The Two Shelves

Like many hackerspaces, TOG accepts a lot of materials, donations, parts, and junk that Might Come In Useful™… sometimes so much that there’s no room for actual hacking. The problem is so common, there’s even a Hackerspace Design Pattern for it: the Old Hardware Pattern.

For the last year, we’ve been running a version of the two-shelf system, in which items left around the space are put on the shelves for collection or eventual disposal.

2014-11-29 20.12.41
Need some 5 1/4″ disk drives? Or a laser-cut ball bearing race?
SWAG. Very important.
2014-11-29 20.16.28
Lost and found.

Does it work? Kind of. Lost items are reunited with their owners. Unused items inspire new projects. Semi-regular photos let members check the shelves from afar, workspaces are cleared with impunity, and there’s a slow but steady flow of junk out of the space.

And yet, the space is still full of stuff… 😀

3 Replies to “The Two Shelves”

  1. This seems like a good way of getting rid of stuff that’s never going to be used.
    I’m tempted to implement it in 091 Labs!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.