The DIY-Series: Starting Points
Updated: Mar 7, 2019
So you want to learn about creating your own snowboard workshop at home. You might be thinking where to begin? Well, just to be clear this is not going to be a step-by-step guide to achieving the perfect workshop - think of it being a recollection of pointers, from which you can learn from our experience.
So for starters: take your expectations for how much time and money you’re going to spend on this project and double it. Unless you have copious amounts of disposable money, budgeting is a must and is the key thing to do before you start buying things otherwise you are going to spend a lot more than you need to.
A lot tools and materials can and should be bought second hand and I will explain that further in a post dedicated to tools. However, if hindsight taught us anything, sometimes it is better to go with the better quality even if you have to spend that little bit more. So now I’ve totally contradicted myself, what I’m trying to say is that there are times when you need to spend a bit more and definitely times where you can get away with skimping - just please read reviews when buying anything!
A pretty important part of the process is finding a space. What is now the ALLWINTER Workshop was previously occupied by a lot of old furniture, dust and spiders, therefore our first plan of action was clearing space - which really is as thrilling as it sounds; well William did love the jet washer. We spent a whole day emptying the shop, cleaning, throwing things away/donating/selling, and then putting the remaining pieces back together.
The next step is you have to do your research. Find out what is it you don’t know and learn as much as you possibly can about it! Knowledge really is key, which I know is super lame but clichés generally spur from truths. I am creating a whole separate blog post about the saviour websites so refer to that when looking for places to answer to your questions. If I have learnt one thing though - Google is going to be your best friend.
Then move on to your local businesses - get to know them. It is going to save you so much time and money buying services from somewhere local opposed to abroad (referring more to the big items you’re gonna have to buy like the press frame, air compressor etc.) PLUS you get to reduce your carbon footprint, which is always the ultimate goal. POW <3.
What was an extremely pleasant surprise is that we really did not need to look far out of our close friends and family circles to get the help we need and I guarantee you will have the same case. A person you know may be able to provide you a service that you don’t know how to do or, they might know someone else etc. An even better surprise is how willing someone is to help you on the promise of an alcoholic beverage and a hot meal, which is much cheaper than a professional’s help.
So man, are we getting overwhelmed yet? I can relate, just thinking about how much work this all took is getting me all confused but don’t worry about it. If it is a snowboard workshop you want, it is ultimately what you’re going to get.
Anyway, this is definitely a good place to start and for now you should have a lot to do, so until the next one.