With a number of new donations and the expectation we will still continue to get more, I see a need to make sure we know what and whom donated items.
Now I suspect that we can get by with just major donations, loaners, etc, but each type of tool has it's own set of requirements.
So for now, I am taking on the task of the Wood, Metal and "Non-classroom" tools.
I will take the time to document each tool, and if possible record Serial Numbers, Owner, Status (Loan, Donation). I think I will set up a simple Database for this, but have yet to get anything more than a spreadsheet started.
What I need is two things from members.
First is to have you tell me what you have donated, if it is a loan, and Contact Information.
Second if your tool / Equipment is a Loan, mark it. Put your name, contact method (members will see this) and restrictions on or near this gear.
A good example is the Welding Gear, Dave has put a condition that you either take a Welding Class, or confirm with him that you know how to work with the gear.
Now as a Side Effect, I think we will start to mark tools with simple instructions, and maybe host a couple small informal tool nights for those who have not worked with some of this stuff.
This is just my thought, so please if you have something to add, or suggestion please do, but I am going to start with the inventory in the next few days.