Member Grants 2012

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The shop was recently donated $1,200 from DeepSouth con. This money comes without strings and we're doing ok finance wise (but don't stop donating!) so the board has decided to pass the savings on to you the member!

We've divided the money up to 4 pools of $300. We're going to use this wiki page to accept proposals to vote on what you want to do with the money. This can include shop improvements, tool purchases, anything that boosts shop moral (and is legal in the state of Alabama). Add your proposal to this page so that all will know. Proposals will have to include a deadline of when this project will be completed and a detailed explanation of what you plan to do with one of the $300 pools. Feel free to include multiple proposals, but make sure they're ones that you and other named members can carry out. Each proposal should cover who (as in project leader and helpers), what (project details), when (start and completion dates), where (where in the shop this will live, where your event will take place, etc.) and why (why do you think this will improve the shop).

You're encouraged to vote for the four (4) best proposals. Add your name to the Votes line for no more than four (4) proposals. Voting and proposal suggestions end at 7:30pm CDT September 13th. Money will be allocated at the September monthly meeting.


Floor The Library

  • Who: Tim and Phil
  • What: Purchase and install 18 sheets of 23/32 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. OSB Tongue and Groove Flooring Board to continue reinforcing the loft floor.
  • When: September 15th. Fallback date of September 1st.
  • Where: Library area
  • Why: This is necessary to prevent injury at the shop, and improve compliance with building codes.
  • How Much: At $15.77 each, 18 sheets is $306.57 with tax. The remaining money will be shook out of the couch.
  • Votes: crashcartpro, Phil, RAMGarden.1, tylercrumpton, Tuttle, opticron, strages, mog, Candleknight, preaux, korc, tscreighton, Mono (talk), MissScarlet, Viapersona, SqueakyKittie, krs, dw, JimShoe.1, t-rex, Gregabyte, Cash, Alii, brimstone.1

Big Shop Heater

  • Who: Everyone?
  • What: Purchase 1 or 2 giant electric shop/work site heater to place in the main shop area to heat the area. Example: However at 4000 watts this might run the power bill up too high? Thoughts?
  • When: Any time before the weather starts getting cold again!
  • Where: Main shop area
  • Why: Health concerns from running the oil burning heater indoors without ventilation.
  • How Much: At around $149.95 each we can get 2 for $299.90 with free shipping.
  • Votes: Cash

Mobile Shop Cam Robot

  • Who: Candleknight & anyone he can rope into helping
  • What: Build (or buy) a video enabled, internet controlled, mobile robot.
    • Camera feed and robot control would be web based, so anyone could log in from anywhere and roam around the shop from the robot's point of view.
    • Would have a "home base" that would be it's default location as well as an automatic charging station.
    • Cat doors would be installed on the shop's internal doors to give robot free roam of the entire shop
    • Here are some examples to give you a general idea of what we would be building/looking for.
  • When: 3-8 weeks after proposal acceptance.
  • Where: Whole shop
  • Why: Improve morale. General awesomeness.
  • How Much: Two to five hundred dollars, with the difference to be covered by Candleknight and any other participating parties.
  • Design Specifics:
    • Coming soon! They're almost finished in my head...
    • Also, I'll make a little treadmill powered elevator, so the robot can go upstairs. ^_^
  • Votes: Candleknight, Omegix.3, dw

Glass Working Setup Prime

  • Who: Tuttle
  • What: This proposal for the 300 wing-wangs is to set up a glassworking area at the shoppe for the purpose of fabricating glassworks like sculptures, small scientific glass tools, glass tobacco pipe making, bead making,proper bottle cutting, art, jewlery, pyrex sexual aides, make light bulbs, vacuum toobz!Glass slides for guitars or adding glass to projects. (There have been times when some members have wanted to manipulate some glass but met up with inadequate tools.)
  • When: Immediately following funding the kit will be purchased, when it arrives an area will be setup in the arts and crafts lab the week following arrival of the kit, additional tools and glass will be purchased within the following month, then within 3-5 months if there is a large enough interest a class on glass working will be taught by tuttle. (hoping to see full completion of glass working area by late fall)(Including enough tools and glass, to do a variety of projects)
  • Where: In the arts and crafts section of the shoppe by the ventilation fan.
  • Why: The shoppe already has a nice selection of wood working, some metal working, and fabricating equipment but lacks some more varied material working for artistic purposes like glass. Some will say but Tuttle you just want this for your own means, or Tuttle we don't need this. I say nope, the shoppe could always use more tools, and I want anyone who has an interest in glass working to learn and explore.
  • How Much: $420.00 the remaining $120.00 + S&H will be covered by tuttle. (if interested members wish to donate to this project to upgrade the project they may, but it is not necessary)
  • More Details: The Kit includes:
   Torch an Gas Equipment
       National 6B Torch with HT1 Tip (or select any other torch for an additional cost)
       Propane Regulator
       Oxygen Regulator
       Twin Hose Set - 12 foot hose is standard in the kit.
       Spark lighter
       Hot Glass Shears
       Enhanced Didymium Safety Glasses!
       Shade 3 Clip on Glasses adds more protection to the Didymium Glasses
       Tweezer Tube Holder #2558
       Tweezer #1573
       Carbide Scoring Pen
       Set of three pick/reamer with bowl push

The kit that is being mentioned which is a basic kit that DOES include some tools. ( )more supplies at( )(the very basic kit involving just the rigging and torch can be found here ,$316.00) These torches are capable of any type of the harder glasses to work with, like pyrex, not just the soft glass like Effetre/Moretti.

  • Votes: Tuttle, Mog, Phil, dw, Viapersona, SqueakyKittie, Xthnru, t-rex, Joseph.A.Baxley

Fundraiser Seed Money A

  • Who: Treasurer
  • What: Money set aside to pay for up-front costs for make shop fundraisers. The first profits of the fundraiser would always go back into the seed money pot for the next fundraiser.
  • When: When fundraisers get planned
  • Where: N/A
  • Why: Currently fundraiser start-up costs are paid out of pocket by members. This puts a burden and a risk on the planner.
  • How Much: $300
  • Votes: Preaux, Omegix.4, opticron, Phil, RAMGarden.3, SqueakyKittie, JimShoe.2, Xthnru, Gregabyte, Cash, Alii, CrashCart, korc, Jospeh.A.Baxley, brimstone.2

Fundraiser Seed Money B

  • Who: Treasurer
  • What: Money set aside to pay for up-front costs for make shop fundraisers. The first profits of the fundraiser would always go back into the seed money pot for the next fundraiser. This is a second $300 towards the Fundraiser seed money for a total of $600.
  • When: When fundraisers get planned
  • Where: N/A
  • Why: Currently fundraiser start-up costs are paid out of pocket by members. This puts a burden and a risk on the planner.
  • How Much: $300
  • Votes: opticron, Preaux

Vending Machine Compressor

  • Who: Alii (and hopefully help)
  • What: Purchase and install this compressor in the Vending Machine so it works again.
  • When: Sept 22 or Sept 29.
  • Where: The Vending Machine
  • Why: The vending machine currently does not cool the drinks. This replacement part will have it working again.
  • How Much: $358.22 (extra covered by Alii and hopefully others)
  • Votes: Alii, Phil, strages, tscreighton, tylercrumpton, Mono (talk), RAMGarden.4, MissScarlet, krs, JimShoe.3, CrashCart , Tuttle, korc, brimstone.4

Put Up The Antenna Tower

  • Who: Karl Sackett and other Ham radio operators
  • What: Build the foundation and fixtures for raising the antenna tower. Install grounding, an antenna, cables and building pass-throughs to the ground station. As much as we can do given the $300 budget, at least getting the tower up.
  • When: TBD
  • Where: ML256 building exterior and ham radio station.
  • Why: We have the tower in parts and sitting in the shop. The grant money will be used to get it up and working. Once the tower's up we can also use it for other projects such as weather sensors, wireless networking, or community radio.
  • How Much: Not to exceed $300 (duh).
  • Votes: krs, Mono (talk), omegix.2, strages, MissScarlet, Candleknight, tylercrumpton, Viapersona, Xthnru, Gregabyte, CrashCart, SqueakyKittie, Joseph.A.Baxley

Shelves and Storage on the South Wall

  • Who: Karl Sackett and other Tool-using hominids (and the computer you are using to read this counts as a tool).
  • What: Build new storage shelves along the south wall of the building. Build a wall-mounted bike rack. Rebuild the workbench in the SW corner. Include space for ladders and a lumber rack.
  • When: In phases every clean-up weekend.
  • Where: ML256 building, all along the south wall.
  • Why: We're not making the best use of the storage space along the south wall. I propose salvaging the old shelves and building new shelves like those along the east wall. I also want to add a wall-mounted bike rack. This will open up the space now filled with hanging bikes. We'll need to keep some space for the gas grill, ladders, and the lumber rack. Finally, the workbench in the southwest corner can't be used because it's too deep and collecting junk. I want to replace it with one only two feet deep and with room for storage shelves above and below.
  • How Much: < $300 for lumber and plywood. We can keep the costs down by reusing scrap lumber and salvage.
  • Votes: krs, strages, Viapersona, Candleknight, JimShoe.4, Xthnru, opticron, MissScarlet, Cash, Alii, korc, Mono (talk), RAMGarden.2, brimstone.3

First 256 Private BTC Exchange

  • Who: Tuttle to manage and spearhead this project
  • What: A privately run not in the name of ml256 BTC exchange available to members and trusted bitcoin tinkerers.
  • When: Immediate following successful passing pf proposal
  • Where: In and around the servers at the shoppe
  • Why: Several members of the shop enjoy investing and participating in the wild and wacky world of bitcoin.
  • How Much: $300.00
  • Details: This proposal is for seed money to run a separate from makers local 256 but in house members only bitcoin exchange.
  • Votes: Tuttle, dw