That’s a valid concern. According to the last board meeting on Oct 10th, the hive had 30K in reserves.
Right now we’ve got about $1K in improvements currently approved for the woodshop. ($750 for the bench, $220 for the clamps) I’m asking for a bit more than needed on the workbench budget, in case there are unforeseen problems.
I’d also really like to be able to beg or borrow clamps rather than buying a bunch for the hive, although pipe clamps are on the wishlist because we current don’t have enough. I’m personally planning on buying whatever it takes to make up the difference between the 28 needed, and the 16 we’d have on hand. Right now if nobody else comes up with any that’s probably going to be another 12. If we can borrow enough from various sources, we might not have to spend anything on clamps.
So at this point we’ve spent less this year on the woodshop than the electronics ($1500) or metal shops ($4K). It’s probably not fair to compare, each has different needs. I’m planning on also using them, but I’m not sure what other guidelines to follow. I’ve been told that what we need is people to get things done, and I’m willing to do it. Further I’ve asked multiple members and been told that the way to do this is to put up a plan for a vote. If there’s another budgeting process, I’m all for it.
We’ve spent about 1/30th of the reserves, leaving enough for the hive to last for a year or two if all other income was cut off. I’m not sure that having years of reserves is as useful as having an improved space that will attract new members. If I seem to be advancing a lot of things, it’s because I feel there are things that could be improved upon, and I’m willing to do the work. I figure I can do that either at the hive, or at home, and I’d rather share things, than have a bunch of stuff sit around in my garage unused 99% of the time.
Also, just to reiterate, I’m fine with keeping the wood working lathe for myself. I know there’s been some discussion about getting a better one in the past, but that doesn’t have to be this one. I think this is a really good deal, and the expansion table makes storage much easier than other units, but I’m sure there will be others.