Albert Foo

I have been part of the Maker Works community since 2012 when I attended Skyline High School here in Ann Arbor. I am currently a student at the University of Michigan’s Art and Design school studying Industrial Design and Urban Studies.

My interests include:
Bikes, cars, boats, trains, and airplanes, DIY building, furniture, public spaces, treehouses, boathouses, or any other type of nomadic living

Posted in Staff | Comments Off on Albert Foo

Porter-Cable Router Table

Powered by a Porter-Cable 3-1/4 HP router, the table measures 42″ x 24″. We have an assortment of common-sized collets available. Please bring your own router bits.

Posted in Wood | Leave a comment

Metal Abrasives Checkout

This class covers the operation of pedestal grinders, angle grinder, and belt sander.

Price: $25

Length: 1 hr

Class size: 3

Arrival instructions: Please arrive 10 minutes early if visiting Maker Works for the first time.

 

Posted in Check Out, Metal | Leave a comment

Tapered Cedar Planter Skill Development

Have you taken the 3 Saws checkout class?

Would you like to get going on a project in the woodshop?

 

This class is an hour of one-on-one guided instruction on how to set up for repeatable mitered and beveled cuts on the miter saw, plus a lot more! When you request to take this class, you’ll be contacted by the instructor to work out a convenient time and be given a descriptive list of materials to purchase and bring to class. The materials should cost around $20, depending on where you go and what you choose.

Price: $30 (Plus the cost of the wood and screws you’ll purchase and bring to class.)

Length: 1 hour

By the end of this class, you will be more confident in:

  • buying materials for a woodshop project
  • using the miter saw in a variety of setups
  • assembling a woodshop project

Topics covered:

  • Nominal vs. actual lumber dimensions
  • Miter cuts, bevel cuts, and compound cuts
  • Different types of screws
  • Kerf
  • Laser line vs. cut line
  • Setting up a stop block for the miter saw
  • About clamps
  • Cordless drill/driver use

Tools Used:

  • miter saw
  • possibly table saw
  • pliers
  • cordless drill/driver
  • clamps

Prerequisite Class: 3 Saws Checkout

Class size: 1

Age restrictions: 16+

Request your private class

 

Posted in Skill Development, Wood | Leave a comment

Inkscape 102 – Vector Drawing

Inkscape is free, open-source illustration software for Windows, Mac, and Linux with powerful design tools for print, electronic media, crafting, electronics, game design, layouts for CNC machines and much, much more.

This class will expand on the concepts taught in Inkscape 101, focusing on Inkscape-specific techniques for projects at Maker Works.

Inkscape 102 Covers advanced tools to improve productivity: guides, tracing, text on paths, layers, vectorizing, extensions and more.

1.5 hours

$45

Posted in Skill Development, Software | Leave a comment

Inkscape 101 – Intro to Vector Drawing

Inkscape is free, open-source illustration software for Windows, Mac, and Linux with powerful design tools for print, electronic media, crafting, electronics, game design, layouts for CNC machines and much, much more.

This class will teach fundamental concepts of vector graphics, focusing on Inkscape-specific techniques for projects at Maker Works. No prior graphics experience is needed, but basic computer skills will be helpful.

Inkscape 101 Covers basic info, manual drawing tools & output for various workflows, and sets the foundation for Inkscape 102.

1.5 hours

$45

Posted in Skill Development, Software | Leave a comment

Woodworking Skill Development

Improve your woodworking knowledge with one-on-one instruction. The process of using woodworking tools in unison to create a final product is the primary focus of this class.

We’ll walk you through using the Jointer, Planer, Table Saw, and Drum Sander to gain confidence with each tool. You will also be learning how different materials and their features or defects might affect the finished project.

Woodworking skills taught: Wood identification and selection, milling, gluing/clamping, shaping, and table saw ripping/crosscutting. You’ll also learn how to use a table saw in unexpected ways.

Project: End Grain Cutting Board

Prerequisites: Attendees must be checked out on on the Jointer, Planer, Drum Sander and Table Saw.

Price: $200

Length: 7.5 hrs over 3 evenings

Class size: 2

Ages: 16+

This class is taught by Chris Riecker, find out more about his work here.

Posted in Skill Development, Wood | Leave a comment

Sewing 2 Skill Development – Zippered Canvas Tote Bag

In this class, you will learn all about zippers, and one of the ways they can be added to a sewing project. You will build on the sewing lessons you gained in the Intro to Sewing: Machine Basics, learn about the different feet that make it easy to put in a zipper, and come away with a finished zippered tote bag that you can customize!

2 hours
Class size: 2 people
Prerequisite: Intro to Sewing or equivalent experience
Ages 9+
$50

Posted in Craft, Kids Classes, Skill Development | Leave a comment

Intro to Sewing Machine Basics Skill Development


In this class you will learn basic sewing machine operations:
identifying sewing machine components & their functions, threading the machine, winding & loading the bobbin, changing the needle, and adjusting thread tension. You’ll also practice the fundamental stitches.

2 hours
Class size: 2 people
Ages 9+
$50

Posted in Craft, Kids Classes, Skill Development | Leave a comment

Forged Bracelets

Create your own forged bracelet out of copper wire! You’ll learn metalsmithing techniques like forming, forging, and finishing while gaining experience with anvils, hammers, and torches.

This two hour class costs $50. Ages 13 and up are welcome on their own. Ages 8-12 are welcome with adult. If the adult will be making a bracelet too, register and pay for all parties. If the adult is just assisting the child, only register the child. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.

Posted in Kids Classes, Make and Take | Leave a comment