Thankfully most of us know that most real workshops are in a continual state of flux and chaos and this is a good thing otherwise nothing of any worth would come out of them.
Here's a snapshot of one of our worktables taken at random one day and it's pretty typical of what you'd see if you ever visited us.
The vast majority of the work we do is to specifications provided by our customers. We do specialize in Springer forks but instead of providing forks in 2 or 3-inch 'standard' increments we'll be happy to build a set that are 3-5/16" over stock for instance.
We do however build almost anything a person can imagine that might go on a Chopper or a Bobber and we do every now and then even do parts for a factory stock bike.
Most typically a customer will send us a sketch of something he or she wants to build and we'll decide on the best and most economical way to get that part built. Sometimes it's least expensive to cut the part on the water-jet, other times it's something that needs to be cut with the Laser or even the Plasma. Other times it ends up being a part that needs to be machined on the mill. Sometimes it's even a combination operation where blanks are cut on the jet and then the final work done by milling. Every project is unique.
We take the sketch and draft it up using Auto-Cad so that we've got a digital file that can be manipulated, modified, revised, adjusted and otherwise fine tuned until the component meets the customers specific requirements. The end result is just a regular old digital 'flat-file' as shown below that represent a top tree for an old Springer that a fellow needed duplicated.
The 3-D file for this parts can be seen below.
Sometimes however it's faster, easier and less expensiove to just make the parts the old fashioned way and that's cutting them out with a band-saw and simply drilling the needed holes on the drill-press.
Besides just making individual parts we also complete assemblies like the Springer forks we sell on a custom and semi-custom basis.