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  Q's about starting a space
Posted by: bobNY - 02-07-2022, 07:49 PM - Forum: Make a Makerspace - Replies (1)

Seems like this forum is not monitored but will try anyway since the make-a-makerspace email address no longer works.  
Here is the email that just bounced back:

Tons of questions about starting a maker/hacker/fab space but it seems like most of the online blogs and other documentation is 7 to 10 years old.  Much is relevant but some of the information is quite obviously woefully out of date.
We're interested in a ~10k sq ft second floor space in a well kept building with light industrial zoning that is currently available and can be acquired with excellent terms due to connections.  City location with 45k population per square mile with similar to much higher population densities within 2 to 3 miles.

I'll start with two questions:
(1) What are the advantages of a 501-3c organization if nobody here has experience with grant writing?  Seems like it would just add an extra layer of ongoing rules and regulations to have to deal with as opposed to setting up a corporation.  Any link you can point me to would be helpful.
(2) We'd like to add some sort of educational/outreach element to the local community which is truly diverse in all ways from million dollar homes to enormous city run housing projects within a one mile radius.  What legal protections do we need if we would host workshops with 10 year olds to 18 year olds?  I'm not sure if this applies but I know that our city requires fingerprinting and background checking of anybody paid or volunteering for anything that could even remotely fit into the "child care" description.


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  Woodwork to remake bakfiets box
Posted by: mchon - 12-02-2021, 06:40 PM - Forum: Have it Made - No Replies

I have a used bakfiets (cargo bike) that needs a replacement box. The old one is falling apart and I'd like to have a new one made. I initially bought some marine-grade plywood to do the job myself, but quickly realized I'm not fully qualified to replicate an existing piece. I'm looking for someone to lend their expertise in remaking an existing box given the size constraints. I'm happy to cut the pieces on our table saw at work. I don't have access to any routers or sanders, but can do the work in our space if you lend me the tool. [/color]Happy to give you the old box (and bike) for sizing until the job is complete.  If interested, please let me know approximately how long this may take and approx price. I understand that since AA has closed, no one is really taking jobs at the moment. I'm happy to have a discussion or chat over the phone to address any barriers to getting this done. Thanks!


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  Tensile Dogbone Specimen CNC Machining
Posted by: additivesubtractive - 12-02-2021, 02:57 AM - Forum: Have it Made - Replies (2)


I am looking for someone to machine on a CNC mill some steel "dogbone" tensile samples for uniaxial testing on an Instron. 

I would provide rough stock in the form of steel rectangular bars that will be oversized by up to 3 mm in each dimension. Each of those bars needs to be CNC machined to the ASTM E8 size of 100 mm long by 4-6 mm thick with grips of 10 mm width and narrowed gage portion width of 6+/-0.1 mm width. 

See sub-size specimen (0.25 in wide) in the table of Flat test specimen dimensions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensile_testing

I will have sets of 20 samples per week, mostly steels with occasional nickel-based or titanium alloys. If you are interested in this job or have used a service you'd recommend, please let me know. 


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  Wood Table -Refinishing Help Needed
Posted by: MariaLetu - 11-15-2021, 04:15 PM - Forum: Have it Made - Replies (1)

Hi, We have an old round oak table that we would like to strip and bring back to natural wood. Looking for someone with experience refinishing wood, interested in this job. If interested, please text me at 617-970-4026. Thank you

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  Public Announcement
Posted by: RocketProps - 09-13-2021, 05:16 PM - Forum: Events and Announcements - No Replies

Hello all,

I hope everyone is doing well with all their packing and moving (whether that is to move to Allston or on to other adventures). I have some news that we're excited to share with you. There is a group of us (current and former A2 members) who have decided not to move to Allston and to build a new and much needed makerspace here in Somerville to fill the void that will be left by A2. You may have heard rumors about this endeavor over the past year, but until we better understood what we had to offer, we wanted to wait to reach out to everyone until we had something solid.

We wish A2 all the best in its new home in Boston, however Somerville remains a community that has expressed a strong desire to have it’s own makerspace, and we intend to meet that demand, as losing such a community focal point is not something we intend to let happen.  We’ve been working with Somernova to find a temporary space to use on their campus to meet the short-term emergency needs of members while we address the longer term plan. 

We are happy to announce that we have secured a small space at 19 Properzi Way, which is available for some limited “active” storage and a small co-working area, for 90 days. Our communal space is now set up with workbenches and some shared tools. During this interim period, we’re working with Somernova to move into a larger, long-term space and set up a fully functional makerspace, with the eventual goal to partner with them as they explore redevelopment opportunities for the campus. We are making this available to all, whether you want to stay in Somerville, or just need a temporary place to have some continuity of community until Artisan’s opens its doors in Allston.

Currently, we do not have an official name, but are using the working name of SomerMakes.  Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (formerly, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Boston) is representing us to form this new Somerville nonprofit makerspace and file our MA articles of organization, so we’ll decide on a formal name very soon.

If you would like to pitch in, tool sharing is the most realistic way to do so, but for now, only in the form of smaller bench based tools. We already received our first major equipment donation - A GCC LaserPro Spirit LS  laser cutter. We’re working to get that up and running as soon as possible. Additionally, in true makerspace style, several members have offered shared use of their 3d printers. At the moment, we don’t have space for any larger machinery, but our more permanent home will have everything you’ve come to expect - and hopefully even more.

In terms of cost, Somernova is letting us use this temporary space for free because they’d like to support a makerspace remaining in Somerville, however we are charging a monthly $100 fee per 25sqft active storage with shared access, and if you just want to be a member and have access to our space and shared equipment and community, the interim fee is $25/mo. These fees are to help us with the costs associated with making a new organization, and starting to build the needed seed fund for things like insurance, utilities, supplies, etc as we move forward. 

In order to secure space in the new area, you’ll need to schedule a time for an initial on-site orientation where you'll be assigned a storage spot. After that you can use the space on your own. The open hours for now are Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm (with occasional events happening in the other half the space), but know that we’re working to expand this to include evenings and weekends, once we’re settled in.

If you’re interested in joining this effort or utilizing the space, please contact Ilana Krepchin directly at: ikrepchin@gmail.com and she can give you more details about membership and access.

We are looking forward to this new adventure!

Jacob LaRocca and Jason Kuehl
A2 Members- 8 Years

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  Offtopic: Ping Pong Table
Posted by: dadoje - 08-21-2021, 02:53 PM - Forum: The Social Area - No Replies

Hi Everyone! Can any of you guys recommend me best outdoor ping pong table? I have a limited budget. Waiting for replies from you guys.

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Posted by: Little Pickins - 08-12-2021, 12:41 AM - Forum: Have it Made - No Replies



Budget: TBD

Time frame: ASAP

Relevant Shops: SHOPBOT / 3D PRINTING(?)

Do you have design files (illustrator files, solidworks, etc) ready to go?: No, though I have the existing mold to work dimensions off from 
Will you be providing your own materials or will you need materials provided for you: I plan to order materials ASAP in anticipation of starting the project soon after they are received, yet appreciate the guidance in material sourcing to expedite this step.

Project Description:

Hi, my name is Jenn Bingham, I'm the founder of Little Pickins, a children's food startup. We're based out of Commonwealth Kitchen in Dorchester. I'm in immediate need of working with a member who specializes in the ShopBot. Attached is the current mold used for shaping our food. I am looking for someone to create bottomless molds from food grade high density polyethylene.

Thank you!

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Posted by: Abby - 07-29-2021, 11:09 PM - Forum: Cruft For Free and Stuff For Sale - No Replies

Salvaged ukes for sale in my studio, #10, next to the old social area! $20-$50 as tagged. Lmk if you have questions!

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Posted by: Abby - 07-29-2021, 06:31 PM - Forum: Cruft For Free and Stuff For Sale - No Replies

Salvaged ukes for sale in my studio, #10, next to the old social area! $20-$50 as tagged. Lmk if you have questions!

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  Metal cuts needed for sustainability startup
Posted by: diana_cWL - 07-24-2021, 12:57 AM - Forum: Have it Made - No Replies


My team is new to the AA community. We are a mission-driven startup developing low-cost sustainable waste-shrinking toilets for poor communities that lack sewerage infrastructure. We’re on a tight timeline to get a new design of our toilets ready and tested ahead of a pilot trial with indigenous communities in Central America this Fall. 

We’re looking for some help to get some metal pieces fabricated for our in-house testing unit. We actually have many of the raw materials, just need help to get them cut, holes drilled and tapped quickly. 

We have three main pieces we are looking to get parts made for:

  • Two frames made of T-slot extrusions (8020) - Material: 6063 Al.

  • Base plate - Material: Stainless Steel 316L.
Attached are drawings for these. We just need the machining for the extrusions. The T-slot extrusions with the detailed cut-lengths, holes, and taps are also attached.  Regarding the base plate, we're looking for a square hole to be cut out in the middle and two lips folded up on the edges. 

For anyone interested, we’d welcome quotes and timelines. 


Diana Yousef
Founder/CEO, change:WATER Labs

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