[hackerspaces] Member Storage

Doug Philips doug at hackpittsburgh.org
Mon Nov 5 18:10:21 CET 2012

Here at HackPittsburgh we have shelves and space for members to keep a 
14gallon bin (or equivalent). Members must supply their own compliant 
sized bin (One member has gutted a small shop vac).

Jeff's idea is interesting, but our member's bins are storage for 
projects and miscellanea and definitely need sides to keep the stuff 
from spilling out. Having a flat-only space would definitely limit the 
amount of stuff a member could fit onto one tray. Shop tools should not 
be put into members bin, and I think the tray option, while intriguing, 
might encourage members to keep shop tools tied up and would also blur 
the line between "this is a shop tool, this is my own private doodad".


On 11/5/12 12:03 PM, Jeff Myer wrote:
> This is something that I have done a great deal of thinking about but
> have not yet implemented my best plan for a solution which I will share
> with you now in hopes that you can actually do something with it.  This
> is not earth shattering however I think it is a great solution for this
> exact problem.
> Essentially my plan involves plywood (or other material) work surfaces
> that members are assigned along with a rolling rack with many "slots"
> where the work surfaces can be stored when not actively being worked on.
> The rolling racks will be similar to the racks that commercial bakeries
> deliver bread with.
> The workflow is:
> 1. Member is assigned an empty "work surface"
> 2. Member takes work surface and sets on a table or bench, starts to
> work on their project places materials, tools etc on the work surface.
> 3. Member looks up a the clock, realizes it is 3:00 am and they need to
> leave to get at least an hour or two of sleep before work
> 4. Member takes work surface with all tools, materials etc still in
> place on surface, picks it up and slide it in storage rack then goes
> home to get some sleep.
> 5. Member wakes up 6 hours later, realizes that their job is less
> interesting than the project that they left at the hackerspace, calls
> out from work and returns to hackerspace.
> 6. Member goes to rack pulls out the work surface with all of their
> materials and tools right where they left them, sets it down on a bench
> or a table and goes back to working on project.
> 7 Repeat until project is done.
> The 2 parameters that need to be figured out and adhered to are the foot
> print (Length & Width) of the work surface and the max height that stuff
> can be left on the work surface before being put away. These dimensions
> will dictate the slot/shelf dimensions for the storage rack.
> Hope this helps,
> Jeff
> On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Pete Prodoehl <raster at gmail.com
> <mailto:raster at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Over at Milwaukee Makerspace we've been having a discussion about
>     member storage solutions... where to keep your "personal" stuff you
>     leave at the hackerspace, which may be projects in progress, or
>     tools, or miscellaneous parts, bits, widgets, etc.
>     We have some pallet storage, and some file cabinets, and some
>     lockers, and those are all just out of convenience since we
>     scavenged most of it, but with a move to a new building coming, one
>     member suggested portable rolling carts, which could also be used as
>     a work surface (possibly locking them together for a larger work
>     surface) and now we're discussing the finer points of carts.
>     What do other spaces do for storage? Bins? Shelves? Lockers? Rolling
>     Transformer Carts, Hover Carts that can float to the ceiling?
>     Pete
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