Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers has always been generous in allowing groups of students from the Woodschool to come to their Auburn, Maine facility for behind-the-scenes tours.
Recently, the “Embracing the CNC” class paid them a visit to check out their amazing 5-axis CNC machine among many other fascinating tools, jigs, and furniture pieces in progress. It was inspiring to see how they strike a perfect balance between handmade, machine-made, and good design, while managing to keep their products accessible to a wide market. Director of Design Adam Rogers and Pete Basil gave us the tour.
We began the tour with an explanation of the computer software they use to run their CNC Machine.
Stacks and stacks of premium hardwood.
The CNC in action.
Panel clamps for multiple glue-ups.
Adam explains the bending jig used for making a mirror frame.
A hand-planed table surface.
The underside of a table.
The R.F. (Radio Frequency) Press makes wood bending fast and efficient by sending an electrical charge through the wood and heating the glue.
Walls and walls of intriguing and mysterious jigs were everywhere.
Jigs for bending chair backs.
Bent chair parts.
Finished pieces ready for shipment.
Nothing goes to waste: these circular nesting boxes are made from cutoffs from other furniture parts.
Pristine chairs just hanging out on the industrial shelving.
A classic Thos. Moser sign.