The Roswell Firelabs Makerspace is a center of creativity and production. Members make everything from quick little etching projects that only take a couple of hours to huge woodworking projects that take up both a lot of time and a lot of space. So, the question becomes, what do you do with an in-progress project?
For smaller projects, there are several options. If it’s not too inconvenient, members can always take their projects home between work stages. This isn’t always feasible, since sometimes paint, stain, or sealant needs time to dry, but it’s a good option for keeping up with your piece without running the risk of it being misplaced or broken. As conscientious as the Roswell Firelabs members usually are, sometimes accidents happen and things get moved around or bumped. It’s important to keep in mind that there are others working on their own projects at the space, as well as official Firelabs classes.
Another option, which offers a little more projection, is to rent one of the Roswell Firelabs’ lockers. These lockers are located behind the woodworking area and are available to members only for rental. They can be used for small projects or personal tool storage. Each locker comes with its own RFID lock to keep your possessions safe and costs just $10 a month. If you’re interested in renting one, you can do so through the Firelabs online store.
Large Projects can present their own difficulties. They’re too big and often too heavy to routinely move back and forth between home and the space, and they’re certainly too big to fit in a locker. They can be difficult to find a place for, but they’re also one of the reasons that the Roswell Firelabs exists. We help provide the workspace that you don’t have at home. For these projects, we simply suggest doing your best to find a spot out of the way between project stages.
Most projects on a larger scale take multiple stages and plenty of time to complete. Whether it’s building a dining room table, crafting armor, or building a cat tree out of some of the space’s spare lumber, these things take time. A good strategy is to try and find an out of the way spot to keep the project between stages, though this can be difficult, and continue working on the project in a timely manner. If a project is left out for too long and is getting in the way of other members, you may be asked to remove it.
The bottom line is, when working on projects at the Roswell Firelabs Makerspace, please be courteous to your fellow members and considerate about how much space your projects are taking up. We love seeing what everyone comes up with and that means making sure there’s room for everyone to do their own thing. Happy making!