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mark nichols said
Hi Ness

You’re more than welcome to use my musings.

I would admit I have a passion for process and have always strived to design systems that save time and money.

If any other users here wish for me to elaborate on the processes that I employ other than Polyboard, then feel free to ask.

Mark

Fire away Mark, always interested in streamlining workflow. Makes more money ultimatly.

 

Jim

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Hi Ness

You’re more than welcome to use my musings.

I would admit I have a passion for process and have always strived to design systems that save time and money.

If any other users here wish for me to elaborate on the processes that I employ other than Polyboard, then feel free to ask.

Mark

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Hi everyone,

This is a great post from Mark. I loved the breakdown of the process and time.

This shows just how much time and effort one can save with a bit of organisation and good software tools.

What other tools can you buy that cut the production time by nearly 60%!

I personally think that the future of custom made is in the way Mark is working.

Great job Mark.

This is not just to push our software but because I really believe that to survive, wood working businesses need to reorganise and use good technology to maximise their creative potential.

I’ve been trying to convince people about this for sometime and not always easy for people to see what I’m getting at and even less easy for them to start moving on the road to getting there. Si  it’s really great to see  Mark setting it all up.

I would like to ask Mark if we can publish his post as an article on our other blog sites as an example of how a small business can optimise production?

Thanks again for a great post.

Ness

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Good stuff Mark. And thanks for showing the process. It’s always interesting seeing how others do things and thanks for detailing your workflow too. Hopefully we will see many more like this from you and others and I’m hoping to do one myself on the first job that iv’e used the software properly.

All the best

 

terry

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mark nichols said
Jim.

Precut angles to sides, left a 10mm slack.

The back is there, 18mm with a 6mm top. This covered that 10mm slack.

Three hinges would be better, but costs were tight and the builder insisted on saving 20 quid!!

But the process really showed how much we can save as a company.

Gotcha thats exactly how i would have done it. Thats one tight builder.

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Jim.

Precut angles to sides, left a 10mm slack.

The back is there, 18mm with a 6mm top. This covered that 10mm slack.

Three hinges would be better, but costs were tight and the builder insisted on saving 20 quid!!

But the process really showed how much we can save as a company.

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Nice job mark.

 

Did you scribe the uprights to the sloped ceiling inside the units or just sit the pre cut angle infront of it. It doesnt look like you put a back on them?

Also do you find 2 hinges enough for doors that size?

 

Jim

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Hi All

Heres a quick project that was requested by one of our local builders.

The request.

Builder asks whether we can put some sloping units into a loft he is converting to give storage and the customer wants to use there existing drawer units.

The visit.

I usually take good measurements, but as I am seeing how much time and money we can save using Polyboard, I take absolutely precise measurements and note them down onto our ‘dropbox’ quotation folder via my ipad, with photos and any other details.

The plan.

In my office I pick up the ‘dropbox’ quote and spend an hour with polyboard completing the design. I send this to our cutlist program via the ‘ascii’ export and add labour. All complete within 1 1/2 hours.

The quote.

I send the quote via our ‘cloud based’ accounts system and attach the visual. I get realtime updates of the quotes progress (bit like big brother watching) and the builder accepts the job.

The workshop.

I print out all the working documents and the cutlists and optimization and bag for the the workshop. I also send them to ‘dropbox’.

The workshop uses the cutlists to build the cabinet (print labels next time as small parts look the same) and any clarification can be seen in the workshop on a free version of polyboard working with the dropbox files.

The fitting.

With such precise measurements and manufacture, we was able to fit all units in 2 hours.

The time saving.

I would usually allow half a day for pricing and design, two days for manufacture and a day for fitting and recutting missing bits and mistakes. 3 1/2 days

This job took 1 1/2 days from start to finish.

Heres some visuals….

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Mark…

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