ddc – cabinetry – tour of millwork manufacturing

Millwork manufacturing tour.

This is Nickels Cabinets on the Fraser River in Greater Vancouver.  I was lucky to have a private tour of their 50,000 sq’ warehouse.  I am a curious person who is interested to see the process of how things are made.  Some of the tours I have been on include glass tile manufacturing, fabric printing, sewing workrooms, as well as I have toured 2 other local cabinet shops – one twice the size that ships internationally and one half the size as this one that mainly serves the Fraser Valley.  While all three are well made and great quality, and they have slightly different offerings – the steps in how they are made is essentially the same.

The showrooms has a dozen sample kitchens to view so you can get an idea of the endless options to consider for your own dream kitchen.

Feature kitchen at Nickels Showroom and HQ – this was recently installed and it is a beauty.

Showroom at Nickels HQ – another feature kitchen.

An extensive offering of door style, wood species, stain colours, paint colours + as well as custom colours available.

Custom closets and dressing rooms…

Projects in various stages

Materials being cut to size

Materials ready for assembly

Carpentry department – if you can dream it they can custom build it – the millwork throughout an entire home can be matching and built in one place.  Four full time carpenters make your dream millwork a reality.

As much as there is precision state of the art machinery, a surprising amount of the cabinetry making process is made by hand.

Paint room – spray booth

Hand applied premium finishing

final stages getting ready for packaging to ship

I love this detail – handles – purely for the ease of lifting for delivery and installation – that is great design

Fancy having your drawers made in Walnut?  Yes you can.

So many options – Dovetail drawers in Plywood or Maple? Or how about Stainless?  Or Metal? Or don’t wish for dovetail, dado is an option.. so is melamine… decisions decisions


Located on the Fraser River.

My name is Sue Womersley, I am a Designer of Interiors and Cabinetry located in White Rock, BC.

I have partnered with Armadio Kitchens who supplied my personal kitchen. I would be happy to give you a tour of Armadios showroom, either in South Surrey or on Cambie Street, a distributor of Nickels Cabinets.