[EMS Discuss] post shop cleanup w/photos

Weston Turner wstnturner at gmail.com
Wed Jan 29 23:16:32 PST 2014

Thanks for the writeup Rick, and thanks for the cleanup initiative!

Its a huge improvement in my mind, and I had a lot of fun helping out
tonight. So thanks for the other members who collaborated in the cleanup

I think I can see a retractable screen for a projector mounted right above
the whiteboard behind the AV cart. And if I look hard enough, I can see a
projector in place of those refrigerators on the cart, just ready to be
rolled out and used for seminars, code/design reviews, presentations, and
maybe even movies :).

Best Regards,
Weston Turner

On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM, Rick Osgood <rick at richardosgood.com>wrote:

> Thanks so much to everyone who helped out tonight.  We had a good turn out
> and got a lot of stuff accomplished.  There's still much to be done but we
> really did a great job cleaning things up and improving the usability of
> the shop.  I have attached some photos for those who are interested.  Some
> changes are most noticeable than others.  Here are a couple things I really
> like:
> 1. The big carpet is gone.  It collected lots of dirt/dust/debris and
> really wasn't fit for a place where people like to make a mess.  You
> wouldn't believe the amount of fine dust collected under this thing...
> 2. The folding tables are folded up and stored next to the vacuum.  There
> is plenty of space for them to be pulled down during open hack nights and
> other times as needed, but by default now we have much more space to move
> around and work on things.  We still have room for about 7 people to sit by
> default, and if we split the tables apart we can fit more like 11 people.
>  Then we can add tables however they make sense.
> 3. We got rid of a bunch of small scrap wood pieces that are likely to not
> be used.
> 4. The larger wood pile was moved to the far back corner of the shop where
> it is less unsightly and now we have more usable wall space.
> 5. The place where the wood pile used to be now has a new shop vac, along
> with brooms hanging on the wall.  This gives us easy access to the
> equipment we need to clean up after ourselves.  We shouldn't give ourselves
> any excuses for not cleaning up, and knowing exactly where the cleaning
> gear is located helps.
> 6. Both work benches are completely clear of clutter.  These are work
> spaces, designed to perform work on.  When you start a project it should
> already be clean.  When you end a project, if you see a tool laying on the
> bench, that means you left it there.  It's your responsibility to find it a
> home.  There isn't always a perfect place for every tool, so use your best
> judgement but leave the work spaces clean so others can perform work.
> 7. The wood working corner is similar to how it has been but the tools are
> more spaced out and now have much more room to work.  There is also a mini
> shop vac under the band saw, next to the table saw that can be used to help
> make cleaning up easier.  We are hoping to build a skirt around the table
> saw that we can hook up this shop vac too.
> I'm sure there are more things we did but these were the big ones that
> stood out to me.  Thanks again to everyone who worked on this.  We all hope
> the members are better able to utilize the shop now.  Let's work hard to
> make sure the place stays clean and tidy so that we can all get work done
> when we need too, and so new visitors feel like they've found something
> they want to be a part of.  Take pride in your maker space and help make it
> the best it can be.
> Rick
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