In the beginning, Tracy outsourced cabinet doors and other components while concentrating on the casework. Then came the day that a door supplier suffered a shop fire with one of Tracy's orders inside.
That experience set a new path for Maple River Woodworks, and Tracy began purchasing equipment to make his own raised panel doors. Even though the plan was to build for in-house projects, the word spread that he was building doors and he began offering components to fellow cabinet builders, trim carpenters,, contractors, and home owners.
That plan has caused the shop to expand into over 4000 sq ft today with equipment now including a 4x12 flatbed CNC router.
As we look ahead at Maple River Woodworks, we are continually trying to produce product more efficiently and more professionally. Even though a large amount of expense has gone into machinery, we never want to underestimate the craftsmanship of our man power. The eyes and hands of those who work here see and feel every inch of every piece that goes out of the shop ensuring that once you see it, you will know that it is right. Actually it isn't just right, it is "built like it ought to be".
Please contact us and allow us to help you on your next project. Whether it is commercial or residential, large or small, complete or just parts, we would like to be your woodworking company.
Not long into the business, Tracy realized that he needed help in his growing business and after a few trials and heartaches including back surgery and several employees that were not ideal, he found 2 gentlemen that seemed to fit his needs. Wesley Foxworth came to work with Tracy after his dad retired from home remodeling and Chuck Hutchinson found his way over when getting laid off from a residential contractor. Both have brought their experiences and skills to the company that has lead to the quality that is being produced.
Even though Tracy had been using KCDw software to help design his cabinet jobs for several years, it wasn't until the purchase of the CNC that shop was able to capitalize on the power of computers..
The design software allows for the design of cabinetry in a client's home and even produces photo-realistic renderings to really offer the customer a view of the finished product. Colors, textures, and now even accessories can be placed to give the customer a "picture" of their finished room.
After the project is designed, cutlist are generated by the program and sent to the CNC for processing. This results in parts being more accurate and processed faster than by other methods.
After learning the complexities of the CNC and the programming, other products are now being manufactured at Maple River Woodworks. The shop is able to machine industruial plastics and aluminum as well as plywood, mdf, and solid wood.
In order to remain competitive, the shop is continually updating its equipment which allows for better quality and increases employee safety each and every time new equipment is purchased. Most recently, the shop added a new, higher capacity shaper and introduced an automatic rip saw to aid in production of hardwood doors. A small molder was also recently added to provide custom profiles where needed.
The business opened in a 1600 sq ft building built near the back of his property behind his home. "This land I'm on belonged to my grandfather Yarborough. This is where my dad grew up." Tracy offered.
The building has since been expanded 3 more times offering room for an office and more machinery.
Maple River Woodworks
Maple River Woodworks opened its doors in March of 2000. Being raised on a small farm in a rural community with a can-do attitude learned from his family, Tracy Yarborough left a regular 40+ hour a week job to follow his passion of woodworking.
Tracy had honed his skills from his father and grandfather that always just did what had to be done in order to make a living on the farm. "My grandfather taught me that if Iearned to do things myself, I would not have to rely so much on others" Tracy said. 'He also taught me to take my time and do it right the first time." That's where he got his slogan "built the way it ought to be".