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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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  CNC for boat Foam deck floors
Posted by: Boatdecks - 07-22-2021, 03:16 AM - Forum: Have it Made - No Replies

Hi All,

Looking for help with CNC cutting for boat deck Foam floors, I'll be providing the cad file.

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  Bike Lock Best Practices
Posted by: spenzo144 - 07-20-2021, 10:18 PM - Forum: The Rubber Duck - Replies (1)

I'm posting my original email here since the email threads got messed up and there is a ton of great ideas and good discussion happening. Hopefully everyone can continue the dialogue here! Generally useful information being shared, good to have for posterity 


Howdy Ye Clever Folk - 

Got a question I think this group would be well poised to answer. What is harder to cut through?

A) braided encased wire a la kryptonite (like this, near top of photo) 
B) or big chain link 

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I'm trying to secure my bikes outside on my porch. The porch is fairly removed from the street. I had two bikes locked together all winter, not anchored to anything, and it was fine. Lately there have been some bike thefts but to my knowledge all stolen bikes were unlocked entirely. 

Anywho just curious what is the harder to cut through, a vs b above. 


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  THE LAST CRUFT SWAP 7/26 - 8/1
Posted by: Chris Duval - 07-20-2021, 02:47 PM - Forum: Cruft For Free and Stuff For Sale - No Replies

Presenting: The Last Cruft Swap at 10 Tyler Street!

Dates: July 26 @10:00 AM - August 1 at 5:00PM
We’re all moving on to new places, and we all have a lot of cruft we’d like to pass on or dispose of Smile  We’re going to set up the social area into a 7-day cruft area. Anything placed in this area will be cruft. Anything left in this area after August 1st  will be tossed into the dumpster.

Previous cruft swaps included laptops, scooter wheels and bearings, high voltage AC servos and controllers, large LED matrix displays, hand tools, roombas, bicycles, light fixtures, a desktop lathe/mill, a key copier, LCD monitors, toolboxes, lasers, wicker mannequin busts, musical instruments, fabrics, spray paint, puzzles, chain, sheets of material, wire, PDAs, furniture, footballs, and so much more.

 We’ll be placing out large tables and marking areas where you can place larger items. There will be a dumpster parked at the loading dock for non-cruftable items as well.

If you have questions about if something can be crufted or general questions, please reach out to Jason, Andrew, or Mike.

AA is helping make this Cruft Swap happen, let's make sure, we can keep doing this at the new home!

Rules are below.

Social Area for cruft items
Studio space 108 for unwanted wood
Studio space 101 for E-waste/ fluorescent bulbs
Loading dock for Dumpster access for trash

The Rules

  • The moment you take ownership of cruft, it is now fully your responsibility. That means if you take that 70lb mechanical calculator from someone, and they leave conscience free, then it's your object to give away/trash.
  • AA has the discretion to dumpsterize, return or reject items at any time. Members are encouraged to scrutinize cruft candidates to make sure they may have value, and use the dumpster if they don't
  • The Dumpster is a one way trip. No one is to climb in and root around, for safety's sake.
  • Cruft takers MUST store items in their studios, pallets, shelves or outside the Asylum. No items taken as cruft may be stored in hallways or common areas, no exceptions.
  • Cruft donations must come only from within the Asylum - no outside contributions from members, no outside contributors.
  • Large items can be taken if they can be dumpsterized (see restrictions) or picked up by our metal recycler.

Restricted Items

  • Batteries will not be accepted as cruft. 

  • Batteries cannot be disposed of in the Dumpster. 

  • You can recycle batteries at most hardware stores and specialty battery stores (Ex, Batteries and Bulbs)
  • Chemicals will be accepted as cruft  ONLY IF if the crufter provides name and contact info. These items will be returned to the crufter for proper disposal if not taken by August 1 at 5:00

  • With the easing of COVID restrictions, towns offer free hazardous waste pickup days. Consult the rules for your town to dispose of unwanted chemicals
  • The following items will be accepted as E-Waste  ONLY IF if the crufter provides name and contact info, and pays the disposal fee listed. Fees can be paid by venmo to @ArtisansAsylum. Enter “Ewaste” under “What’s it for?”

  • TVs of any size: $25 each

  • CRT equipment $20 each

Dumpster Rules

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Big thanks to Jason Keuhl, Andrew Anselmo and Mike Beach for their help pulling this together!

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  Help needed for small routing job
Posted by: Billf - 07-19-2021, 05:02 PM - Forum: Have it Made - No Replies

Hi,  I have one 28” long  2 x 3  ( approx) that I need routed with a 1/2” cove bit.   I don’t have a router or the bit. Wondering if anyone out there would be willing to do this for me?  
Please contact me directly. 
Thanks very much! 
(206) 782-0567

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