September 23, 2012
Hi all, I've been interested in what you're trying to do for a while, seems like updates are rare and I hope this idea doesn't fall off the cliff like a lot of other things in Rochester…
Anyway, here's the deal, I run a little shop in Rochester that's slowed down quite a bit so I've decided to get a day job and just do some of the shop stuff after hours for fun, which is how I started the business 6 years ago anyway…
over the years I've amassed a good inventory of tools, I've got a J-head Bridgeport, large fairly modern Rockwell metal lathe, a LOT of associated tooling for machining, large compressor, Miller Syncrowave TIG, acetylene setup for welding (aircraft torches), cutting or heating/annealing, I've got the refractory and built the shell for a 20lb crucible aluminum foundry, just need the time and a little help to cast the refractory, a lot of fiberglass tech, I'm setup to do vacuum bagging, vacuum infusion, or just hand layup (would be really cool for doing alt. energy projects like wind).
So my next step with the business is either to talk to my landlord about downsizing the 2000' shop into something that encompasses the hobby side only (which they probably won't like much), which for what I want to do would be about 400', or find an appropriately small shop somewhere else, which would involve moving some very large tools which gets expensive and time consuming.
The third option is to use the shop as the maker space, which would mean reorganizing it and probably doing some simple partitions, but otherwise not much work. I feel like this would be a real boost to the maker space, the main floor of the shop is about 33x60, has two large west facing windows approx 8'x16', parquet wood floors which could be refinished to look very nice, 20' ceilings so building loft areas is possible and allowed by the landlord. Heat's included, it's a very clean and new space in a cool WPA era building downtown, and basically the rent for the large area of the shop would probably be around $500+electric/common area electric.
let me know…
February 7, 2012
We'd love to talk to you about sharing your space. My phone number is on the contact page and you can also email me from there. I guarantee you this project is not going to "fall off the cliff." We've got many people actively helping to getting a maker space started. Everyone has a day job or is a full-time student so progress is sometimes slow but are making steady progress. We're only four months old but we already have tools, seed money and quite a few prospective members.
We've been having formal organizational meetings about once a month and we've been meeting informally frequently. Our next informal meeting is almost certainly going to be next Thursday night, 9/27. We just need to decide on a time and place.
I'm also into machining and metalworking although I'm sure I'm not anywhere near as good a machinist as you are. I'm mostly self-taught and I don't get enough practice. I do have a very well-equipped home machine shop although it is equipped with hobbyist-class machines because I don't have room for a Bridgeport or huge lathe. I have two lathes (a 7x12 & 8x12), two mini-mills (one manual and one CNC), a Miller plasma cutter and MIG welder, an O-A rig and lots more that I'm willing to loan or donate to the maker space.
You can learn more about me by visiting my two web sites, MachinistBlog.com and MachinistVideos.com. They have no ads except for a few on MV. I operate them because I enjoy teaching and probably should have been a high-school shop teacher.
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