One very fascinating thing about working in our shop is seeing products go from start to finish. They come to us as raw, unmilled pieces of wood and leave as beautifully finished works of art, putting a sense of input and output with what we do. We are able to receive and also give back through this wood. Scrap go to a pile where local residents can come for their firewood and the sawdust collected by the CNC router is a great offering to Carbondale mushroom growers. There is a whole life cycle of each of our product and 8 different phases they flow through on their way to leaving our shop and venturing out into the world. We have some wonderful machines who make it all possible and we'll be introducing each of them in our Shopecology Series! As an introduction, here's an idea of what the shop flow looks like...
1. Cut boards to length on radial arm saw
2. Cut glueable edges on straight line rip saw
3. Visit clamp carrier to be glued into panels
4. Milled to thickness on planer
5. Achieve finished, sanded surface on wide belt sander
6. Handed off to Nick at the CNC router
7. Final touches, handwork
8. Paint booth for splashes of color
We really get to know these pieces and put a lot of love into their creation. Stay tuned because next week we'll be featuring the machine that every piece of wood meets upon arrival; the Radial Arm Saw. This special machine was the first to join our shop after the fire and we are excited to share more about what it has to offer.