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Meeting #529 Agenda for June 22, 2021


  • Project Updates (Show & Tell!) from Members
  • Member Recognition for Awesomeness
  • Membership Sign-ups
  • Guest & New Member Introductions
    • Please hold your applause so we can keep this thing rolling
    • Meeting adjourns

Helpful Hint

  • NAILS:
    • Nails were invented by the Egyptians ~3,400 BC.
    • Here are 3 tips to make them less frustrating to use (after ~5,400 years of banging them into wood)
    • (1) A sharp nail pounded in too close to the end of a board can “wedge” the wood fibers apart and result in an unsightly split. An easy fix to this problem: Turn your nail from a wedge into a punch. Before hammering the nail through the wood, take a few seconds and pound down the tip of the nail. The blunted nail will “punch” through the wood without splitting it.
    • (2) Tired of hitting your fingers when your use really small nails? Solutions:
      • Hold nail with a bobby pin
      • Push nail through piece of cardboard and hold the cardboard
      • Use a plastic lid from a peanut jar. Trim the lid back and drill a small hole near the end. Then cut a slit leading away from the hole so when you pull the lid back it releases from the nail.
    • (3) Nails are easier to drive if you take a full swing. But the downside is that if you miss the nail head, you'll leave a deep 'elephant track' in the decking. Use a 1/4-in. plywood cushion to protect your boards in case you miss with a hammer. It allows you to concentrate on nailing without worrying about denting the boards. Simply start the nail. Then slip a small square of 1/4-in. plywood over the nail and swing away. Remove the plywood for the last blow.


  • MMS to participate in the Bay View Gallery night on Friday, June 25th. Need members to help with set up, tear down and to give tours to visitors. Also a great spot to sell your projects. There is a sign up sheet on the WIKI.
  • Next Space Improvement Day: Sunday, July 25th
  • Maker Fair scheduled for September 24-26. The MMS level of involvement is TBD. Fair being hosted by MSOE

Safety Note

  • Know the address of where you are working. If there is an accident and you need to call 911, they are going to ask for an address:
    • LENOX building: 2555 S Lenox St, Milwaukee, WI 53207
    • NORWICH building: 2517 E Norwich Ave, St Fances, WI 53235
  • These addresses are posted through out each building along with other important numbers to call (e.g. WE Energy for when you smell gas, etc.
  • Know where these sheets are posted. Easier to find them and remember where they are when you are not under significant pressure.
    • For example: at Lenox, info is posted by the main entrance (middle door in alley) and by the circuit breakers.

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • Two very simple ways to donate to the Space with NO money leaving your wallet:
    • AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at The donation will be made at no extra cost to you and you can choose from nearly one million public charitable organizations. MMS is one of the choices and is listed as: Makerspace of Milwaukee Inc
    • MMS recycles aluminum cans for cash. Please bring your cleaned aluminum cans to Lenox and leave them in the containers by the center door via the alley (right by the light switches and circuit breakers)

Member Topics and Announcements

    • Member meetings on even numbered days will be held at Lenox
    • Member meetings on odd numbered days will be held at Norwich
    • This will allow for new members to tour each building and attend member meetings on consecutive weeks.
  • Jeff Mann announced on Wednesdays, the Ceramics area will sponsor CERAMICS AND CERVEZAS.
    • The goal being to rebuild our ceramics community.
    • BYOB and enjoy.
    • They had 6 attendees the first week
  • No heavy equipment in the newly paved parking lot for the next few months as the asphalt hardens. Pls reach out to Tom G, Dan J, Jake B or Rudy if you need to use a fork lift outside the building to load/unload. Do NOT attempt to use the fork lift outside the Norwich building.
  • Carl S started a new Fusion 360 class on Monday June 21st. It is a hybrid class (on-line and in person at Lenox). They are designing a power wheels car. You can join any time.
    • No class on 6/28. Next class 7/5.
  • Dan J shared David Buggs donated 3 Delta 3D printers for members to take as their own. They need a little TLC.

Post Meeting Reminders

  • Any interested new members, see a Board Member to discuss the sign-up process.
  • One On One Introductions of Members to Guests
  • Begin Tour

What Did We Talk About

Project Updates

  • Tim C: rode his remote control wheel chair base cart around the meeting room.
  • Marcus S: got one of the powder coating ovens operational (450 degrees F)
  • Dan J: turned the scissor lift from the garage entrance into a table.
  • Mike T: made a 5 pound cheese cake. His guests said “it doesn't suck”.
  • Carl S: making a bunch of bowls and glazing pots for sale at the Bay View Gallery Night.

Guest Introductions

  • 10 guests
  • 3 new members signed up

Recognition for AWESOMENESS

  • Alden for coordinating the food at Space Improvement Day
  • All the members that volunteered at Space Improvement Day
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