The Benefits of Hiring an Outsource Drafting Company.

There are a few questions to ask yourself when considering whether or not to outsource your shop drawings. The first question is most likely will this be cost-effective?

You probably have a few more concerning questions, such as How do I know that the company I hire will be able to produce drawings that are up to my standards? Will my shop will be able to work with drawings produced by someone else? How can I be sure that I will get my drawings on time?

These are all important questions that we will try and help you navigate.

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Using Tech to Improve Shop Drawings

Improving Shop Drawings with Tech

A couple of years ago, I worked as a Draftsman for an Arichtectural Millwork company here in Pennsylvania. We focused primarily on Commercial Casework and had a decent system for creating Shop Drawings.

The process started on paper. Our Estimating Department would print off Architectural Drawings on either 24×36 or 30×42 sheets. Those drawings would be marked up by hand – notes were hand-written on the sheets and items included in the quote were highlighted.

When the job was awarded, those Architectural Drawings would make their way back into the drafting office. Using those drawings, combined with a Scope of … Read the rest

What are As-Built Shop Drawings?

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When it comes to Millwork Shop Drawings, there are generally two common types – Submittal Drawings and As-Built Drawings. The difference between the two types is typically where they fall in the project schedule and information provided during a visit to the job site.

Submittal Drawings

Submittal Shop Drawings are normally completed prior to framing and drywall. They will detail how the Casework or Millwork is to be constructed based on the Architectural Drawings.

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Do You Release CAD Files?

Not long ago, we had a conversation with a new customer in regards to CAD Files. This potential customer wanted to know if we released AutoCAD DWG Files upon completion of the project.

I was a bit surprised by this question as Steve and I both feel that it should be standard practice. As such, we release all AutoCAD Files as well as any support files when we turn over Millwork Shop Drawings for Final Submittal.

This wasn’t the first time we had been asked this question, so I decided to look into it. I was a bit surprised to … Read the rest

Superior Shop Drawings Drafting Standards

When Steve and I first started Superior Shop Drawings, we envisioned a Millwork Shop Drawings Service that was attentive to the needs of all potential customers. This required an abundance of custom templates and standards that adapted to each and every customer.

When our workload was light, this totally custom view on shop drawings worked well. We were able to adapt to each customer and provide drawings that looked as if they were done in-house.

As our business took off, however, we found ourselves spending an extreme amount of time setting up for each customer. Between the increased setup … Read the rest

How Much do Millwork Shop Drawings Cost?

“How Much Do Millwork Shop Drawings Cost?” This is a common question that can be very difficult to answer. Any number of variables can cause pricing to swing one way or another.

For instance, the cost of a simple Plastic Laminate Base Cabinet can be minimal. A similar cabinet, in a residential setting, could be considerably more expensive if we were to detail a 5-Piece Doors and insert complex hardware.

At Superior Shop Drawings, we do not believe in providing blanket quotes that are vague and difficult to understand. Instead, we prefer to break out each room and outline exactly … Read the rest

What are Millwork Shop Drawings?

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Millwork Shop Drawings are a set of detailed plans that aide in the manufacturing of Architectural Millwork and Casework. Often times they are produced by the Millwork Supplier and are submitted to an Architect or Designer for approval – prior to fabrication.

When a Millwork Shop is unable to provide a set of Shop Drawings in-house, they sometimes turn to a company such as Superior Shop Drawings.  We use our experience in the Wood Industry to produce a set of quality millwork shop drawings.

Depending on the application – Shop Drawings can begin from something as simple as … Read the rest

Delivering Quality Millwork Shop Drawings

Quality Millwork Shop Drawings from Superior Shop Drawings

When Steve and I sat down and hashed out the idea that ultimately became Superior Shop Drawings – we had a pretty simple premise in mind. We wanted to use our expertise in the Cabinet Business to produce quality Millwork Shop Drawings.

We spent some time reflecting on past work experiences and determined that there were a couple of key areas where we simply could not compromise.

The first of those areas was missing promised delivery dates. Steve and I have both been on the receiving end of angry phone calls from customers who were promised certain delivery dates – … Read the rest

Making Radius Molding With a CNC Router

About fifteen years ago, I started working at a small cabinet shop in Southeast Pennsylvania. At the time, I had just left an Architectural Millwork company that specialized in Plastic Laminate Casework.

The small cabinet shop was a big change for me. Plastic Laminate and Particleboard were like swear-words to these cabinetmakers that were focused on making custom furniture for the residential market.

One of the many highlights from that work experience was getting to make molding – I especially liked making radius molding. There was something about cutting radius fences and making various types of sleds that I found … Read the rest