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Crazy Horse dolly handles panels in the shop

A new type of dolly is being developed to help woodworkers handle panels.

The Crazy Horse is a low-tech anti-gravity device invented for woodworkers. Using a combination of the old technologies in a new way, heavy, awkward sheet goods such as plywood, particleboard, and other engineered panels are easily handled by one person, eliminating the need for human assistance in many situations in the working environment of shops of all sizes and types.

Larry Lee has been a cabinetmaker in the southern Mississippi and Louisiana area for more than 40 years. He invented this dolly, which became an integral part of his daily operations in his shop. Considering retiring, he was encouraged by friends, customers and former employees to develop what came to be known as The Crazy Horse.

For the last few months he has been working through that process and he is getting close to market. Lee has a patent pending and has presented his idea to the public. He is asking shops of all sizes in his area to beta test the dolly for him for two to three weeks, and then give feedback.

“If you like, you can purchase the prototype at a discount for $200 and if not, I will simply pick it up with thanks for the feedback,” Lee said. “I have attached a link to a YouTube video that will demonstrate some of the uses of the device. The video is about 11 minutes long. If, after viewing, you would be interested in testing The Crazy Horse, let me know by one of the methods below and I will deliver one to your shop.”

The Crazy Horse is now being beta tested by cabinet and countertop producers locally. The final edition should be ready for shipment in January 2018. Lee is still working on pricing but it is expected to be under $300, and may be under $250.

“I have received positive reviews so far, with a major laminate top producer being able to eliminate a man on the top saw in their custom shop operation.”

The YouTube video shows how the wheeled dolly would transfer material without lifting it. It can transfer panels from the floor, or transfer from vertical storage, and can be used as an outrigger or a stationary stand. It has six casters that are rated about 200 pounds and have swivel locks for stability. See the video below.

Contact Larry Lee directly at

Posted: 12/12/2017

Keynote will address the business case for diversity at CCCE 2108

PASADENA, Calif.-- Diversity is quite possibly the best source of innovation and creativity in our industry, according to Whitney Pyle, V.P. and CFO of Advanced Cabinet Systems, the lead keynote for the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo to be held March 27-29, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Pyle who is also a Class of 2017 40 under 40 winner. will discuss her career path through the industry as a female. "The construction and woodworking industries as a whole lack diversity," said Pyle.  She said many times when she attended industry events people would presume she was just somebody's spouse.

"Together, we will unpack the reasons why, we’ll discuss why it’s important to change it, what we can do to change it," said Pyle. "We’ll also discuss what steps to take to ensure all people become integrated and engaged in our organizations and our industry.

Based in Marion, Ohio, Advanced Cabinet Systems has been manufacturing plastic laminate casework since 1983, selling its casework through a dealer network throughout the United States. Owned and operated by building and construction firm JGBowers, Inc., it is a family business with multiple subsidiaries. The company also manufactures retail store fixtures, including turnkey store interiors for companies like Verizon, fabricating and shipping dozens of retail interiors around the country, also supplying floor plan layout, feature and focus displays, and cashwraps.
In 2015, Advanced Cabinet Systems announced a $1.5 million expansion of its manufacturing operation, doubling its plant space as it relocated to a 100,000 square-foot facility located Marion. 
CCCE 2018 is owned and managed by the Woodworking Network whose assets include FDMC, Closets & Organized Storage, RED BOOK,, the Daily Brief, Wood Pro Expo and  WMS, the national event for Canada's wood products industry.
The 2018 Cabinets & Closets Conference is produced in partnership with the Association of Closets and Storage Professionals (ACSP) and the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA).
Interested in exhibiting? Reserve your booth now by contacting: Mike Litwicki, Hall-Erickson (630) 434-7779
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For general inquiries, contact Events Director, Carroll Henning.

Posted: 12/12/2017


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