Situated on Facebook’s sprawling campus in Menlo Park, California, is a beautifully designed facility where social media meets sawdust. Known simply as the Wood Shop at Menlo Park Campus (MPK), the 3,000-square-foot, professionally outfitted shop was designed to inspire employees interested in stretching their creative muscles in new ways through woodworking.
“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 Robbie, 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,”
“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.”
“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.”
If you visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/woodshopMPK), you’ll see many projects in various stages of progress, including a beautiful cutting board that comes with this warning: “Check out this cutting board! You too can make one in no time. Customize it to however you want it. Be careful! As soon as you make the first, you’re going to have to make 10 more to hand out to all your friends and family.”
Robbie Pinaula, Facebook – www.facebook.com
- 14 SUV Bandsaws
- 8″ Wedgebed Jointer ShearTec II
- 5HP Cyclone Dust Collector
- Air Circulators
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