One of my earliest memories as a young child is standing in front of our B&W TV trying to guess which grainy pixel would morph into the USS Enterprise.

One of my earliest memories as a young child is standing in front of our B&W TV trying to guess which grainy pixel would morph into the USS Enterprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We get lots of questions about whether members will be able to rent space in the new digs so I thought I’d try to address our current thought process in this post. On one hand, it would be a major pain to have to schlep materials and supplies back and forth every time you want to work on a project.  On the other hand, every square foot of space dedicated to storage is one less foot to put a tool, bench, or other shared resource. Every Makerspace wrestles with this, and there’s no magic formula to determine what the right mix is.  Although Corey’s and my natural tendency is to maximize the T/F ratio*, we do want provide members with access to several options to store personal belongings, tools, and materials, as well as temporary project storage.  There are 3 types of storage planned right now:

Lockers – lockable, rentable by the month, big enough to store items like safety shoes and coveralls, personal tools, electronic components, etc.

Racks – Shelves and floor storage, rentable by the month or longer, shelf space in increments of 2′ wide by 2′ deep by 18″ high, big enough for large plastic bins.  Floor level will be pallet sized spaces, approximately 44″ by 44″ by 36″ high.

Project tables – Rentable by the week, work surfaces 48″ by 48″, approximately 16″ off the floor. Dedicated spaces for member projects-in-progress.  Located near shop floors.

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Our footprint simply isn’t big enough to allow rental of studio spaces, but if you can wait till next fall, our friends at Open Works will be open and you can grab a space there.

Please let us know your thoughts in the Comments section.  We’d love to hear what you think about our plans.

*T/F is a technical term (that I just made up) to describe the ratio of Tools to available Floor space.  In other words, how many toys can we stuff in the toybox and still close the lid?