Feb. 12th, 2010

Shop Rules

Feb. 12th, 2010 09:52 pm
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We've had a busy few weeks at the shop -- before, during and after FC. We've also done a major re-org of the interior layout, making it more functional and more social at the same time. This is having both good and bad effects. Unfortunately, that means it's time to start setting up a few rules. Until this point we've just kind of winged it.

This post is my first-pass attempt at some ground rules. This will get refined over time.


The What and Where:

"The Shop" is a light-industral rented space in southern San Jose. While the location isn't exactly a secret, I'm not going to constantly re-post its address in LJ or other public forums. It's a combination workshop, warehouse and 'maker space'. It has tools for laser cutting/engraving, large format printing, automotive/motorcycle work, electronics prototyping/assembly, set construction, audio work and costuming. It's also capable of hosting some pretty wicked parties.

The Who:

When it comes to the actual lease and insurance, everything is in my name. All legal stuff, payments and such are my responsibility. This means I end up as the 'final say' on things should conflict arise.

When it comes to matters of access, permission to use the site, and the yes/no on events, all paying members of the shop have a say. The actual "Paying Members" of the shop: [livejournal.com profile] tugrik, [livejournal.com profile] revar, [livejournal.com profile] smackjackal, and [livejournal.com profile] reveille_d.

Two people, [livejournal.com profile] dustykat and [livejournal.com profile] cooner, have physical key access as well and can approve others to come use the space when needed. They can be overruled by the paying members if needed (but I seriously doubt that'd be needed).

The When:

Monday through Thursday it's a private office & workspace for the people listed above. Please get permission before coming over; if we're here we're most likely doing actual work and not just hanging out socially. Feel free to contact us about visiting at any time, but don't just show up and walk in without us knowing. Think of it as "by appointment only".

Friday after 6:00pm it's pretty much Open Shop if at least one of us is here. Feel free to just drop by and hang out if you want. Call first if you want to make sure we're here, though! If we're all out and about you'd find a locked door instead.

Saturdays and Sundays are much more open format than the weekdays, but we'd still appreciate at least some general scheduling. All of us and our friends are in-and-out all through the weekend, so you can usually knock on the door and find us here and willing to socialize. But unlike Friday hang-out night, no guarantees. If a big project is going on we may not have time to just chill with folks.


And now, the Basic Rules. This is the list that will expand and refine as the others from the shop chip in. First, what you should keep in mind if you want to visit:

  • If you're bringing others with you, let us know at least roughtly how many. We enjoy friends-of-friends but need to know before a ton of folks just wander in the door because 'their buddy is here'.
  • If you're coming to work on something and not just hang out, please let us know the scope of what you intend to do. We've had problems with "can you help me with one small thing" turning into a 12 hour marathon session without warning, which impacts other schedules.
  • Always ask permission before using any tool. It's a shared space but not all the tools are everybody's to use. Just because it's out on a workbench doesn't mean it's up for grabs.
  • If you don't know how to use a tool, ask us to show you how first. The worst sin of the shop is to pick up a powertool you know nothing about and hit the trigger to see what it does. This can -- and will -- get you thrown out the door, bit, or both.
  • If you're visiting to use power tools, bring safety goggles and wear appropriate clothing. I don't care if it's a hot summer day; using the plasma cutter in sandals simply won't be allowed.
  • Rum Runner Studios -- located upstairs in the shop -- is off limits unless explicitly approved by [livejournal.com profile] smackjackal. It's not considered one of the 'shared spaces' of the shop. Smackjackal also wants to preserve the confidentiality of clients' projects.
  • in a similar fashion, the extreme NW corner of the shop behind the motorcycles belongs exclusively to [livejournal.com profile] dustykat. He keeps his professional gear there and it's not for general shop use. Get his permission before using any item from that area.
  • Most importantly: At least one of the people in "The Who" list above must be present while you're in the shop. This is for both security and insurance issues. If we have to leave, you have to leave.

Next up, general behavior things. This is pretty simple, common-sense stuff:

  • The most important thing: work and projects comes before hanging out and partying. Unless it's an event or a 'casual friday', don't show up just wanting to play rock band on the 15' projector wall. Others trying to get work done will ask you to stop. If you just want to visit to play games or watch TV, come visit us at our house instead! We love visitors!
  • Clean up after yourself. Many fine trashcans and full dumpster service are provided.
  • If you use the last of something (towels, chemicals, supplies, bottled water, TP, etc) let us know so we know to replace it.
  • If you're working on a project you'll be assigned a storage location for it and any of your own tools/supplies you brought. Please put all your stuff in that location before you leave, so the general work areas are clear for the next person.
  • If you're using a dangerous tool, make sure everybody in the shop knows before you fire it up. Shout it out; keep folks aware and safe.


Revar, Smackjackal, Reveille, Dusty, Cooner: Please add your own input on this in the comments below, and I'll update/edit this post.

Heck -- does anybody think it's a good idea if I make an independent LJ/Twitter/etc account setup for the shop itself?


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