With a combined experience of over 50 years in the woodwork and furniture industries, there was little doubt that David Alderton and Russell Andersen’s venture into their own joinery company was going to be a success. Almost 5 years since its inception, Fineworx Joinery services the Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle regions of NSW offering a blend of traditional craft skills of timber joinery with contemporary technologies to produce window and door products that meet and exceed client expectations.
With a focus on timber windows, doors, gates and privacy screens, Fineworx Joinery create custom made orders to architect specifications. “We pride ourselves on our quality and pre-sales service,” said David. “If the customer needs us on site we will be there. Instead of focusing on after-sales, we make sure we get it 100% right before we even start the manufacturing process.”
Choosing to create their designs by hand and running their workshop without any materials handling systems, Fineworx Joinery needed to make sure their machining solutions provided them with the right combination of adaptability and automation. “After a lot of research, we selected the SCM accord 25fx 5 axis machine,” said David. “This one purchase replaced our morticer, tenoner, spindle and numerous hand tools. It’s been an excellent time and space saver for us.”
As David and Russell heard the news that one of their very proficient craftsmen was leaving Fineworx Joinery, they needed to quickly fill the skill shortage. Rather than hiring a new craftsman, they made the choice to invest in the accord 25fx 5 axis machine, knowing that the investment would be the best outcome for their business.
“In the time we’ve had the accord 25fx 5 axis, we’ve seen major improvements in the speed and accuracy of our production,” said David. “After only one week of having the machine we were making circular windows with ease. We have just delivered product with a 6.5 metre radius, all done on the accord 25fx.”
Reorganising a factory to cater for a new and large machine can be a daunting task, however this wasn’t the case for Fineworx Joinery. After moving their dust extraction to cater for the new machine, and minimal rearranging of the factory floorplan to incorporate the accord 25fx, the new production line was ready to run.
“The time spent sanding profiles and cleaning and squaring corners has dropped dramatically. Machining for hardware is now a breeze, and we can now offer more fittings which were previously just not viable due to long labour times.”
“It has actually been a lot of fun learning to use the machine,” said David. “The support from our rep Chris Nixon and SCM Group Australia has been fantastic, and while it is only early days, the potential for our business is unlimited. All our expectations of SCM Group Australia have been met and exceeded.”