|Forum topic by Jerry||posted 01-26-2010 04:17 AM||963 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
01-26-2010 04:17 AM
Well, not sure if I am in the right category for this one. As most of you know, I have been running fairly decent cabinet business out of our garage. While we do not have customers lined up out the door, I have not seen a vacancy in our schedule since last July which I feel is fairly steady. My friend, who has about 20 years experience doing this stuff, stops by last Saturday to borrow our small shop. My wife was having some difficult time lacquering the Maple wall unit and was getting a “orange peel” effect. Not real noticeable but in the right natural lighting it was. We figured it out, the ventilation in the cap was plugged preventing proper air flow to happen.
In any case, my friend just looks at us like we are fighting a loosing battle. “You have to get a real shop to do this, your wife is great but the deck of cards seems to be stacked against her, I have never had to deal with pink feathers getting into my finish in all the years I have done this work” (just a paraphrase of what he told me). Well, we look to adventually own our shop, that is the goal anyhow. I did however find an affordable shop that would not break the bank last week and signed the lease on Friday night and secured it with the move in cost. It is about 30 minutes from our house, it is an old mechanic’s shop that has 2600 sf inside shop and another 500 sf on slab and under roof outside (kind of like a carport). I plan to enclose that area as well myself, probably with some inexpensive ‘do it yourself’ framing. I hope to make that the spray booth and I intend on errecting a few interior walls with large windows for good visibility so that I can have a converted ‘play room’ for my small children to play inside. I will set up our Direct TV out there and make things very homy, sort of like a small efficiency. I want to do this because sometimes we will work late or early or strange hours and might be too tired to come home and plus I want a safe place for my little ones.
Also, there is one acre behind the shop that goes with the shop to do with as I please. The owner advised he would entertain the option to sell the property to us. It is zoned for mixed use commercial/residential and happens to be right across the street from Medina Lake (which happens to be where I go bass fishing a lot for relaxation). So the community it sits in is a small lake front community.
All this for 600.00 per month. I signed a 1 year lease. Wow, I cannot wait to get to spread out. I am going to plan the layout on Grizzly.com. That webpage has a great program for layout. I do not intend on getting to spread out though, I hope to incorporate an island style shop since there will typically only be 2 people working at any given time. We will run 2 TS, we currently own the TS 3650 and TS 4511 which I believe to be more then adequate for our needs. I hope to make a very large island in which I hope to surround with 2 TS, a 15” Jet planer, 26” Drum sander, (I hope to add a 8” jointer down the road). I basicly want most of my work stations to be not more then maybe 10 steps from each other in order to minimize wasted time walking. I will still try to use the “put everything on wheels/portable” method.
Oh, and the landlord is providing me a 200 amp box and advised me to wire it however I want. The previous tenant was a mechanic and he has it plumbed with air lines for a large air compressor that he had sitting out back.
-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net