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We have recently introduced a new line of pre-primed paint grade wood mouldings from domestically manufactured Finger Jointed Primed American Poplar. We are having a huge success wiht this product as it is primed and cost effective, yet still offers the durability and deep cut profiles that we pride ourselves on.

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The Royal wood shop pitches in to help aurora united church

April 14, 2014 Dear Donna, I was stuck last Monday morning, trying to coordinate donation offers of numerous desks, chairs, filing cabinets and bookcases for the Aurora United Church’s interim office, following Friday’s disastrous fire, but with only open bed pickups available for transportation and with threatening weather. After trying other possibilities without success I called the Mayor’s office. Within half an hour came word of your generous offer to donate the use of the Royal Wood Shop’s covered delivery truck and drive, Mike. The upshot was that not only the truck and driver, but also a very helpful and strong young assistant were made available at our convenience. This was exactly the right sized vehicle and help that we needed. With their assistance we made the furniture pickup and delivery such that the interim office was essentially furnished by Monday evening, in time for the network/phones to be installed. Thank you Donna for your generosity in loaning not only the truck but also two staff. Please pass on our appreciation to them both. We of AUC continue to feel blessed at the warm support, good will, and help with which Aurora surrounds us during these difficult times. Thanks and best regards, John Clement Volunteer Interim Facilities Coordinator Aurora United Church...

Manufacturer’s Green Program Produces Zero Waste

Here’s a question to test your knowledge of green businesses in South Simcoe: Which national manufacturer produces a very high volume of products without discarding anything as waste from its operations? Hints: This long-established, family-run business based in Bradford West Gwillimbury has suppliers in several countries and has recently expanded to Calgary. Got the answer? It’s Royal Woodworking. The 35-year-old company operated by the Gerrits family manufactures solid wood mouldings that are shipped across Canada from its 70,000-square-foot plant in the Town of Bradford. That plant is a busy place. Its 55 employees produce 400,000 linear feet of mouldings a week. But despite all the cutting, trimming and shaving of products, and the discarded steel straps that are cut away from the pallets of supplied raw lumber, not a scrap leaves the plant as waste. Royal Woodworking has a strategy called Zero Waste, which ensures that all discarded materials are recycled or reused. All wood shavings, for example, are sold to King Cole Ducks of the nearby Town of Aurora and used as bedding for the birds. Small wood scraps are put through a wood grinder – it’s called a “hog” – and added to the bags of shavings, as are any cardboard pieces not used as packaging. The company pays a recycling firm, Paper Savers of the Town of Markham, to pick up its remaining paper waste, shred it and recycle it. The steel straps are given away for recycling to a local auto-wrecking company, Landel and Sons. Wood scraps of any substantial size are sold as kindling at Royal Woodworking’s store in Aurora and at local campgrounds....

The Moulding Maze: How to Shop for Trim

Back about a dozen years ago, shopping for trim was a cinch. You’d walk into a lumberyard or building centre and your choice of moulding material was pretty much limited to finger-jointed pine and some clear stain-grade wood. You knew how many feet you needed, paid the cashier, loaded the pick up and were gone (after dawdling in the power tool department, natch). Now time-jump to the present, and the mouldings aisle at your local outlet is a brave new world of alternative materials. Advances in technology, concern over the supply of wood and higher prices for real wood products have spurred the development of more man-made alternatives. There’s medium-density fibreboard (MDF). Polyurethane foam. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Paper, vinyl or wood-veneer. Gypsum. Even a Canadian-invented moulding that’s so new, the inventors aren’t sure what to call it. And, of course, traditional wood mouldings are still in great demand. The choice of materials alone is enough to confuse. Then there’s the choice of styles. What you see at your building centre is only a small fraction of what’s produced. A wood moulding catalogue published by the U.S.-based Wood Molding and Millwork Producers Association lists the most popular standard profiles and sizes, with almost 200 different mouldings. SierraPine Moulding, a California MDF moulding manufacturer, claims to have more than 500 different styles and sizes available. Amble into a specialty moulding outlet, such as The Royal Wood Shop Ltd. in Aurora, Ont., and the mind boggles. But relax. We’re going to walk you through the modern moulding maze. Paint Grade vs. Stain Grade Your first consideration is whether your moulding is intended...

Royal Woodworking keeps it all in the family

There is no in-house bickering among members of this family. And that is by no means an easy feat considering that many of the 56 employees at the recently expanded Royal Woodworking on Wellington Street East are related. “What’s really nice is we work side by side all year long and still spend Christmas together… and look forward to spending Christmas together,” said Donna Gough, whose brother Frank Gerrits and his partner John Rowe started the company 22 years ago. The recent expansion, which necessitated the purchase of the property from Jim Haslam, owner of Aurora Bear Alignment, gives Royal Woodworking and its retail component, The Royal Wood Shop, the entire north-east corner of Wellington and Industrial parkway. Gough says it is also an indication of the economic fortunes of community. “People are spending money again,” she said. “And renovations seem to have become the big thing.” Manufactures of wooden molding, trim, doors and “pretty much any type of wood product that’s out there”, Royal Woodworking sells strictly to lumber yards and large retailers, such as Home Depot, one of the company’s biggest customers. “On the retail end at the Woodshop, we sell to crafts people, do-it-yourself and smaller clients. We sell everything from doors to plywood to gingerbread.” Since Rowe and Gerrits opened in King City in 1976- they moved to Aurora in 19790 one thing has remained constant at Royal Woodworking. There is cherry, maple, oak, pine, walnut and more. But there is only wood. “Quality and many different species of lumber, that’s certainly been our strength,” Gough says. “But there’s also very little out there in...

Working Hard, feeling of pride for single mother

When Donna Gerrits decided she was moving back to Canada from California in the 1980s, she received multiple job offers. But the one that appealed most was an offer from her brother, to join Royal Woodworking. The company, a family owned and operated business, was founded in 1976 by the Rowe and Gerrits families. It produces custom wood moldings that are shipped throughout Canada and the United States. Ms Gerrits was, in essence, a one-woman office, working for her two brothers answering phones, writing cheques, making coffee and picking up lunch. She enjoyed her job, especially the part where she got to sell the company’s products. “You have to believe in the product and company to sell it. I felt good about doing it,” she says. The company had few customers in the beginning, but she discovered she got a thrill out of people’s positive responses to the product as she continued to sell it. Today, she and her two older brothers—Frank and Rick Gerrits—own the business where she is constantly dealing with problems as a manager. “People come to me with issues all day long. That is a part of being a manager. I don’t like to avoid problems.” But there is one task she has really had a problem with—slowing down. “I did not do well at slowing down. I fought it,” she said. She developed hypothyroidism causing Graves disease, meaning she could not do many of the activities she loved, including soccer or mountain biking. The prescription: no physical activity for three years and her treatment included surgeries. Thankfully, she is better now. “Friends and family...

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Mouldings Transform your Home

Whether your intent is to increase the value of your home, to showcase your own unique sense of style, or to simply reduce finishing costs, mouldings offer homeowners the opportunity to design and create a space they have always imagined. Mouldings add warmth and elegance to any room by adding relief to the walls and ceilings. Moulding are one of the few things, that when added to your property, have the potential for immediate reward. Installing mouldings increases the value of your home. Installing crown moulding, wainscot panelling, chair rails or mantel trims enhances architectural elegant and distinguishes your property from others. Architectural styles can be achieved by using a combination of moulding profiles and styles, which will upgrade the look of different rooms and highlight the special care that has gone into your property. In addition to their structural majesty, mouldings also serve a range of functional purposes. Baseboards, for example can be used to conceal the gap between your floor and wall. Similarly, casings serve to disguise the opening between the door and wall. Mouldings also serve in the transition from different materials such as paint and wallpaper, or can be used to emphasize contrasts between the same materials. These extra details can help you significantly reduce the finishing costs in your home. If you are restoring a heritage home back to its classic look there is a good chance you will need to have some or all of the millwork reproduced. Or perhaps you are sprucing up a fireplace or installing crown moulding, replacing your window and door trim, or installing wainscotting- at The Royal Wood...

Add Sizzle To Your Space

Homeowners are looking for that extra something to make their homes stand out. Many are discovering the answer is in the trimmings – the interior trim details that turn basic rooms into spaces that sizzle. Buyers shopping for new homes gravitate to models that builders have dressed up with wider door and window casing, deeper baseboards, crown moulding, chair rails, ceiling medallions and other elegant trimmings. You can have the same decadent look in your home, at a price that’s right. Crown moulding is a popular choice to quickly transform a room from ho-hum to luxurious, because it can be added without re-configuring any other elements. Crown creates an illusion of height and length. To enrich the look of a room crown moulding should not overpower it. Interior designers usually advise that you select the width of crown based on the height of the ceiling, usually a maximum of 1″ of depth for each foot of ceiling height. In the last few years, chair rail, along with other types of trim such as wainscotting have surged back into homes as a design element. Chair rails have a decorative and practical function. Applied to a wall roughly 32″ from the floor, they are a beautiful accent to any room, running horizontally to form a wainscot look, while also protecting the wall from scuffs and dents. Ready to add some sizzle? The Royal Wood Shop in Aurora features the very latest decorative trim and architectural mouldings in the industry. They carry a wide selection of in-stock product, kiln dried lumber, wood panelling, handrails, pickets, columns, cornices, stains, wood finishes and interior...

Working with Mouldings

Western Wood Moulding and Millwork Producers Working with Wood Mouldings In both new construction and remodeling, wood mouldings have two purposes. The first is functional- protecting the walls, covering seams of walls, ceilings, floors, etc. The second is decorative- beautifying and improving the architectural detail of your home. Working with wood mouldings is simple enough so that most do-it-yourselfers can easily accomplish professional looking results. Using the right tools, proper planning and knowing a few basic wood working techniques is all that is needed. Moulding Tools For most moulding wood you will need a simple mitre box so that accurate 90-degree and 45-degree angels can be cut. A power mitre box is particularly useful for large jobs. A small fine-tooth saw, a hammer, nail set and finishing nails are also necessary. A coping saw is sometimes needed to cope a joint so it will fit together tightly. Other tools include a tape measure, glue, sandpaper and wood filler. How Much Moulding Will You Need? You must first determine where the moulding is to be used and then estimate the quantity of each type you’ll need. Mouldings are available in 3’ to 16’ lengths. Whenever possible, try to use short pieces rather than buying a long piece for a space where several short ones would do the job as well. It is estimated that over half of a home’s interior trim consists of lengths under 8 feet. Make a list of the specific lengths you’ll need and then round your measurements up to the next largest foot to allow for cutting and trimming. In mitreing, allow for the width of...

Hardwood flooring- A healthy choice if you have dust allergies

One of the most common allergies these days is dust. A study in England showed that 10 per cent of the general population, and 90 per cent of people with allergic asthma, are allergic to dust mites. In the U.S., studies indicated that at least 45 per cent of young Americans with asthma are allergic to house dust. Suffering from a dust allergy can be very frustrating, especially when dust occurs naturally in our homes on virtually every surface we touch. If you have carpet in your home, dust can be even more of a problem for your allergies, because carpet fibres trap dust and the tiny, microscopic dust mites. These remain unseen and can’t always be removed during vacuuming. What’s a good alternative? Hardwood- It’s a hard-surface floor and doesn’t trap dust fibres and dust mites that can set off your allergies. It’s also a timeless classic that adds value to your home. When you have a dust allergy, you need to vacuum or dust every week or as dust becomes visible. Hardwood floors are easy to care for with simple vacuuming or dust mopping… If you are allergic to dust, fight it where you can see it, on hardwood floors. – News Canada...