Update — 17 April 2019
Thanks to our wonderful Ottawa community for helping to make our OTL WorkSpace a reality! Together we raised over $2,000 to help construct the WorkSpace. Our friends at Makerhouse Co. also donated $3,208 through their #CraftChange program, making it an essential contribution for our addition to become reality. We’ve been building and equipping the space, planning the rollout, developing our orientation and safety course, and training volunteers. We’re aiming to open the doors for May 1st. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we appreciate your support.
In the past, we hosted Maker Nights and Maker Days, but they were infrequent and not always convenient. Instead, our members and the public have asked us for a dedicated workspace. The OTL WorkSpace is our effort to provide a safe, approachable workspace for our members to build their next project. It features a series of benches equipped with a solid collection of shop tools, and also has a number of larger power tools which can be used at any of the benches.
Those looking to use the OTL WorkSpace will need to purchase a separate daily or monthly pass to access the space. Passes are available at the tool library only and commence the day of purchase. Costs are $20 for a daily pass and $80 for a monthly pass. All prices include HST. The OTL WorkSpace is open the same hours as the OTL itself and is supervised by a WorkSpace Monitor. All users must take our WorkSpace 101 course and follow good safety practices, including the use of protective equipment. The course is offered regularly and you can get tickets via Eventbrite.
Each bench at the OTL WorkSpace has a number of essential hand tools, like screwdrivers, a hammer, pliers and a drill; measuring and marking tools like a combination square, tape measure and pencil; as well as eyewear and hearing protection. The following tools are available to be used at any workbench: band saw, miter saw, and scroll saw. There are also a table saw, router, jointer, and planer available, but they will require our WorkSpace 201 course (coming soon!). Other tools can be borrowed (by members) from the OTL and used in the WorkSpace.