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Meeting #662. Agenda for April 2, 2024


  • Meeting called to order at Norwich by Anna K at 7 PM

Member Project Updates

  • Carl S been playing with robotics. Has a person sensor. Tells the % likelihood that it is a person.
  • Giant Catan group showed off one of their 19 Giant Hex's

Awesome members

  • Stephan thanks Carl S for running the Fusion 360 classes
  • Sarah thanks Carl for designing tiaras
  • Kristie thanks Greg W for helping with the Catan group
  • Sarah thanks the members of the Communications committee (I caught 3 names: Jon D, Carlin, Stephan)
  • Anna thanks the members of the Membership committee (Maxwell, Cherie – I missed a few names

Cool Things

  • TigerLilies are making a huge cat.
  • Kristie and the Giant Catan group showed off their giant hex game piece. There are 19 giant hex's. The plan is to bring the game to Maker Faire. The group meets on Monday's at 6ish.
  • Anna showed the new MakerSpace hats you can buy with $20 donation to Laser Lab
  • Damascus steel workshop: run by Devin — run by Devin
  • Jewelry open studio – next one is one April 14th
  • Iron pour on April 27th
  • Pretty Pallet Pageant: April 21st @ 10 AM
    • Make team of 3-4 people, make a pretty pallet, have a skit
    • To be judged by Miss St Francis and Entourage
    • More surprises
  • Hard drive disassembly competition: who can get the magnets out the fastest and safest. Date will be announced on the member message board.

Board of Directors and Area Champion Introductions

  • Dan J: BOD
  • Sarah: BOD
  • Anna K: BOD
  • Bill R: BOD
  • Stephan: BOD, Bike and Metal Finishing
  • Cherie Leather making
  • Erika Jewelry
  • Tim E Stained Glass

Guest & New Member Introductions

  • Total guests: 17
  • Second-timers: 6

Upcoming events


  • Model Monday. Mondays at 7 pm, Norwich: Fusion 360 Computer Aided Design/CAM class with Carl S.
  • Most Tuesdays at 7:45 pm, Lenox: Stained glass training with Bill C and Tim E.
  • 1st and third Wednesdays of each month at 6-7 PM is NORWICH woodshop training. Must have completed Lenox training first.
  • Wednesdays at Norwich: Ceramics and Cerveza with Jeff M. Check website. Sign up for 3 weeks of classes. Limit 5 people.
  • The last Wed of the month is a fancy project night (for intermediate to advanced students)
  • Wednesdays at 5pm, Norwich: metal casting and mold building.
  • Most Thursdays 6 pm. Steel Tigerlillies women's (she/her pronouns) led sculpture collective at Norwich. Making a disco light for Party/ Wood Powder Coating.
  • Thursdays at 6:00 - 8pm, Lenox: Woodshop Orientation Training (please respond to the message on the Members@ Email List to reserve a spot—there are 4 spots per week). See google groups.
  • Fridays at 6pm, Norwich: Open-Forge-Friday blacksmithing. Norwich. Beginner class this week.
  • Second and third Friday: Board game night.
  • Saturday's Kiss my Adz hand woodworking with Wolfgang at 1PM.
  • Jewelry open hang-out, Sunday April 14th, 11 a.m. and every second Sunday thereafter.
  • Space Improvement Day, Saturday, April 6th with MEAL to follow

New meeting format beginning 1/1

  • First Tuesday, Lenox public meeting
  • Second Tue., Mini SID, 6-9 p.m., with making allowed. Dinner will be served after for SID participants.
  • Third Tue., Norwich public meeting
  • Forth Tue., BOD meeting at 6
  • Fifth Tue., no meeting
  • LAST Weekend of month SID as usual, with food


  • With Maya L: 1st timers
    • Carl S: 2nd timers

Member Topics:

  • Upcoming elections:
    • Nominations for 3 Board of Directors positions: Communications, Treasurer, and Facilities Director open on April 23rd
    • Nominations for At-Large member opens on May 7th

Helpful Hint

  • This week's helpful hint is from former Board member Alden Hoot:
    • Never trust a wiring diagram you find on the internet! Where ever possible, take your own readings before disassembling any wiring.

Safety Note

  • When drilling a hole into a long piece of steel, wood, or anything that can wound you: have the long end of the material to your LEFT as you stand at the drill press.
  • The chuck spins clockwise when drilling a hole. If the bit gets stuck in your material and the material spins with the bit, it will hit the post holding up the drill press, not your ribs.

Rule and Regulation of the Week

  • You must be checked out on every power tool / machine (plugged into the wall) at the Makerspace prior to using it. Many of the power tools are a member's personal property that they are sharing with the membership.
  • Although you may have used a lathe for 20 years, take the time to be trained on the specific lathe at the Space which you want to use. Many times it is the owner of the power tool that will train you.


  • Dan L discussed industrial safety.
    • No long sleeves around machines
    • Take out bits, lower saw blades.

Wrap up

  • Members, Please hang around and talk to new and prospective members.
  • New Member Sign-ups: Board members
  • Wrap-up 8:00 p.m.
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