Shop Re-model

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Blog entry by Woodpecker23 posted 03-09-2015 03:48 AM 1172 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I am very new to this. My first ever blog on any site, not to mention my first day as a member of this site.

Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking about my next project, along with creating a lot of plans using sketchup. I have been torn to either remodel my shop to make it more of and efficient work space, which leads me to the money aspect of it. I don’t have a ton of extra cash to fund the project, so my thought was to us some of my project plans I have been working on to make and sell to support the funding of my remodel project. This is wear I am torn, To either remodel before making and selling; this would give me a better place to produce a better product but the funds are short to do this. Or to suck it up and use the space as it is, make a few projects to sell and remodel my shop in sections.

For the time being I am leaning towards remodeling it first to make it easier to work and give myself a better chance for a quality product.

Thanks for reading and any feedback is appreciated and I will keep this updated as I go.

-- measure once, cut twice...swear repeatedly

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 04:03 AM

A better work space will be more productive. Cash is always an issue, if you think you can recoup, go for the remodel first

-- Norman

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 04:04 AM

You may be able to make a few bucks, but it will probably take awhile. I’d say do a great clean out and organize before you remodel. It worked wonders for before I setup shop.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 04:32 AM

go for the shop
it will make things easier
whether you get to recoup money or not
from selling things is still further along

but at least you will have better working conditions
and a better place to work from

a bird in hand
as they say

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-09-2015 07:44 AM

Agree – Agree – Agree.

As long as you set a date to at least begin building the projects you intend to sell. Waiting until your shop is “done” or “complete” to start, could turn into a long wait…. Especially since most shops never reach that point.

And, YES, I do speak from personal experience.

-- To Steal Ideas From One Person is Plagiarism; to Steal From Many is Research…

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#5 posted 03-09-2015 02:05 PM

I’ll add my two cents in here too…

Go for the shop space first. Nothing fancy – just a well planned out space with all the essential work surfaces and tools that you will need to get into production.

Upgrades to the shop can come later, at a gradual pace. As Gfactor stated above, your shop will likely never be complete. It’s a lifetime work in progress.

Anyhow, welcome to LJs and good luck with your endeavors.

-- Ed

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#6 posted 03-09-2015 02:13 PM

Fix up your shop and then try to sell something. You’ll enjoy your work more and make nice things.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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