is comprised of institutional cabinetry and custom casework designed for schools, offices and other nonresidential settings.

Most of the case goods are made with laminated panels. This represents another departure from Stolo's roots, a factor that has put greater emphasis on achieving tighter tolerances and chip-free edges in the firm's panel processing operations.

New equipment boosts productivity

In the last two years, the Stolos have introduced several new machines into their operation. Among the new equipment is an SCMI edgebander and an SCMI Z 32 computerized beam saw purchased at the Anaheim Woodworking Fair two years ago.

Bob Stolo has nothing but praise for the saw, which not only has increased the company's panel sizing capacity, but also cuts more accurately than the equipment it replaced. He adds that the learning curve for developing a comfortable working knowledge of the saw's computerized programming was much simpler than he expected. Consequently, almost from the time the saw was installed, it has gotten a good daily workout, cutting virtually every kind of plastic laminate with very little chip out, Stolo says.

"The SCMI panel saw has saved us a lot of time because of the stack cut feature. We use it to cut three or four sheets at a time," says Bob. "It replaced a couple of table saws, provides better workmanship and the changeover was easy."

Similarly, the SCMI B5L edgebander has enhanced the quality and quantity of work compared to the aging edgebander it replaced. "We are much happier with the finished product the new edgebander gives. Not only is it a bigger machine, it has more amenities including extra trim heads. It trims and buffs, virtually eliminating the need for any hand work," Stolo says.

PHOTO : Among Stolo Cabinet's recent equipment acquisitions is a new SCMI B5L edgebander, which is fitted with extra trim heads. The company says, "It trims and buffs, virtually eliminating the need for any hand work."
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Title Annotation:Stolo Cabinets Inc.
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Article Type:company profile
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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