|Forum topic by helluvawreck||posted 08-27-2010 07:22 PM||2666 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-27-2010 07:22 PM
We’ve been manufacturing moulding full time since 1992 – before that we made furniture also. Since 1992 the furniture has slowly given over to the moulding and back during the housing boom our left over woodworking equipment kept sort of getting pushed into the corner, so to speak. Our plant became more and more crowded so we had a room shortage and because our bread and butter was our moulders it had to take precedent. It seemed like where ever I tried to make a place for it it ended up not being the right place. Now, since the economy has slowed down and we have far less inventory and product in production, I have the opportunity to get together what is left of our cabinet making equipment and, if I’m willing to spend the time, I am able to set up a small cabinet shop in a space that is not used in the plant right now. I sort of collected most of our available equipment together about a couple of months ago but so far I have not been able to make myself stay late or work on it on the weekends (I’m trying to hold my time to 50 hours per week).
It’s not that I’m lazy it’s just that I’m 60 years old now and have worked so much overtime in the past that it’s sort of time to start slowing down – which I have over the last two years. Besides, I have also been working on my shop and my home over the past 12 months so I really have been working overtime anyways.
The nice part of this woodworking equipment at the plant is that it would still, for the most part, remain sideline to what we mainly do so it would not be used in a production like environment and the area could remain reasonably straight and I could put in some cabinets and work tables with locks on them so any tools in them would remain reasonably safe.
In this group of machinery at the plant there is a lot that I could use to enhance what I do at my home shop and since my home shop is so small I can’t add anymore equipment to it unless I add on some more room which I can’t afford to do right now. For example the shapers would allow me to make raised panel doors and some nice tops. Also, the advantages of having more space for assembly and storage is obvious. Naturally, at 60 years old I would prefer to do most of my hobby work at home, especially since I’ve already overworked myself for most of my life and I’m not getting any younger. However, I don’t want to loose this equipment and the opportunity. If I don’t make use of it then there will be more and more pressure on me to allow the plant to sell it since business is not good right now. The shop would also be beneficial to the plant for creating new products and prototyping. So I’m kind of in a quandary and am not sure what to do.
Here’s the equipment and I think you can see that it has the makings of a good little shop. What’s lacking is things like hand and power tools, clamps, etc. BTW, there is also a real nice spray booth in a building across the street. I’m just not really sure what is best for me at my age.
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