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  • “Shoe Box”-style plastic boxes. Nicer ones from Home Depot or even dollar store ones. We're not picky. If we had 20 of these show up, I'm sure we'd find a use for at least 20 more.
  • 9 Volt batteries
  • Bigger plastic totes/containers - maybe a few?
  • 3.5“ SATA Hard drives or even SSDs. Big enough to host a reasonable Linux install. DBAN or otherwise securely erase them if used, please.
  • Pie-in-the-sky request: Another nice rolling tool chest like our Craftsman one? If somebody craigslists one for say $50 or less, I'll reimburse you (only applicable one time. Include screenshot/printout of ad)
  • Same $50 reimbursement offer goes for a decent quality air compressor (>6 gallon capacity?)-the ones we have work, but just barely.
    • DONE, according to a cryptic message I got last night.
    • We now have a newer 10 gallon compressor, and after some minor repairs it's working quite nicely.

General Space Infrastructure

  • General cleanup
    • Empty garbage into dumpster (all of the cans, so we can fill them up again)
    • Tidy all workbench surfaces
    • Shelf organization/labeling
    • Keep generally similar things together. If something's in the wrong place, get it to the right (or at least a more correct) place.
    • Contain loose things into containers where possible
    • Cardboard boxes on the floor are frowned upon (water damage risk. Not likely, but could happen…)
    • LABEL BOXES/CONTAINERS/SHELVES: just use a piece of masking tape & a Sharpie.
  • literally work on anything on the fixme list
  • Purge any stuff that needs purging.
  • Safety Equipment Area cleanup
  • Reorganize sign in table so stuff doesn't go flying when the garage door gets opened?
  • Use the new Vinyl Cutter to make a magnetic sign for the outside door.

Shop Zone

  • Figure out what kind of belts the Shopsmith Mark V needs so we can buy replacements
    • Priority: HIGH (Shopsmith is out of commission until fixed)
    • Done. It's a Gilmer toothed belt
    • Next task- order replacement belts ($50 - eBay)
  • The Table Saw has broken off of its stand. Repair or do something about it
    • Maybe build it into a rolling stand with foldable outfeeds? That would be slick…
    • Priority: HIGH
  • Drill bit sorting(ok, probably not, but it does drive me crazy)
    • Priority: really low, unless it's driving you crazier than me.
  • Tool organization
  • Rolling carts/stands for some bench tools (Miter saw, especially) - need to keep bench space free for the eventual 4×4 CNC Router.
  • Better stand/mount for the Disc Sander?
  • Better organization/storage for Air tools - is there room in the green cabinet?
    • They are now in a place of honor in the green tool crib thing
  • Better organization for the gray bench cabinets in general
  • Electrical wiring for the “new” 220V stick welder (convert its plug to a dryer-style plug for the outlet by the garage door?)
  • Sandblaster upgrades/repairs:
    • Replace light fixture WITH LED TAPLIGHT (putting a fixture in there was a Bad Idea ™)
      • Did the light in a better way, where the bulb is in there with some reflection and lots of silicone sealant to keep grit out.
    • Figure out issue with gun not filling with sand?
      • Done! Hose was kind of pinched.
  • Actually implement dust collection. Do we need parts? Identify them so we can get them.
    • Got the whole-house vacuum running again, which is a good start. Still need to set up cyclonic separation/hardline/ports across the back of the benches.
  • Wilton Vise repair
    • Figure out the exact model the broken Wilton vise is
      • Good News - it's a 535 (I think). Bad News - I can't find an appropriate spindle nut.
      • Cast one in epoxy? or just toss the vise out?

Electronics/Digital Zone (general)

  • Do something useful with the gigantic monitor.
    • First step - indicate where the power plug goes into the power supply
    • Assignee: Ian (unless someone else wants to volunteer to open it up again…)
    • RIP Giant Monitor
  • Fastener Organization & labeling
  • Relegate the Apple IIe to a shelf or get it out (we need the bench space)
    • Assignee: Ian (it's his…)
  • Install a set of standardized tools onto laptops
    • Arduino IDE
    • Cura
    • SignBlazer Elements (it's effectively free…)
    • Pronterface (handy for debugging DIY printers)
    • Inkscape (useful for designing stuff for the vinyl cutter)
    • Other software?
    • Maybe first get all of these installers onto a USB stick, so they can be done all at once.

Computers/Digital Fabrication

  • DesignJet needs a new Yellow/Matte Black printhead. (ebay - $23 or b&h for a lot of $$)
  • Tidy/Organize 3D Printer table
  • Separate/organize USB cables by type (A/B, Mini, Micro, etc.)
    • separate bins/boxes for each
    • Started. Mini-USB now is in its own bin.


  • Organize components better
  • Organize electronics tools better
    • Some little plastic bins would be helpful for this (one for solder, one for desoldering tools, etc.)
    • This has been started. Need more bins.

AV Stuff

  • Go through pile of donated audio cables w/cable tester and see what's working and what isn't
    • Make repairs to cables that don't work, or make list of needed connectors if parts aren't available.
  • Figure out condition of donated microphones - parts needed? parts available?

The Website

  • Want to design a website? Have I got a job for you…

This Wiki

  • Update entries that need updating
  • Delete entries that need to be deleted
  • Add entries that need to be added (use the Tool Submission Form for Equipment)
  • Add photos to Equipment entries? (Good for a first timer!)
  • Add/Update instructions for Equipment entries


  • Inventory First Aid supplies. Make list of recommended additions and/or replacements for anything missing.
  • Go through the bookcase. Any need to purge anything there? Pretty sure any Stratasys documentation can be gotten rid of.

Long Term/Not any time soon

  • More/better shelving?
    • More improved use of vertical space? (not sure how to accomplish this without stairs/ladders)
    • Any new shelving project should have a budget, rough drawing, and an explanation of where it will go…
  • Move the big refrigerator over by the big table/robot?
    • Gets it out of the painting guy's way, keeps it out of our way, and we can offer its use up to MOOS as well.
    • Thinking this over again, this may really limit us electrically (I suspect all the outlets along the wall are on the same circuit…)
  • Build a wheeled cart for the Casting Furnace?
    • We'd need cast iron/steel casters. We should have sufficient steel tubing?
    • Priority: low, needs good weather (due to welding) or done offsite.
todo.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/24 18:03 by sdh7