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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Big thank you to all those who turned out and all the help to get OM Build this far. It truly is amazing what people can do when they work together. It truly is a grass roots effort with no contributions of money from local government, and all volunteer run.

Check out our Facebook Volunteer Page to become involved in the next steps! And check out our donation page if you have a couple of dollars to donate — we had a hiccup with the link this past week, which is now fixed.

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OM Build Tiny House Weekly Update:

Progress at E. Johnson: Big thanks for all the volunteers who came out last weekend! It really makes a difference, and we’re making great headway. Please consider coming out the next weekend too, same hours (see below.)

More than a dozen volunteers at  our weekend workdays cleaned interior walls and prepped for painting and got the floor ready for sanding. Up top, the old chimney and vents have been removed to prepare for a new roof. Outside, the fence now completely encloses the back yard, so we can have secure storage of materials. Below, our Site committee makes plans for the next weekend workday.

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Have materials you’d like to donate? Please check out our wish list. And a big thanks to our local Sherwin-Williams store for donating 25 gallons of interior paint!

Weekends at new site, weekdays at the shop: Weekday volunteer shifts are at the Argosy Court shop, finishing Houses 2 and 3 and building fixtures for the new shop, weekend workdays are at E. Johnson.

Weekday hours – Argosy Court:

Tuesday 7/1: 6:30-10pm Manager: Robert B
Wednesday 7/2: 3pm-7:00pm Manager: Pete C.
Thursday 7/3: 3pm-7pm Manager: Keith V

Weekend hours – E. Johnson:
Saturday, 7/5: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K
Sunday, 7/6: Noon-5pm Manager: Brenda K

Sign-up procedure: Click here to sign up for a shift. We work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.

Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

Busy Weekend

We had a number of volunteers stop in at our current shop on Argosy to get even further along on two of our tiny houses, which are almost road worthy. Thanks for all the help! Volunteers volunteer-june-15v2Then at our new location we had a busy work day with volunteers too: locks were updated, flowers donated and planted, basic clean up, and deeper examination of the mold issue in the roof/ceiling. The roof will need to be replaced, and we have a number of larger ticket items so we really appreciate all the donations folks are able to give. Donate PayPal > All donations are 100% tax deductible. Thank you! All of our work is made possible by volunteer efforts and would not be possible without you, building community together.

 

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Fundraiser tomorrow May 9th! Silent Auction

Please come to our fundraiser, at the Brink Madison, from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday May 9th. Face book event here. We are very excited to celebrate the Madison City Council unanimously voting to allow us to purchase the property on Johnson Street this past Tuesday! We have a packed month and just enough money for closing, so we appreciate whatever donations people are able to make. Nobody will be turned away though for lack of funds. Big thank you to local companies donating for the cause including Dexter’s Pub & Tip Top Tavern.

Some of the awesome upcycled pallets by OM members are below. Check them out below. More on our photo album of auction items.

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New Year with OM Build!

OM Build TIny House Weekly Update:

Fundraiser Party: Saturday, Jan. 11th, 1pm-5pm at High Noon Saloon in Madison (map) Join us as we celebrate completion of our fist tiny house, and do the “offical” hand-over of the keys to long-time Occupy volunteers Chris and Betty. We’ll also be holding a silent auction of some amazing craft-y creations by OM Build volunteers, all made from re-purposed pallet wood. Can’t make it to the fundraiser? Donate here… 

This week: Work will focus on finishing up craft items for the fundraiser silent auction on Saturday, and then cleaning/organizing the shop to prepare for the start of work on House 3. Work continues on House 2 as well, finishing insulation, interior paneling, windows and the door. We welcome volunteers at all skill levels, training and close supervision will be provided by OM Build shop managers. Please be sure to dress warmly, some work may be outside.

Shop Hours – Week of Jan. 6th – Jan. 11th:
Tuesday 1/7  6:30-10pm Shop Manager: Robert B
Thursday 1/9  3pm-7pm Shop Manager: Allen B
Friday 1/10  7pm-10pm Shop Manager: Luca C

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: We will be continuing with an informal sign-up process. Just go to the shop at one of the above posted times, and join in!
We can work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint.

News and volunteer hours week of 11/18

Channel 15 reports on roll-out of first Tiny House:
Tiny House #1 is now ready to head out onto the street, and Channel 15 was there to report on our progress and interview some of our volunteers. Click here to watch their report.

Roof construction begins on House 2:
We began construction of two prefab roof sections for House 2 on Friday. This coming week, we will focus on finishing the roof sections and moving House 2 outside, where we can drop the roof sections into place with our custom-built Occupy Crane. Then interior work on House 2 will continue, and the shop will be clear to begin work on House 3!

PalletPallooza planned for Saturday:
Last week’s PalletPalooza was such a success (making enough pallet-wood siding for one house, and salvaging enough 2×4’s to frame about half of House 3) that we’re planning another one for Saturday the 23rd. Chili and hot chocolate will be served!

This Week’s Shop Hours:

Tues 11/19: 6:30-9:30, Manager: Rob B

Wed 11/20: 5:30-9:30, Manager: Bruce W

Thus 11/21: 7:30-9:30, Manager: Peter G


Fri 11/22: 6:00-10:00, Manager: Luca C
Sat 11/23 Noon-5pm: PalletPalooza, Manager, Steve B

Shop location:
4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure:
For safety and to ensure we have work available for everyone who shows up, we need to limit the number of volunteers to 4 per shift. We use the online VolunteerSpot service to handle scheduling.

Please remember, when you sign up, you’re taking one of the available slots from other volunteers, so don’t sign up unless you’re sure you can attend.

We can work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint, and wear close-toed shoes (boots preferred, if you have them.)

CLICK HERE to sign up!

This Week’s Volunteer Sign Up!

Greetings from Occupy Madison’s OM Build Tiny House Project!

This is our second weekly volunteer update. We’re sending this to you because you indicated an interest in volunteering with OM Build’s Tiny House Project.

Pallet-Pallooza makes a house worth of siding and lumber:
Saturday’s Pallet-Palooza event brought together nearly a dozen volunteers to deconstruct stacks of pallets, making enough reclaimed pallet wood to side one tiny house, and nearly enough reclaimed 2×4’s to frame a house. Thanks to all the volunteers who turned out!

Video Tour – Tiny House at night:
Thanks to Bruce for a nighttime video tour of our first house, showing the ultra-efficient LED lighting and battery system, soon to be powered by a solar panel donated to us by the University of Wisconsin engineering school. Click here to take the tour!

This week’s shop hours:
Tues 11/12: 6:30-9:30, Manager: Rob B
Wed 11/13: 5:30-9:30, Manager: Bruce W
Thu 11/14: 7:30-9:30, Manager: Bruce W
Fri 11/15: 1:30-6:00, Manager: Steve B
Fri 11/15: 6:00-10:00, Manager: Luca C

Shop location: 4235 Argosy Court, Suite B (Click here for map)

Sign-up procedure: For safety and to ensure we have work available for everyone who shows up, we need to limit the number of volunteers to 4 per shift. We use the online VolunteerSpot service to handle scheduling.
Please remember, when you sign up, you’re taking one of the available slots from other volunteers, so don’t sign up unless you’re sure you can attend.

We can work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.

Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint, and wear close-toed shoes (boots preferred, if you have them.)

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Volunteer Opportunities for Week of 11/5/13

This week’s volunteer opportunities:
Tuesday, Nov. 6th 6:30pm-10:00pm Shop Manager: Rob Bloch
Wednesday, Nov. 7th 5:30pm-10:00pm Shop Manager: Bruce Wallbaum
Thursday, Nov. 8th 7:30pm-10:00pm Shop Manager: Peter G.
Friday, Nov. 9th, 6:00pm-10:00pm Shop Manager: Luca Clemente
Saturday, Nov. 10th, noon-5:00pm Shop Manager: Steve Burns Pallet-Pallooza! Chili and hot chocolate will be served
CLICK HERE  to sign up for volunteer hours.

Other Updates:

This is our first weekly volunteer update. We’re sending this to you because you indicated an interest in volunteering with OM Build’s Tiny House Project.

OM Build is making progress!
A recent vote in the Madison Common Council changes Madison’s zoning ordinances,  allowing local churches and nonprofits to host our tiny houses.

Our first house is nearly complete, and ready to move into the neighborhood near the OM Build Shop on Argosy Court.

Our second house is still under construction, and most of our work this week will focus on getting House #2 ready to move outside the shop – making space to begin construction on House 3! Work on House 2 includes completing exterior siding of reclaimed pallet wood and work on the roof sections.

We’ve got a full schedule of evening hours below, and a special “Pallet-Palooza” event planned for Saturday.

For safety and to ensure we have work available for everyone who shows up, we need to limit the number of volunteers to 4 per night shift and 8 at the Saturday Pallet-Palooza event. We use the online VolunteerSpot service to handle scheduling.
CLICK HERE  to sign up for volunteer hours. Please remember, when you sign up, you’re taking one of the available slots from other volunteers, so don’t sign up unless you’re sure you can attend.

We can work with volunteers at all skill levels, so don’t hesitate to volunteer simply because you lack construction experience. The most important qualification we look for is a willingness to learn, to take instructions from the Shop Manager and to follow all shop safety procedures.
Please come ready to work, dressed in work clothes that can get dirty or smeared with paint, and wear close-toed shoes (boots preferred, if you have them.)

Extreme Update!

This website is being overhauled in the first half of October 2013 . . . hopefully you’ll like it. Meanwhile check us out on Facebook where many of the real updates have been happening. Also, check out the volunteer tab for current shop hours and volunteer opportunities. Also check out our donation page to see our specific needs.

Week of June 30

June 30:  Allen busts studs with table saw

Rescuing materials from Just Coffee during their move

Rescuing materials from Just Coffee during their move

Salvaged lumber

Salvaged lumber

Dumpster diving for lumber

Dumpster diving for lumber

Bruce and Allen, dumpster divers

Bruce and Allen, dumpster divers

Beautifully painted trailer frame

Beautifully painted trailer frame

Terre works on the deck for the trailer

Terre works on the deck for the trailer

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Keith

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July 1:  We made the news!

July 2:  

noah birthday

Birthday celebration!

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Hap works on the wall studs
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July 3:  We made the news again!

July 5:  Take a tour of our workshop courtesy of Bruce

Watch Noah shred some pallets.  It’s satisfying work!

Stack of pallets

Stack of pallets

Peter on a pallet run

Peter on a pallet run

Shredding pallets

Shredding pallets

Rescued this countertop and sink from the curb in front of Just Coffee - they're moving, and it needed a new home

Rescued this countertop and sink from the curb in front of Just Coffee – they’re moving, and it needed a new home

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We found some steel!

We found some steel!

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Rae

A visit from City Alder Marsha Rummel

A visit from City Alder Marsha Rummel

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While the village is open, we still have to raise $12,000 to complete phase one and an additional $80,000 for phase 2 (kitchen and community room + 4 more houses) Please help if you can!

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