Open Shop

Open Shop Hours at Molten Metal Works

***Open Shop Starts Sunday Hours (1-6pm) starting Sept 11***

REGISTER FOR OPEN SHOP HOURS HERE

Info on Monthly Membership here
hours, policies, and FAQs are below

Standard Hours:

Monday: Shop Closed
Tuesday: 1pm-6pm
Wednesday: 1pm-10pm
Thursday: 1pm-6pm
Friday: 1pm-6pm
Saturday: 1pm-6pm
Sunday: 1-6pm

Getting Started:

To get started with open shop, you must have taken a class (intro MIG, oxyactetylene sculpture, or a private class–Taster class does not count) or had a safety checkout for each tool set you’d like to use.

If you’ve taken a class:

You can either show up to open shop hours (hours above) and purchase a pass in person, or you can sign up online and register for open shop hours.  If you register online, you can reserve a table and be sure there’s space (particularly helpful on Weds and Saturdays).  If you buy a pass, you can also drop in.  Cost for drop in is $15/hr.  Passes are $100/10hrs, $250/40hrs, or monthly for $90/mo. Please also read all the info below for safety, policies, and clothing required.  If you have any trouble with that registration website or process, see this step-by-step guide here (under construction).

If you haven’t taken a class:

You will be required to prove competent technique and safe usage before being allowed to use the toolset desired (MIG, TIG, or Oxy).  Plasma cutter , grinding, band saw, and jump shear are included in that safety checkout, depending on your needs.  The safety checkout takes about an hour per toolset, and we’d like to do it one-on-one, so please email matt@moltenmetalworks.net to schedule an appointment.  You do not need to be an expert welder to pass the test, but we need to feel you can operate the toolset safely without direct supervision.  It also gives us a chance to show you the shop, where tools are kept, and how to keep lawyers and insurance happy.  After you pass the safety checkout, you can purchase a pass in person or go hourly.  Please also read up on the policies, safety, and clothing required too.

Policies:

Tool Usage:

You must have taken a class at MMW or passed the safety checkout for any tool you wish to use during open shop hours.  Safety checkouts are $25 per technique (MIG or TIG) and we will expect you to know what you are doing with no refreshers.  If we do not feel confident you are capable of using the tools without guidance, you will fail the safety checkout and there are no refunds.  Staff of MMW have final say in this matter.  And just a warning, safety checkout for Oxyacetylene is very difficult.  We have to keep you safe and the shop running.

Grinding Wheels are No Longer Free:

Gasses, steel wire, and steel filler rod will be included for the open shop sessions.  Scrap material (under 3’ in length, or in the recycling bin) is free to use.  Grinding wheels will no longer be free and O-shoppers are expected to bring or purchase their own work gloves, safety glasses, N95 dust masks, and sound ear-muffs.  All of these will be available for purchase at reasonable prices . Welding helmets and welding gloves will still be provided gratis.  Welding gloves are to be used only for welding (not for handling greasy metal).  We will be selling intro kits to get you started.  They will include a pair of work gloves, a pair of safety glasses, a pair of ear muffs, a good dust mask, a cutting wheel, and a flap wheel, plus a pretty decent steel tool box for $80.  If you are a monthly member, you can store this kit in the shop

Signing Up:

You can go online and reserve hours and tables if you have a project pass or a monthly pass.  Link is here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=137697

You can reserve a table for however long you’d like, within the schedule, and if you need to cancel, you must cancel 24 hrs before the start of the session, or else the hours will be deducted from your punch card or monthly pass anyway.  Monthly pass hours do not accrue; they expire at the end of the month.  If you want to reserve the 4 x 8 table, that counts as two stations, tables six and seven.  Still working on how to do that one on the computer though.

Signing In and Out:

O-shoppers will be required to sign in and sign out when using the shop, to keep track of hours, usage, and inventory.

Changes:

We reserve the right to make changes to the schedule, pricing, and policies to make MMW the best it can be.  Our mission is to provide you, the people of LA, with a safe, fun work environment to build community and kick-ass metal projects and to keep the shop sustainable, both financially and physically.  So anything to make that happen, we reserve the right to do.  Cool?

Payments:

If O-shoppers wish to purchase material, grinding wheels, or safety gear, we can take cash, card, or checks at a minimal markup.  All material must be paid for at the end of the session (no credit and no tabs).

Visitors/Helpers:

We’d like everyone coming to open shop be registered separately, because it’s usually quite hard for people to resist the temptation of tools and we’d prefer not to have to police who’s using what.  And whether it’s using the physical space or the instructor’s attention, additional people do use additional resources.  So all visitors, whether helping or not, should be registered separately for open shop hours.  It’s still pretty cheap.

Safety:

1.  Instruction: All O-shoppers must have taken a class (or had a safety checkout) on each piece of equipment before using.  This includes hand power tools and the bench grinder.  Safety instruction shall only be done by MMW staff, so don’t try to take our jobs.

2.  Clothing: Eye protection shall be worn AT ALL TIMES in the shop.  O-shoppers and students will also be required to wear all cotton or wool long sleeves and pants with no synthetics and shoes must be closed-toe and heel, all leather or canvas shoes.  No synthetics or mesh (no melty stuff).  Long hair must be tied back.  When grinding, a face shield must be worn.  If you’re using the grinder for more than 30 seconds, take it into the grinding room.  No headphones.

3.  Hot Stuff: Treat all material on the welding tables as if it’s hot.  Do not grab anything off of your table or another table without testing the temperature of the item with the back of your hand.  We are going to be welding.  It’s going to get hot and stay hot.  Grinding, cutting, and drilling metal also can generate a lot of heat, wear gloves and test the heat of materials before picking them up.

4.  Breaking tools: All damaged tools must be reported immediately.  We do not want someone else using a compromised tool.  You may be financially responsible for replacing the tool, if usage or neglect caused the breakage.

5.  Don’t leave tools unattended: Do not leave machines running while not in use.  Wait for machines to stop spinning before walking away.

6.  Don’t use machines while distracted or impaired: Keep your mind and eyes on the task at hand and do not have conversations while using any tool.  Do not enter the shop if you are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or taking any medication that may impair your ability to operate machinery safely.

7.  Use the tools how they were designed: This is not the time to improvise; use the correct tool in the way it was designed and do not remove or reposition any safety guards.

8.  Guests: Only registered members of classes and up-to-date O-Shoppers are allowed in the shop area of MMW.  Guests will be invited for open houses, but not until then.

9.  Keep work area clean: Keep material, tools, and power cords out of walkways, out from underneath falling sparks and hot metal.  Keep work tables and metal dry and clean up all spills immediately.   Please grind the table flat and brush off the work area to make the shop and space pleasant for the next O-shopper.

10. Storage: MMW is not responsible for any projects, tools, or materials left in the shop.  Storage will be provided as a convenience, but we can not be responsible for watching over everything at all times.  Materials and projects need to be labeled by their owners with name and date.  Anything left over 30 days will be recycled.

11. Oxyacetylene Welding: If you are using an oxyacetylene torch, keep the torch aimed over the table, not in any areas of traffic.  If you need more space, come back when the shop is less busy.

12. Advice and Design Considerations:  At MMW, we are not certified welders, nor structural engineers.  Any design advice is provided merely as a suggestion and a convenience.  So if you need actual design parameters, or if something your building cannot break without damage to the user, property, or others, please consult a certified welder and/or a structural engineer.  We have contacts for both.

13.  Be Responsible and Reasonable: Don’t make us have to make new rules.  We will attempt to be reasonable too, but if you fail to comply with the above rules, MMW may terminate O-Shoppers membership at the discretion of the membership, with no refunds of any portion of fees or dues paid to the date of cancellation.  MMW reserves the right to modify, amend, or supplement the rules and regulations from time to time in its sole discretion.

14.  Now go make something awesome.

 

Pricing and Membership Options:

Hourly: drop in, can’t make reservations, but it’s $15/hr, no expiration because there’s no contract.

Project Passes: 10 hours for $100 or 40 hours for $250, expire in 3 months and 6 months respectively.  You can make reservations online and book a table and a welder.

Monthly: 20 hours a month for $90, recurring monthly (actual date based on sign up date).  You can book reservations, you can keep your toolbox in the shop, and you may even get a t-shirt.  Membership will be capped at some X number of members, to be determined based on how much people use the shop.

Signing Up:

You can go online and reserve hours and tables if you have a project pass or a monthly pass.  Link is here: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=137697

You can reserve a table for however long you’d like, within the schedule, and if you need to cancel, you must cancel 24 hrs before the start of the session, or else the hours will be deducted from your punch card or monthly pass anyway.  Monthly pass hours do not accrue; they expire at the end of the month.  If you want to reserve the 4 x 8 table, that counts as two stations, tables six and seven.