July 1st, 2015 by danbackslide
This past Saturday was Quarterly Cleanup. We spent most of the day going through member storage, sorting out stuff. As you can see in the picture, there’s now a set of shelves full of parking-ticketed items. These items were all last dated before our previous cleanup — in other words, they’ve been sitting since at least 3/28, and some of it much longer than that.
If you were contacted about having material for pickup, please come in and grab it as soon as possible. We’re going to keep these items on the shelf until July 15 — after that it’ll go to up-for-grabs.
As a reminder, here are the rules for member storage:
- The base storage unit is an 18 gallon plastic tub. Anything that will fit in that space can be stored as long as you remain a member.
- Anything that doesn’t fit in the tub space must be an active project. We don’t have the space to store things that aren’t being worked on, or supplies being saved for someday.
- Everything in storage must be labeled with your name, a contact phone number or email address, and the date. The date should be refreshed at least once a quarter, so we know you’re still around and keeping an eye on your stuff.
February 4th, 2015 by danbackslide
Okay, so it doesn’t look any different from the outside. But trust me, our new door controller is really quite new. The entire system has been overhauled so that it can handle more keys — no more full key tables! It’s also easier to add and remove keys. So make sure to keep your dues up to date, because we’re going to be flushing out keys on a regular basis…
There is one issue we’ve run into. Somewhere along the line we got a batch of keyfobs that don’t read correctly in the new system. That means those keys will no longer work. Unfortunately the only way to tell if your key is bad is to try it out on the door. If your key won’t read any more, shoot an email off to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll arrange to get you a new key.
January 24th, 2015 by danbackslide
Mere moments ago, Jude and I replaced the laser cutter’s high voltage supply. I’m pleased to report that it is up and running again, ready for all your laser-based cutting and engraving needs!
Now that it’s back up and running, I’ve scheduled Laser Cutter Basics classes this coming Friday (1/30). There’s one class at 6PM, and another at 8PM. Both are free! Remember, you need to take a class (either Laser Cutter Basics or one of the more advanced classes) before you can use the laser cutter. Also, our classes are always open to the public — but you do need to be a member to actually use our tools beyond class time. So maybe you should come by on a Wednesday night, take a tour, and maybe join…
January 9th, 2015 by danbackslide
Sorry to report, but the laser is down for the count once again. This time, the high voltage power supply for the laser tube has rung down the curtain and gone to join the Choir Invisible. I’ll be shipping the remains of the HV supply back to Las Vegas tomorrow morning, and hopefully we’ll have a new one by the end of the week.
I had planned on running laser classes next Friday, but that’s likely too tight a deadline right now. So I’ll be bumping the classes out to Friday, January 23rd.
Keep checking back here for updates!
UPDATE 1/21/2015: A new power supply is on its way to us — Full Spectrum Laser is boxing it up as I type this. I’ll post an expected delivery date as soon as I have the shipping confirmation.
UPDATE 1/22/2015: Expected delivery date is Saturday!
December 26th, 2014 by danbackslide
Hope everyone had a good holiday! But now, it is time once again to clean up the shop. We’ll be doing our winter Quarterly Cleanup tomorrow (Saturday 12/27), from 10AM to 6PM. If you’re available, please stop by for an hour or two, or more, and help get everything nice and shiny again. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it, but more hands really do make for less work. There are also rumors of delicious food, for those who help…
And a reminder: The shop is closed during Quarterly Cleanup. So no project work, just cleaning!