Welcome the new interim department managers for TCMaker

August 22nd, 2011 by jrsphoto

Hello Everyone,

I would like to welcome three new area shop managers for the Hack Factory!

We have recently made some important changes to the Hack Factory that should go a long way to keeping our space both clean and organized going forward.  Originally we had one position, shop manager, filled by myself, who was responsible for the overall operation of the Hack Factory.  Keeping every area of the Hack Factory clean was a daunting task for one person. After a recent trip to the Detroit maker fair, and our recent growth, it became clear that that the job would require more than one person.

At our last board meeting, we split the roll of shop manager into four individual job functions, and asked three volunteers if they would be interested in filling these jobs.  They did and here are your new, interim area shop managers for the Hack Factory:

Overall Shop Manager………….. John Scherer
Wood Shop Manager……………. Chris Odegard
Metal Shop Manager…………… Anthony Fulda
Common Areas/Electronics……… Steve McGrath

Each has made a huge effort in cleaning up their respective areas and will continue to do so as part of their job functions.  In addition, each has been asked to spend a few hours, three days a week (one of those days is Wednesday) at the Hack Factory. They should be your first point of contact if you have question or concerns about a given area.  As always, you can feel free to contact me for anything regarding the operation of the shop in general. There is also a page on our wiki dedicate to the these functions. Please view them and view them often for updates.

I would like to take this opportunity to stress that each area is not a one man job.  It takes ALL of us to pick up after ourselves when we have finished working in an area.  All too often I see sawdust and wood scraps left near a tool and on the floor around a tool.  This should not happen.  If you use a tool, clean it.  The time it takes you should be proportional to the time you used it.  If we all do our part, the shop will be a much better, cleaner and safer place to enjoy.

Cheers and welcome to our new area shop managers.

Hack Factory Cleanup Day

August 12th, 2011 by jrsphoto

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, Saturday August 13th, is our quarterly cleanup day.  If you can spare a few hours tomorrow stop by and help get our space cleaned up.  The shop is our community space and we can’t do it without your help. We will be making some changes soon that should help keep the shop cleaner going forward.

I believe that some sort of food will be provided for those in attendance – someone correct me if I’m wrong.

Hours are from 10a to 6p  – Hope to see EVERYONE there!


Amateur Radio at the Hack Factory

July 30th, 2011 by jrsphoto

We realize that many of our members are licensed amateur radio operators.  It has been the desire for some time to have a station at the Hack Factory where our licensed operators would be able to enjoy the hobby.  Recently, one of our members has loaned us a complete HF station for just this purpose, complete with computer for logging and digital mode fun.  The station is small for now but we are planning on expanding the station, getting a club license, and teaching some classes to get new people into this wonderful hobby.    In addition to the HF station, we also have a Icom VHF radio for local 2m repeater access.  These radios are available to all FCC Licensed – TCMaker members.

We would love you to come and be a part of the fun..  For more detailed information on the station, see our wiki page or contact jrsphoto for more information.

Reminder: Introduction to Wood Joinery this Saturday, July 23, 2011

July 21st, 2011 by jrsphoto

Just a reminder that this Saturday, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at the Hack Factory, is a Introduction to Wood Joinery course led by Christopher Odegard

There is still space available for people so check this class out.  It a good chance to get an introduction to wood jointer and why/where to use specific joint types.  Below is the class description.  See you there…

The various styles and traditions of wood joinery can be used to make a structure stronger, more durable, and more aesthetically pleasing. The purpose of this class will be to introduce students to some of the basic and common variant styles and terminology of joinery. This will include considerations for deciding how two (or more) pieces of wood will be joined when creating an initial project plan. Techniques for lap joints, tongue and groove joints, box and dovetail interlocking joints, mortise-and-tenon joints, and some more specific styles of joinery will be discussed. There also will be demonstration of how to build a few useful jigs, and how to mark and cut a variety of joints, including dovetails and mortise joints, using both hand and machine tools. Students are encouraged to bring questions, example plans, tools, jigs, or reference material to enrich the discussion.

There is a small fee of $15 for members, $25 for non-members; no additional shop or materials fees apply

Preregister at:http://introtojoinery.eventbrite.com
contact events@tcmaker.org if you have any questions.

Shop unexcellence

June 29th, 2011 by jrsphoto


Not sure who used the jointer but guys, you need to pick up after yourselves..

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