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Shop Stools for new shop - requirements

  • 06 Jun 2013 8:19 PM
    Message # 1311350
    Larry Wade (Administrator)

    There is some interest in the Chair SIG making stools for the new shop.  Norm is on the Tools Committee and checked with Ray Curtis (the chair) and he came up with this initial list of requirements.  I want to make sure we have the requirements nailed down so we can evaluate possible designs against them.  None of us have committed to doing this, but I think there is a reasonable possibility that some of us will be interested, so I would like to use this forum topic to capture the dialog.

    Initial requirements:
    Quantity:  12 stools
    Budget:  zero, use existing materials
    Stackable: Preferably, in order to save space
    All the same:  Not required
    Height/Size:  Appropriate to the height of the new benches (not specified yet)
    Materials:  Suggest using Guild stock stored in Hillsboro (White Oak, Mahogany, Fir)

    Stackable (space saving) may be the most challenging to design, in my opinion.  Please let me know what questions about requirements or design constraints you would like to know about, and let me know if you would be willing to help finding a design and/or building one/some.


  • 07 Jun 2013 8:38 AM
    Reply # 1311803 on 1311350
    I will offer my help in the design.
  • 05 Jul 2013 3:06 PM
    Reply # 1334069 on 1311350
    It is July, and our lease of the new Guild Shop has kicked in.  I suggest that we make plans, for those of us who want to participate, to have a work party to make the stools for the shop.

    Or, to break that down into more detailed steps, 
    1)  Volunteer to participate, or twist arms.  I think that Larry and I have indicated that we want to be a part of the stool making, and Ken has agreed to at minimum help with or lead the design effort.  If I missed others who have volunteered, I apologize.

    2)   Determine the materials needed, and get them together, using as much of the material that the Guild already owns as possible.

    3)  Get ourselves and the materials into the shop, and build the stools.

    A word about Step 3.  It seems natural to me that we would want to build the stools in the Guild Shop, using the machines.  We can schedule time, and do that, but there are some prerequisites.  Everyone who works in the shop must be qualified on all the tools, and have been issued a Green Card.   I would think that is something we all will want to do, whether or not we plan to sign up to be a regular shop user, but maybe not.  Ariel is working to get those who will be working on Community Projects qualified.  Also the Tool Committee.  If we choose to do this project in the shop, we will get help to get our people qualified and Green Card certified, early on as well.

    The alternative to Green Cards and using the Guild Shop would be to build the stools in a member's shop.  I would make mine available, but I am a good travel distance away for most of you.  Or, to say that another way,  I will make my shop available, but if we choose that option, you will have to drive about 90 minutes each way, and we will have to haul the stools the same distance.  Probably a shop in Portland would be a better choice.

    So, Who wants to participate?  When is a good time to get together to plan our design?  And, let's start planning the actual build, both location and date.

    Thanks, everybody.

  • 10 Jul 2014 11:13 PM
    Reply # 3043432 on 1311350
    Deleted user

    I would like to volunteer my semi-skilled labor. I'm retired so my time is more flexible.

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