This week, the guys have a lot work to do in the new building, but no one wants to do it. They use the new ping pong table to decided who does the worst jobs. This Behind the Builds video gives you a fun glimpse of what it’s like to work at I Like To Make Stuff.
When we bought the new building last year, we quickly renovated the areas that would be occupied regularly. You saw the updated podcast studio, but we also fixed up the work spaces and the front room. The other side of the building from the work spaces remained just as it did when we moved in. It had dirty walls, bad lighting, and no furniture for product assembly, packaging, or shipping. Josh has worked really hard to get the CNC/Laser room operational, so it is time to fix up the rest of the new building. Unfortunately for myself, Josh, and Anthony, that means we have to stop other work to do these tedious tasks. On top of that, we’re all tired of painting, wiring lights, and building furniture.
To decided who will be doing which job, I decided that physical prowess will decide our fate. We have a new ping pong table in the kitchen area and the person who loses a bracketed match will do the worst tasks. Admittedly, I am the better ping pong player of the three, but Josh can hold his own…Anthony has no chance. After a furious round of ping pong, I emerged victorious! I then divvied up tasks to each of us. Painting would be my responsibility, Josh would build the furniture (because he wired the rest of the building’s lights), and Anthony would use his electrical knowledge to wire the lights.
We replaced the older fluorescent tube lights with our usual LED light panels. These are the same lights I’ve used in the shop and the rest of the building so our video quality can remain consistent across locations. Problem is, there are 12 lights in this space and it takes a while. Being the tallest of the three, Anthony got busy while Josh and I worked in the dark. After two days, Anthony had the room’s lights all replaced with only 2 broken light fixtures. While he wired, I kept painting the huge space while Josh gathered materials.
Besides building the furniture, Josh was responsible for rearranging the space. He is good at efficient workflows and began repurposing items from other parts of the building to work in the new area. While everything was pushed away from the walls for painting, Josh would walk off with a cabinet and replace it with a desk. He had a plan that none of us knew about. He assembled a large assembly table for our new product shipping station as well as a large metal rack for our bulk sheet goods. The space was coming together. Of course, we had to pause periodically to play more ping pong.
New Build Is Almost Ready!
It was always our intention with the new building to create physical products and give the company more room to grow. This transformation is all a part of that plan. We need to create an efficient flow of materials, work being done, items being assembled, and products being shipped. With this newly designed space, we can do just that. The new building has to be more organized than my basement shop and the work we did ensures that can happen. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming products, they’re pretty awesome so far.