Policies for using the Space, taking care of tools, renting space, etc. as they apply to members.

Equipment Usage

Knowledge: Generally you are allowed to use tools you know how to use. The shops have sign-off sheets that cover for basic safety. If you do not know how to use a tool, other members may be willing to instruct or assist. Remember, these tools have the potential to inflict grievous bodily injury up to and including death, dismemberment, and massive burns.

Politeness: If you drop it, pick it up, if you break it, either fix it or let someone know, if you take it out, put it back.

Upkeep: If you notice a tool needs repair, and you’re not comfortable doing the work, let someone know. There are multiple channels on Slack to allow this notification to occur.

Space equipment is available for member use. Personal equipment should be properly stored when not in use either in lockers or long term storage as described below. If personal equipment is brought into the space for shared space use, please discuss with the President or Board members to ensure that this is acceptable. Personal equipment which is being shared with the space should be clearly marked as owned by the owner.

Durable equipment is present and member dues typically cover routine maintenance and wear&tear. Member dues do not cover consumables, though some consumables may be present in the space. If you need consumables of a particular type(blades, bits, inserts, etc.) it is expected that you will bring your own. If durable equipment is found to have a problem, or is in need of maintenance, please either let someone know or perform the needed maintenance. Some tools may have timed fees or usage charges to account for long-term consumables and to ensure fairness for more expensive space-provided consumables. Currently, this is done on the honor system with a “tip jar” near the affected machines and a rate as appropriate. This is to ensure both that expensive consumables with mid-range life or machines with frequent maintenance intervals are being sufficiently funded to ensure their operation by interested parties.

Long Term Physical Storage

Onsite storage spaces include small lockers, large lockers, shelving, and floor space. Membership confers in the standard membership the use of 1 large locker or 2 small lockers or 1 shelf(2’x4′ area). Shelf space is typically made available in 2’x4′ sections Floor space is available and has 2 rates. One rate is for easily moved projects(such as vehicles or tool boxes on casters) where the expectation is that others may move what has been stored with no notice. The other rate is for floor storage where the expectation is that the floor becomes a true “no go” zone and that stuff stored may not be easily mobile. Additional storage space is available monthly for the following rates:

AvailableStorage TypeMonthly Cost
YesSmall Locker$2
YesLarge Locker$4
YesShelf$0.50/sq ft
YesFloor Space, “no-go”$2/sq ft
YesFloor Space, “movable stuff”$1/sq ft

Temporary Storage

There are a bank of storage shelves available at no cost for short term storage of large projects. These have dry-erase boards on one side on which the member name, current date, and date by which the project will be removed/worked on should be written. The expectation is that the storage here is a convenience available to members, and for space administrative use. Temporary storage can be used for multiple weeks in a row, but abuse of this(continued weekly use of the temporary space for the same project) may result in a discussion and eventual removal of the project from the temporary storage space.

Organization of Rented Space

It is preferred that members keep their storage areas relatively neat and organized. It is understood that this is not always possible, but it is preferred.

An example of good organization of “movable stuff” is shown to the left. Notice that everything is self contained and easily movable(I promise, the wheels work).
An example of poor organization for “movable stuff”. Notice that while everything is technically “movable”, it is spread across multiple dollies and a table. The use of the dollies is good, the use of the table is bad. The blue bin is light enough to be moved easily, so is acceptable.

An example of good “no go” space organization is below. Everything is tidy and within the floor space set aside for this user. For an example of bad “no go” space organization, please see any episode of “Hoarders”.