As many of you may have noticed, we have a new container layout and we have access, hooray!
At the moment the containers are full of stuff and we need to set aside a working bee or two to start rearranging everything. To that end, a bunch of us (Exec, team leads, anyone with a vested interest) have been talking about layout and usage. The plan at this stage is here (nothing is to scale, i just knocked this up quick):
To go into some details:
For the extractor and the compressor. if we end up needing to store other large loud machines that can be remote, we will find space here or expand it.
This is pending automotive forming a team and taking this on, otherwise we will repurpose. But the idea is that we have 2 roller doors to put in the side of the container to open up this space and the one adjacent. If we put automotive here, they can have a covered workspace for storage, workbenches, etc. It means that the concrete pad will become a defacto automotive work area. We might try and shade the area with shade sail? or perhaps pursue a grant to get a custom ‘carport’ cover for the area. depends on what people want to do.
Kiln! pottery stuff Heat treat ovens, heat treat kilns for forge, maybe the vacuformer depending on what happens with craft punks dirty room.
A dedicated area for painting. No hard plans for exactly how it will work so if you’re keen to jump in and make a plan that would be appreciated. We need to make sure its got a ‘work’ area and a small storage area while things dry. good ventillation etc.
Cold storage will be for all the things we need to keep but dont need common access to. Like all the lights we replaced that will have to be returned if we leave. Or the dishwashers until we have time/effort/money to redo our kitchen. Spare insulation material. That sort of thing.
Forge Storage is as indicated by @wixted , mainly just for storing refractory and other weather sensitive consumables. He said half a container is plenty for them.
The whacky whacky hot hot area as you know and love it, just bigger and better.
We have a need to store 3 types of things: Long Things, Sheet Things, and Misc Things
For midsize/large projects. The racks for peoples long material. Some kind of storage in the container for sheet goods. Maybe racks/shelves for other items. The racks under the dome are for people to put all their project on a pallet and store it there, again for midsize to large projects. We are providing this space with the understanding that this will mean absolutely no storage in the work areas at all for materials, projects, etc. Work areas for work, storage areas for storage.
Again, we want to put long things on the racks, sheet goods in the container, and some kind of shelving system in the container. We are going to be extremely strict on what can go in the boneyard. The core idea is ‘usable materials only’. So having boxes where you can put a motor, or a psu is the thinking. No ewaste with ‘good parts’ to be disassembled. No printers with motors, either in the ewaste bin or remove the motors and put them and only them in the boneyard.
The shops may maintain sort of ‘local boneyard caches’, like the woodshop has the trolley, metalshop has the scrap metal bin (to be revisited), so it will be a regular thing to empty them to the bigger boneyard and to trim and cull anything not worth keeping.
Currently we have a plan to supply power to the 2 points we installed on the outside of the woodshop. Just waiting on hearing back from CBRE. We should get 80-100a supply for the area that we will build our own sub boards for.
Sigh, with covid, hard to say. We need to have a working bee soon to just empty out all the containers and do a big reorganisation as per the plan above. We need to sort the power, put up lights in the dome, modify the 40’ to have roller doors in the side, install lighting in all the containers so they’re usable at night. Led panels perhaps? We can use spare fluros until we get something better.
Todo, in no particular order:
- Empty containers and reorganise
- Lights in the dome
- Lights in the containers
- Put roller doors in 40’ container
- Install internal walls in 40’ container
- Put up racking for members storage
- Get power connected
- Build subboards to supply power to everything
- Move the forge stuff out to the forge (powerhammer)
- Move the kiln etc to hotworks
- Figure out what these containers look like internally (layout etc):
- Cold Storage/Forge
- Members/Boneyard Storage.
- Need to figure out a sheet goods storage thats space efficient. some kind of 2 layer comb?
- Probably a bunch of stuff i’m forgetting.
So lets perhaps set a date for reorganising the contents of the containers and go from there? Hard to set a date with lockdowns etc. Tentatively, weekend of 14th/15th August?
Keen for everyones help and input and figuring out how we can get all this done. Really keen to knock it out over a month or two and keep on trucking, dont want this to become a drawn out project (any more than it already is). Getting to 80% by the time the construction finishes mid september would be ideal.
This should be a big win for everyones usage of the space, more dedicated workshop areas, better storage, should be awesome!