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Video: How Elmwood Timber Customizes Floors on Compact All-in-One System

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July 21, 2022 | Bill Esler

Since the most recent IWF trade show in 2018, two flooring companies—Elmwood Reclaimed Timber (video above) and Excelsior Wood Products (described below)—have installed a Cefla CFS, a compact, all-in-one flooring system that incorporates sanding (up to four sides), coating, wiping and curing.

Elmwood Reclaimed Timber operator setting up the Cefla CFS.

Elmwood Reclaimed Timber specializes in converting barn boards and other wood retired from old buildings into wide plank flooring. Based in Peculiar, MO, Elmwood, it converts reclaimed beams, often from old-growth forests, into flooring planks, barnwood paneling, fireplace mantels, and wood shelves in its own state-of-the-art milling facility producing over one million board feet per year. Species include elm, douglas fir, ash, white oak, and walnut.

Cefla (IWF Booth B6753) says the growing demand for customized runs allows flooring and wood component firms that offer it to differentiate themselves in the market. But producing short runs can involve multiple pieces of costly equipment and a larger workspace to operate. The Cefla CFS allows flooring businesses to quickly expand from intermittent, hand-selected projects to a pipeline of customized jobs with a minimum need for space and investment

Built in North America and only available there, the CFS is customizable and retrofittable to grow as business needs change. It sands up to four sides of a profile, and its roll-coating section offers flexibility and control over coating thickness. The wiping unit brings out the best in material and the adjustable UV lamps provide multiple curing options. Among the features:

  • Sanding: Individually positioned sanding wheels on all four sides for single-pass production.
  • Roll Coating: Fully-featured roll coating system assures even coverage at any feed speed.
  • Wiping: Assures even finish and luster.
  • UV Curing: Fast and adjustable. Partial to full-cure depending on requirements.

Kingston, NY-based Excelsior Wood Products, which installed a CFS, has been manufacturing custom wood products since 2002, serving local customers as well as fulfilling orders across the U.S. for moulding, millwork, and flooring. Excelsior was looking to increase productivity and improve the coating quality of its flooring after experiencing production inconsistencies, poor quality, and inability to keep up with demand.

Its decision to move forward with the CFS Compact Flooring System has allowed Excelsior to expand their flooring and flat, linear product offerings into a broad spectrum of finishes that could not be produced in the past. Company owner Ron Sauer says adding the CFS was “by far the best experience I’ve ever had in training, set-up, and gives me hopeful expectations for what’s going to happen in the future.”

Since implementing the CFS facilities, Excelsior has invested in a Cefla PSP6 spray coating solution for mouldings and linear profiles.

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