I am considering purchasing a horizontal/vertical drilling machine similar to the Maggi 23. I build melamine cabinets and I think I could save some time by drilling my parts and using conformat screws. I hope to stop using staples and save the time tacking things together.
I also plan on limiting the payroll that I am paying out on skilled labor for assembly. If the parts are drilled and labeled the guys will just have to slap them together. For those of you who have one of these machines, will I save any time in my assembly process by the time I get everything drilled? Am I going in the wrong direction here? In the future we would like to go to a CNC to do the vertical drilling. Any help would be appreciated.
From contributor B:
You'd need to swap out bit sets between horizontal and vertical drilling operations, and probably change drilling depths besides. I'm using a similar machine and doweling my cases - faster and more accurate than my previous staple/screw/manual conformat procedure.
If youíre using unskilled help, the boring and box assembly is 90% foolproof.
Part alignment becomes a non-issue if youíre using panels and the conformat for what it was designed for- particle board core raw or veneered panels. If you or your customers are stuck on veneer core plywood and can't get past it you may want to pass on the conformats or dowels. A boring machine will magnify the inconsistencies in plywood thickness and core density, resulting in mismatched and misaligned joints. A particle board core box with go together faster, tighter, and smoother. I think it's a step in the right direction. When I finally acquire a CNC I will then use my Maggi for my horizontal boring.
I have to convince my business partner that this is a good idea. Any advice on that? I intend on doing a time study per box, staples vs. conformat screws. Can anybody clue me in as to how much time they save once you figure in drilling vs. stapling?
The drill is also extremely versatile. I recently completed several louvered doors and drawer fronts for some bunkroom lockers with doweled slats and door frame parts at a significant savings. The capability to bore horizontally and vertically with precision and speed opens a lot of avenues.