Creating Quality Shop Drawings

Over the past few months, Stephen and I have been making an effort to produce Blog Content that does a good job of anticipating and answering questions from Potential Superior Shop Drawings Customers.

In this article, we want to go beyond the basic questions – such as How Much do Millwork Shop Drawings Cost? and How Long Does it take to Produce Shop Drawings, and take a deeper look at what is involved in Creating Quality Shop Drawings.

The goal of this article is to be more than just a resource for our potential customers – we want anyone … Read the rest

Wire Brushing Cabinet Doors

A couple of years ago, I was seriously considering moving on from my then employer. I had been Drafting and CNC Programming Commercial Casework for a little over ten-years and felt like it was time for a change.

I was put in touch with the Production Manager of a Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer here in Pennsylvania. After my initial interview, I asked for a Shop Tour so that I could see first hand what I would be getting myself into.

While walking around, I noticed a small group of guys that appeared to be grinding away on cabinet doors with a … Read the rest

How Long Does it take to Produce Shop Drawings

When Steve and I receive a Request for a Quote, it is usually followed by two questions that are absolutely critical to being awarded the project. The first, and probably most important, is How Much do Millwork Shop Drawings Cost?

The second, and equally important, is How Long does it take to Produce Shop Drawings?

On the surface, this is actually a simple question to answer. When we produce a Superior Shop Drawings Quote, we take the time to review all of the areas outlined in the Scope of Work.

An estimated time is assigned to each Plan, Elevation, Section, … Read the rest

Creating Casework Shop Drawings

When it comes to Millwork Shop Drawings, at Superior Shop Drawings we receive quote requests that fall into two basic categories – Residential and Commercial.

Residential Cabinets and Commercial Casework require a different approach to complete and while both are worth discussing, we would like to focus on the Commercial end for the purpose of this blog post.

In this post, we’ll touch on what Commercial Casework is and the roll that Construction Techniques and Material Selection play on creating a set of Casework Shop Drawings.

Commercial Casework

Photo Credit: K&L Woodworking

Commercial Casework is a type of Cabinet that … Read the rest

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.… Read the rest

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 Quality 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 … Read the rest

What are As-Built Shop Drawings?

Superior Shop Drawings - Field Dimensions

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.

Cabinet Runs between walls will almost always have the letters VIF following the dimension. This signifies that the dimension will be Verified In FRead the rest

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

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