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Forum topic by thechipcarver posted 01-30-2014 02:52 PM 827 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2014 02:52 PM

Hey guys,

A little over a year ago I lost my workshop. My family had to down size and move into an apartment. I am missing my workshop. I travel around to local woodcarving shows to setup/sell and compete. Since I have lost the shop I can’t build the things I used to. I have been doing some thinking and looking. I found a place locally that I could use as a workshop. I have talked with the owner and they have no problem with a workshop going in there. It is a 482 sqf building, all utilities paid and free WiFi. They are asking $250 a month for it. My wife and I have become finacially stable, it’s going to be a while before we move. I think this might be a good place to set up shop.

Is there anything else I should be thinking of before jumping in?

Here is the place. It will be cleared out if I get it.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 02:04 AM

You may have to run additional, dedicated electrical outlets, 110v and/or 220v, what ever your larger stationary equipment needs are.
Fire and contents insurance and a quick trip to the City or County offices to assure this type operation is approved for your location.
Can’t think of anything else off the top of my head, unless it would be specific to your personal or business needs.
It looks like a nice open area and well lit.

Best Regards. – Grandpa len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 02:13 AM

Electrical is probably the main thing. The main thing is making yourself comfortable in it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 02:30 AM

Well, my word of advice for what it is worth is to have at least 6 months of money reserve for you and your family to live on in case this so called recovery catches on. After mid 2015, things could get very dicey in the world of finance and there are several indicators all around the world including Russia, all of EU, including England and China that are saying things are getting worse not better. Take care of your family first. Good luck


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#4 posted 01-31-2014 02:34 AM

You might be a little concerned about the AC you don’t want dust getting in the system.
Especially if there is adjoining offices.

Lighting look adequate.
Adequate amount of space.
$250 with Wifi and Electricity paid for sounds good.

I say go for it.

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