McClure Block Adds New knife Planer Sander
McClure Block has purchased new equipment in 2017 to increase their manufacturing capacity in the butcher block business. The new sander planer machine is top of the line and made in Switzerland by Kundig. It is one of the finest woodworking knife planer sanders in the industry and this new equipment will help McClure Block build the finest hardwood kitchen island tops, hardwood chopping blocks and maple gathering blocks.
McClure Block a division of McClure Tables
McClure Block is a division of McClure Tables america’s top manufacture of shuffleboard tables. The McClure difference is butcher block is not thought of as industrial cookie cutter factory production. We have a team of five furniture makers, woodworkers and master craftsmen and use the same woodworkers who build fine furniture to manufacture McClure butcher block.
The main difference between industrial butcher block construction like our shuffleboard tops and making a premium kitchen island or counter top is the raw material. A hardwood counter-top appearance, beauty and character is influenced by the raw ingredients. Quality starts first with the workers or labor, second with the raw material and the last factor is the quality of the equipment you use to build with.
McClure Butcher Block Difference
At McClure Block we want the best woodworkers and craftsmen so we give them a high quality of life, like a four day work week and better benefits. We also use the best local hardwoods, select and better for our butcher block hardwood kitchen island and premium hardwood counter tops. Like these tops shown in the slideshow below we use full length strips of wood. Often most tops are made out of 5 or 6 boards that the craftsmen hand selects from the kiln dried locally harvested hardwood. When we buy a high grade of wood it cost more but also only 60-70% of the wood purchased can be used. Because the wood must be selected with uniform of wood grain, color and character to craft such beautiful tops.
McClure Block makes up to 65″ wide Island Tops in One Piece
A Top this large requires a very large accurate sanding machine. These tops this large will have to be done with a hand stroke sander. It is basically a sanding belt on a wheel with a operator using a hand held pad as he moves a table under the work piece. Our previous sanding machine had a capacity of 36″ so tops wider than that had to have a lot of hand sanding to complete. With our new Kundig sanding knife planer machine we will have a capacity of up to 63″ in width. For the premium counter-top and hardwood kitchen island tops the width capacity will allow us the ability to make the large tops with less hand sanding work.
One other feature is this machine will open up to a height or depth of 16″ thick this will give us the ability to do huge end grain chopping blocks. Up to 60″ wide and 16″ deep, we will be able to do any butcher block job that comes our way.
McClure’s Visit Kundig Factory
Owners Todd and Judy McClure took a trip to visit the sander at the factory in Switzerland and got to see the new planner sander in the final assembly. They had the chance to visit Zurich and also check out the shuffleboard business in Oslo. McClure Tables had some shuffleboard tables sold to Norway and the owners took the opportunity to visit Kundig factory on their way to do a shuffleboard table set up in Oslo.
See slide show of McClure’s visit to the factory and stay tuned for part two we will show the installation of the new Kundig Machine in our factory next week.