OTL WorkSpace

You asked and we built it!
Unleash your creativity in our dedicated workspace.

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.

Photo credit: Lessard Images

Introduction

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.

Description

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the OTL WorkSpace?
Right beside the Ottawa Tool Library at Makerspace North at City Centre in Ottawa. Click here to find us.
When is the WorkSpace open?
For the moment, it will have the same hours as the OTL (click here for hours). As we develop experience and receive feedback, we’ll determine if and when we can expand the hours of the WorkSpace.
Are the prices for the OTL WorkSpace subject to change?
Definitely. As demand increases or our costs change, we may need to adjust our fees. We will communicate any changes well in advance.
Do I need to be a member of the OTL to sign up for the WorkSpace?
No, but you need to be a member to borrow any tools from the OTL that are not already in the WorkSpace.
Do I have to reserve my time in the OTL WorkSpace?
No, at the moment it is first-come, first-serve. We’re actively monitoring the situation, and will introduce a bench/time management solution as it becomes necessary.
Can you help me design or build my project?
No (sorry!). Our WorkSpace Monitors can give advice to ensure you’re safely using the appropriate tool. However, their role is to ensure the safe use of the space for all users and cannot divert their attention to help build a specific project.
Can I keep my project at the WorkSpace?
No, you’ll need to bring your project and materials with you and take them when you leave.
Do I need to take your WorkSpace 101 course?
Yes. Every person who wants to use the space needs to take our WorkSpace 101 course. It not only covers tool safety but is also an orientation to working in the space and is an important aspect of our insurance coverage. Our WorkSpace 101 course is offered regularly – you can get tickets on Eventbrite.
Do I need to wear safety equipment in the OTL WorkSpace?
Yes, everyone must wear appropriate personal protective equipment at all times. It will be provided but you can always bring your own.
Header credit: Eric Laroque of MiricPhoto

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