Frequently Asked Questions

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Membership

How do I get started?

Take a look at our Becoming a Member page. In short, you can join today and start coming in with projects. If you want to use the power tools we need to do a safety check of class with you first.

 

What if I have no experience with the tools?

Part of the reason the space exists is for beginners and aspiring makers! We have many Intro classes that serve as safety training for our equipment. Take a look at our calendar to see what is coming up!

 

Do I have to join for a certain amount of time?

You can join for 1 month, 2 months, 11 months, a year, it’s all up to you! We want to make things flexible for people on tight budgets, so you can join for however long your project is and turn off membership until you’re ready for the next project. We do like to see regulars at the shop though!

 

Are there materials there?

We have scrap bins in our wood shop and metal shop, and sometimes we get donations of nice lumber and sheet goods from our members. There aren’t any materials for sale, but we are right across the street from Ricci Lumber/Ace Hardware.

 

How many members do you have?

As of December 2018, we have 86 active members. We’re always looking for more!

 

When are the busiest times?

It fluctuates a lot. The times where it’s likely to be busy are weekday evenings and weekend afternoons. But even with the number of members we have you never see everyone at the same time.

 

What do members do at the space?

All kinds of things! Some members come to learn a new skill, some have a project they want to build for their home, some want to design a product, some make items to sell, and some want to hang out with other makers like themselves. There’s a variety of reasons people need tools, workspace, and a collaborative culture in their lives.

 

What kind of people become members of the space?

All kinds of people! We welcome all to join our space and want to be inclusive. Admittedly we have a mostly male demographic, and we’re working on trying to change that. Everyone is welcome, including you, the person reading this!

 

Is someone there that can help me with a tool/project?

The other members of the space are generally open to sharing their knowledge and we encourage people to help eachother and collaborate! You can ask for help one of our discussion lists or our Facebook group.

 

 

Storage

Is there storage space available for my project?

The standard storage options like shelves and rolling benches are generally available. You can see these and other options on the Project Storage page. For floor space to accommodate larger projects, contact the manager for availability.

 

Do you allow outdoor project storage?

Currently we do not. We used to allow it early on, and we had 5 tiny houses built in our lot! We can’t allow it anymore though due to concerns about the city and working outside.

 

 

 

Classes

Are classes for members only or can anyone take them?

Classes are open to all! As a member you do get discounts on classes between $10 and $30 off!

 

How much are classes?

Generally our classes are 3-4 hours and cost ranges between $30 and $100. This covers any material cost in the class, and our instructors are usually either volunteer or teach to support the organization.

 

Are there classes for youth?

There are! For some of our Intro classes we can allow youths as young as 16 with an adult, and other classes as young as 12.

 

Where can I find out about classes?

We have all of our events posted on our calendar. If you want to get reminders about upcoming events, you can sign up for our newsletter here!

 

 

Organization

How long has the space been around?

The Makerspace started in 2012, officially opening in August.

 

Who runs the place?

The Makerspace is operated as a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized by our Board of Directors, with day-to-day operations handled by our General Manager. Currently the GM is our only paid staff, so we rely on volunteerism from our members and the community to help keep things running well.

 

Do you accept donations?

Yes! We accept monetary donations through this form, and we accept equipment or material donations through this form. We do have to review equipment/material donations, as we don’t have space for everything and some things we just don’t need.

 

How do you keep your shops so clean?

Our members are responsible for cleaning up after themselves, and we have volunteers that help clean up what gets missed. We’re always looking for more volunteers to help out, with more than just cleaning too. See our Volunteer Program for details.

 

Are you looking for volunteers?

Always! If you’re interested in volunteering, you can use this form to apply! Anyone wiling to help is welcome.

 

 

Tools

What are the rules about bringing my own tools? Can I bring them here? Can I leave them here?

You can bring and use your own tools, and if you rent one of the storage options you can keep them there. To keep things simple and organized we don’t want members’ personal tools in the main shop.

 

Do I have to pay for consumables welding wire, 3D printer filament, sandpaper, materials, etc?

Nope! Unless you’re using a lot of something, consumables are part of your membership. We use the honor system, where if you use an entire $10 bottle of glue, you’re expected to throw a few dollars back to go towards replacing it, or go out and buy a replacement to keep the resource available for other members.

 

Do you have to reserve time on the machines?

Nope! There is one exception, the auto lift, but it is also not mandatory to reserve time. We mostly do it so people can plan their car maintenance without worrying if the lift is free. Everything else is on a drop-in basis, and typically its pretty easy to get access to the tool you want to use. Even if someone is using a tool, just ask politely how long they think they’ll take and you’ll likely be on it in a few minutes.

 

Who takes care of the tools/space?

It’s up to everyone to do their part to keep things running well. We have 4 main shops with many pieces of equipment, a facility with around 8000sqft, and a calendar with regularly scheduled classes and events. It takes a community to take care of it all!

 

Do you have ____ tool?

Maybe! We have a lot of tools in the shops and in storage. You can take a look at a lot of what we have on the Member Wiki, or you can email us and ask!