Large project storage

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Follow the procedure, or your project may be considered abandoned and thrown out or claimed by other members!

Members get personal storage shelves to store their personal projects and tools. However, many times, members temporarily need more storage space to work on larger projects, and taking project items home every night is inconvenient. Large project storage (LPS) exists to alleviate this problem by allowing members to store large projects elsewhere than their member shelves for a predetermined length of time, dependent on approval from the other members and compliance with the other terms of the storage policy.

Shortcut to this page: or [[LPS]]

Current large project storage assignments

To find out if a storage area is in use or empty, see the table below. Please keep this table up to date when projects are approved, updated, and concluded. Remember that weekly updates for large projects are required by the policy. You may find the table editing reference useful.

Status column colors
Green Available for you to pitch to use.
Blue Currently in use (legitimate).
Yellow Currently in use (illegitimate).
Other column colors
Red (including red links) Problem. Should be moved/properly pitched to use the location, should have its wiki page written/updated, or whatever is necessary.
Orange Needs attention soon.
Location Status Pitch Deadline Start Date Last Updated Sponsor Project, or current contents
108: Underneath the gray laser cutter tables Available
108: Underneath the blue metal and brown wood bench by the gray laser cutter tables Available
108: Welding area: Opposite the sandblaster Unclaimed but occupied No None ~2022-02-27 Never Eric Coyle Eric's microwave oven glass fusing project, intended to result in a Protospace tool
110: Wood shop: Against the wall by the orange door to the welcome room Available? Some pieces of live-edge wood that someone wanted suggestions of uses for? Might not be enough space there for large projects anymore anyway
110: Wood shop: Against the wall by the compressed air hose reel (where carts are usually kept) Unknown—please update this if you know
110: Mezzanine: In front of/beside the red couch Available but cramped


  1. Pitch your project on the administration mailing list as instructed on the Storage Policy page.
  2. Update the above table to reflect where you will be storing your project, and the deadline. Please enter an edit summary. (Something like "Added project" is fine.)
    • Don't worry about color-coding or any other fancy features if you don't know how to do those things. More experienced wiki editors can handle those for you after you put in the information.
  3. Create a page for your project as described below, and add a link to your project page to the table in the Project, or current contents column.
  4. Be sure to post updates on your project page weekly, and update the date in the Last updated column when you do. (If you do not, your project may be considered abandoned under the storage policy.)

Creating a project page

  1. Create a new page in the wiki. This can be done by either of the following methods:
    • First add a link to your nonexistent page to the table. Then, after saving or previewing the page, click the link—you will get the form to start your page.
    • Navigate to your desired page title (e.g., by using the search box). The wiki will tell you it doesn't exist, and offer to let you create it. This will also get you to the form to start your page. Then you can come back here and add the link afterward.
  2. In the editor enter this code: {{subst:Project storage}}
  3. Save the page.
  4. Edit the page (which will now have the template added) to add the appropriate information. Decorate your new project page as you see fit.

If this is too confusing or isn't working the way you want, just ask for help on the admin list or via the designated wiki editors page.

History of large project storage

At the June 2013 EGM, the current storage rules were approved, after many members were greatly inconvenienced by other members' projects being left out in common work areas. They came into effect September 1, 2013. Back then, there were dozens of projects unclaimed and unsponsored in the space. See Transition Project List for details of those projects.

In May 2016, Ian O found that this page had not been updated since November 2013, and that the shelf labels were all gone with the exception of one reading "BAY B" whose referent was not clear, and decided to update both.