Funding idea for Chatt*Lab

From: Phil Shapiro 

Makerspace are about ingenuity, so it would be sure interesting to use that ingenuity to help in funding the space. 

For example, check out this nice dog pet bed made from an older television cabinet. 

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This kind of thing could sell for $75 or more. True, it takes some real labor to remove and dispose of 
the television guts -- not to mention picking up the cabinets from donors. 

Just wanted to share the idea, though. This kind of thing makes for an easy newspaper 
article topic -- and the newspaper article exposure could boost the makerspace, too. 


btw, there's a neat open source subtheme to these kinds of conversions. People might 
ask, "What else can I convert to new uses?" -- and the obvious answer is -- Windows and Intel Mac computers to Linux. 


Phil Shapiro, 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ People might -- Windows and Intel Mac computers to Linux. Speaking of which, I have three or four older but not totally obsolete machines I've installed Linux on that need new homes, whether in a makerspace or elsewhere, but don't know where to take them. Any ideas? Jeff

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ I really dig this, Phil. We are finally accelerating our projects now that the space is at critical mass (ie. working woodshop, metalshop, etc.). We already have some revenue on the map for peices. We are listed on FabHub as a CNC and 3DP resource for local production. If anyone has a retro TV, let us know. I especially like the bookshelf/library ones. Very poignant. I could see a piece in the 4th floor as easily on permanent residence at Chattlab to hold our maker related library. Thanks! Tim

=============================================================== From: Nate Hill ------------------------------------------------------ This is fun... years ago I gutted an Olympic television set and put contemporary innards in it. It used to be so easy to find these old console TV sets, it has gotten harder...

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ We have one in the pile at the lab.