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Planning Meeting

This will likely be the last planning meeting before we meet to select a space! We've been meeting for over a year now and its about time we start choosing a Space for Tools and People to Grow Together!

On the Agenda:
* Elections

* Makerspace Location: submissions, review and discussion

* Holding a monthly Craft Night at Bottletree Cafe

* Hacktember Proposals

* What Does a Hakerspace in Birmingham mean to You? Submit a Logo design sketch and a Mission Statement for the space.

* Project schedule for the upcoming months

* Project research

see our statement of purpose:

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  • David

    The space adjacent (within the same building) of Tom's Sound is the space we have been considering for $300 / mo.
    [masked]st Ave N
    Birmingham, AL 35222

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Shirley H.

      It can be wherever. Email me at shirley at velochicdesign dot com, or post initial discussion on the wiki discussion page.

      August 5, 2013

    • Shirley H.

      Sorry - have been on the road, and am currently working through the wiki upgrade during quiet time while visiting relatives.

      August 10, 2013

  • Tigger

    ...and how I would suggest building tables from said heavy wooden spool. Options for top:

    1) Remove the ends (each two layers of board) of another (free) wooden spool, then lay flat on top = 'more free'.
    2) Plywood + steel frame underneath to avoid warping = approximately $50-$70 (retail costs for plywood and steel needed).

    Then, cut out a 'cubby' (check above design as it is used for plants) using the center space for locking less valuable items.

    I'll start collecting the spools this weekend if it's a go.


    July 30, 2013

    • Mykel A.

      I'd say start doing so if you have a storage location

      July 31, 2013

  • Michael T.

    I have a weird idea for a location...but it could work.

    A Storage unit at like U-Haul Storage or something like that.

    U-Haul Storage units range from $100 - $250 per month...maybe there could be dues to cover that.

    There is a U-Haul Storage place on 280 across from the Summit and they charge $240-$250 for a 12' x 30' x 10'

    There is also one in Homewood off Valley Ave. that has more sizing options from $150 to $390.

    The reason I suggest this as an option is they are both fenced in with electronically controlled gates.

    This suffers from the same build quality that Kat talked about before but with the fencing, security measures (not a ton admittedly), resident manager (manager lives on-site) and you must have a unit to gain access through the gate it makes it less likely to get robbed. Still possible but less likely.

    July 30, 2013

    • Michael T.

      280 Location:­

      Homewood Location:­

      I don't know anything about the Homewood location but I do know people who have had units at the 280 location.

      280 location managers are not very good at customer service but that could also be because their customer is my Dad, who is a HUGE A-Hole, so they may just assume I would be too.

      280 location also has terrible parking lot design...there is very little room for parking almost always...I think there is less than 12 actual spaces. The most annoying thing though is the main (middle) aisle is designed for draining not driving so there is a large dip in the middle that expands almost the entire length of it, not fun if you care about your car. :)

      The back gate was broken for over a year.

      The kicker though is 280 Traffic, I used to live on 280 so the traffic doesn't bother me but it bothers most

      July 30, 2013

    • Shirley H.

      Michael - appreciate the suggestion, but there are other things we need to consider when selecting a location, such as electrical capacity, ventilation and lease terms.
      You can find the parameters on the wiki @ http://wiki.redmounta...­

      July 31, 2013

  • Tigger

    IDEA > Furniture, work benches/tables, window frames (to hold window panes), seating and so on...using large, heavy wooden spools (used for transporting telecommunications coax/cable). Also, to hang (just the ends) from the ceiling (using detachable cables/chains and power/extension cord in case we need to re-locate) for each cube (hang over a specific space kind of thing) to have lighting fixtures just above it. Better yet...

    Here is a link for ideas using such items:

    I have a new source, for possibly as many as I would like for just my transport costs = practically free. I can trailer 4-5 large (5' diameter) spools with my 5x8 single axle trailer. Location of spools is Pelham, AL near Oak Mt. exit off I-65.

    Thoughts? =)

    July 30, 2013

  • Wesley

    Im in Seattle and im not getting home till 9:30 ill be sure to make it to the next meet up i have a few cool things to show you guys

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • Mykel A.

    I just saw this on the interwebs ->

    I was thinking that if we had some dirt somewhere, this is probably the most economical thing to do. How much DOES land cost in the less-pricey sections of town?

    July 28, 2013

    • Mykel A.

      Locks of essentially any type are pretty useless, too, given the availability of liquid nitrogen. If people want your shit, they'll get it. This clearly isn't a secure facility.

      July 30, 2013

  • Jeff K. D.

    See you then!!!

    1 · July 27, 2013

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