Hi I'm a little fuzzy on what all is involved in the new facility. The spray booth I get. What else is there that will speed up production? Any added employees in the mighty Salk production line?
From what Jim has mentioned so far, the increased production rate will primarily result from more and better tools, with a subsequent reduction in the time spent hand sanding, cleaning up, etc.. Jim mentioned his new direction in this thread
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I'm biting the bullet and moving to some honest-to-goodness manufacturing space. Of course, this entails more than just moving. This week, for example, I ordered a new saw and a great sliding table. I also ordered dust collection equipment, a second veneer press and a sanding machine. And I have a crew waiting to build a giant spray booth (room).
I had the impression that he occasionally did some of the lacquer spraying outside before, so having a spray booth removes any weather dependancy. This was just an impression from a vaguely remembered conversation, however, so I could easily be wrong on this point.
Having multiple veneer presses will obviously help eliminate one choke point in the production flow.
The more accurate saw should help speed things up as well. I know, for example, that when attempting to finish my external crossover enclosures, he tried to apply the solid wood trim to the box sides, veneer them, and then mitre cut the corners afterward. This approach would have been faster than building the entire box first and veneering it, but after attempting it and examining the results, he felt that his previous saw didn't provide the accuracy needed to make this method work to his standards.