[hackerspaces] List of must haves for Workshop Areas | Wood & Metal

dosman dosman at packetsniffers.org
Wed Apr 5 22:40:19 CEST 2017

The original list is fairly comprehensive. That being said, documentation is always good to have and often overlooked. Workshop signage can go a long way to empowering people to work on their own.

A good fraction to decimal chart (1/32” steps through 1”)
Drill & tapping chart (including both imperial and metric)
Oiling charts for machine tools (lathes, mills, etc)
For lathes, things like cutting tool grinding references, etc.

If you keep machine manuals on your wiki, a sign explaining this can make life easier when something breaks (like a bandsaw blade). Include both a QR code and a tiny url for the smart-phone-impaired.

Laminated signs with overviews on how to use more complex tools (welders, machine tools, laser cutter, etc). This is not a substitute for training on a machine, but years after taking a class someone can get back in the saddle with this kind of documentation posted. Just knowing what gas flow setting to use as a starting point on a welder can make a huge difference to someone who just wants to use the mig machine once a year. Some might make the argument that if someone doesn’t know this off-hand they shouldn’t use the tool. But then the only people using the tool will be the person who brought it in and maby 1 person who did a big project with it. And in that case why keep it in the space?

For a workshop that gets rearranged often and/or a place where walls are covered in tools, I find that using foam-core board/poster board is very helpful. Tape your posters to this rather than attaching them directly to the wall. Also, it’s easier to pull the posters down close for reference charts and such. You can also wrap the board in plastic wrap or put the papers in plastic paper protectors to keep them from getting as messed up/greasy over time. It’s not like we can’t print more, but no one ever does so make them last as long as possible.



> On Apr 5, 2017, at 1:51 PM, pinoaffe at airmail.cc wrote:
> Hi,
> Is the idea to start a collection of tools from scratch or to look whether you're missing anything in a preexisting collection? I feel like this list is quite big, maybe even too big to sensibly buy in one go.
> Furthermore, if you have a bit of an eye for tools, you can get really good old ones for cheap at flea markets, second hand shops and garage sales(though you'll have to sharpen them and refurbish them a bit).
> In my experience this works really good for chisels, gouges and planes (since one can easily sharpen them).
> Sharpening saws and the like on the other hand is an art by itself - a new saw will most probably give you way better results.
> Blessings,
> Pino
> On 2017-04-05 17:26, Altin Ukshini wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> Does anyone have a list of must have tools (hand tools, power tools
>> etc) for wood and metalworking areas for a Hackerspace?
>> The best list I could find so far was this one:
>> http://makered.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Makerspace-High-School-Makerspace-Tools-And-Materials-April-2012.pdf
>> I'd appreciate any help!
>> Thanks,
>> Altin
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