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Welcome to the New Shop!

"What a great website and super repair shop! It makes me want to work there!! I haven't seen better. Thanks!" - Dan Erlewine

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After 7 years in our prior location, we got a bit tired of being n ma strip mall/shopping center and all that goes along with it.  We weren't particularly happy with the management of the center as it was and with the renewal of our lease term looming, we decided the best course of action was to find a new home for the shop
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Here it is - The new shop!
 

John at C&M sign company made us a beautiful new sign that I am told you can see very nicely from route 684 as you are passing by- thank you very much.
 
An added feature is this great porch that we can hang out on when we don't have too much work to do.  We'll let you know how the porch is if we ever get to use it

Reception
 

When you enter our new shop, this is what you'll see.  This is our reception and front counter area.
The front counter is usually where we inspect your instrument. 

This is what it looks like from my side of the counter.
Now you know what it is like to be me.
There are plenty of places to sit and look at while I do my - "I'll be with you in a minute" - routine

You might notice the great fireplace.  We don't use it - guitars and fireplaces don't exactly go together very well.  We use the fireplace to display some unique items that we have come across over the years.

Behind the counter you'll see all of our credentials proudly displayed.
 
As you turn toward the customer test area, you might notice our wall of fame.
 
Pictures of some of our notable clients.  Not all,  just the ones who gave us their pictures.
 

Customer Test area and Office
 

In our new shop, the customer test area is much more comfortable.  A great amp to plug into and plenty of room to plug in and check out your refurbished instrument.

Lots of interesting things to look at as well.
That's the door to my office.

One trade we made with the new place was me giving up a swanky office suite.  I really didn't need all that room for the office.  Not that much went on in there anyway.  Everything fits in here quite nicely though.

The Main Shop Space
 

Here is the main shop space.  This is where most of the work happens.

Our benches are modular - we can arrange them in a number of different configurations. 

This configuration seems to work the best for us. We have a bit less in the way of floor space here, but still plenty of room to walk around.

All of the tools are neatly lined up against the back wall and easy to get to.

There are two main work stations.  Each work Station can house up to six instruments being worked on at the same time.

This is Sharon's work station.  With the stations set up as islands we can walk around them and work on as many as three guitars at once...

... jumping from one job to the next without interruption. Sharon likes to keep her second shelf free  for tools and supplies

Here is my work station. I can work on two guitars on the main workspace at the same time.
In the rear of the bench I almost always have a guitar having the frets hammered in.

At my workstation is my crowning bench.  It used to be an old upright bookcase. It had been converted to a corner unit.  I found it to be just the right size to walk around as you so often have to do with fretwork.  When there is no need to use the Neck Jig we use this. With some specially made bench accessories, guitars remains securely raised above the bench so the fret dust and all falls to the bench below away from contact with the guitar. 

Of course we still have and use the ubiquitous neck jig.  The is no substitute for this tool.
 
 
Here is the jig with a guitar loaded in it.  The picture is from our old shop.

Here we can store work in progress on several shelves. 

All together we can store about sixteen instruments in progress here in various stages of being clamped up and drying or waiting for parts.

Next to the shelves of guitars is where we keep all of the parts boxes for our customer's guitars while they are on the benches.
 The guitars that is - not the customers.
 
We still use the roll-a-ways to store most of the tools.
It sure beats hanging a lot of stuff on the walls.
 

With most of the tools neatly arranged in the drawers. On top of each rollaway all the supplies that are needed for each station are neatly stacked so they are within arms reach

Here we have parts central.  All of the parts, supplies and materials we need to do the repairs in one spot.  The huge grey bin at the bottom was actually a pharmacy cabinet used to store medications.

I have always had trouble figuring out how to store long bar clamps.  This was our solution.

The Tool Room
Here's our new tool room.  It's a good size room with plenty of room for for all the power tools and a few additions.
I really like being able to keep all the saw dust away from the rest of the shop.  It certainly cuts down on cleaning time.  We also store most of our wood and fabrication supplies in here. It's nice to have the space to keep all the power tools in the same location.
Not just for convenience sake but for neatness and safety sake as well.

 In the center of the room is a bench that can hold three guitars.  It is surrounded by all the power tools we use in the course of our work.

 along one wall is all of the sanding and cutting tools.
A band saw, a few power/belt sanders and scroll saw.

 to the right as you walk in the room is a table saw and the all purpose workbench. 

In the corner is the mighty drill press.  I attached this table to the drill press to accommodate the length bolt on necks.  We sometimes install frets here. Using the drill press as an arbor press.

Along the back wall we have a workbench where we to most of our tooling work, maintenance and jig work.  it's also where we keep all of our fret-wire.  It made sense to keep it all in here since this is where we bend and cut the wire.

The top piece on the center bench is an interesting unit. It was originally used in a beauty salon before we re-habilitated it.  We can work from wither side of the bench with plenty of space on the lower shelf for tools and a drawer for extra stuff

It has two electrical outlets already installed - which is a great feature that has proven to be so convenient.  They also have holes originally designed to hold hair dryers and such - which we use for drills and things like that. - neat isn't it?

All of the power tools are hooked up to a dust collection system.  I started using a dust collection system only about 10 years ago ...

I can't tell you how much cleaner the shop stays.  I can't believe I hadn't used one before then.

All of the tubes come to a single junction that I can cut the suction for one side of the room or the other.

All the seams of the tubes are taped
as to not allow any leakage.

One more stop on the main shop floor is our little makeshift kitchen.  Every guitar shop has to have a dedicated place for coffee making.
The Finishing Room

In our former location we had a small finishing room that had the exhaust mounted directly in the wall.
In this location, the owner wasn't very excited about me knocking really large holes in the walls to mount a spray booth exhaust.

A call to our good friend Mike at Woodshed Design yielded this elegant solution.  Our new spray booth is much more comfortable and efficient to use.

Also, our new finishing room is much larger than the old location.  Lots of room to move around.

Here is the touch up bench where we do all of the color matching and such.

Everything we need is near at hand without being cluttered.

A selection of tints, dyes and pigments along with some different colors and shades of shellac for french polishing.
 
Lots of natural light coming in through the windows makes for more successful color matching.
 
 
  The Spray Booth

Before we end our little tour, I wanted to show you our new spray booth up close and personal.
Once again this one was thanks to Mike at Woodshed Design.

 

The Booth wings fold away when not in use to make for a bit more room.

Fully extended it still has a fairly small footprint.
Four screens catch any overspray

Inside you see the explosion proof fan.

The booth vents to the outside via this really cool baffle that Mike came up with.

When it is closed it allows the exhaust to vent to the outside and creates it's own seal.

The fan is completely enclosed

Complete with an explosion proof switch to round out the package

as for fresh air intake, Mike came up with this neat baffle for the window.  When closed it filters the positive air flow coming in.

When it is open it's just a regular window.

Thanks Mike!

 

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