Gifts for a drafter can be hard to come by. And with less than two weeks until Christmas, if you are anything like me, you are scrambling to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Is one of those people a drafter? One who has just about everything they need? Fear not! We have compiled a list of the top ten holiday gifts for drafters. Check them out below.
1. A good quality drafting chair
Let’s face it, drafters work long, hard hours to ensure that they are completing their drawings and making sure their work is complete. … Read the rest
Has this ever happened to you? You show up to work again, review your to-do list, and get ready for the day. You decide to check your email real quick and see some notes on a shop drawing you sent for finalization. It looks like a quick task so you reply. Four hours, two phone calls, and three emails later, you finish that “quick” response. Where did the time go? Although halfway through your day, you haven’t completed a single item on your to-do list.
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
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
Before starting Superior Shop Drawings, I spent over a decade drafting Commercial Casework for an Architectural Millwork Company here in Pennsylvania. The company I worked for treated me well and I genuinely enjoyed working there.
The one downside to being with that particular company for so long was that there were stretches of time where the work became monotonous. It felt like I spent weeks drawing one large run of Plastic Laminate Cabinets after another.
Don’t get me wrong – there were plenty of interesting Reception Desks and Built-Ins along the way but the bread and butter of the company … Read the rest
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.
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
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