Answers to Common Closet Questions

Answers to Common Closet Hardware Questions

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In the following E-Book you will find answers to questions that I am constantly being asked.  Included are links to installation videos, pics and best practices that I have picked up along the way.

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The ACSP Is Hard At Work For YOU!


Most of you know that I have am the current President of The Association of Closet & Storage Professionals and been on the board for the last 10 years.

If I’m being honest with you it’s not always rainbows and unicorns – there was a stretch when it was actually a little painful –

BUT – The ACSP is BACK!!

We are having fun again, people are getting involved, and new members are joining.

Our monthly webinar series is catching on –  The April webinar “Mistakes Your Designers Are Making That Are Costing You Money” had 63 people register.

The Closet Conference was busier than it’s been in years with almost two full days of educational content.  Expo attendance was up, there were over 25 first time exhibitors and more machines on display than ever before.

If that wasn’t enough good news – The ACSP is getting ready to roll out a brand new website – I know it’s been a long time coming…

I can’t wait for you to see it!

It will have a responsive design and be SEO friendly – (computer speak for work on your iPad and rank at the top on Google) 🙂

With this redesign we aren’t just targeting our members we are planning to speak to homeowners. There will be a blog and a member profile page so that you can upload photos and target potential customers. We want to drive traffic to YOUR site and promote YOU!

Other features include:

  • Lead sharing
  • Find a pro
  • Message board
  • Access to past webinars and the list goes on…

The new site is scheduled for the beginning of June and is going to make a HUGE impact for the ACSP, our members and our industry.

We also started discussions with Woodworking Network for next year’s Closet Conference on April 11th – 13th in Schaumburg, IL.

For the FIRST time ever we are planning to test and certify your designers at the conference. Your designers will be able to attend the Closet Conference, walk the show floor and take the ACSP Certification Test all in the same day!!

Can you think of a better way to standout in your market than having all of your designers being ACSP Certified??

I am very excited for the coming year and the future of the ACSP. I hope you will join us because it’s going to be some ride!!!

To become a member or get involved email me at

Stay tuned for more to come…

Stiles & California Closets Host a Lunch & Learn

California Closets Lunch & Learn

Yesterday Stiles Machinery hosted a lunch and learn at the California Closets Franchise located in Suffolk County NY. Tony and Vera DeVincenzo opened their doors and invited many of the local closet and cabinet shops to see their operation.

Yes that’s right… They invited their competition into their brand new 10,000 square foot facility during business hours.

Not only did they allow their competitors in, I saw Tony explaining tricks that he uses to accomplish certain tasks in his shop.

California Closets Lunch & Learn

Everyone had a great time… What do you expect when you get a bunch of closet guys together.  🙂

Their new shop features a Stiles Mid Range Cell that includes a:

  • Holzma HPP-250
  • Brandt Edgebander
  • Weeke BHX 055TC

Stiles demonstrated specific challenges and gave a solution for each one.

They began the lunch and learn discussing the importance of machinery layout to reduce material handling. Tony benefited by knowing exactly the equipment he wanted and was able to design the space to the equipment.

Stiles explained the benefits of using software, creating a production list and downloading cut sheets.

We learned the importance of creating a bar coded label to help sort and stack the completed parts.

We saw the speed of the Weeke and the benefit of the clamping system. It eliminates constantly moving pods to cut smaller pieces.

Stiles showed us samples of Brandt’s new Air Tec Edge. Stiles explained that this is the future of edgebanding. It creates a zero glue line and in closets we all know how important the glue line is.

Here is the breakdown of what a mid-range cell can produce –

  • Holzma can cut over 90 cycles per shift.
  • Brandt can band 2500 edges per shift.
  • Weeke can machine over 400 parts per shift.
  • All of that can produce over 50 cabinets per shift

A few things for you to consider before purchasing new equipment –

Your available space – Believe it or not all of this can fit into 1000 square feet.

  • How do you currently manufacture?
  • Your software skills.
  • Skill level of the employees running your equipment
  • Pre-existing equipment.
  • Where do you see your company going?

For more info contact your local Stiles rep. – this setup is more affordable than you think…

California Closets Lunch & Learn

Tony, Vera and their Weeke


Are You Up On The Latest Handle Trend?

Lilly Handle

Decorative hardware is always difficult to predict.  You never know what’s going to take off and what’s going to be a dog…

There seems to be a growing demand for square handles…

Currently the ones on the market are a little high priced for closets.

I have been selling the above Lilly handles for about two years and it’s really beginning to gain popularity.

Is it as nice as the expensive ones – Not really…

Once I tell customers it’s half the price… it gets much nicer.  :0)

Some of my customers are beginning to replace the stainless steel bar handles with the Lilly handles…

If you would like more info about this collection or have a hardware question please don’t hesitate to contact me at

How to Leverage Design Contests – Win or Lose…

Today Denise Butchko and I experimented with Google+ Hangouts and YouTube to record this video.

I have to admit that after we recorded it we were pretty excited about how it turned out and how easy it was to use.

In this video Denise tells you how to leverage design contests – win or lose…

Taking a few minutes to follow these tips will help you build brand equity and give you immediate creditability.

On October 25th Denise is partnering with award winning designer Janet Stevenson of Closet City and KCD Software to discuss “How To Create Award Winning Closet Designs and Storage Solutions.”

Click here to sign up for the fun, insightful and FREE webinar.  That not only shows you how to create solutions, but how to leverage the software and visuals to bring your designs to life.

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