The MNA Disaster Response Warehouse in Rome, Georgia gets a new fleet of wheeled benches. I was able to bring a SmartBench from our Dallas Warehouse, outfit two supporting workbenches, enabling the three benches to work together for the pre-building of Sheds of Hope. We have all of these benches at our Dallas Warehouse, but this line got wheels so that they can be moved around the Rome Warehouse as needed. This will greatly help with layout and pre-building. We are going to schedule a training class late summer early fall. Dates for this training will be available soon.
After I had the joy of training a group from Lake Oconee Presbyterian Church, the newly trained team began building two sheds for Albany, Georgia which had just suffered severe storm damage. This Community Spotlight Radio Interview with the leader of the Lake Oconee team, Dick Forrester, was recorded the week after the shed-build.
The first Sheds of Hope Bench has been cut out on a CNC router. It was great to take all the pieces from 8 sheets of plywood and put them together to form the first Sheds of Hope Bench cut on a CNC router. Some fifty-seven parts went into making the workbench. The templates for the wall studs will allow all the studs to be cut in three passes – eighteen studs at a time, with no measuring or marking.
Now that this prototype has been built, I am making a few minor tweaks to the CAD drawing and hope to start production on four more benches in the next few weeks. This bench is going to Georgia next week for its trial run to build the first Shed-in-a-Truck, made with 4-ft-wide panels. The bench can also be used to make the Standard Shed (8-ft-wide panels).