National Hardwood Magazine


January 2013 Feature Story


Wood Shop Inc., located in Peru, Illinois, distributes Hardwood lumber and is a secondary manufacturer of cabinet doors and millwork. Located on 2.5 acres the operation encompasses 12,000-square-feet.
Wood Shop Inc. Offers 20 Hardwood Species

By Michelle Keller

Peru, Ill.—Wood Shop Inc., located here, is a distributor of Hardwood lumber and is a secondary manufacturer of millwork and cabinet doors. Located on 2.5 acres the operation encompasses 12,000 square feet.

The company keeps an average of 250,000 board feet of Hardwood lumber in stock consisting of 20 different species and purchases more than 100,000 board feet annually. “We carry 4/4 through 8/4 in most species,” owner Mike Konieczka said. “Our Hardwoods are FAS, 1F and Better. In addition to Hardwoods we also handle a complete line of panel products, which includes Hardwood plywood, Melamine, MDF’s, MDO’s, particleboard and countertop material along with veneers in both 4 x 8 and 8 x 4 dimensions.

“Immediately upon opening our doors we joined the NHLA and subscribed to several Miller industry publications along with other industry reports. Input from the sawmills, plywood mills, machinery reps and tooling providers have all been valuable sources of information and advice,” he continued. “Meeting with the engineers of various machinery companies at both the IWF and AWF guided us, along with their sales reps in purchasing our machines. Having the ability to purchase all new machinery enabled us to get exactly what was needed for our operations. Their cumulative advice also enabled us to have a 6-head shaper sander machine custom built using the latest technology, including HSK spindles and Mitsubishi positioning system that works flawlessly.”

Steel moulder knives are ground on a 961 Weinig grinder, and mitered cabinet door frames are being cut and routed on Hoffman equipment.
Stiles Machinery Inc., located in Grand Rapids, Mich., supplied the company’s Altendorf F45 ELMO panel saw and 54-inch Bûtfering combination wide belt sander, giving Wood Shop the capability to sand not only Hardwoods but also veneers. Weinig, headquartered in Mooresville N.C. installed an ACS 6-head moulder, 961 Rondamat grinder and Optical Comparator. Diehl installed the straight-line ripsaw and the gang ripsaw was purchased from Mereen-Johnson. Other equipment at Wood Shop Inc. includes a double side surfacer, Baker ABX resaw, Taylor pneumatic clamp carrier, Scientific dust collector, two Hoffman miter/router machines for cabinet door frames, QuickWood 8-head profile sander, Mikron rosette machine, and a Grizzly jump saw. Three Hyster forklifts round out the heavy equipment on the plant floor.

Their customer base in North Central Illinois includes cabinet shops, custom woodworkers, stair builders, lumberyards and small manufacturers that they deliver to with their own truck fleet. “We have a good selection of quality products and we’ve added different species of wood and our cabinet door line in the last two years to increase our product offerings to better compete in the down market. When we decided to open this business we had to make a judgment call as to whether we were going to offer high grade and low-grade lines and decided on only offering the high grades. If you’re looking for quality, you’ve come to the right place at the Wood Shop. We can do practically anything that you want and we offer things that aren’t available elsewhere by offering Hardwoods, custom parts, panel products, millwork and cabinet doors. We are a one stop shop and the only distributor in our market territory manufacturing cabinet doors.”

Wood Shop Inc.’s curtainside truck.
Established eight years ago, Konieczka said he decided to open Wood Shop Inc. as an alternative to retirement after a 33-year career in the construction and cabinet industry. “We get involved with public buildings and homes on the National Register of Historic places and produce exact replacements that meet the requirements of the government and historical societies in addition to providing millwork for new construction in both the residential and commercial arenas.

“Our catalog shows over 400 profiles that we have tooling for and when reprinted we will be adding 100+ more that we’ve produced in the last several years. We offer our Hardwoods either rough, straight line ripped, or S2S to customer specified thicknesses and we carry most of our popular Hardwoods in 8' through 16' lengths.”

Hardwoods are purchased from mills in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin. Occasionally Cypress is brought in from northern Louisiana and imports are purchased through a company in North Carolina whose products come through the port in New Orleans. Hardwood plywoods are manufactured for Wood Shop in Canada and meet HPVA standards and CARB II requirements. When circumstances dictate, a company curtainside truck is sent to neighboring states and southern Illinois to pick up Hardwoods from the mills.

The firm keeps an average of 250,000 board feet of Hardwood lumber in stock of 20 different species and purchases more than 100,000 board feet annually.
Within the last several weeks the company obtained approximately 17,000 board feet of 2-9/16-inch thick tongue and groove flooring and structural beams reclaimed from a 128-year-old building in Chicago. This will be processed to enable purchasers to claim LEEDS credits for green building projects and represents a totally new offering for the company. Konieczka said the staff is quite enthused about this opportunity to further compete in the marketplace.

For more information contact 815-223-9663.

Millwork is moulded on a Weinig moulder.

An overview of Wood Shop’s equipment.

Wood Shop’s operation includes a reception area, conference room and four private offices.

The company’s Bϋtfering 54-inch wide belt sander and QuickWood profile sander.


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