Pinske-Edge launched its new squaring press in May at the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference in Atlanta. The machine is designed to put a square chisel cut in the corner of cabinet doors, and is ideal for cabinetmakers that use wood and glass inset panels in their cabinet doors, according to the company.
Rodney Schmidt, tool production manager at Pinske and designer of the machine, says that cabinetmakers typically have to rout around the inside of the door, a process which leaves a small radius in all four corners on the inside of the door. The chisel in this press features a 3/8" square hardened steel-cutting blade specially designed to cut square corners into hardwoods.
“This squaring press makes a real clean precise cut, and it’s relatively fast. It only takes about 15 seconds to do one door. Before, cabinetmakers would probably have to cut the door by 1/8", if not more, to get the panel in. This just gives the process a neater look and makes it fit better,” says Schmidt.
The press runs off a pneumatic cylinder powered by a foot control, and requires between 80 and 100 psi of compressed air. The cabinetmaker simply puts the door on the machine’s table top, lines up the square cutter with the inside corner, and activates the cutter. The machine’s depth setting offers a 1" range for doors of various thicknesses.
The machine accommodates cabinet doors of all heights and widths, as the door can extend off the front or the rear of the table so it doesn’t interfere with the back of the machine or the cylinder.
The frame footprint is just 36" x 26" and it weighs less than 150 lbs. The squaring press sells for $1,995 and comes fully assembled.
Contact: The Pinske Edge, P.O. Box 68, Plato, MN 55370. Tel: 800-874-6753. www.pinske-edge.com
This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue.