[EMS Discuss] Current shop layout

Bob Miller kbob at jogger-egg.com
Sat Jan 25 14:19:48 PST 2014

I will make every effort to be there to help.

On Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM, Marie Slatton-Valle <
sparkleglitterglow at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for organizing this Rick!  We have a workable space; we should use
> it!  If I am able I will be at EMS on Wed.
> Tl;DR I want to rearrange the shop on Wednesday night at 6:00PM.
> I was talking with some members last night about EMS and the current
> layout and we had some ideas for making the place more conducive to getting
> things done.  I know that myself and several others don't do a lot of work
> at EMS lately because it's a chore to even just think about having to move
> tools out of the way just to get to the tool you want to use.  Many of us
> would agree that we have outgrown our current space, but perhaps we can
> still rearrange things to do more with what we have while we still have it.
>  For example, we have this giant island of tables in the middle of our
> space.  On the one hand I think this is good for forcing people together on
> open hack nights to sit around and have discussions, work on smaller
> projects, etc.  But it takes up so much space and prevents people from
> being able to easily use many of the other tools, which means those tools
> are sitting around unused just taking up even more space.  Why do we need
> this giant table there all day every day?
> I think this ties in well with some of the space committees goals to find
> ways to raise funding now so we can more easily afford to move into the
> space we need.  If we can make the place obviously conducive to making,
> maybe we can bring in and retain more members.  Also, I think it would be
> great if we can find the most efficient way to use our current space so
> that we can bring this attitude to the new space, rather than just throwing
> all our tools into some newer bigger space and letting the problem grow
> into a bigger space.
> That being said, I plan to go to the shop on *Wednesday night at 6PM* and
> rearrange things to better suit our mission of allowing people to make.
>  Here are some ideas I have right now that I'd like to explore.
> 1. Get rid of the island of tables and the carpet and move some of the
> tools to the middle of the room (tablesaw?)
> 2. Possibly get rid of tables that do not fold up.  If we only keep
> folding tables, we can easily setup a smaller island for open hack nights
> or classes and then fold them away after each event so we have room to work
> during non "open" hours.
> 3. Swap some things around from the shop/office areas.  Maybe it would be
> better to move the wall of refrigerators into the small office and move
> some of the office tools into the shop somewhere.
> 4. Clean out the Pick a part area.  How much of that stuff do we really
> still need?  Is it worth lugging to a new space?  Maybe it's time to clean
> out most of that stuff, re-organize it, and then move some lesser used
> items from the shop out of the way to the upstairs storage.
> 5. Keeping things clean.  How can we make it super easy for people to
> clean up after themselves?  Let's make sure brooms, cleaning supplies, shop
> vac, are all easily accessible and not a chore to find/use.
> This just a list of ideas to get us started.  If you want to contribute
> and get your opinion heard, come down to the shop on Wednesday night at
> 6:00PM to help.  If you can't make it, reply in this thread with your ideas
> and convince us they are awesome.
> Rick
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Bob Miller                              K<bob>
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