Located in an industrial park in North East Gainesville (Coordinates), this location is where we do messy, noisy and smelly operations. Here's where we mill, weld, plasma cut, sand, etc.
The shop space holds lots of stuff that can be dangerous, both to you and to the space itself. Because of that, we put a few speed bumps in place before we add you to the shop access list.
Please download our Liability Release, fill it out, and give a copy to the shop maven.
Discuss the tools you intend to use with some of the more experienced hackerspace members. Be wary of setting out on a new tool without such preparation. There's a wide range of danger levels, but you might be surprised how much damage you can do, for instance, to your stomach with a wire brush on an angle grinder if it snags your shirt.
For some of our tools, we're going to try to ensure that folks who pick them up have at least a bit of knowledge about them. Easy examples of these are the welders; welders are not something you want to approach without a bit of preparation. We'll have some training materials and some tests available.
We're trying to build a productive shop culture here, kind of out of whole cloth. Eventually, we'll probably have some pretty firm rules about certain aspects of behavior, but we need to _evolve_ these rules, rather than have someone impose them. So I'm writing down some principles, but let's view the things set out here as a first pass or trial baloon. Edit the page, or head for the Talk:Shop page to discuss. --Allen Rout (talk) 01:09, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
Some of the stuff we use in the shop is simply consumable. Welding rods, sandpaper, bits and blades. You should expect, in the large, to be contributing as much or more than you use. You can bring all your own materials, and not worry about the communal parts. You can make an effort to replace everything you use. Eventually, it's likely we'll have to come up with a signup sheet or something like a coffee club; but the more people take care of the issue themselves, the longer it will be until we have to get formal about it.
If we're successful, there will eventually be schedule contention for tools. I've got a vague sense of how we'll deal with that in the final analysis, but it's a lot of extra software and bookkeeping. Until then, we're going to need to work with convention and polite behavior.
Here's an initial stab at convention: During "the day", say 0800 to 1700, please be prepared to yield your tool gracefully any time after two hours use. So if you start welding at noon, and someone walks into the shop wanting to weld at 1430, your response should be "Sure, let me finish this bead", and go do something else for a bit.
If you want longer contiguous times on tools, pick another part of the 24-hour clock; but be willing to engage in a negotiation if someone shows up at 0200 when you're 4 hours into your 8 hour plan.
If someone's trying to accomplish her milling in her 2-hour time on the machine, chatting with her, regardless how pleasant the topic, will eventually end up aggravating her and whomever is waiting for the tool. Hackerspace is about sharing, teaching and learning, in addition to all the doing. But the doing really needs to come first.
Be receptive to being asked to leave someone alone. It's not an insult, you're not a bad person; just let them work. On the other side, be willing to _politely_ rebuff folks who are harshing your vibe. We may come up with some physical dont-bug-me token. I favor the Blue Beanie of Solitude.