[Build] Next: Dirty Shop

jim jim at well.com
Mon Jun 28 17:55:33 UTC 2010

   re cables: i say put up conduit of some kind to 
carry cables, maybe two or three conduits, one for 
audio, one for data, one for 12VDC... (and, of 
course, the usual conduits for 120VAC electrical). 
attach them to the ceiling. if this is done, we 
can extend the walls to the ceiling and allow 
cabling (and re-cabling) through the "matfablab" 
and throughout the space (no need to extend the 
various conduits outside the "matfablab"). 

   re "matfab" or similar, i like it: probably 
we'll all use whatever name is on a sign nearby. 
i vote for "matfablab", but without passion. any 
name will be okay with me. 

   i'm willing to help; my freest times are 
mornings of weekdays. 

On Sun, 2010-06-27 at 23:36 -0700, John Magolske wrote:
> * Ben Kochie <ben at nerp.net> [100627 22:26]:
> > Doors: I would like to find some heavy/noise dampening double
> > doors that don't need a threshold.
> What about those transparent strips of heavy, flexible plastic
> (I think that are maybe on refrigerated rooms). Not sure how pricey
> they are, but seems like that could be a simple option. They'd also
> let light & visibility through.
> > Dust collector: Even an old furnace blower with a air filter would be
> > good to help keep the dust levels down in the shop/space.
> I donated the Fein shop-vac for this purpose. It has a 120v power
> receptacle and a switched mode so that you can plug a sander, saw or
> other power tool into it and the vacuum will come on when the tool is
> powered up. As long as the tool has an exhaust port the vacuum hose
> can be attached to (with a rubber coupling-hose...I think I have one
> laying around) this could go a long ways towards keeping the dust
> down. It even has a HEPA filter.
> This seems to be it (I think they're $300 new):
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B0000223XD/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=228013&s=hi
> I have one or two more bags for this shop-vac at home, didn't want to
> leave them at Nb & have them get lost/misplaced...I'll bring them in
> at some point. We should probably order some more too.
> > I'd also like to finish cleanup the lighting/electrical around the celing 
> > in the shop space.
> That would be awesome. Are those stray Cat5 cables still wandering
> overhead?
> > I also think it would be good to layer the inside walls of the shop with 
> > plywood.  This would make for easier hanging of tool organization.
> At the last work party Erin organized I attached wood strips to the
> floor to make a sheet-stock rack. Scott found a piece of MDF that I
> attached to one end, and the plan is to put a sheet of plywood on the
> face of it (coplanar with the front of the metal shelving) for the
> purpose of hanging tools, storage bins, etc. I've been meaning to
> work on finishing that, put up the other peg-board, and finish other
> improvements, but have been pulled away towards other things in life
> as of late. If more folks are interested in doing improvements to the
> shop space, I'd be encouraged to re-prioritize my time & join in to
> continue with helping get it into more usable shape.
> Oh, and one more thought regarding the name dirty shop...
> While signs were being made at the last work party, I suggested the
> name MatFab (Material Fabrication) zone. Of course anyone can & will
> call it whatever they like, but I always thought that "dirty shop"
> maybe wasn't the best name, as it seems to put the focus on being
> messy. While it's fine (and often necessary) to make a glorious
> creative mess, too often folks tend to leave that mess for someone
> else to wade through. I was coming in on Fridays to make improvements
> to the shop space for a while, and almost every time I'd have to
> spend at least half an hour cleaning up other people's mess. Anyhow,
> I figured the fabricating of material objects might define the space
> more-so than just being dirty.
> John

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