Barnes MetalCrafters Inc.

Nick Martin


Barnes MetalCrafters Inc.
113 Walnut St. West
Wilson, N.C. 27893
USA

A job to remember

January 26, 2016

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Custom fabricators get some unusual requests, both in terms of the job itself and the timeline for completion. Sometimes they go the extra mile to “do the right thing.”

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Fabricator wannabees tell us how it’s done

December 16, 2015

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Continuing a theme explored by Josh Welton in a previous post on thefabricator.com, Nick Martin shares his experience exhibiting his shop’s custom products at festivals and farmer’s markets.

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When a machine goes down

December 2, 2015

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When a machine goes down in a job shop, work can grind to a halt. Getting that machine in working order becomes priority one, and time is of the essence.

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Working with “family”

October 28, 2015

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What is family? In a job shop, it’s more than your kinfolk and, sometimes, more than human.

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Underbidding—it happens

September 24, 2015

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Underbidding happens in all shops. Here’s a true shop story about an underbid job and lessons learned.

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Keeping the shop humming when the boss is away

August 26, 2015

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Small-business owners are noted for never taking time off to smell the roses or enjoy the shore. Here’s what happened when one shop owner took a much needed week off.

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Summer help—to hire or not to hire

July 28, 2015

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When school’s out, high school and college students need summer jobs. Hiring them is good for both the students and the shops that employ them.

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Curveballs in a small fabricating shop

June 24, 2015

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Diversity is essential for a small shop’s viability. It also can make for some interesting jobs that require ingenuity and produce beautiful work.

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Handling bottlenecks in a small shop

May 27, 2015

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Bottlenecks occur in all businesses. How you handle them makes a big difference in your shop’s operation and success.

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Is your shop online? Should it be?

April 29, 2015

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You can’t escape the Internet and social media, and you shouldn’t try. An online presence is a must, and used properly, social media can be a good marketing tool for your shop.

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Working in a cold shop

March 26, 2015

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Winter weather conditions affect much of the country, but most people live and work in warm surroundings. Not so those in some fabricating shops. Here’s how one shop in North Carolina deals with the cold.

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Don’t forget the CAD guy

February 24, 2015

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When you’re thinking about shop upgrades, don’t forget the CAD guy. A new system can help him do his job much more efficiently.

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Fabricating and mounting a “quick-quote,” heavy-duty utility truck rack

January 28, 2015

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Sometimes a “quick-quote” job turns out to be significantly more complicated than it appears. It also can become a great learning experience. Such was the case when Barnes MetalCrafters fabricated a heavy-duty utility truck rack that required compensating for the vehicle’s lightweight components to mount.

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Thanking your customers at Christmas

December 9, 2014

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There are traditions, and then there are the stories behind them—something we often don’t know. In this post, Nick Martin explains Barnes MetalCrafters’ tradition of thanking its customers at Christmas.

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Shop drawings—how much information do you need?

November 12, 2014

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Just how detailed do shop drawings have to be? That depends on several factors, including whether you are doing the work in-house or sending it out.

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