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WKS801: Jigs and the Woodshop

Jigs are an invaluable tool to streamline your craftsmanship and work more efficiently. Whether you’re a seasoned woodworking professional or a novice, jigs can help you work smarter and faster.

During this workshop, your experienced instructor will build different jigs with you and show you their many uses. You will then use your jigs in the construction of a small finished box. You will also discuss further jig making, including various table saw sleds for simple cuts and bevels, dado cuts, and mitres. TechShop has these jigs built and on-hand for member use.

This is a 4-hour workshop. Upon completion, you will have 4 versatile jigs to take home as well as a unique project that can be stained or painted.

Prerequisite:Successful completion of WOD101: Woodshop SBU is required before you take this workshop

Project: 4 Jigs, Wooden Box

Equipment Access: Woodshop

Safety:Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, and face shield are required. Hearing Protection and particle filter or dust mask when in the woodshop are advised.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Jigs and the Woodshop Sunday, 11/19/17 11:00 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS805: Custom Signs 1: Sign Making on the ShopBot

Apply skills you learned in the ShopBot SBU to create a custom-designed sign. Welcome guests to your cabin, design a unique house number display, or inscribe a favorite saying to adorn your wall.

Once you learn how to apply these skills to your own projects, the sky's the limit!

You will be using VCarve and CorelDRAW on the ShopBot to create your design. Your experienced instructor will help you determine design aesthetic, font alignment, and procedural steps to make your ideas work.

After this workshop, you will have a custom sign to take home, which you may paint, stain, or leave to weather naturally. Though the sign will be made from hardwood in class, you will be given the option of adding suggested embellishments in other mediums from the laser cutters, waterjet, or preferred machine on your own.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CNC302

Project: Wooden sign

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield
  • Advisable: Hearing protection and particle filter or dust mask when in the woodshop


1 session currently scheduled:
    Custom Signs 1: Sign Making on the ShopBot Friday, 10/27/17 10:00 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS809: Laser Cut Basic Dice Tower

Level up your tabletop gaming with a unique, functional, laser-cut work of art!

Using the skills you learned in the Epilog Laser SBU or Universal Laser SBU, you will be able to cut your own dice tower.

Whether you’re complementing a fully-storied DnD campaign or adding creativity to Monopoly night, this project is simple, yet creative enough to create different designs for any gaming style. The instructor will provide you with some pattern ideas and consult with you on your own designs.

This is a 4-hour workshop. Upon completion, you may paint or stain your creation, or modify what you have learned to create other styles and shapes. This project will lend a customized aspect for your next game night or family gathering, and will look fantastic to display between game nights.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of LAS101: Epilog SBU or LAS103

Only the Epilog laser will be used in this workshop. However, everything taught will be applicable to the Universal Laser System.

Project: A custom-cut wooden dice tower

Equipment access: Laser Lab, HUB

Minimum age: 8

Supervision requirements: During class, all 8- to 16-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are mandatory.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Cut Basic Dice Tower Saturday, 10/21/17 10:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS810: Bat House

Expand on your woodworking skills while helping an endangered species!
Having a bat living nearby is beneficial to your whole neighborhood. One bat can eat over a thousand bugs in one night, providing a natural pest control.

During this workshop, you will learn the proper construction of a bat house, paint/stain choices, and also the best installation practices for different climate regions.

This is a 4-hour workshop. Upon completion, you will have a home for bats, ready to be installed for our furry friends.

WOD101 is required before you take this workshop.

Project: Wood bat box

Prerequisites: Successful completion of WOD101: Woodshop SBU prior to taking this class

Equipment access: Woodshop

Minimum age: 16

Supervision requirements: None

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield
  • Advisable: Hearing protection and particle filter or dust mask when in the woodshop


2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Bat House Sunday, 10/22/17 10:00 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Bat House Friday, 11/3/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS823: Heat Transfer Techniques for Fabric

In this workshop, students will use the Universal laser to cut out a design from special heat-transfer material. This technique allows you to make custom t-shirts, tote bags, or other cloth-based projects!

You can combine colors to add interest, or make a statement in monotone.

Once the fabric pieces are cut out, you will use the heat press to permanently adhere them to material. You may also bring in your own t-shirt, tote bag, or other fabric item to use.

Please have a simple vector format design in a digital file to use for this workshop. Black and white photos are acceptable. TechShop will provide one black t-shirt for each participant and the transfer material in black, red, blue, silver, and white.

Project: Custom t-shirt

Prerequisites: None!

Equipment access: Laser Lab, heat press, Computer Lab

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are required

Bring a flash drive or portable drive with your image file. All other materials will be provided.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Heat Transfer Techniques for Fabric Monday, 10/30/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS826: Wine Carrier

In this workshop, you will combine your woodworking and lasering skills under direction of your experienced instructor to create a customized gift or tote of your own!

This wine bottle carrier can be crafted to handle two bottles or one bottle and two wine glasses, so you’ll be ready for the party! Leave the carrier as a gift to your hosts, or keep it stocked so you’re always ready for the next event. Carrier can be easily adapted to tote hand tools, brushes, crafting supplies, makeup, pencils, dining/grilling utensils, condiments, and many other convenient alternatives.

Participants will cut out parts from solid wood and add laser customization with a quote or simple image of their choice.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Woodshop and Laser SBUs

Note: Students MUST BRING a portable drive with their quote/image file in Corel or Illustrator.

Project: Wooden Bottle Tote

Equipment Access: Woodshop, Laser Lab, HUB

Minimum Age: 16

Supervision Requirements: N/A

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, short sleeves, safety glasses in woodshop
  • Advisable: Hearing protection, dust mask
Class Length: 4 hours

1 session currently scheduled:
    Wine Carrier Monday, 10/23/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.