Good Day PORC fans. I'm back and wanted to give you a glimpse of the last 3 months in the shop.
If there is one thing that I love and hate about being a small business owner, it's that I get to do a lot of everything. I don't have employees that take out the trash. I do that. I don't have employees enter and pay bills in the office. I do that. I don't have anybody that does my marketing or design, or blah blah blah. I "get" to do it all. I actually don't mind this because I love learning new things. This summer was no exception. I got some new tools, unique jobs, and ended a long running project that consumed just about every last ounce of brain power I had.
Enough with the lengthy word stuff. Keep reading for pics and brief stories after the break.
By far, my biggest "ahhhhhhh" came with the completion of the built-ins that started 13 months ago. The job began with 2 small runs of cabinets, and ended with me touching every surface in the home. I did cabinets in every room including the closets. I also trimmed out the place, and coordinated several other trades throughout the project. I will be shooting some hi-res images of the unit once the homeowner has moved in, however these are a few shots from my phone to tease you just a bit.
Over the 13 months period I obviously did other projects as well that I wrote about here and here and here. I also did a large reception desk that will eventually get it's own post, but below you can see a few of the shots. I call it the "Big Green Greeting Machine." Working with laminate is something that I have done a fair amount of, but it did nothing that prepared me for this bent lamination. What a beast. I personally wouldn't put it in my house, but it ended up working very well at it's final destination.
I've got another small kitchen project that is about to be installed the first week of December. I've been using that project to try a few new rendering skills on the computer. More of this one to come as well.
There's also a Murphy Bed and surround in the works for some wonderful repeat clients.
I'm back on the same campus that had "Big Green" for 2 workstations.
I also purchased a new dust collector a few months back. I have the distinct pleasure of suffering from Asthma. I have been very critical and aware of dust for years, however have not taken the financial plunge into the land of central dust collection. I work with a respirator on at all times when in the shop. Dust masks are useless for me. I also employ several fans and filters. After extensive research I bought a machine that should do me just right. Once complete, I should have clean air in my shop that is 20 times above what OSHA recommends as being "safe." I will be doing a full post on the build and installation of the ClearVue cyclone in the next couple months. I have yet to buy the ducting as it will cost probably 2x's what the machine itself did. The build and installation was quite time consuming, but a lot of fun. I always love playing with electrical stuff, so building the control panel for the machine was a bit like Christmas for me.
There is much in my future as well. I am looking into some CNC machinery and 4 new pieces of software to learn. I'm having an Open House/Shop-warming/One Year Anniversary party in the spring for all my clients, friends and family. I'm working on more branding/marketing and signs for the new shop. AND there's more, but I can't tell you. They're secret.
As mentioned above, I LOVE to try new things, and keep learning on a daily basis. I'll do my best to keep my great readers in the loop. If you see anything above that you would like more info on, please mention it in the comments and I'll do my best to address it in future posts.
As always, thank you so much for reading, and have a happy holiday weekend! Cheers.