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WKS012: Knife Making

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 be able to take advantage of the powerful waterjet cutter by choosing a knife blade style and have it cut out for you. 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.

This workshop is not a Safety and Basic Use course. Students will only be passed on the Knife Making checkout kit (including a belt sander, torch, and filing jig, but NOT the waterjet).

1 session currently scheduled:
    Knife Making Thursday, 6/18/15 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 7 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $170.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1220SJ: Intro to Wood Bending - Build a Custom Skateboard Deck

Learn the fundamentals of vacuum press wood bending and build a skateboard or longboard deck from scratch in this woodworking class for all skill levels. You'll learn how to laminate thin layers of maple to a curved mold using a vacuum press. You will also practice basic hand tool and power tool skills to shape and finish your deck. In the end, you'll walk away with a pro-quality skateboard or longboard deck and the skills to make all sorts of bent-wood objects.

This is a two-part class. By signing up for Part 1 you are automatically registered in Part 2.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of WOD:101 Woodshop SBU prior to taking this class.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Intro to Wood Bending - Build a Custom Skateboard Deck Wednesday, 5/27/15 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $120.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Intro to Wood Bending - Build a Custom Skateboard Deck Monday, 6/15/15 7:00 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $120.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1236SJ: WORKSHOP: Advanced VCarve Workshop: Cam Clamps

This workshop covers the use of Autodesk V-Carve Pro to create flexible toolpaths for cutting out a woodworker's cam clamp. The Inventor Assembly files will be provided so the student can learn to generate drawing files and then import relevant vectors into V-Carve for use. Drilling paths, pockets and profile paths will be generated for a variety of tooling.

Topics will include:
  • How to take an Autodesk Inventor part or Assembly file and create usable drawings and vector files
  • Strategies for dealing with variable thickness materials
  • Workholding and alignment techniques
  • Working with layers in V-Carve
  • Tool database use and setting feeds and speeds
This workshop is one of an "Art To Part" series featuring the design and realization of a woodworkers cam style clamp. The series covers the process and steps needed to take an idea or "napkin sketch" and create an actual working physical product. It's not necessary to take these workshops in order.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CNC101: Concepts of CNC and CNC201: CAD-to-CAM VCarve and AUD006: Autodesk Inventor Basics are required prior to taking this workshop series.

1 session currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Advanced VCarve Workshop: Cam Clamps
(Advanced VCarve: Cam Clamps)
Sunday, 6/28/15 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1240SJ: WORKSHOP: Make an LED Task Lamp

This workshop will cover the basics of designing and building a wood LED task lamp from scratch using the ShopBot and soldering supplies.

We will start by sketching out ideas for lamp designs before learning how to use VCarve to turn these paper ideas into functional realities. We will cove the different components needed to make an LED lamp and learn how to use VCarve and the ShopBot to seamlessly incorporate these components into the design.

1 session currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Make an LED Task Lamp Friday, 5/22/15 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1261SJ: WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp

In this workshop, students will learn through hands-on experience how to cut precision parts using the ShopBot. Toolpaths will be provided or students can use their own paths created in the V-Carve Cam Clamp workshop. Each student will go through the entire process of setting up the ShopBot and cutting out their parts.

Topics will include:
  • Creating a level working surface
  • Workholding and registration methods
  • Tool changing
  • Adjusting feeds and speeds for better finish
This workshop is one of an "Art to Part" series featuring the design and realization of a woodworker's cam-style clamp. The series covers the process and steps needed to take an idea or "napkin sketch" and create an actual working physical product. It's not necessary to take these workshops in order.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CNC302: ShopBot SBU prior to taking this class.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Tuesday, 5/26/15 11:30 AM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Tuesday, 6/30/15 7:30 PM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS515: Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter

Our resident artist, Darius B'Alexander, will demonstrate and instruct on the art of origami and paper folding. Using the CNC vinyl cutter as well many hands-on techniques, participants will learn how to fold, crease and cut pieces of paper into art. This workshop will also include a viewing of "Between the Folds," a wonderful and informative origami documentary. Paper materials will be provided.

Note: This is not a safety and basic use (SBU) class. If you have not taken and passed the Vinyl Cutter SBU, the instructor will operate the machinery for you.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter Sunday, 6/28/15 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS525: Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

Ever wanted to make your own garment, but it seemed like you'd have to learn a new language? Come, take a vocabulary lesson with us -- and feel free to bring a pattern you have questions about.

This class is an introduction for people who would like more information or are new to using patterns. It is easy to be overwhelmed and this class will help you locate the key information. It will also explain how to follow the directions to assemble a completed project.

Please bring in a pattern you would like use as a reference or one that you have questions about.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop Thursday, 6/11/15 12:00 PM 1.0 Hour 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $40.00, No Materials Fee
    Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop Thursday, 6/18/15 12:00 PM 1.0 Hour 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $40.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS530SJ: Coffee 101: DIY Home Roasting

Who doesn't love a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning? If you're ready to take the next step to becoming a true coffee aficionado, then come learn the first steps to making coffee; roasting your own beans!

In this workshop attendees will learn the basics of coffee roasting using a simple method anyone can do at home. Various types of roasting machines and processes will be discussed, as well as differences in roast levels, bean varieties, and bean production processes.

This hands-on experience will teach you the fine art of brewing the perfect cup of coffee, as well as experience the sensory evaluation of a freshly roasted and brewed cup of coffee.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Coffee 101: DIY Home Roasting Thursday, 6/4/15 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS531: Blade Sharpening Workshop: Flat Blades and Chisels

We all have them – those pocket or kitchen knives that just don't cut it any more.

Come and learn how you can bring a new edge back to your knives as well as your shop chisels! In this workshop, you will learn the basics of sharpening single and double bevel blades such as plane blades, chisels, and knives. We will also cover types of sharpening methods such as guides, jigs and freehand, and discuss grits and quality of blade sharpness as well as oil stones, water stones, honing and polishing compounds, and knife steels.

You will learn, hands on, how to sharpen a chisel, plane blade, or knife using stones and the "scary sharp" method.

Feel free to bring your own dull blade if you have one!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Blade Sharpening Workshop: Flat Blades and Chisels Tuesday, 6/2/15 4:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $2.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $2.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS851MP: Intellectual Property Protection

Do you have an idea, but are unsure if you should even discuss it with others, or wish you had the skills and knowledge to quickly decide how to protect your idea?Did you know there are several options available to protect your ideas, ranging from copyrights and trade secrets to patents? Did you know that you can get “patent pending” status for your idea for less than $150? And did you know that sometimes the best way to protect your idea is to make it public information?

The journey from the birth of an idea to successful product or business can be a long and arduous path. This workshop will help guide you through the process of quickly and inexpensively protecting your idea so that you can concentrate your efforts on developing and marketing your product.

This workshop will focus on the USPTO patent process, but it will also provide information on copyright, trademark and publishing options for protecting your ideas. Presenter Lou Lippincott will walk you through the entire process for one of his latest patent filings. After attending this interactive workshop, you will be able to write and file your own patent application for no more than the USPTO filing fees and postage!

Attendees are encouraged to bring a flash drive to the workshop and take home completed USPTO forms and sample documents.

About the Presenter: Lou Lippincott is an independent inventor who writes and files his own patents. (He has more than 40 US and foreign patents!) He has consulted with international companies and helped them set up or improve their own patent practice processes, including invention disclosure, patent harvesting and patent selection. Now you can take advantage of his expertise to help you with your own Intellectual Property Protection process.

Disclaimer: Lou Lippincott is neither a patent attorney nor a registered patent agent and cannot give legal advice.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Intellectual Property Protection Sunday, 5/24/15 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $190.00, No Materials Fee
    Intellectual Property Protection Saturday, 6/6/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $190.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS883: Electronic Hardware

Are you more comfortable with computer software than computer hardware? Have you ever wondered how a computer actually works at the hardware level? Do you want to design your own electronic project/prototype circuits? Do you want to know Boolean logic and understand Inverters, OR, AND, NOR, Exclusive OR and NAND gates? How about flip-flops, multiplexors, decoders, etc.? Would you like to understand how Transistors, Diodes, MOSFETs, LEDs, Capacitors, Resistors, Inductors and SCRs work and when to use them? Then the Basic Electronic Hardware Workshop is for you.

The three-hour Electronic Hardware Workshop - Level 1 will help you understand the basics of electronic circuit design. You’ll learn how the simple Ohm’s law can be used to guide you through most of your electronic designs. You’ll learn all about voltage, current and power and how they affect each other. You’ll learn how to read a datasheet for LEDs, MOSFETs and other components. You’ll learn how to read and draw schematics. This fun and very interactive workshop will include interactive discussions, hands-on demonstrations and electronic experiments.

After attending this workshop, you should be able to answer this question: If a switch is rated at 10 Amps and 250 Volts, how much current (Amps) will it handle at just 25 Volts? (You’d be surprised at how many EEs get this wrong!)

The Electronic Hardware Workshop – Level 1 is presented by Lou Lippincott. Lou has over 30 years of experience in electronic design and has his name on over 70 hardware design patents. Now an independent inventor, Lou has taught electronics at many levels. Lou has a knack for teaching complex concepts in clear and understandable terms for people at all levels of knowledge and experience. You do not need any prior electronic hardware experience to enjoy this workshop.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Electronic Hardware Friday, 6/12/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 20 SEATS TOTAL
20 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $89.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS469: Metal Rose Workshop

Join our Guest Instructor for this three-hour workshop and learn how to put together a Rose made of 24 gauge steel. These make beautiful presents and will last a lifetime.





Prerequisite: None.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Metal Rose Workshop
(Metal Rose Workshop)
Tuesday, 6/2/15 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $80.00, No Materials Fee
    Metal Rose Workshop
(Metal Rose Workshop)
Thursday, 6/25/15 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $80.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKSWKS437: Woodturning - Making a Magic Wand

In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn how to make a Magic Wand on the lathe (magic not included), going from a rectangle board to finished wand.

Material costs: include a 2”x2”x12” hardwood blank for each student.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Basic Wood Lathe Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class prior to taking this workshop.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Woodturning - Making a Magic Wand
(Woodturning - Making a Wand)
Sunday, 5/31/15 2:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Woodturning - Making a Magic Wand
(Woodturning - Making a Wand)
Tuesday, 6/9/15 8:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Woodturning - Making a Magic Wand
(Woodturning - Making a Wand)
Monday, 6/22/15 9:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS436: Woodturning - Bowl Making

In this 3.5-hour workshop, you will learn basic bowl making on the lathe, going from a square maple board to finished bowl.

We will cover sharpening and tool shape; the four basic cuts and how to best use them; initial mounting; roughing to round and hogging off; techniques for re-mounting the bowl; shaping the exterior; hollowing and interior finish; sanding; reversing the bowl blank; and turning the foot and bottom. Time permitting, we may discuss green turning techniques.

Material costs: include a 6 x 6 x 2 maple blank for each student. If you have your own bowl gouge, please feel free to bring it.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Basic Wood Lathe Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class prior to taking this workshop.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Woodturning - Bowl Making
(Woodturning - Bowl Making)
Saturday, 6/13/15 8:30 PM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Woodturning - Bowl Making
(Woodturning - Bowl Making)
Wednesday, 6/17/15 9:30 AM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Woodturning - Bowl Making
(Woodturning - Bowl Making)
Saturday, 6/27/15 8:30 PM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1651: Honey Comb Shelf Making - Advanced Workshop

In the Honeycomb Shelves class, one will learn a way to create a clean and symmetrical hexagonal shelf which can then be duplicated to create different honeycomb patterns. I will walk the class through the process of cutting down plywood into sections, then cutting these sections into angled pieces that will eventually become the sides of the shelf. Then one will learn the different options for mounting, lighting, and arrangement.

We will be using the table saw to rip the plywood into the desired depth of the shelf. The miter saw will help us make the proper angled cuts for matching sides. To connect the sides, we will use wood glue and a brad nailer. To finish the edges and connection spots we utilize sand paper/sanding device, and wood chisels to prepare it for staining. Depending on the desired mounting technique, we will be using a drill or attaching eye hooks. Lighting can be attached during the final steps of the process.

Prerequisite(s): Basic Woodshop skills at the time of class including, the table saw, miter saw, the belt sander (optional), and an powered drill.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Honey Comb Shelf Making - Advanced Workshop
(Honey Comb Shelf Making )
Tuesday, 6/23/15 8:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $35.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $40.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Honey Comb Shelf Making - Advanced Workshop
(Honey Comb Shelf Making )
Friday, 6/26/15 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $35.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $40.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS519: Pewter Drop Casting Workshop

Since the 11th century, pewter has been cast into objects of utility and beauty. An alloy of tin and copper, pewter is relatively malleable, and its soft sheen provides an elegant contrast to the steel which surrounds us today.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to make a mold and cast a small part using molten pewter. You will first create a plaster mold blank that can be carved using hand tools or any other carving instrument. Next, you will hand carve a simple part or design and will learn various other techniques such as using modeling clay or copying an existing piece. Finally, you will melt the pewter and make your casting to create a pendant, key fob, piece of jewelry, or small part.

Workshop length: 2 hours

Cost: $50 including materials fee

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Pewter Drop Casting Workshop Tuesday, 5/26/15 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Pewter Drop Casting Workshop Tuesday, 6/9/15 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.