125 Years of Perfecting the Art of Custom Cabinetry

Since 1893, Plato Woodwork has earned its reputation as one of America’s finest custom cabinetry manufacturers and fashion leaders. The master craftsmen of the Pinske family have owned and actively managed their thriving company in the small Midwestern community of Plato, Minnesota for five generations.

Over a century later, Plato still builds every cabinet as a true original. Designed, built and finished to your specifications and our exacting standards, we use a deft blend of state-of-the art technology and old-fashioned hands on craftsmanship to produce American made heirloom quality cabinetry for your home.

Just as importantly, we are committed to using domestic sources for our materials whenever possible. Though cheaper materials may be available, we feel that if you really want to say your product is “Made in the USA” there should be more to it than just assembling the product in America. And, since most of us grew up together here in rural Minnesota, you can imagine we are pretty dedicated to our local workforce and environment, too. You see, we are just as committed to the future generations who will one day be part of this company and community as we are respectful of our heritage.

We appreciate your interest and hope you will consider Plato Woodwork for your cabinetry needs.

The Pinske Family

A Brief History of Plato


Plato Woodwork Founded

In 1893, Theodore Pinske, a hard-working son of German immigrants, began his construction business in Plato, Minnesota. Over the years he established a reputation for fine craftsmanship and  added a lumberyard and millwork shop. He and his skilled workmen built many of the churches, schools, homes, and barns in the area.


Barn Roof Innovation

In 1918, Theodore heard about a barn in Montevideo, Minnesota, with a gothic roof–a roof with a series of built-up rafters cut to precise curves, creating a smooth continuous arch that needed no crossbeams or posts. He took the train to inspect it, then returned determined to transform his building method.


Pre-electric Days

In those pre-electric days, the curved gothic rafters had to be drawn out on timbers and sawn freehand, which was time-consuming and imprecise. Harnessing the Pinske creativity, Theodore and his son Edward took a Model T engine and chassis and built a portable combination ripsaw and cutoff saw that eliminated the power and time problems. Then they did what the experts told them couldn’t be done, building a jig that allowed them to rip precisely curved rafters with a minimum of waste. Innovation at every level paved the way to expansive success.


Early 1960s

In the early 1960s, Edward’s son, Edward Jr. (“Pete”), took over the construction business, while Bob took over the millwork and cabinet shop, and the lumberyard went to youngest son, Tom.


Specialize in kitchen and bath cabinetry

In 1968, Tim Pinske, Bob’s son, joined his father in the millwork and cabinet shop. It was around that time that Bob and Tim and his wife, Marlys, decided to specialize in manufacturing kitchen and bath cabinetry as Plato Woodwork, Inc., marketing it through a network of dealers.