jwb wrote:And there's the lottery method that the Providence hacker collective did, selling $1,500 in lottery tickets with the winner getting one machine and the hackerspace getting the other.
Okay, we're going to do this. $5 a ticket, when we hit $1500, we buy two, keep one and draw for the other. Anyone can enter, no limit on tickets purchased (other than the natural limit of 300 tickets to reach the $1500 mark). Buy via PayPal or the usual methods at a meeting. I will announce it more thoroughly anon, but for now, anyone following this thread gets heads up on it. If you PayPal funds for it, make sure they're clearly marked for the drawing.
laserdog wrote:I already have project space and basic tools, so I can't really justify $50 a month for that.
This, of course, is only PART of what the Hack Factory is about- I don't really consider my $50 a rental fee for workspace and tools. I consider it a monthly donation to fund an organization that gives me a place to make, share, and learn. If I spent $50 a month on tools, I could have a pretty decent garage full in a year or two. I'd still be working, alone, in my garage, limited by my own skills and with nobody to show off too (except the cold, cold intertubes).
laserdog wrote:Access to a large tool like this that puts many more projects into scope and *is* the exactly sort of thing that would make me justify paying dues in a heart beat, even if I'm only able to get there a few times a year.
This is EXACTLY why I think we should be angling to get a laser cutter sooner rather than later. Let's just say we can pull that cost down to $300 a month. If we get five more people like laserdog, the device is revenue neutral AND we ALL get access to it. The only question is, ARE there five more people like laserdog around? Or eight more, at the above quoted price?
As for getting basic hand tools, we seem to be doing quite well getting those donated. Pulling in another half-dozen members will only increase our tool donations.