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What kind of shop do you have?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by ChiknNutz, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

    Apr 18, 2003
    Trying to get a feel for what others are doing for their place of business. Comments are always welcome!
  2. super signs

    super signs New Member

    May 21, 2005
    my shop is my bedroom:Oops:
  3. LabelsEtc

    LabelsEtc Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Hi Chris! I don't know what happened to the poll questions, so here's my comment.

    I recently added the vinyl cutter to my existing home office, but pretty soon there will be no room for me in here. We have a 19 x 20' foundation right off the back of the house that will probably end up being my workshop. My son has visions of a 'real' shop on the lot next door........ only time will tell.

  4. Decal_Designs

    Decal_Designs Member

    May 10, 2003
    Fox Lake
    Home Office for now. A 15'x15' room has been my office for the last 15 years for my main business, but with this vinyl thing added to my business I may move the whole office into an empty rental cottage that I have on the same property. Then, maybe above a new garage with office space on 2nd floor.
  5. rockongraphix

    rockongraphix Member

    Mar 17, 2005
    Home office 12' x 12' , 4' x8' weeding table set @ 46" off the floor (quick stand up orders set for easy weeding from a 29" bar stool ) vinyl stored under weed table and substrates in closet, cant forget about the futon for overnight orders

  6. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    3,500s/f with 16' door and enough room for a 48' trailer.
  7. Lane Booth

    Lane Booth Member

    May 18, 2005
    Can'ttt Brrreeathhh!!!!

    Our business has taken over the house! The dining room is the shop. This huge dining room table is my desk. On it is my computer, monitor, printer, 150 lb. Vanguard engraving machine, Ep Control Module for the Vanguard.

    Over against that wall (fallow along, I'm pointing to the left) is my glass topped weeding table, which is really a dual paned sliding glass door I picked up at a thrift store for 5 bucks. (works great - dreading the day it shatters on me!) Supporting the glass table top are four sturdy shelf units, which are storing various tools and enventory, jam packed to the square inch.

    Behind me is a small work bench and peg board for tools, etc. Behind me to the right is one monster of a sandblasting cabinet. That thing is gonna have to go outside, eventually, soon, tomorrow! Next to the sand blaster is a craftsman 33 gal. air compressor. It going outside with the sandblast cabinet.

    I almost forgot the Ioline Super 88 vinyl plotter, which stands cockeyed at the end of my dining room table/desk, taking up almost as much room as the sandblaster. And then there are the 30 plastic storage bins stacked almost to the cieling, tucked under my desk and flowing gracefully into the laundry room. And lets not forget the 30 other boxes of trophy shop enventory that's crammed and stashed into every nook and cranny of the rest of the house, back porch and shed.

    One of our spare bedrooms is Katie's office. That's also my darkroom for storing files and material, and burning photo sensitive sandblast mask. The other spare bedroom is storage; just enough room to open the door.

    Amazingly enough, it works...but I can't waite for the day when we'll beable to get a real shop with a real store front.

    One thing that's kinda nice... the chair at my desk is a big comfortable black leather Lazy-boy recliner. Nice, but really it's just huge and gets in the way.
    Last edited: May 25, 2005
  8. Webbum

    Webbum Member

    Apr 26, 2005
    A corner in my basement. It's crammed, but it's working for me at the moment. Only small jobs so far.
  9. Burek

    Burek Member

    Apr 25, 2005
    We have a full service print shop in Richmond, IN.
    Apparel, signage, ad specialty, embroidery.

    - 750 ft2. offices
    - 2000 ft2. print facility (but it's getting kind of cramped).

    Recently added a vinyl cutter to up the size of our signs and do one-offs for less money.
  10. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA
    1800' retail store in a plaza anchored by an Office Depot. All open except for saw room in back. One 5' x 20' worktable, two 4' x 8' tables. Two sectional desks across front with opening in middle.
  11. ENTDesign

    ENTDesign Very Active Member

    May 12, 2005
    Who needs a living room?

    I used to think my house was strange, but you guys have made me feel normal! I have an Encad Novacut 24 in the living room, along with bunches of rolls of vinyl, the "kitchen" table is next to it (in the living room) holding my PC and a color laser printer. The dining room is my hubby's office, a spare bedroom is my office (with another PC and my Mac and way too many inkjet printers), I use the part of the garage I can walk in to make banners, magnets, yard signs, etc. with several large workbenches. I am trying to get the back porch cleared so I can wall the 2 open sides and make it an indoor work area with the coveted HVAC. Doing viny work in a hot garage is not a bunch of fun. I am looing at getting into airbrushing, but I don't think I want a compressor in my livingroom!
  12. Decal_Designs

    Decal_Designs Member

    May 10, 2003
    Fox Lake
    That would be crazy putting a compressor in your living room. Come on.
    That belongs in the laundry room don't you think? :Big Laugh

    When I look around my house, I can't figure out why I bought a house, and not just a very large garage? :help:
  13. Vital Designs

    Vital Designs Vital Designs

    May 29, 2005
    Dalls, Texas
    1000 sq ft retail showroom in town. 2400 sqft shop at the house.

    Vinyl, Eco solvent printing, 4x8 CNC with plasma cutter, Garment screen printing, Embroidery, dye sublimation & heat transfers.
  14. smullen

    smullen Member

    Aug 12, 2004
    Home shop.. I do all my design/Cutting, etc in my 10x12' office and my weeding and application and such in my dinning room...
  15. JMDigital

    JMDigital Active Member

    Oct 15, 2005
    Great rooms ..:U Rock: haha I am glad to see im not the only one with a shop in the house. Ok.. somehow I figured out how to put a Roland CJ500 in my spare bedroom/Office (that my wife seems to think is there to hold the folded up laundry?:tongue: ?) I had to take it off the stand and tip one end about 5ft in the air while my wife carefully slid the light end in the door (small hallway) then when I got it back on the stand I has the stand reversed. well I can tell you if you dont have the take up roller it will work either way.. hehe. I am 90% finished converting my 1 car garrage to an office so I guess we will be lifting that printer again. ( I am thinking about takeing it out the window tho.. ) Also I have an HP ColorLaserjet 8550 in this room. an EPSON Photo 2200 and epson R200 (for printing on CD's) the ENCAD 600E I used to use is in the garage ready for a quick sale next to the Allen Datagraph 850D Vinyl Cutter.. (the allen is old old old, the buttons look like they came from the original set of star trek! )the closet is stuffed with vinyl, paper, servers, oh and a breifcase my mother in law gave me to look pro at meetings, it holds extra ink for all these printers.. So how about we all take pics of our rooms and post em.. should be funny.
  16. mark in tx

    mark in tx Very Active Member

    Oct 25, 2005
    Harker Heights, Texas
    Set up in the back half of a retail Flower shop in a strip mall next to full set of Big Box stores. 4 x 16 work bench along one wall with media stored underneath, Falcon Outdoor Junior along the same wall, Graphtec FC 5100-75 on opposite wall, along with computer workstation. Also have a bathroom!
    Have an older iMac out in the front of the Flower store to do the customer sit downs. Only thing I really want but don't have room for is a light table.
  17. Jeizzavelle

    Jeizzavelle Member

    Feb 24, 2006
    We have a metal/silkscreen/painting shop out back (factory) main office 2 head cheese offices and my office crammed with desk, table (comp) plotter, and weeding/application table I use to sstore junk. I usally apply signs on front counter.
  18. Signsforwhile

    Signsforwhile Very Active Member

    Feb 17, 2006
    New York
    1400 sq/f work shop with 2 4x8 tables and spacious bay for truck lettering. 10' bay door. edgeII, envision plotter and ionline 40" plotter with gigantagram system. ~400 sq/f office and showroom with street frontage. state highway statistics say we have 50k+ cars and trucks passing by every day! i live on walk in business. in addition to that we are members of distric council 9 and the allied painters and trades union.
  19. CDC Graphics

    CDC Graphics Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    My basement. :Cool 2:
  20. WVB

    WVB Very Active Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    I am very identical to SeeSigns only we have 1600 sqf with one 4x8 table spacious bay, and possibly around or a little more then 400 sqf/office space/showroom facing a street frontage. We are in a plaza with storage buildings behind us. Our building is off the right by ourselves. We do get walk in business but would prefer more of course. We do have a business card size ad in the sbc yellowpages as well as our name in several sections of our second phone book as well. Are members of the ATX (Amarillo Trade Exchange) for local businesses.

    TVG Pictures