Things to fill the Space

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Some things I'm willing to donate flat out. However, with regards to some tools, I would be willing to let them live there, be used, accept some inevitable level of theft and disappearance, but eventually take them with me in the event I moved away. -Jonlesser 00:18, 4 July 2009 (UTC)

Giving Stuff to Node

Two ways to give physical materials to the Node.

  1. Donations
  2. Loans


Unconditional offer of physical materials. "Here it is, feel free to do whatever you like with it." Donations should not be removed from the space unless the full discard policy has been followed and reached completion.

Split into more categories (stolen from HacDC's proposed property policy):

  1. A tool for use. "Tool" - These items are donated with the intent that they be used in their current or repaired state. Tool items should not be scavenged. If a tool item is to be discarded, some attempt should be made to contact its donor and see if they want it back. Example: a belt sander that should not be made into a power tool race car.
  2. An item for the store. "Sell" - These items are donated to be sold with the proceeds benefiting Baltimore Node. The donor should attempt to indicate value. Node Members and guests are encouraged to buy these items.
  3. Material for scavenging. "Scavenge" - It looks like a tool or piece of equipment, but really it's a box of parts. Everything defaults to scavenge unless otherwise specified. Example: a belt sander that should be made into a power tool race car.
  4. Raw Materials. "Use" - Things that are only useful if they are made into other things.
  5. Discard. "Toss" - Why did you leave it here? Too lazy to find a dumpster?

Discard policy

Anything that goes without being used for long enough (six months or significant dust accumulation, whichever comes first) reverts to discard. The original owner will be notified and have a month to pick it up before it gets disposed of (trash or recycle). We don't have room to store anything that's not actively involved in a project.

We should set both time and space constraints on stuff in the space. Obviously we could keep a few ICs indefinitely but a zamboni would just have to go. Perhaps setting designated areas/bins for donations. If these fill up it is time to triage the crap.

  • I like the idea of appointing a draconian discard person to manage this operation. Abachman 15:47, 28 July 2009 (UTC)


Conditional offer of the temporary use of a specific thing. "Here it is, I'll be wantin' it back, so take care of it." Limited to tools for use. Loans should not leave the space except in the possession of their original owner. Tool loaners are responsible for clearly labeling the loaned tool with their name and some indication that it is on loan to the Node and not donated to the Node. The owner of the loaned tool must agree to hold the Node harmless should the loaned tool be damaged, lost, or stolen. Loaned tools may be used by any member, so long as they're able to use the tool safely and without damaging it.

Things we already have

Electronics Parts

  • CRT Monitor - Mark
  • 19" LCD Monitor - Mark
  • Apple G4 Tower - Mark
  • Lockable Server Rack - Mark
  • USB Microscope - Intel QX3 - Mark
  • Old Serial GPS - Mark*2
  • Boxes of old PC power supplies - Roj
  • Bag of Nokia 7610 camera phone (6?) with bluetooth and 1mp cameras (willing to donate)- Jon
  • iPaq with 802.11, bluetooth (willing to donate) - Jon
  • Pharos bluetooth unit with usb cable and wireless bluetooth block (willing to donate)- Jon
  • Palm Pilot III (willing to donate) - Jon
  • Palm Vx - Mark
  • Sharp Zaurus SL-5000 - Mark
  • Box of computer cables (SATA, IDE, Floppy, NEMA-15, etc)
  • Netgear WNR834B - Matt
  • Skype Phone - Matt
  • Small usb mice & hubs - Matt
  • iPod docking station - Matt
  • 400-600VA battery backup - Matt
  • bag of 4 or 5 sprint CDMA phones and batteries - Adam.
  • Receipt Printer - Aaron
  • Point-of-Sale LED Display - Aaron
  • LOTS of various cords and cables - Aaron
  • MIDI controller - Aaron
  • Intuos3 Wacom Tablet - Aaron
  • TRENDnet TEW 637AP Product Page Mdshw5


  • Old Athlon PC - Matt
  • Old PC, needs new HDD perhaps - Erich
  • Dual Xeon PC - Aaron
  • Server in rackmount case, works fine, was using as an ubuntu vmwware host - Erich
  • Fujitsu Lifebook P Series Tablet w/ Broken Screen, great as low power PC - Mark


  • Soldering Iron - Mark
  • Soldering Iron - Matt
  • Small Spool of solder - Matt
  • Small Spool of wire - Matt
  • Full height Delta drill press, all cast iron (willing to donate) - Jon
  • 10" compound miter saw with table and blades for wood and non-ferrous metals - Jon
  • Vintage Rockwell/Delta table saw, far from a Unisaw, but with cast iron top and good fence. We probably don't have room in a place like Load of Fun. (willing to donate) - Jon
  • Porter and Cable palm sander - Jon
  • 4-40, 10-24, and 1/4-20 taps, tap wrench, and tapping fluid - Jon
  • Sand paper - Jon
  • Block plane - Jon
  • Set of swiss cut metal files - Jon
  • Standard and Metric socket sets - Jon
  • Standard and Metric combination wrenches - Jon
  • 6061 aluminum bar stock in assorted sizes and lengths (willing to donate) - Jon
  • 3/8 drill - Jon
  • 9volt cordless drill - Matt
  • Set of metric allen wrenches - Matt

Furniture and furnishings

  • Small Computer Desk - Mark
  • Thin Bookshelf - Mark
  • 2x Drafting Tables thanks to Alter Communications
  • A Hammock! -Aaron
  • Microwave - Todd
  • Toaster Oven - Mark

Things we will need to buy or have donated

  • Alligator Clips, Round Test Hooks, Flat Test Tweezers
  • Cork board or homasote for bulletin boards.
  • Big Ole Spool of Solder
  • Bigger Ole Spool of Wire
  • Power Supplies - Easy to make from old computer power supply
  • Tables - Perhaps Saw Horses and wood to start
    • We have two cubicles filled with furniture at my office, I'll see what's available
  • Fire extinguisher (tested and certified)
  • Firstaid kit
  • Some sort of tool/parts organization scheme
  • A Fridge
  • Lockers or separated storage. Small Lockers Mehuman

Things we would like to buy or have donated

  • Laser Cutter
  • Oscilliscope - There was a guy at Charmsec who was willing to donate an analog scope. I'll talk to him at their next meeting and get more info - Mark
  • BNC Cables - (Need these if we are getting an oscilloscope)
  • Extension cords (always handy)
  • A fan
  • A sewing machine
  • Windows A/C unit ?
    • I'd prefer Linux