July 2020 Newsletter

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News, Tools

Message from the president

Unfortunately, the 4th anniversary party at “The Grounds” had to be cancelled due to the spike in Covid-19 infections in Montgomery County. Eventually all this will become just a bad memory, but for now it is quite real.

Also, you may have heard that Ed Fraini took a nasty fall at home. Bad enough it put him in the hospital for a few days. Ed is the Manager of the Barn Managers and has been doing a great job. Currently, John Buckley has taken on some of Ed’s tasks. We all hope Ed recovers quickly; we miss him at the barn.

Even though we are still operating the Barn on a reduced schedule, good things have been happening.

For example;

  • Raul did a great job changing the lighting in the shop from fluorescent to LED. It is much brighter in the shop. Thanks, Raul!
  • We have spent $9,000 on two new laser engravers – read inside about how to use them.
  • One of our members graciously donated two professional grade welding machines.
  • Jim Barron bought a 1/8” Flat Kerf blade to be used on the Dado saw with appropriate safeguards!

    So, a lot going on. We can have the Barn open during more hours during the summer months. The challenge is finding Barn Managers to open it up. If you are interested in helping with Barn Manager duties, contact Jim Barron, he is helping Ed while he recovers.
    Don’t let Covid get you down. Don’t be lazy, get up and make something!

    Thanks,
    George Carlson, Acting President

Four new COVID Guidelines for the MakerBarn:

Masks: Everyone must wear a mask before entering the Barn and for the duration of your time at the Barn. Please bring your own.

Two’s a crowd: We want to practice social distancing while also allowing for making. So let’s keep it to one member using each area at a time, i.e. one member in the laser room, one member in the sanding room, one member using the sewing, one doing wood working, etc.

Use Sign-up Genius: Please do not come to the barn without reserving time to use equipment. It’s easy now to go the website at http://themakerbarn.org and click on the new Sign-Up Genius icon. There you may reserve equipment in one hour blocks. You can always call 832-663-6390 and the manager on duty will confirm your time as shown on SignUp. We are all going to need to be respectful and considerate of one another during this time.

Members with guests: Guests and children are asked to stay at home until we have reliable information that shows the Covid-19 danger is considerably reduced. We are not there yet. Safety and health of our members is top priority.

NEW 100 WATT LASERS ARE HERE!

Yes, it’s been a long wait, but MakerBarn’s two new lasers have arrived from China and were recently installed. Please note, these are 100 watt lasers with a 24” x 38” working area – significantly more powerful than 40 watt lasers in common use today. The two machines are identical and have red dot pointers as well as auto-focus. The controllers are the newest Rudia RDC6445 units and work well with LightBurn software.

There are several new features of the new lasers that take a bit of getting used to so be sure to watch the videos and spend some time with Greg Radliff on Thursday evenings at the Barn.

Here are a couple links to YouTube videos that show their operation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heL-GVxE64I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_614tC91W8I

TWO NEW WELDING MACHINES AT THE BARN

Recently, one of our members graciously donated two professional grade welding machines.

One is a Millermatic 251 MIG machine. This machine is setup to use 0.030” wire and can weld steel up to 1⁄2” thick. It also has a spool-gun for welding aluminum. The spool-gun is stored in the large welding cabinet.

You may download a manual from this link:
https://www.red-d-rc.com/pdf/Millermatic%20251%20Operators%20Manual.pdf

The other machine is a Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster 50 plasma cutter. This cutter can cut up to 1⁄2” steel, so it is a very powerful plasma cutter.

Be sure to read the manual before operating. You can download a copy of the manual using this link:
https://www.manualslib.com/download/728903/Thermal-Dynamics-Cutmas-
ter-50.html
, Check the “I’m not a robot” and click “Get Manual”

1/8” Flat Kerf blade

With thanks to Jim Barron, we have a new 1/8” Flat Kerf blade to be used on the Dado saw. This blade is to be used as a dado blade, that is, no through cuts. Please resist the temptation of using this blade for through cuts on the dado saw!! It is not safe to do so because the dado saw does not have a splitter (which can not be used for dado cuts) or the safety system of the SawStop. Be sure to use the proper table insert when using this blade.

You will find the blade and insert hanging on the wall next to the dado saw.

WHAT OUR MAKERS ARE MAKING

Elizabeth Jones made these beautiful Corn Hole Boards for her friends (wouldn’t you like to be her friend?!) She filled the routed out parts with epoxy resin. She uses mica powder and mixes it in after she combines the resin and the hardener.

John Buckley made a Christmas ornament box using the new laser. The wood compartments were laid out in VCarve software and cut out of 1/8 birch plywood. Each ornament was traced and converted to a vector image in LightBurn software. Then the foam packing of the new laser machines was repurposed to cushion each ornament!

Upcoming Events and Classes:

Ok, so we haven’t been able to gather in groups at the barn lately, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan some great classes for you. Here are a few that we have planned, and we will hold them as soon as we can get a safe start date:

Building a Frequency Counter. In this class we will solder a simple device for the digital measurement of frequency. This will be a great accessory for the Function Generators we built a few months ago. The cost of the kit is $5. It is an easy kit and good to learn soldering skills.

Designing a Circuit Board Demonstration. Of course, learning to design a circuit, layout a printed circuit board, and cut out the circuit board on the small CNC router cannot be taught in a single night, we can do a demonstration of the process. We will use Eagle (part of Fusion360) to draw the schematic and design the circuit board. Then we will use CamBam to read the Gerber circuit board file and generate the G-Code for the router. Then we will use the Mini-Chop CNC Router to produce the circuit board. If there is sufficient interest, we can have a series of classes in the future teaching each step in the process. This is a free demonstration.

For the artistically inclined, the Retro-Photo Class. In this class we will hand out a Holga 120 film camera and a roll of black and white film to ten participants. The Holga is a cheap plastic camera that shoots medium format film. The photographers will shoot the roll of film during the following week. We will then process the film at the barn and scan the negatives. The beauty of the Holga is not its sophistication, but its simplicity. It has a single plastic lens that causes some distortion and vignetting. This makes it much like using a cheap box camera from the 1950’s. The $20 fee will cover film and processing.

Brightlife

Here is a message from our friends at BrightLife – a YMCA sponsored organization that helps people with special needs. We look forward to providing them again with wood blanks for their art projects.

Such exciting new things going on at the Barn even in the midst of a pandemic! It has been an interesting time for Bright Lifers. I have tried so hard to keep them engaged during this time with online lessons and Zoom calls 3 times a week. They have done remarkably well with adapting to being at home. However, they are ALL so ready to be back together again. We were scheduled to tentatively reopen July 6 but with the spike in cases I am pretty certain we will not. I will be talking with our Exec. today to discuss. Our initial plan was to reopen on a staggered schedule with small groups but not sure that is even feasible given the current environment.

Keep us in your prayers and we will do the same for you! Can’t wait to get back and get to work on some new projects/partnerships with MakerBarn! Thanks so much for all you do!

Lisa Thompson, YMCA Bright Life Program Coordinator

And Another New Addition

Thanks to George Carlson, we have a new crosscut sled for use with the SawStop table saw!

This one has a sliding stop block for repetitive cuts.

It is a precision device so treat it with care. Either leave it on the saw, or hang it on the wall when not in use.

If you would like to make special add-ons that use the T-Slot, the center of the slot is 2.25” above the bed.



MakerBarn Directors:
George Carlson, Director and President
Jeanie James, Director
Greg Radliff, Director


Executive Committee:
Kathy Barbieri
Jody Cochran
Raul Garcia
Jim Barron
Matt Folsom
Daniel Cielecy
John Buckley – Newsletter Editor

June 2020 Newsletter

Clay McGovernNews

Message from the President

George Carlson

Things are certainly improving.

We now have The MakerBarn open on a limited basis and members can get back to work on their projects. Soon we will be able to relax the access so we can get back to having classes and train new members on the machines.

Speaking of machines, the Executive Committee has approved the purchase of two new laser engravers. These units will replace the lasers we currently have. The new machines are 100 watt lasers with 24” x 36” capacity. They use the same controllers as our current machines, so any files you have generated on the old machine will run on the new machines. Only power and speed may change due to the more powerful laser.

If you have any ideas for demonstrations or classes post your ideas on Slack. If you would like to teach a class or do a demonstration, we would love to hear about it.

This June marks our fourth anniversary. I wish we could throw a big celebration, like in years past, but this year has been different. It’s been tough, so I want to thank all of you who have stood with us through this
Covid-19 mess.

Thanks,
George Carlson, Acting President

We hope to see you back at the barn soon during our soft open month of June and when you arrive you will notice some changes.


New Guidelines:
Masks: Everyone must wear a mask before entering the Barn and for the duration of your time at the Barn. Please bring your own.
Two’s a crowd: We want to practice social distancing while also allowing for making. So let’s keep it to one member using each area at a time, i.e. one member in the laser room, one member in the sanding room, one member using the sewing, one doing wood working, etc.
Members with guests: Guests and children are asked to stay at home until we have reliable information that shows the Covid-19 danger is considerably reduced. We are not there yet. Safety and health of our members is top priority.
Use Sign-up Genius : Please do not come to the barn without reserving time to use equipment. It’s easy now to go the website and click on
the new Sign-Up Genius icon. There you may reserve equipment in one hour blocks. You can always call 832-663-6390 and the manager on duty will confirm your time as shown on SignUp. We are all going to need to be respectful and considerate of one another during this time.
Kill it!: Germs that is. Cleaning up after yourself just took on a whole new meaning. We are asking you to bring supplies to disinfect before and after in your workspace. We will try to have some hand cleaner and wipes available, but it would be best if members could bring their own. Wipe down safety glasses, door knobs, on/off switches and control knobs, keyboards, and most importantly, DO NOT USE WIPES ON METAL EQUIPMENT as this can damage the tool surface. Just wash your hands with soap…often.

Have you checked out MakerBarn’s new library?

Our Library

You’ll find dozens of woodworker and craft magazines (the plans never get old) and lots of ideas for new projects in our library corner upstairs. Many thanks to members who have donated and those who built this new space.

Upcoming Events and Classes:

Hopefully, we will soon be able to have get-togethers at the barn to have hands on classes and other events. Here are a few that we have planned, as soon as we can get a safe start date:

Building a Frequency Counter: In this class we will solder a simple device for the digital measurement of frequency. This will be a great accessory for the Function Generators we built a few months ago. The cost of the kit is $5. It is an easy kit and good to learn soldering skills.

Designing a Circuit Board Demonstration: Of course, learning to design a circuit, layout a printed circuit board, and cut out the circuit board on the small CNC router cannot be taught in a single night, we can do a demonstration of the process. We will use Eagle (part of Fusion360) to draw the schematic and design the circuit board. Then we will use CamBam to read the Gerber circuit board file and generate the G-Code for the router. Then we will use the Mini-Chop CNC Router to produce the circuit board. If there is sufficient interest, we can have a series of classes in the future teaching each step in the process. This is a free demonstration.

For the artistically inclined, the Retro-Photo Class. In this class we will hand out a Holga 120 film camera and a roll of black and white film to ten participants. The Holga is a cheap plastic camera that shoots medium format film. The photographers will shoot the roll of film during the following week. We will then process the film at the barn and scan the B&W negatives. The beauty of the Holga is not its sophistication, but its simplicity. It has a single plastic lens that causes some distortion and vignetting. This makes it much like using a cheap box camera from the 1950’s. The $20 fee will cover film and processing.

We are also looking for an individual familiar with the computer language Python to teach an introductory class. Python can be run on almost any computing device and is relatively easy to learn.

New North Bay Dust Collection System Installed!

Utilizing equipment donated to us by Tenaris Corporation and some generous members, plus some 3D printed items made in the MakerBarn and taking “advantage” of the recent pandemic driven shutdown of the MakerBarn, a new dust collection system has been installed in the North Bay. The system collects sawdust and wood chips generated from the re-saw, chop saw, dado saw, wood lathe and the CNC – as well as an independent vacuum ‘shoe’ near the CNC and a floor pickup near the wood lathe.


Hopefully this system will result in a significant reduction in the amount of dust and debris that collects around these pieces of equipment – resulting in a much cleaner environment for us to work!

This system includes sliding gates located near each piece of equipment allowing the system to be isolated from equipment not in use, thereby maximizing dust collection efficiency. The materials are fed into a common container located outside the barn on the north side (near the storage container).

The system is operated via a mechanical timer mounted on the column immediately adjacent to the CNC. Members utilizing the equipment incorporated in this system should open the sliding gate near the equipment being used and then activate the timer by rotating the dial to the desired amount of time needed to operate (up to 60 minutes). Once you finish your work, be sure to close the sliding gate.

Because the vacuum is located outside the barn, when operating the system it is very quiet inside the barn. It is hoped the timer
will minimize the potential for the system to be left running for an indeterminate period of time when it is not needed.

The vacuum providing suction for the system is very powerful and we believe it is fully capable of handling the load generated from all of these components – even if they were being operated simultaneously. However, should it be deemed necessary, the system is designed such that without a great deal of cost or effort, we can install a second vacuum and split the system into two independent systems.

Feedback and comments are, as always, welcome. Please direct your comments to the barn manager on duty or via MakerBarn Slack General Channel.

Here’s to a cleaner MakerBarn!! Enjoy!

(Ed. Note; A big thanks to MB Manager Jim Barron who spent many lonely hours at the barn making this happen while we were “away”!)

MakerBarn Directors:

George Carlson, Director and President
Jeanie James, Director
Greg Radliff, Director

Executive Committee:

Kathy Barbieri
Jody Cochran
Raul Garcia
Jim Barron
Matt Folsom
Daniel Cielecy
John Buckley – Newsletter Editor

May 2020 Newsletter

Clay McGovernNews

Message from the president…

George Carlson

April was a tough month. Not being able to open The MakerBarn has been a disappointment. Of course, this is nothing compared to what many of our families are experiencing. Not knowing where the next paycheck is coming from is far more serious. Currently, as of Saturday April 25th, the number of active Covid-19 cases is increasing daily in Montgomery County. This means more people are being diagnosed than recovering. So, we are still on the upward side of the curve.

On Thursday, April 30th, the Executive Committee met on Zoom to analyze the situation and plan for the reopening of The MakerBarn. We want to make sure the environment is safe, and that our Barn Managers do not feel compelled to show up for duty. Hopefully, we can post an update later in the newsletter.

On the brighter side, some of our members have been helping at home with the production of masks and face shields. More about that later. The closing has also given many of us the opportunity to spend some time catching up and learning new skills on the Internet. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the MakerBarn as soon as we can get things going again.

George Carlson, acting President

* Please see additional note latest news on this subject below*

Helping the Medical Community

3D Printers in action

Among several MakerBarn members doing what they can to help provide PPE (personal protection equipment), two of our own have led the charge in mask making. Matt Folsom has had our 3D printers running 24/7 for days on end in an effort to supply tight-fitting filtered masks to the medical community our irreplaceable, front-line Super Stars! Member Jody Cochran has helped to make hundreds of masks and delivered them to those in need throughout this ordeal, as well.

It’s great to see fellow makers making an impact. Great job guys and to all of you makers out there contributing your resources in this fight to save lives.

See more information on MakerBarn activity in this area below.

Amazon Smile!

The MakerBarn is now a registered 501c3 organization and officially on the
Amazon Smile donation list!

You can donate to the MakerBarn by making an Amazon purchase through
https://smile.amazon.com and look for “The MakerBarn”.

Any purchases made through this site result in Amazon giving back a small percentage of your purchase to The MakerBarn and THAT makes us Smile!

Thanks for your support!

Virtual Classes

We’ve all had to adjust the way we function as we shelter in place and keep social interactions to a minimum. Thanks to technology we can still work, catch up with loved ones, and learn new things!

The MakerBarn recently offered virtual classes on Adobe’s Lightroom software. It’s a great tool for organizing and editing photos. Member, Mark Barbieri, hosted two successful tutorials, one for the “Library” module, and one for the “Develop” module.

If you missed the live tutorial, you can see both videos on The MakerBarn YouTube channel.

More on MakerBarn response to Pandemic – from Matt Folsom

Makers all around the world have stepped up to help out in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Italy, 3-D printers were geared up to make ventilator parts when supplies dried up. Some makers went so far as to build simple ventilators, there are a surprising number of viable designs online. Thankfully here in Texas, we were able to flatten out the curve and not reach the critical point where doctors are faced with deciding who gets the last ventilator.

Locally there have been several coordinated efforts to provide PPE to people on the front line of the battle against the Corona virus. 3D printers and sewing machines have been called to action, printing face shield frames and respirator masks, and sewing machines are cranking out cloth masks as fast as the stores can restock fabric. If you see someone wearing a mask made from fabric reminiscent of grandma’s curtains, don’t judge. Elastic has become a commodity, I recently bought 200 yards and was offered ten times what I paid for it by another maker.

My wife Catherine’s craft business exploded with orders for masks, current estimate is around 600 masks ordered, and about 200 made so far. Every waking hour is at least partially spent in support of this flood of orders, and like any manufacturing process we had to take steps to keep up. I made wood templates to use with the rotary cutter and mat, since the paper ones didn’t last long. Assembly was divided into stages so that like tasks are grouped for efficiency. We have borrowed additional sewing machines and have an army of friends scouring stores for fabric.

I don’t know exactly when it turned from a hobby to a business, but it has become challenging to keep up. Sourcing materials, manufacturing, packaging, sales, marketing, delivery and accounting are all being handled by one person. I sometimes question it is all worth it for her. I am happy to help, I love to make stuff, but is it too much? Between all the stresses of running a small business, when she comes up with another “super cute” design, the smiles generated say it all. You can enjoy what you make, and make a little money too. Finding the balance can be tricky, but in the end well worth it.

Late news: MakerBarn to open for limited access starting weekend of May 9-10

Good news is, we are planning to open the barn. Bad news is that it will not be right away. Part of the problem is defining where we fall in the current Texas Covid-19 order and guidelines. The other complication is staffing the barn with Barn Managers.

Here is the plan for the near future: We plan to open the barn for limited access starting with the weekend of May 9th and 10th. Kathy is going to put together a system where work areas can be reserved on-line. Only one person may be in a work area at any time. Reserved slots will be one hour each. This will allow as many members as possible to use the barn. We will be announcing more information on how to sign up for a slot mid next week.
Thanks,
George Carlson, acting President

A Thank You from Freedom House

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A video Thank You from Freedom House to the MakerBarn for the work our members did on the project to build beds for their residents.

MakerMade Market and Repair Cafe

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Join us for the upcoming MakerMade Market and Repair Cafe. It will be held on the MakerBarn property, Saturday, October 12th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

It’s a chance for makers to sell their products – right before the holiday season, too! Do you make something special like wood or metal products, leather goods, toys, cake toppers, food items, knitting or embroidery articles, 3D printed objects, wearable technology, or something else entirely? A vendor space is $25 per table. You bring your table/chairs/and shade structure. The event is FREE to the public!

What is a Repair Cafe? “It is a meeting in which people repair household electrical and mechanical devices, computers, bicycles, clothing, etc. They are organised by and for local residents. Repair Cafés are held at a fixed location where tools are available and where they can fix their broken goods with the help of volunteers. Its objectives are to reduce waste, to maintain repair skills and to strengthen social bonds.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repair_caf%C3%A9

Interested in being a vendor or helping out with the Repair Cafe? Let us know at info@themakerbarn.org

MajerMade Market and Repair Cafe

Notes from Jody Cochran’s 3D Printing Class

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Notes from the class in PDF format

Links

Source for downloading models: https://www.thingiverse.com/

Site for designing parts in the browser: https://tinkercad.com

Channel for learning Fusion 360: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheKHaug

Software we use for slicing at the barn: https://www.simplify3d.com/

Free utility for slicing: https://ultimaker.com/en/blog/52819-new-beta-of-ultimaker-cura-40-now-available

Wood Lathe Tool Grinding

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This video by George Carlson shows the method of grinding lathe tools at The MakerBarn. Uniform grinding techniques are important for tool longevity of shared tools.
 

CHOP Bench Build Project

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We had about 20 MakerBarn members volunteer their time and effort to take simple 2×4’s and make them useful pieces of furniture for the Conroe House of Prayer, a church for the homeless. It was a fun and productive morning!

Bench building at the MakerBarn
Benches at CHOP and a Thank You

January 2019 MakerBarn Newsletter

Clay McGovernEvents, Making, News, Tools

The Maker’s Mark

Ever since people have been making things, they’ve been placing their mark on the item. From the stones in giant buildings to tiny pieces of jewelry. Why? Because they were proud of their work and were willing to show it and they wanted people in the future to know where it came from. The mark was generally hidden, and quite often could only be found by someone else skilled in the trade. If you look at the silicon die inside an Intel 8080 microprocessor chip, you will see the stylized initials “HF”. Hal Feeney was one of the designers of the 8080, and the person who designed the physical layout of the chip. Rumor has it that the Soviets cloned the 8080 by doing a straight copy of the chip’s artwork, including Hal’s maker mark.

The maker’s mark is usually not in plain sight. On a chest of drawers, the traditional place is on the inside left side of the top drawer. Leather workers usually have an oval stamp on the backside of the belt or holster.

Painters and photographers usually sign their work on the lower right corner. Ceramic and glass vases are marked on the bottom. (Ever watch “Antiques Road Show”?) The mark will usually have the maker’s name or initials and the date.

Today the world seems to move so fast. We spend much of our lives at work creating designs, proposals, budgets, and closing sales. The truth is, even some of the most important projects soon disappear and are forgotten. But not everything, toys and furniture I built for our kids are now being used by our grand-kids and will probably be used by their kids. The maker mark is still there, it is like a tiny time machine showing when and who made the piece. The grand-kids may not know what VHS tape is, but they know Grandpa made that chair. So don’t forget to mark your work, someone in the future will appreciate it.

New Additions!

Something that will be arriving at the shop, in the near future, is a Laguna Revo 18/36 wood lathe. As part of our program to replace loaned equipment it was decided we were long overdue for a new wood lathe. The Revo is a hulk, weighing about 500 pounds. It can turn everything; bowls and platters up to 18” in diameter to tiny objects like pens and doll house furniture. Turning wood can be great fun. Many projects can be done almost entirely on the lathe, even finishing. To complement the big lathe, and to assist in training, we have purchased two mini-lathes. The mini lathes can do almost anything the full-size machine can do, except much smaller.

The two small lathes will be located upstairs and will be used primarily for teaching and demonstration, but members may also use them for projects. (make sure you clean up your mess). Greg Radliff came up with a neat idea of replacing the black pulley covers with ones made of clear acrylic. This makes it easy to see the speed that has been selected. The covers are held with magnets to make it easy to change speeds.

Upcoming event

Monday, January 7th, 7:00PM The Metalworking SIG will be meeting once again. This time the subject will be “Welding”. We’ll have a group discussion on welding methods, equipment, and materials. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Upcoming Class

Saturday, January 19th, 6:00PM to 10:00PM A Basic Woodworking Class will be held. Everyone will learn to safely and confidently operate around 10 different power tools! These will include the jointer, planer, table saw, and band saw. In the process, you’ll learn how to square up a board and design and cut your very own cheeseboard! You will also learn about sanding and food safe finishes. The cost is $42. If interested, please contact instructor Lacey Porter.

Volunteer Opportunity for Members Only

The Conroe House of Prayer (CHOP) is a “street church” for the homeless and others in Conroe (http://compassionunited.us/ministries/chop/). Last year the MakerBarn made a beautiful table that is now used everyday for food service at the church. This year the church needs some simple bench furniture to go with what they already have. We are looking for a team of folks to get together and measure the existing benches in Conroe and then buy lumber and assemble benches at the Barn. We also need folks with trucks to deliver the benches to Conroe from the Barn. CHOP is very grateful for last year’s table – let’s do more to help them this year! Contact John Buckley at info@themakerbarn.org to volunteer

Safety

When doing welding operations, it is always a good idea to have a Spotter. The Spotter is a person who makes sure the weldor (the person doing the welding) is being safe and not catching things on fire that shouldn’t be (like pants cuffs). We have gone though a lot of trouble to keep the welding area free of flammable materials, but there always seems to be something that will burn. Wearing a welding helmet prevents the weldor from seeing flames or smoke until it’s too late.

~~ Reminder ~~
East Bay Clean-Out

Starting January 15th we will be cleaning out the East Bay of the Barn. That means everything except the Roll-In saw and Air Compressor will be removed from the area. This includes all of the wood storage bins and the horizontal metal storage cabinet (near the air compressor). You must have your material removed from this area before January 15th. Sorry, but we must free up this space for additional machinery and work-space. Please contact Raul Garcia to reserve space in the new store container. Spaces are rented on a semi-annual or annual contract on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don’t delay. Details are below:

You may rent a storage bin in our new storage container located on the North end of the Barn. Storage must be bought in a 6 month or 12 month block. Rentals are on a first come/first served basis. Raul Garcia is the Storage Rental Manager. Please direct all questions and concerns to him.

Here are your options:

$5/mo for 1/2 of a tall sized bin:

  • Vertical fit is 2 ft deep, 1 ft wide, and 8.5 ft tall
  • Horizontal fit is 2 ft deep, 2 ft wide, and 4.25 ft tall

$3/mo for a quarter sized bin:

  • Your storage tub must be within 28” with 4” allowed to overhang, 2 ft wide, and 2 ft tall

All members [individual or family memberships] may only rent one tall and one quarter sized bin at once; one tall and one quarter size bin per family. If you teach an EE semester-long class in the Barn, you may rent one tall and one quarter sized space for that purpose, as well.

BONUS: Renters may use the plywood storage area at no additional charge for sheet/panels only. Only 4 sheets per person at a time AND they may be stored for up to 2 months. After two months, those sheets may be removed and discarded.

  • Space is intended for project material storage, not long-term storage.
  • Center aisle must be kept clear at all times.
  • Any material left in Barn will be considered abandoned and may be discarded.
  • Sorry, there is no storage for material over 8’6″ in length.
  • Space must be evacuated at time membership is terminated. No refunds for space rental.
  • By renting a space, you agree to the Waiver and Release Agreement (given upon payment)

Absolutely no flammable liquids may be stored.

All material must be removed from the Barn (including the East storage bay) by January 15, 2019