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Woodshop is Facebook's Latest Geek Perk

Known simply as "The Wood Shop at Menlo Park Campus (MPK)," Facebook's new 3,000-square-foot, professionally outfitted woodworking shop was designed to inspire employees interested in stretching their creative muscles. Situated on Facebook’s sprawling campus in Menlo Park, California, is a beautifully designed facility where social media meets sawdust. “The overarching idea is to provide employees with an enjoyable diversion from their daily activities and to inspire creativity apart from their computers, tablets and smartphones,” said Robbie Pinaula, Project Lead at the Menlo Park Campus. “MPK has already attracted about 350 Facebook employees who are having a blast making everything from cutting boards to fine furniture for their homes.” The Wood Shop opened in February and is loaded with state-of-the-art woodworking equipment, including a number of centerpiece machines from Laguna Tools. “We have two Laguna Tools SUV Bandsaws, an 8" HH Jointer, a 5HP Dust Collector and two air circulators for the entire shop,” said Pinaul, who spent about a year and a half developing, configuring and fine-tuning a prototype of the shop before assembling the real thing at the Menlo Park Campus. "We couldn’t be happier with our Laguna Tools products, or the service they provide,” he said. “If a question or concern ever comes up, they are always extremely responsive. From a product specification viewpoint, these machines have every feature you could ever ask for and are surprisingly quiet as well. I especially appreciate the ceramic guides, which are so much better than the typical roller guides found on other saws. I’m also very happy with the safety features that Laguna Tools has obviously spent a lot of time incorporating into their machines.” According to Pinaul, a safety monitor and two full-time instructors are available to answer questions, teach classes and provide pointers at MPK. “We’ve taught about 80 different courses so far, and I’m sure we’ll see an increase as the holidays approach and employees start thinking about making holiday gifts.” He added that MPK even has its own wholesale supply store, where employees can purchase lumber, finishes, fasteners, glues and other items they need to complete their projects – use of the facilities and machines are free. “There are no restrictions on what they can build, but we encourage them to start with relatively small projects until they get a better understanding of the tools and begin to hone their woodworking skills.”“After spending so much time designing the shop, it’s been very fulfilling to see how many employees come in during their lunch break to put a coat of finish on a project so it’s dry when they get off work. Facebook places an emphasis on innovation and creativity – and it’s very evident in the way people have embraced woodworking.” As far as future plans for MPK, he says the next equipment addition will more than likely be a new CNC machine from Laguna Tools. “They are just incredible units. I’m extremely impressed with both their versatility, great appearance and easy-to-use technology over at Laguna Tools.”   Source: Laguna Tools
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Community Woodshop Launches in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA - Aspiring woodworkers can now learn and hone skills at Community Woodshop, near Los Angeles. Founded by two brothers, it is outfitted with the latest in woodshop equipment from Bosch, Makita, and Laguna Tools. Since woodshop vocational classes being offered in city school districts are waning, and with government budget cuts, the public has fewer places to learn and hone woodworking skills. So brothers Bob and Roy Stevens reasoned there would be a market for a new woodshop and educational resource in Los Angeles: The Community Woodshop. The Stevens originally set out to on a venture to create beautiful, natural, wooden toys. In seeking a place to develop their wood products, they eventually established their fully equipped woodshop, which to the public in 2012. Classes were launched in February 2013. “My brother and I looked all over the LA area for a woodshop where we could work on prototypes of our idea, but found absolutely no woodworking facilities that were open to the public,” says Scott Stevens.  “And then it hit us: why not open our own woodworking shop and fill this obvious void." Stevens, who has a background in architecture, has a passion for teaching and sharing woodworking skills.    Equipment List • Bosch compound miter saw • Makita chop saw • SawStop table saw Laguna equipment:• Platinum Series V-Way Slot Mortiser • "Circulator" Shop Air Filter • 2 hp mobile Cyclone Dust Collector• 14" x 14" Oscillating Spindle Sander • Platinum Series Hollow Chisel Tilting Mortiser •  LT14 x 14 SUV Bandsaw • 16" Planer w/ ShearTec ll • Platinum 18-47 Lathe • Platinum Series 17" Variable Speed Drill Press • Pro Shaper 5Hp 220V  •  LT14/LT16 3000 Series Bandsaw Mobility Kit •  Resaw King “We attract a full spectrum of woodworkers,” said Stevens. Users of the shop include artists who create sculptures out of exotic hardwoods, an entertainer who makes props for his magic act, as well as enthusiasts who "simply want to learn more about woodworking and create beautiful and useful projects in the process,” says Stevens. Stevens says the Community Woodshop is special because of the environment, working with fellow woodworking aficionados. “There’s lots of energy in our shop,” he says. "People who come here find themselves surrounded by kindred spirits  – and everybody has a great time in the process.” The Community Woodshop features a fully stocked shop with the latest tools and machines. “Most of our equipment came from Laguna Tools in Irvine,” said Stevens. “It’s good working with a local company. Suffice it to say, we have everything an aspiring or accomplished woodworker needs in the way of tools, space… and now, classes.”  Stevens said he looked at woodshops across the country, creating a list of things he particularly liked about them, and what he felt needed tweaking, so they could create the  best woodworking learning and project environment for their clients. “What makes The Community Woodshop so popular for our clients is that they not only have access to classes from beginning to woodturning and much more – but they have access to the finest tools in the industry,” he said. “They don’t have to use the space in their garage, or buy tools. All they have to do is come to The Community Woodshop and everything they need is right here under one roof.” Located in the Glassell Park area near Dodger Stadium, The Community Woodshop is situated within the Keystone Arts Space – home to a myriad of artisans. “People who come here feel as though they are part of an artistic community – and it’s very inspiring.” The Community Woodshop is available for monthly memberships and classes, but they also offer day passes, too. As for the toy prototype Stevens and his brother Rob (also an instructor at the Woodshop) were planning to build? That has been put on the back burner for now. “We’re having too much fun helping other people explore their woodworking creativity.” For more information on the Community Woodshop, and new classes that are currently forming, go to http://www.communitywoodshopla.com.

Community Woodshop Opens In Los Angeles

With no place for aspiring woodworkers to hone their skills in the Los Angeles area, a company founded by two brothers called Community Woodshop recently stepped in to fill the void. Outfitted with the latest in woodworking equipment from Laguna Tools, Community Woodshop is brimming with woodworking enthusiasts of all levels anxious to advance their skills, and share what they know with others.
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