[EMS Discuss] Current shop layout

Sam Foster sam at sneetchworks.com
Sun Jan 26 17:58:36 PST 2014

Its not unusual for there to be limited to no space to sit with a 
project on the busier open hack nights. Those tables are vital on those 
nights at least. Yes, during the rest of the week they are taking up 
space that might be better used, but whatever new configuration you come 
up with (I don't think I can be there Weds) lets make sure we don't lose 
the ability to accommodate folks for those events.


On 1/25/2014 11:34 AM, Rick Osgood wrote:
> 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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