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This page is for items that add capability or comfort to the space and are generally a one-time purchase.

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Commons Area

  • Bean Bag Chairs
  • Coffee Table
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Formica Counter tops
  • Classroom space
  • Projection screen (how big?)
  • Bunk couches
  • Locker type area for members to store personal items
  • Chairs for meeting table and work stations
  • Whiteboards
  • Physical space to sit and chat.
  • Internet connection for laptops & Computer Lab
  • Internet connection for servers
  • Computer parts for community use
  • Lumber - for building a larger center room meeting/project table
  • Lamps
  • 42" LCD display
  • LCD Monitors
  • Book Case
  • Projector
  • Speakers
  • Stereo Receiver

Compute Zone

  • All in one printer, scanner, copier

Craft Room

  • Multicolor silk-screening apparatus
  • spray booth
  • loom weaver
  • etching press w/ large bed (Sasha has plans for one we can make for ~$500 in materials)
  • sewing machine
  • serger
  • embroidery machine
  • art supplies
  • painting supplies
  • cross-stitch

Electronics Lab

  • Vector network analyzer - Siglent SVA1032X would be nice - $3500
  • Spectrum analyzer that goes beyond 2.7GHz (see above, does both)
  • Stanley Vidmar or similar small-parts cabinets, ~1000 total parts, ~half of them should have ESD bins
  • Roughly 250 new 6qt plastic shoeboxes to replace the HDX PC130704-001 that're no longer available. Might Sterilite 16428960 have a longer lifespan?
  • Power strips with densely packed outlets, maybe 15+ outlets on a 6ft strip.
  • High-impedance differential probes for oscilloscope. (No need to go beyond 1.5GHz)
  • Cat-5/5e/6 cable verifier/certifier/TDR, out of calibration is fine, just for teaching
  • Preheat station for benchtop rework (t862 for $250 or ir6500 for $550)
  • Reflow oven for SMT assembly (T962, $250)
  • SMT-package air nozzles for our hot air station
  • SMT reel storage shelves, something like http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/SMD-SMT-Reel-Shelves_60033824729.html or http://www.all-spec.com/products/R1836BR-7.html
  • CompactFlash cards, since you know you're never using 'em again
  • Grommets, grips, glands, strain-reliefs, bend-radius-limiters
  • http://ctm-inc.com/html/d-subminiature.html mostly the 9 and 25 variants, but a whole set would be sweet (also http://www.greenlee.com/catalog/Knockout-Sets/KNOCKOUTS/Elec-Connector-Panel-Punches-and-Dies )
  • Swing-arm magnifying lamps that don't suck (hospital surplus?)
  • Small (12-inch?) HDMI-input display for Beagles/Pis on the bench
  • Electron microscope
  • High-speed (1000+ fps) camera
  • X-ray machine
  • 10 MHz distribution amplifier for time/frequency standard
  • Cadex C8000 battery analyzer or similar. (likely obsolete)
  • Current probes for oscilloscope.
  • Desktop-size PCB shear, 12" throat would be plenty
  • Atomic clock / GPS-disciplined time/frequency standard
  • Solder pot
  • Stereo / trinocular microscope, boom mount, C-mount camera adapter
  • Solder fume extraction, benchtop or under-bench charcoal absorber and flex arms
  • A handful of ATX power supplies that actually work
  • parts drawers
  • Pogo pins in spearpoint and tenderizer styles
  • Thermal camera
  • Small heat-sealer, for making plastic bags of custom sizes.

Fab Lab


  • Linksys/Cisco SGE2010P 48 port gigabit POE switch. we have enough, but if more show up we will use them

Jewelry Zone

  • Jewelry hydraulic press
  • Accessories for jewelry hydraulic press
  • Foredom bits and accessories
  • Quality files in steel and diamond surfaces
  • Metal stamps
  • Jewelers bench(es)
  • Good quality forming and texturing hammers
  • Forming tools
  • Jewelers pliers, saws and other hand tools
  • Jeweler’s Miter Vise
  • Sheet metal and wire in non-ferrous metals (copper, brass, silver, etc)
  • Jewelry solder (soft, med, hard and IT)
  • Cut stones and glass cabochons for setting
  • Clay tools (shapers, cutters, texture tools, etc)
  • Metalsmithing and jewelry making books
  • Tumbler and polishing media
  • Lapidary Equipment
  • Flex Shaft
  • V.I.C. 9 Tabletop Casting Machine
  • Crucible and holder
  • Invesment

Kiln Zone

  • All forms of Bullseye and 90 COE compatible glass
  • HEPA shop vac/vacuum
    • $50 pledged by Mogwar (talk) 21:13, 9 December 2019 (EST)
  • Wet Grinder
  • All Lapidary Equipment
  • Clay and Glazes
  • Diamond coated bits and burrs
  • New pressure spray bottle
  • Power strips
  • Clear plastic storage boxes
  • Glass cutting and shaping tools

Kitchen Zone

  • Floor
  • Walls
  • Stove (preferably gas)
  • Wall-mounted convection oven(s) preferably with steam
  • Sink
  • Commercial dishwasher
    • $100 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 21:16, 29 May 2019 (EDT)
  • Pans
  • Utensils
  • Bakeware
  • Appliances (Mixer, Beaters, Blender, etc.)
  • Counters (stainless steel)
  • Spatulas
  • Measuring and weighing tools
  • Cabinets
  • Mixing bowls
  • Knives

Laser Zone


  • MAME cabinet
  • Pinball machines
  • Easy to wash couches

Media Zone

  • Computer Speakers
  • Computer Tablet (Drawing)
  • Good Microphone
  • MIDI Keyboard
  • Analog Audio interface
  • Good HD camcorder
  • Blu Ray Writer
  • Graphics card GTX 760 or better
  • Higher office chairs
  • Video Lights
  • Video Tripod

Metal Shop

  • parts washer
  • Lower Gauge shear, roller & brake (Pneumatic/Electric)
  • Water-Jet Cutter
  • Throatless shear
  • Hlydraulic Punch or ironworker
    • $100 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 21:16, 29 May 2019 (EDT)
  • English wheel, planishing hammer, etc
  • Brake
  • Stomp shear
  • Roller
  • Variable Speed motor for belt sander
  • New (to us) lathe - $5500-7500
    • Better quality engine lathe with DROs
    • Precision benchtop lathe
    • Accessories (For either or both?)
      • Collet chuck
      • Dividing attachment for spindle
      • Taper attachment
  • Wet/Dry sharpening machine - $250-$500
  • Shelving and or lockers
  • Large tool box with wooden top
  • Individual lights for each station
  • Air filtration system - not even sure what this would look like but its something that would be nice to have
  • Anodizing setup (not technically metal shop but whatever)
  • Surface grinder wheel balancer

Sewing Zone

FIRST Building the room

Estimate incl walls/ceiling, insulation, paint, vinyl floor tiles $1,313 Does not include molding, door, window as I don't know costs, but still needed

Walls, ceiling, floor:

  • Drywall, for walls 12ft high, estimate: quantity 31, price $247 USG Sheetrock Brand 1/2 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. Ultralight Panels
  • Drywall, for ceiling, estimate: quantity 14, price $146 USG Sheetrock Brand 5/8 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. Ultralight Fire Code X Tapered Edge Gypsum Board
  • Insulation estimate: 978 sq ft $352 (20 or more rolls at $17.63, and estimates are 20 rolls) for R-19 Walls R-19 EcoTouch PINK Kraft Faced Fiberglass Insulation Continuous Roll 15 in. x 39.2 ft.) (I don't know if this includes ceiling!!)
  • lavender paint, semi-gloss estimate: gallons 5 $161 BEHR ULTRA 5 gal. #650B-4 Violet Fields Semi-Gloss Enamel Interior Paint and Primer in One
  • Wood for French doors (price? built by Frank)
  • glass for French doors (price?)
  • Window to Commons, qty 1 (price?)
  • Window moulding (price?)
  • Floor options: vinyl plank estimate: 17 cases Will cover 408.00 sq. ft. $811.92 Est. Total https://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTER-High-Point-Chestnut-6-in-x-36-in-Luxury-Vinyl-Plank-Flooring-24-sq-ft-case-83313/205893522

vinyl tile estimate: 21 cases Will cover 420.00 sq. ft. $407.40 Est. Total https://www.homedepot.com/p/TrafficMASTER-Seashore-Wood-12-in-x-24-in-Peel-and-Stick-Vinyl-Tile-Flooring-20-sq-ft-case-PW1840/206414061

carpet squares estimate:

foam tiles estimate: 26 cases Will cover 416.00 sq. ft. $612.30 Est. Total https://www.homedepot.com/p/Achim-Walnut-24-in-x-24-in-Interlocking-Foam-Anti-Fatigue-Tiles-16-sq-ft-case-FMTL103-06/303101998

SECOND Furnishing the room

Fixtures/ lighting, heating, cooling and furnishings:

PRIORITY GROUP 1 (most critical after build - lights, HVAC, two cutting tables)

  • ceiling lights (cost??)
  • wood to build 5x10' table mat is on (cost?)
  • 5x10' cutting mat $367.50 https://quiltersrule.com/individual-product.php?id=206&tier=retail&category=15
  • Lift mechanism for 5x10' cutting table (cost?)
  • wood for 4x8' table base (cost?) (tabletop moving from classroom)
  • window AC unit (cost?)
  • there's a ceiling so is a separate heater needed or do we duct it in somehow? (cost?)

PRIORITY GROUP 2 (improvements over existing fixtures plus additional, better storage)

embroidery station:

Serger and sewing machine station: (This setup is for stored sewing machines not given a desk, member storage, etc plus serger workstation)

https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/storage/wire-shelving/accessories/chrome-wire-shelf-48x24-with-clips-3 qty 2 $66 https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/storage/wire-shelving/Nexelate/nexelate-wire-shelving-36-w-x-24-d-x-74-h qty 2 $276

ironing station

  • materials for rectangular permanent ironing table size TBD (wood, insulating padding, cotton muslin) (cost?)
  • materials to mount Hot Steam commercial iron over iron station (cost?)

PRIORITY GROUP 3 (new feature/improvements over existing facility)

fitting area

Here's one for $413. They seem to be several hundred. If we can make a duplicate I'm game, but I don't have a source for the raw materials. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Wayborn-Full-Size-Tri-Folding-Dressing-Mirror-MS007/303330397

$50 curtain set https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/marjun-room-darkening-curtains-1-pair-blue-40414060/

THIRD New equipment

  • Husqvarna electronic sewing machine w/embroidery $300 currently fundraising
  • Walking foot unison feed sewing machine, $2000


Tool Crib

  • Storage Bins for large tool storage (TBD)
  • Storage Bins for fastener storage (TBD)
  • good propane/mapp torches
  • good pipe cutter
  • wrenches

Welding Zone


  • NdYag Metal-cutting Laser (~$150,000, we can dream!)
    • $100 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 13:58, 24 May 2019 (EDT)
  • Downdraft welding table/booths (design, building labor, ~$300 steel)
    • $100, build labor pledged by JodyBug (talk) 13:58, 24 May 2019 (EDT)
  • Vent hood / arm exhaust setup (~$400 for motor and arm, plus whatever mounting labor. ~$2500 for freestanding, minimal labor)
  • Vertical Metal Storage (for shop-stock) (~$300)
    • Labor pledged by JodyBug (talk) 14:41, 25 May 2019 (EDT)
  • Vertical Metal Storage (for member owned) (~$300)
    • Labor pledged by JodyBug (talk) 14:41, 25 May 2019 (EDT)
  • 18" disc grinder (14" minimum, though larger is better, $300-$1800, depending on size)
    • $100 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 13:58, 24 May 2019 (EDT)
  • more Clamps, always more clamps... (whatever they cost)
  • Clamp tree, to hold all the clamps (whatever is built)
  • Water-cooled TIG Welder (of our own) ($4k-ish) (We have a REALLY nice machine that belongs to a member. It's likely to stick around for a good long while, but it'd still be cool to have one of our own, that doesn't have to be quite as nice as his.)
    • $100 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 13:58, 24 May 2019 (EDT)
  • Pneumatic Press ($?)
    • $100 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 13:58, 24 May 2019 (EDT)
  • Iron Worker (multipurpose shear/press/punch station, $1000-$5000) (Also wanted by Machine Shop)
    • $100 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 13:58, 24 May 2019 (EDT)
  • Anvil (~$200-$500)
  • Propane Forge (~$500-$1000, if home-made, double to triple if bought)


  • Cold Saw, miter angles (to replace the Harbor Freight cheapy chop saw)

Wood Shop

A brief note from T_Tusano to the Membership

I have used Laguna and the brands below in the following examples to give a frame of reference for the types and styles of machines we are looking for, and while I am not brand loyal to Laguna in particular, I do appreciate their charitable initiatives and sponsorship opportunities. Given this, For now, the wishlist is for Laguna tools. Should someone have a suggestion for another brand, or a used machine, Please feel free to make the proposal, I will be more than happy to pro-con out other machines with those who feel there are more suitable machines for our shop. I mean it, I want to hear back from our membership on what they feel suits i3's needs, and I have no intention to be a tyrant, but rather treat our members as vocal and caring constituents. I have also posted Youtube Videos next to the suggested Shop Improvements, such as the Miter Stations and Workbenches in the hopes that they will inspire others to help me design the shop with these inspirations in mind, or get inspired to suggest their own improvements or bespoke solutions for i3

  • CNC Router, ShopBot or similar(Min: 4'x8')
  • Floor Standing Drill press (i3 owned) [1]
  • Oscillating Belt Edge Sander — 6in. x 89in [2]

Prospective Expansion Plan Wishlist

  • New 10hp Dust Collection Unit (Estimated $6000) and Ductwork (Estimate needed) (Laguna T|Flux Model has been specced for this) [3]
    • $50 pledged by JodyBug (talk) 21:16, 29 May 2019 (EDT)
    • $100 Pledged by T_Tusano July 12th, 2019
  • Dust collection hoses and fittings for power tools such as orbitals and routers
  • Standardize WoodShop Vacuums with one model across the space


Heavy duty Hoses for Proposed Shop Vacs https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-1-7-8-in-x-10-ft-Professional-Grade-Vacuum-Hose-Kit-for-RIDGID-Wet-Dry-Shop-Vacuums-VT2570/100375877

    • $50 pledged by Mogwar (talk) 20:32, 3 September 2019 (EDT)
  • Lumber, hardware and fixtures for infrastructure, workbenches, outfeed tables, and machine stations (Currently being researched, will be further outlined at later date, aim is to take Machines off carts as much as possible)

12 8x4ft 3/4 Inch Plywood Sheets For 3 New 4x8 Workbenches/outfeed table and 2x8 or 3x6 Workbenches from Floorplan C [5] New Workbenches will require roughly 3 sheets of Plywood each The videos that serve as the basis for the idea are found below April Wilkerson's Ultimate Workbench [6] Ultimate Workbench Upgrades [7]

Hardware and Materials for Dust Enclosure Build-out

Lumber/Hardware for Clamp Rack

Steel for Lumber Storage Rack [8]

Lumber for Sheet-good Storage Improvements

Materials and Lumber for Miter Station Upgrade I like to Make Stuff's Miter Station[9] King's Fine Woodworking Miter Station [10]

  • Upgrade of Capacity and size on following Machines:
  • Set of basic hand-tools (these will have a class taught on maintenance, sharpening and upkeep)
  • Secondary Table Saw for Dados[13]
  • Bosch GCM 12 Axial Glide Miter Saw[14] (For Space Saving and Capacity Purposes)

General Supplies

  • Power strips (can never have too many)
  • Extension cords (ditto)
  • chalkboard (brush-on chalkboard paint to turn a wall into a chalkboard)
  • Pneumatic valves (12v coil preferred)
  • Optics Lab