This mess below is the beginnings of the shop orientation

It is under construction and will be awhile

ARC Shop Orientation

     Before using the wood shop for the first time you must go through an orientation. This is even more important for experienced shop users because they think they know how a shop should run. The truth is they are right... their shop. But few understand how a community shop runs even if you think you do. What you think you know and what being around this shop for 20 years tells me is miles apart.

Who Can Use The Shop?

     First off in order to use the shop you have to actually be living in the building. In fact any one outside the building can't even help you carry something into the shop. Now I know this may seem a little harsh but if you thought a little more about the "lawsuit lottery" and how popular that is today it would make more sense. A lawsuit could shut the shop down for ARC tenants. That would suck big time. Now even though the odds may be low if your friend goes in there and doesn't get hurt there's no prize for the shop!!! If he does get hurt then we could loose it all. I call that "No Prize Gambling" where the winner loses all. It is the path of fools.

What Does It Cost?

     So in order to use the shop you have to have paid your dues for that month. The dues are per person and not per studio. Everyone using it has to pay. Once you pay me the dues then I activate your fob and you have access. As of now the dues are fifty dollars a month from when you pay until the end of the month. I am going to be starting a pro rated rate which will make it cheaper for the part time users. More on that in a while. 

Where Do The Dues Go?

     Now it is important to note here that the dues do not head off to the coffers at Reliance. No I bank them up and once we have enough dues then I go out and buy some new tools, fix old tools, buy new blades, sand paper etc. Thus the more careful you are with the tools the less damage. The less damage the more dues we have to put towards improvements. Which in turn benefits you! It is a win win situation. 

When Can You Work In The Shop?

     You can work in the shop 24/7 making all the noise you want except when it comes to the thickness planer. You can't run that sucker past nine am. Now there may be some case where if you are making too much noise then you might have to adjust that but up until now we have had no problems with noise down there.

Can You Leave Stuff In The Shop?

     No.... you can't leave anything in the shop! When you leave you and all your junk has to leave with you. The only exception is if you have painted something in the paint room and it is drying. This rule really sucks! Anything left behind will be disposed of or moved out into the hallway. Ok if you are running out to hit the can then fine but to check farcebook no way!!!!

The One Exception...

     One person is allowed to leave stuff in the shop and that is Mario. He is the guy who will be giving you the orientation. He is the shop tech or overseer so to speak. He picks up the replacement blades, helps beginners make cuts, offers up some advice if needed, monitors the condition of all the equipment, brainstorms improvements with myself, etc.

     Please remember Mario does not get paid for this position and taking out the garbage is not part of his unpaid position as a lot seem to think. Neither is cleaning up after you. Now a some guys have trouble with that and I understand. They never seen all the trials and tribulations this shop has been through. I have seen them all. In my 21 years of living here the shop has never functioned even slightly close to how it does now.  

     You have to remember what Mario says is rule. Not his rule... but mine. Anyone not listening to what he tells them will lose shop access. The shop is run by dictatorship with me being the dictator. Kind a socialist type situation where everyone has to just shut up and follow the rules like in any socialist run country. Except here you get a lot of benefits. The shop actually works extremely well and is constantly getting better than it has ever been. Now if you don't like this then you are free to do what you really should be doing anyway and that is setting a shop up in your own studio. After all that is what these studios were specifically built for.Or even better talk Reliance into firing my sorry ass and then talking them into hiring  you!!! I can even give you some tips on how to go about that. Then you can be the dictator. In the meantime you have to live with it.

What The Shop Isn't

     The ARC shop was designed to fill in where your own shop in your studio was lacking. It was not designed to be your own full time shop. If you did not have a table saw then you could use the ARC's until you could afford your own. Or maybe you want to try out welding then the metal shop is great for that. It was not designed or built for full time every day use. This is an important distinction. You see the shop could handle about three full time users at best. Some days you will go down there to get that piece done for your customer who wanted it last month and someone will have the welder or whatever tool you need tied up for the day. The other intention for it was so that painters could go down there once a month and build some stretcher frames etc. Short term one off projects here and there. It is not intended for full time every day use. Right now we have around three to ten users a month. They come and go depending on the project they are doing. Everyone has to often work around each other. This is important to note when moving to the ARC.

The Paint Room Rules

  • Absolutely no using the room if someone else is in there isusing it or has left something in there to dry. This is the most important rule!!!

  • No using the paint room until you fully understand the ventilation to that room! If you are not sure then that means you don't know!!! Ask me or Mario to tell you. Otherwise you risk blowing up the joint.
  • No running an air sander or blow gun etc off the filtered air hose. See the pic below. This regulator/filter is for making the air very clean. Thus only use your paint gun with this hose. That way you don't waste expensive filtering materials for uses that don't need it like sanding.