Hey everyone!

Wow, we have been seriously slacking on the blog front. That’s okay because on every other front we have been kicking ass! We are just about halfway through construction on the space, so I thought I would update everyone on our progress thus far.

Part of our goal with the new space is making it open to allow for ideas and concepts to flow between members and work areas. We don’t want to divide people up and section them off, we want woodworkers to see what’s happening with metalworkers and think “hey, I can add some metal in this project” or vise versa. So, our main shop area is pretty open to facilitate that crossover.

That means that wall building is pretty minimal, but there are still plenty of things to construct. First off, bathrooms! I don’t think I need to explain why bathrooms are important. Needless to say, I can’t wait to have bathrooms in the space, peeing outside during the winter is getting pretty old (I’m kidding). We have a lot of the plumbing in – we just need to add walls and fixtures! It might seem like not much right now, but believe me, this is after a LOT of work, including digging up the concrete floor and then re-pouring it.

Moving right along we have our entrance area. This is going to be the first place you see when you come in the front door. If you are a member (which we hope you are) you will check in here. If you want to become a member, you will sign up here! This area also has space for some retail. We will be providing a lot of necessities for building right in house so that you don’t have to run to a store to grab wood glue, filler rod, nails, arduinos…the list goes on!

We are calling our multipurpose room “The Garage,” where we will have a kitchenette area, along the front wall pictured above with all the receptacles on it. The kitchenette will have a fridge, dishwasher, coffee station, and a HOT DOG MACHINE! That’s right, our members will get free hot dogs. All day. Everyday. The rest of the space in The Garage will be lounge area and modular classroom/computer desk space. We envision this area being used to CAD a file, then you can come out onto the shop floor and load the file you just made up on the waterjet, router, or plasma and cut it out!

We are also installing an awesome interactive, modular barn door. I’m not gonna go into more detail about it, but stay tuned for another blog post from Corey that does!

So there you have it! Those are the spaces we are working on right now. Hopefully construction is done in about a month (please, cross your fingers for us). After that comes inspections and the real crunch time when we will hash out class syllabuses, place our tools, and put finishing touches on it all!