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    My new shop

    A few months ago I decided to downsize by moving out out of my big expensive workshop, letting my staff go, and sharing a smaller shop with another cabinetmaker.

    Well, the move is now complete and here it is. It is working out just fine, and for the first time ever I can make a good living from woodworking! My buddy and I are both booked up with work until the end of the year.

    The shop is only 800 sq ft but is plenty big enough for two guys - particularly as one or other of us is usually working out on site.













    Last edited by Duncan Cheslett; 05-18-2008 at 07:45 AM. Reason: Added photo I'd forgotton!

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    Congrats on the new shop, Duncan. Sounds like you might have found the sweet spot between overhead and production quantity.
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    Well, those are good news! New shop and making money all together!

    Hey Duncan, apart form the shop I like very much the leaded windows, could you post some pics of them? Looks as if they were arts & craft ones, are they?
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    My house is only 864 sq. ft. I can't imagine filling all that space with tools and wood. Well, upon reflection maybe I can - RAS where the kitchen cabinets are ...

    Hope the new place goes well for you!

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    That's gotta feel good. Looks like you've got some room to work in there.
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    Nice shop Duncan - saving rent must feel good!

    Are those Plano panel clamps in background of pics 3 & 4? I am thinking about investing in some and would love to hear if you have any feedback on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    Apart form the shop I like very much the leaded windows
    The windows are great. The building and the shop premises adjoining used to belong to an undertakers - our workshop is the old 'Chapel of Rest'.

    It can get a bit spooky on those dark winter nights!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Barley
    Nice shop Duncan - saving rent must feel good!

    Are those Plano panel clamps in background of pics 3 & 4? I am thinking about investing in some and would love to hear if you have any feedback on them?
    Hi Ian - The difference in overheads is unbelievable - I now pay 225 per month including business rates!

    Yes, they're Planos. They take some working out but work well when you've got the hang of them. To be honest I don't use them too much as most of my work is in veneered MDF but they are great for glueing up solid panels for cabinet tops.

    I got mine second hand - 100 for 6 clamps and 2 rails. I'm not sure that I'd pay new price for them. Keep an eye on ebay - they do turn up now and again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Cheslett View Post
    ...I now pay 225 per month including business rates...
    Can I move in too?! I pay more than that in rates alone!

    Thanks for the info on the Plano's - They are on one of my saved Ebay searches. I was actually looking at them as a way of using solid Oak that would otherwise end up in the scrap bin. Thought I might be able to convert some of it into shelving if I can glue up some panels - so getting them at less than new price is part of the plan.

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