The great thing about working with Lee, is that he likes working late (kindof) and when you come back in the morning, little miracles have appeared.
Today’s one was this:
That wasn’t there yesterday. Rock-solid bench with drilly, polishy things on it. Brilliant. Yesterday that was just a concrete column and some floor. I painted the column. And quite a lot of the floor as it happens.
It’s in the middle of our main room… we have 5 of them (well… 6… ) – one big room, where all the main power-tool type work happens – this is where the big (really big – 3m long) CNC mill and the laser cutter (smaller, but still big) will live. We need to cut holes in the walls for extractor fans and such. The big room is the wood-paneled one here:
We’ve rented an entire floor of a building on Vivian Street
That’s Marie Claire on the phone outside – her main role is to provide professional oversight and make sure we don’t do anything stupid, and we’d never have got this far without her. That’s Lee’s van. I’m sitting on a sofa on the first floor of the building behind the van… writing this. From the future etc.
Anyway – coming off the main room are 4 smaller rooms…
…two are for quiet stuff – 3D printing, soldering, editing, tinkering etc etc… they’re the ones with the plants
In addition to those, we have a chemistry lab… which at the time of this photo, was very much a work in progress… and still is a bit.
And on the other side, there’s a composites room – for doing fumy stuff like fibreglassing etc.
Which we still haven’t really got it together to populate yet… but we will, we will.
The main reason we’re able to afford to do this – to rent this place, is that it was in a bit of a state when we first turned up, and it’s taken a solid month of building/painting etc for (on average) 2 people to get it into a state that’s useable. All of the benches etc used to be the ceiling. We’ve recycled.
So anyway… there it is.