Dean Mohring grew up in a woodworker's Nirvana, well almost. Technically, he grew up on the Wisconsin/Illinois state line in a town called Rockton, Illinois. As a child, Dean's favorite toys weren't a Captain Laser 12-Action Figure or a Wild West Tin Litho Marble Game board, they were a hammer & a saw. Every year for his birthday and for Christmas, Dean's Grandparents gave him a screwdriver or a chisel or another tool of some sort. To put the icing on the cake, Dean even had a close neighbor that operated a sawmill, which is exactly what Dean wanted when he grew up. Well, grew up he did, though "growin" up is not always what you dream it's gonna be (or pay how you think it should). Dean eventually chose to pursue a degree in Agriculture/Food Science. He worked at Oscar Meyer by nights and, because his heart never left woodworking (even though his wallet demanded that it should), he worked for a cabinet company during the days. Fortunately though, Dean never gave up his desire to make woodworking a paying proposition, he just had to figure out a way how.
At the age of 52, when he could stand it no longer, Dean retired & bought a sawmill with 2 kilns. He also built a shop near his homestead. Bound and determined to unite the sensibility in his head with the emotions in his heart, Dean set up his own cabinet business, Rockton Hardwood Products. Unlike many successful cabinet businesses, Dean & RHP chose to skip the easy route of purchasing pre-cut, pre-fabricated cabinet pieces and follow the romantic route found in Mother Nature. Consequently, Rockton Hardwood Products cuts their own lumber; dry itn kilns and then uses it as the medium for their craft (and, of course, sell a little of their pristine treasure to the less fortunate).
It took a couple of hard, lean years for Dean and RHP to find the Shangri-la they now enjoy, but it all started to come together when they met a fellow promoting high end cabinetry who really liked their work. He invited Dean and his company to help him in a couple of jobs and the rest is history. RHP decided that high end is the place to be; their niche in the market, so to speak. And it seems to have worked quite well for them, considering that RHP gets most of their business by word of mouth. They have orders scheduled at least 6 months in advance.
At the first hint of true success, Dean began to look for a new tool that would help RHP expand its production base. He had been eye-balling Legacy's Ornamental Mill from its infancy, but couldn't justify making the purchase until he felt that the design of the machine had matured sufficiently to meet his needs. After RHP received a bid for one home in the vicinity of Lake Geneva (a bid for over $100,000 worth of cabinetry), Dean started looking a little harder at the Legacy Ornamental Mill. Consequently, he immediately sent for one of Legacy's CD-ROMs. After careful examination he decided that the Legacy mill was the machine that would work best for them. And work it did.
To make a long story short, RHP's Legacy paid for itself after completing its first three projects.
Frequently RHP's clients show them a picture and say, "...make this, but modify it in this way". The RHP team does a lot of preliminary planning in order to get things just so - each piece gets its own CAD drawing which is reviewed by the client before any of the work begins. Consequently, they guarantee each and every piece they produce. If a customer doesn't like the finished product - and that has yet to happen - they don't own it.
Obviously Dean is a fairly accomplished woodworker so why does he need a Legacy Ornamental Mill? According to Dean, his Legacy helps him get the job done faster, and with more accuracy.
Before purchasing the Legacy Ornamental Mill, RHP had to steam bend many parts. Anyone who has ever followed that process knows how difficult it is and how much time it takes.
"This machine is a real time saver compared to steam bending - which takes hours and hours of work. I also like its ability to run patterns. I used to have to round corners by hand or turn them on the lathe. Now we are able to do them much quicker and with greater accuracy. This machine has really reduced production time and the repeatability is excellent. I only wish it were bigger, wider, deeper, longer but mostly bigger!"
Dean and Rockton Hardwood Products are extremely pleased with their Legacy Ornamental Mill. He often recommends it to friends - though not too often.