John W. Davis, ASMP, DVDesign Group, Inc.
Wood range hoods for the Ritz condo project
were fabricated in the FCS shop.
Jess Lewis believes that the
FCS finishing department
is one of the company’s most
“Our finish department is our
selling point. That’s what we’re noted
for,” he says. “We have the finest finishing department in North Texas. Our
finish is just as good or better than many
of the major architectural woodwork or
FCS uses conversion varnishes,
Valspar or Sherwin Williams finishes,
Kremlin finishing equipment and an
Allen Bradley Panel View 550 Prime heat
halogen system. They are doing more
distressing. Once one customer sees a
distressed finish, they want it too, Lewis
explains. FCS is also finishing black bases
with white covering so the black shows
through. The door is painted
white, scuffed and painted
white again. Then it is scuffed
with 150 grit and the paint is
removed from the edges. Then it is
glazed with brown, left to dry and wiped
clean. The door is then sealed, scuffed
FCS also prefinishes edgebanding by wrapping it around a drum and
finishing it. FCS constructed a revolving
drum, which spins while wrapping the
edgebanding around it, finishes the
edgebanding as they normally would,
lets it dry and then removes and rerolls
the edgebanding. They then apply the
finished edgebanding to cut materials.
“Experience is the main thing. By
hand sanding, we end up with a very
good finish,” Lewis says.
positioning and Powermatic shaper
are also used. FCS plans to buy a new
three-head widebelt sander in the near
future to replace an older machine.
They are also installing a new dust
collection system and electrical and
compressed air to handle the larger
pieces of equipment.
“You really need good dust collection and compressed air for the sander
otherwise the machine won’t do what
it’s supposed to,” Lewis says.
FCS’s location in East Dallas
includes the wood shop and storage
building with the dry wall operation
next door. The two buildings occupy
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