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Meeting #534 Agenda for July 27, 2021


  • Project Updates (Show & Tell!) from Members
  • Member Recognition for Awesomeness
  • Membership Sign-ups
  • Guest & New Member Introductions
  • Meeting adjourns

Helpful Hint

  • This week's Helpful Hint is from long time member Wolfgang S:
    • There is a time to sand and a time to scrape
      • Sanding works well in tight places (e.g. corners) and when the surface is thin.
      • Scrapers will give you a smoother surface
    • Sand paper works by scratching the surface, it tears the wood fibers
    • Scrapers work by slicing the wood fibers
    • Scrapers cut the surface perfectly flat when the scraper is tuned correctly
    • Scrapers work extremely well for removing glue from a joint.
  • Want to learn how to make your own wood scrapers? Wolfgang is happy to teach you. See him at the hand tool area in the wood shop.


  • Maker Fair scheduled for September 24-26. The MMS level of involvement is TBD. Fair being hosted by MSOE
    • CALL TO MEMBERS: If you would to display a project or sell your wares, please sign up on line. A link will be sent to you in the near future.

Safety Note

  • This safety note is from Mike T (aka Sparky)
    • Wear eye protection in the shop areas and when working on projects. Mike was removing nails from boards for reuse. His safety glasses prevented a serious eye injury as they blocked a flying nail.
  • Jeff M shared where the PPE is in Lenox and Norwich locations.

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • From the Shop Rules and Safety section of the member handbook:
    • You must be checked out on every power tool / machine at the Makerspace prior to using it. To be checked out on a machine, see an area trainer, the area champion, or the owner of the machine. One of these members must train you on the equipment before you can use it.
    • There are NO exceptions. Just because you used a lathe, doesn't mean you know how to use a specific lathe at the Space.

Member Topics and Announcements

  • Carl S: FUSION 360 classes are now held at NORWICH (moving from Lenox) at 7 PM. Classes can be attended in person, or virtually (Carl will send you the link). Thank you Carl.
    • 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.
  • CERAMICS AND CERVEZAS every Wednesday.
    • The goal being to rebuild our ceramics community.
    • BYOB and enjoy.
  • 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.
  • Tom G shared there are paper printers (no, not 3D printers) available for members for a $30 donation to the Space. See Tom G. Printers are at Norwich, just west of the metal shop.
  • The Milwaukee MakerSpace is coordinating with the Veterans Administration to give veterans a tour of our facilities and discuss how the MakerSpace works as a maker community on the afternoon of Thursday, August 19th.
  • Urban Wood Lab having a sale on wood slabs on Saturday.

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

  • Faith F: started updating photos at Lenox for area champions and BOD
    • Area champion for Cosplay: made a dress and cloak. She shared photos

Guest Introductions

  • 8 guests attended the meeting.
  • Dan J gave the tour.
  • Jeff and Chris signed up 3 new members

Recognition for AWESOMENESS

  • SID attendees
    • Lincoln, Damien, and Chris for help cleaning out lockers at Lenox
    • Mike T for Cheesecake and chocolate sauce at SID dinner
    • Faith for updating member board at Lenox
    • Jeff M for purchasing and preparing the SID food
    • Sara updated tall storage and made signs
    • Marcus: for picking up MDF and plywood in Chicago.
    • Jonathan: repalatized particle board
    • Dan G: made Mike T 4 corner knobs for doll crib
    • Tim Y: made tool handles and hand brake for lathe.
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