Our space is where we meet, keep our tools and do really stuff. Hopefully this will give you some background of where we are located, what we have in terms of equipment and where everything is.
The location of Chatt*lab is in the Hamilton County Business Development Center at the corner of Cherokee Blvd and Manufacturers.
Our address is:
100 Cherokee Blvd; STE 125
Chattanooga, TN 37405
The easiest way to get to our door is to access the BDC lot from the Manufacturers entrance. Very close to that entrance you'll see a loading dock. Take the steps up that loading dock and you'll see our door to the left. Please note that you can't park in the BDC lot during business hours without a parking pass. See Parking for more info on this.
Parking is one of the most common questions we have to answer. The BDC parking lot is by permit only during business hours. After 5pm or on weekends, it is okay to park there. You won't be towed. During business hours there are other alternatives including the triangle lot across the railroad tracks (near FoodWorks), the Republic Parking lot which you can stay all day for $5. But Please do not park in the BDC lot during business hours. You will get towed, and our landlords will not be happy. We want to be honorable tenants.
Here are some details of our space. It's 3,000 square feet and has the following areas:
This general area is where we meet, watch movies, host LAN parties, teach workshops or work on projects at a table or workbench. The configuration can change from time to time. Here are some of the features of this space:
This room is where we do our metal work using some specialized equipment. Check the Metal Shop department for the equipment available.
When welding or painting/staining, there's a sliding door that can be pulled closed to prevent dangerous arcs from damaging others' eyes and to keep the smell limited to that area. The door can be opened as necessary to get fresh air to the person working.
The Corridor is just a pass through from the BDC hallway to the main space, but we utilize part of this area for several items including
Our Snacks are purchased from bulk suppliers and sold at or near cost. We don't have a formal snack machine, so things are laid out for purchase with the honor system. There's a bucket for bills, and a bucket for change. The soda machine charges 50 cents per can.
Here we have all kinds of consumables used here and there. The index below may help locate what you're looking for in the drawers
|R1||Door Parts||Theadlock||Epoxy||Glue||Index Cards|
|R2||String||Hot Glue Guns||Super Glue||Gorilla Glue|
|R3||Avery Labels||Hot Glue Sticks||Magnets||Rubber Bands|
|R4||Ziplock Bags||Post-it Notes||Cable Ties||Dymo Labels|
|R5||Nitrile Gloves||Batteries||Wood Pencils||Staples Small||Duct Tape||Steel Wool|
|R6||Tacks Brushes||Scissors||Dry Erase Markers||Aluminum Tape||Pens|
|R7||Shims||Altoids Tins||T-bolts and Knobs||Double Stick Tape||Color Markers|
|R8||Sanding Disks||Sanding Pads||Silica Gel Packs||Scotch Tape||Sharpies|
|R9||Easter Eggs||Tape||1/4“ Heatshrink||HeatShrink Tubing|
|R12||Fire Extenguishers Sign||Packing Tape|
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Our woodshop is our largest dedicated space mostly in part to the amount of the equipment and the nature of the equipment being large. It also helps us contain the sawdust and fine dust from the rest of the space somewhat.
The Equipment we have there includes:
The “Griz” gets used more than any other woodworking tool we have. We have several jigs that helps including a tenoning jig and some cross cut sleds. We have dust collection that gets most of the dust from the saw, but some always gets out of the blade, therefore, safety glasses are ALWAYS required.
Our dust collector is designed to capture the majority of the dust our larger sawdust making machines. It uses a Harbor Freight system that has been modified to incorporate Oneida Systems Super Dust Deputy cyclone to capture most of the debris, and a Wynn Environmental MERV 15 air filter to keep the fine particulates down.
The Fablab is where we have our advanced manufacturing stuff (3D printer(s), vinyl cutter and laser cutter(s)). 24 inch Vinyl Cutter