Painted to resemble the two-toned Krispy Kreme doughnut boxes, the Krispy Kreme Cruiser is a 1960 Flxible Starliner.
What do doughnuts, an old tour bus, and CNC woodworking have in common? The answer is a recent project at McGrew Woodwork Inc. in Columbia, S.C.
Jim McGrew, who was featured in CabinetMaker+FDM magazine in June 2010, was contacted by Outcast Kustoms of Mooresville, N.C., to help restore a 1960 Flxible Starliner bus so it could be used by Krispy Kreme to celebrate the iconic doughnut company’s 75th anniversary on a cross-country “Glaze the Nation” tour.
Painted to resemble Krispy Kreme’s famous boxes, the green and white bus was officially unveiled at the Daytona 500 in February with famous race drivers Kyle, Richard and Austin Petty on hand.
“Because our purpose is to 'touch and enhance lives through the joy that is Krispy Kreme' we felt it was important to get out of our shops and take the party on the road," explains Dwayne Chambers, chief marketing officer for Krispy Kreme. "We searched the entire country to find a vehicle that had just the right balance of nostalgia, retro and cool. There were a lot of possibilities, but our search always seemed to come back to the Flxible."
McGrew Woodworking in Columbia, S.C., won the contract for all of the interior millwork, much of which was done with a CAMaster CNC router and Vetric software.
McGrew used his CAMaster CNC router and Vetric software to do all the interior millwork on the project, including inlaid countertop logos, engravings and special lighting details. There is even a doughnut pole column. The restoration has been chronicled for an episode of Velocity's new Outcast Kustoms show, which airs April 2, 8pm ET on Velocity.
McGrew has made a point of capitalizing on the capabilities of his CNC router to tackle unusual projects and expand his business. He has done everything from intricate architectural carvings to life-size chess pieces. But the Krispy Kreme project will likely be his broadest exposure with both the nationwide tour and television show connection.
Operated for Krispy Kreme by Richard Childress Racing, over the next few months the Krispy Kreme Cruiser will make nearly 500 stops at local fairs and festivals, Krispy Kreme shops, a myriad of major events in 37 states, and spontaneous stops along the way with fun and games, prizes and giveaways, and of course Krispy Kreme's doughnuts.
To check out the Krispy Kreme Cruiser tour schedule, go to http://www.krispykremecruiser.com.
No sweet success in McGrew’s attempt to save school cabinetmaking program
While Jim McGrew is justifiably proud of his success in landing and completing the Krispy Kreme Cruiser bus restoration project, he is frustrated by his inability to save a vibrant local high school woodworking program.
McGrew had long been involved as an unpaid adviser in the cabinetmaking program at Richland Northeast High School. He had helped introduce CNC machining and computer design software to the students and was negotiating with one manufacturer to get a CNC router at a cut-rate price for the program.
But the high school principal said the cabinetmaking program and an auto shop program did not have enough students completing all four years of instruction available. So, she plans to drop the auto and cabinet classes and start two new programs in health services and culinary arts.
McGrew said he was flooded with more than 5,000 communications in support of his efforts to save the woodworking program, but in the end, he suggests it was a “game of numbers.”
“Unfortunantly the Richland County District 2 school board voted 7-0 to shut down cabinetmaking at the high school levels,” he said. “Industrial manufacturing and automotive will cease this year, with the addition of new programs which will not report ‘completer’ numbers for three years and with no reporting of numbers by the industrial programs, the overall (statisical) performance of the district will rise, a few will be given awards, the government will be asked for money and eventually the superintendant will go to another state and we will be back where we started.”
David Pietras, the cabinetmaking teacher was quoted in The State newspaper as saying the decision will harm minority students. “I have 68 black male students on my roster this year. (The school district) is taking a predominantly black male course and replacing it with two courses that are traditionally female dominated,” he said in a letter to school board members. “Most of my students will not go to college or a technical school. My concern is that these students’ needs are not being addressed. They need a skill they can take with them to help them secure employment.”
McGrew suggested the community will have to look to upcoming elections for any relief.
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