Dave Adamovich Brad Primeau
Although several weeks have passed since maintenance reported, support for both shops has been ongoing. Several pieces of equipment at Rolling Acres required repair. The planer motor was replaced with a new one from Grizzly. The cost of repairing the old was almost as much as a new one and if repaired, its life expectancy could not be guaranteed. The jointer needed a new capacitor to bring it back to life and the disconnect box on the router table was replaced. Thanks to Dave Adamovich and Walt Chekay for repairing some of our most used pieces of equipment.
We are fortunate to have several volunteers who work behind the scenes to keep our Rolling Acres operational. Each day before the shop opens one of our team members ensures shop equipment is operational, removes sawdust from working areas, equipment and tabletops and table saw collection cabinets. The main dust collection system, air compressor and air dryer are also inspected for problems. The morning person also coordinates with the opening monitor(s) and ensures they know how to properly assemble and install the blade guards.
In the afternoon another person is assigned the responsibility for ensuring equipment is properly shutdown and making sure any equipment that needs repair is brought to the attention of maintenance repair personnel. In some cases, they may stay after closing if something is needed by any instructor, certification team, assist with lumber unloading, escorting Village building maintenance staff or help with any late day equipment deliveries.
There other maintenance team members you may not know about. They are Dave Makarewicz, Tom Melovitz and Nick Yinger. Without them we would be struggling with electrical and electronic diagnostics, repair and anything needing to be rewired, installed or removed. Others with electrical/electronic backgrounds have expressed interest in helping and additional help will be needed once both shops are operational.
By the time you read this we should have the keys and formally take possession of the Brownwood Workshop (BWS). For the past several weeks we have not been able to work in the building because the contractor was preparing for and having final inspections. We were allowed to unload and store equipment, but we could not uncrate, assemble or place equipment, paint, install cabinets and tables or do anything to or inside the building. The work we have been able to do is because the builder and onsite foreman were kind enough to let us work inthe building, store supplies and assemble equipment. The builder was not obligated to do it and we are lucky that he allowed us to do the work we’ve done.
So everyone knows what has been done so far or maybe it’s easier to say what hasn't been done. Power, dust collection and air has not been connected to any piece of equipment that has arrived, been assembled and placed. It’s the builder's responsibility to connect the equipment which I believe will start in the next week or two. The builder has been busy finishing the building and with the number of subcontractors and normal starts and stops trying to connect our equipment would have disrupted construction progress and subcontractor schedules.
Obviously, some things need to be done first. Most of the items mentioned above fall into that category. But at some point, cabinetry and assembly tables we’ve pre-built at Rolling Acres will be brought from storage, assembled, finished (if needed) and installed. Our intention is to rent a truck and pickup everything that’s been done to BWS. Pre-builts that are used to support equipment e.g., miter saws, sanders etc., crib storage cabinets and front office furniture will be installed first. Cabinetry for lathes, CNC, saws etc., and lumber, finishing, multipurpose and library follow. Bob Behrens will coordinate these activities.