OK, wow. I don’t even really believe it.
About 8 years ago I had an Idea. (to be clear, I have ideas all the time, luckily not Ideas with a capital “I” as often) Usually this is when my friends, or more generally, anyone that knows me, realizes it’s time to duck and cover.
I had an idea to make and sell some motorcycle parts. Custom stuff for Harleys. Flash forward to the present, I’ve designed and built 30-odd products, manufactured thousands of parts and sold parts all over the world. The parts have been on several TV shows like “American Chopper”, featured in magazines and used on custom bikes that won big, important shows.
And I’m “over it”, tired of running a very elaborate and complex “hobby business”. The only thing I want to do less than helping my middle-school son write a term paper for school is weld and grind aluminum castings in my spare time. Polishing stainless parts would be right up there too. My operations manager bought out the business and has been hauling truckloads of parts, fixtures, products, shipping supplies and trade show materials away to their new home. I took two very large truckloads of junk to the dump already this weekend, and I’d bet there are another two or three loads to go before it’s all said and done.
The net-net is that I’m reclaiming a 2.5 car garage on my property that has been used for inventory and shipping/receiving for the chopper parts business. It will also free up space in my main shop that is cluttered with materials and fixtures and tooling specifically related to making motorcycle parts. I’m going to clean out and update the detached garage just for woodworking, leaving the other shop space for metal fabrication. I’m undecided as to where my blacksmithing tools will go. It’s not a good fit for either space really, but I just this weekend uncovered my blacksmithing workbench, leg vise and power hammer from behind a pile of trade show and shipping supplies. Wow.
Here are some pictures of how the space looks now. Still loads of clearing out to do. I’m debating whether to keep the old built-in cabinets and workbenches. I’m inclined to get rid of most or all of them. The upper cabinet without the door could be outfitted as a plane till for the time being. The Avacado green paint really has to go.
The plywood bookcase and grey trade show trunks will go away this week. The folding tables belong to a friend, they need to be returned. There is junk in the rafters from the previous home owner. Once I finish clearing out the junk I should have plenty of space to set up shop.
The air compressor needs to stay of course, but maybe I can build a simple enclosure around it to cut down on the noise when I’m working in here. Hiding in that pile of junk is a motorcycle frame welding jig (helloooo-ebay!), bandsaw blade welder, engine hoist, motorcycle parts, vibratory finishing system and god-know-what-else.
Pssst…hey buddy, wanna buy a forging power hammer?