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WKS125: Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper

Starting with a block of polystyrene foam, learn to use a hot wire to shape your original design. After detailing, the foam is buried in sand and molten aluminum can easily be poured in, allowing the foam to be lost and creating a solid metal replica of your stopper.



Project: Aluminum Wine Bottle Stopper

Prerequisite(s): None. However, MTL103: Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

Equipment access: Kiln, Crucible

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Tuesday, 5/31/16 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Sunday, 6/12/16 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Tuesday, 6/28/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS128: Brazing and Silver Soldering

Brazing is a metal joining process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint, the filler metal having a lower melting point than the adjoining metal. Employing proper materials and techniques joints of considerable strength can quickly and easily be achieved. The instructor will explain the differences and similarities between soldering and brazing procedures and introduce students to the skills and materials required to make strong and durable joints in a variety of metals.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Brazing and Silver Soldering Saturday, 5/28/16 5:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Brazing and Silver Soldering Saturday, 6/18/16 12:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS136: Custom Street Signs

Rename your driveway “Steelers Place” or “Clemente Boulevard” for ultimate Pittsburgh pride. In this hard arts workshop, students will learn powder coating and vinyl masking techniques to design and fabricate their own custom street sign.

Note: This is not a safety and basic use class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Custom Street Signs Friday, 6/17/16 5:00 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS142: Furniture Basics, Custom Mitered Boxes

Design and build a piece of furniture.

You will design a small piece of furniture: a simple wooden box. Design, plan, build and assemble a mitered box. Joinery suitable for beginners in the woodshop, though more complicated joints can be demonstrated.

Note: This class is not an SBU for any equipment.

Prerequisite: Woodshop SBU

1 session currently scheduled:
    Furniture Basics, Custom Mitered Boxes Saturday, 6/11/16 12:30 PM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $155.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $175.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS156: Make a Baseball Bat

People say baseball is America's favorite past time. Some say that woodworking is, too. Combine these classic interests in this unique workshop! You'll learn the art of wood turning by making your own baseball bat.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Make a Baseball Bat Sunday, 5/29/16 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS603: Lifecasting 101

Lifecasting is the process of creating a 3D copy of a living human body through the use of molding and casting techniques. In this Special Effects Series workshop, you will learn how to make an exact copy of your own finger, eye or nose using industry-standard alginate. You will then cast a positive of the finger, eye or nose in a strong plaster. In addition to hands-on molding and casting, we will discuss the many uses of lifecasting and touch on more advanced techniques. This workshop is designed to accommodate beginners as well as the experienced special effects guru.

4 sessions currently scheduled:
    Lifecasting 101 Sunday, 6/5/16 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Monday, 6/6/16 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Thursday, 6/16/16 5:45 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Thursday, 6/23/16 5:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS901: Tesla Coil Design and Operation

Learn about design methods and operating principles of a traditional spark gap Tesla coil! Mathematical relationships and empirical measurements will be used to gain a greater understanding of high voltage electronics. We will be demonstrating these concepts on a giant homemade Tesla coil!

This is the perfect workshop for high-voltage electronics enthusiasts and for those who want to build their own Tesla coils.

About the Instructor: Mark Barlow teaches electronics classes at TechShop Pittsburgh. He has worked in the solar industry for five years and has cumulatively worked on 35 megawatts of solar power generation, including the first solar array in downtown Pittsburgh. Mark built his first Tesla coil in high school and continues to be an enthusiast of high voltage electronics.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Tesla Coil Design and Operation Tuesday, 5/31/16 7:30 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS115: Knife-Making Using CNC Machines

Knife-making is an art of patience and craft. Learn how to make a knife from scratch using a combination of high powered tools and traditional knife-making techniques. In this class, you'll learn the basic fundamentals and tools for grinding an edge and heat treating metal. You'll also experience a live demo of the waterjet, the machine used to cut your knife blank from a sheet of steel. After receiving your knife blank, you'll get a matching acrylic handle that will be cut out using the laser cutters. With raw materials in hand and knowing the basics of knife-making, you'll have the ability to freely work on your knife with the provided equipment.

Project: Knife

Prerequisite(s): None


This Make-it, Take-it workshop is open to both members and non-members of TechShop.


Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Usage class. To learn more about waterjet cutting, check out our Waterjet Cutting SBU class offered regularly.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Knife-Making Using CNC Machines Friday, 6/17/16 4:30 PM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $165.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $195.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.