Monday, May 12, 2014

Hoxie Machine in the Making

Hoxie Machine in the Making
A few months ago we finally figured out what we were going to do with that huge church building. The downstairs (kitchen and meeting room/stage area) is my craft room and altar room. The upstairs is hubby's machine shop.

Hubby had come up with a company name, but it was too generic, so I suggested something that would endear and tie us directly to our little town of Hoxie, KS. So I suggested "Hoxie Machine", he loved it, and thus "Hoxie Machine" was founded. I designed the logo, the signs are made, and should be installed soon; one for each of the round vent holes at the peak of each end of the building. They'll be 6' in diameter.

So here are some of the before & current after pictures, and as it gets even more completed I'll share more.

Looking west, toward the altar area - soon to be the "dirty room" for sanding, grinding, etc.

Looking east toward the choir loft (which will probably be turned into an apartment later), the nursery on the right (soon to be the shop office), and the entry doors (which accidentally got destroyed - not in the best condition anyway - while putting in a machine with a telehandler forklift - oops!)

The above pictures were taken prior to our buying the place, and it pretty much sat this way until this past March, when we began clearing it out to get the shop started. The pictures below were taken in the last month.

The floor tiles are mostly removed, the lathe is in the center of the room for the moment, and the trash is pushed out of the way until it can go into the burn pile.

View from the choir loft (eventual apartment) down on to the shop floor. The north side of the shop, the main working part of it, is all in place. The lathe, then the keyseater, then the mill. The compressor will go in the room behind the lathe, to keep the noise level down. The large window will eventually be cut to the floor to make a large open dock area, and will be covered with a roll down door.

And this is the logo for the business, the round one is the signs on the outside of the building, and the rectangular one is for every other use (letterhead, website, etc.)

The official opening date is June 4, 2014. But as soon as the shop is really up - meaning completely cleared of debris, the office set up, and everything really going smoothly - then we'll have a "Grand Opening". We'll post an ad in the local newspapers, send fliers to businesses that could use our services, and let our neighbors know to tell everyone they know.

It will be good to be a contributing part of the community!

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