Larger storage spaces?

I wonder if there’s a possibility of making larger storage spaces available for personal use, in addition to the lockers. I’m sure I’m not the only one working on a larger project who would rather not just keep it in their car ad infinitum and schlep it back and forth from home to MakeICT.

For me, right now, it’s a cabinet that I want to restore/augment for my mom. It’s been sitting in the backseat of my car waiting for me to start working on it, taking up space and blocking my view out of the rear window. None of that is MakeICT’s responsibility, of course, but it would be really cool to have a small cage or something where I could keep it in the building without it taking up valuable space in one of the shops (which I don’t think you’re actually supposed to do for more than a week or so, regardless).

And then there are all of the other parts too big to fit in my locker, which have taken up residence in my car and keep the cabinet company. :smiley:

I don’t know how many people have been down in the catacombs beneath Century II, but they have cages made of chain link fencing, kind of like a dog run (I think), where items that might be needed soon can be stored for accessibility rather than placed in long-term storage. That’s basically what I have in mind.

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As far as I know, if you are working on a woodworking project, it can be left in the woodshop. I have done this. I put my name on it and the date I last worked on it so people can see that it is being worked on. I built a shoe rack/plant stand that I stained then put three coats of poly on. I didn’t want to carry it in and out with the surface wet.

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The metalshop storage policy is similar to the woodshop.

I just ask that you name and date whatever you leave there so that I know someone is actually working on it and not intending it to be a donation.

Though… I was thinking about turning the area under the Portaband into a project storage spot if I could figure out better homes for the stuff currently under there.

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Appreciated, but space is limited in both wood shops and both metal shops. I wouldn’t want to put something as big as a cabinet in there and leave it for weeks.

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One of the ideas that has been getting tossed around is turning that giant area known as room 4 into a multi-purpose space that might include some larger lockable storage space…

But to make that happen Anna DiSalvo could really use some help during the Inventory Committee meetings to get things moved out of there.


I’m going through this at the moment. I’m being told that Classroom 1 is the destination for work in progress.


I’m in favor of using classroom 1 for work in progress. For using classroom 4 as a gallery, venue, and congregation area



I think you have identified the problem

‘keep it in their car ad infinitum’

I made a sewing machine center for my wife which occupied various parts of my shop, one of our bedrooms, and a corner of the basement over the 18 months it took to complete.

I try, not always successfully, to create a realistic timeline for my projects.

Good luck.


Just remember that people are very bad about leaving things in the space for way,way too long. Start with asking one of the leads if there is a temporary storage location.

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