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ShopBot CNC Router (48″x96″) - tools

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Manufacturer: ShopBot Model: PRS Standard with 3hp router Description: A ShopBot is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials.  With a ShopBot, you use the included software … Continue reading

SawStop Table Saw - tools

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Manufacturer: SawStop Model: 3.0 HP Cabinet Saw Description: The 3.0HP SawStop® 10″ Professional Cabinet Saw provides superior performance to meet the demands of discerning craftsmen and woodworkers. With SawStop’s legendary safety system, ground breaking 99% dust collection and peerless fit … Continue reading

Milwaukee Panel Saw - tools

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Manufacturer: Milwaukee Model: 8″ Description: Milwaukee’s 8-1/4 in. Panel Saw is an ideal tool for lumber yards with its quick and easy solution to cutting up to 4 foot x 8 foot sections of sheet goods to size. This unique … Continue reading

Delta Jointer (8″) - tools

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Manufacturer: Delta Model: DJ-20 Description: The Delta 37-365X DJ-20 Jointer is one of the most successful and most recognized machines of the 8″ parallelogram jointers. The parallelogram table adjustment system allows both tables to be moved in a tight arc … Continue reading

Makita Compound Miter Saw - tools

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Manufacturer: Makita™ Model: LS1016L Description: The LS1016L 10-Inch Dual Slide Miter Saw features a crown molding cutting capacity of 6-5/8 inches (vertically nested)—the largest in its class. It has a patented Four-Steel Rail Sliding System that further increases rigidity to produce … Continue reading

Delta Drill Press - tools

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Manufacturer: Delta™ Model: 17­-959L Description: The Delta™ 17-959L 17″ Laser Crosshair Drill Press features a fully adjustable, powered “twinlaser” pod that projects a bright red crosshair on the work piece at the point of bit contact. This drill press comes … Continue reading

SuperMax 25 Thickness Sander - tools

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Manufacturer: SuperMax Tools Model: Performax 25 Description: The Performax 25 is a single-drum thickness sander with variable feed rate conveyer.  Features a 5 HP 3-phase motor. Specifications: Sanding Capacity Maximum Width (in): 25 Minimum Length (in): 2-1/4 single drum Maximum … Continue reading

Powermatic Bandsaw - tools

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Manufacturer: Powermatic Model: 87 Description: The Powermatic bandsaw is equipped with a welder/ grinder/ shear, a tilting table and a rip fence. The bandsaw features a 2 horse power drive. Specifications: Table Size 24” x 24” Table Tilt Right 45 … Continue reading

Delta Planer - tools

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Manufacturer: Delta Model: RC-51 Description: The Delta RC-51 planer is quipped with a 7-1/2 HP motor 230/460 volt three phase. Has a working capacity of 20″ wide x 9″ thick with a minimum thickness capacity of 1/8″ and a feed rate … Continue reading

Max 20-SD Disc Sander - tools

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Manufacturer: Max Model: 20-SD Description: The Max 20-SD is a 20″ disc sander.  The work table and slot allow for the use of jigs for clean and accurate sanding in wood.

ShopBot CNC Router Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the ShopBot CNC Router in the Wood shop as well as Partworks software. Partworks is used to create the virtual tool paths that the ShopBot CNC Router then cuts and/or engraves. The ShopBot can … Continue reading

3 Saws (Table, Miter, Panel) Checkout - classes

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This 2-hour class will introduce you to three wood cutting saws: the miter saw, the SawStop table saw, and the panel saw. Each saw has different capabilities and methods. Attendees will complete various cuts on each. You will learn basic … Continue reading

Planer/Jointer/Drum-Sander Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the Wood studio’s 20″ planer, 8″ jointer and 25″ drum sander. These three tools are great to know if doing any type of woodworking project. You will learn basic operation with an emphasis on … Continue reading

Drill Press / Bandsaw Checkout - classes

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This class teaches basic operation of the shop’s drill presses and band saws, for both metal and wood. The emphasis of the class is on the broadly applicable shop safety concepts of speed and feed selection; and workholding strategies. With … Continue reading

MeshCAM Pro CAM Software - tools

Posted on by Dale Grover

MeshCAM Pro (formerly MeshCAM Art) is a 3D CAM program that takes an STL,  DXF, or bitmap file and outputs G-code ready to run on a CNC machine such as the Tormach vertical mill or ShopBot CNC router.  (Partworks is … Continue reading

Camp ShopBot at Maker Works, Saturday 9/28! - post

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Maker Works is delighted to welcome Camp ShopBot, Saturday September 28th. Learn new techniques, see examples of advanced work, and meet fellow ShopBot users and owners. It is free to attend, and you do not need to be a member … Continue reading

Where Woodworking Meets Fiber Arts - post

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Al McWaters worked with the salvaged crabapple and walnut wood, and Aviva Kleinbaum sheared, dyed, and felted the wool. What they created is a one-of-a-kind bench that will astound you.    

Open House: Success! - post

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Saturday, June 28 was filled with fun and creativity. New folks enjoyed the tours and tool demos, experienced members enjoyed seeing and displaying original creations, and everyone enjoyed good food and good music.      

This Woodworking is a Cut Above - post

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Just one year ago, Maker Works member Chris Riecker made his first cutting board–a gift for a cousin’s wedding. In the short time since then, he’s made over fourteen others, each one more intricate than the last. He makes them … Continue reading

Member Feature: Quentin and Daniel’s Hex Chests - post

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Maker Works members Quentin and Daniel began making 3-inch hexagonal boxes as gifts for friends, and after their projects were shared online to an overwhelmingly positive response, the two decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a … Continue reading

Member Feature: Crafting a Wedding - post

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Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows just how much work it takes. First there’s the invitations, and then come the decorations for the ceremony, and the reception, and the tables and cake, too. Not to mention the seemingly millions of … Continue reading

Woodworking Basics with BrainMonkeys - post

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Jan 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30; May 7, 14 4:30-5:30pm Students in grades 6-12 will explore hand tools and learn how to use a drill, saw, hammer, planes, and screw … Continue reading

The Great Maker Race – A Nerdy Derby-Style Event - post

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Saturday, 2/7: 10a-12p at Maker Works You’re invited to participate in a Nerdy Derby-style race as part of a collaboration between The U School and Maker Works. Starting at 10am on Saturday, February 7th, kids ranging in ages from kindergarten through third grade, along … Continue reading

What is FIRST Robotics? - post

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It’s that time of year again–the time for FIRST Robotics! What is FIRST Robotics, you ask? Picture the culture of high school sports–the teamwork, the practices, the competitions–but instead of playing basketball or volleyball, the teams build robots to compete in original … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday - post

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We’ve had such great turnout at the past few Fix-it Fridays that we will be re-vamping the format of future ones in order to work with you and your items more efficiently. Members: Because Fix-It Friday is gaining attention and … Continue reading

Geomagic Design 3D CAD - classes

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Geomagic Design is a professional 3D parametric CAD program that can produce 3D models for machining, visualization, and 3D printing.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of creating a 3D part that can be exported for 3D printing or … Continue reading

Oliver Model 159 12″ Wood Lathe - tools

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The Oliver Model 159 wood lathe is capable of turning objects to 12″ in diameter and 24″ between centers.  Use it for turning long items (“spindle turning”) or flatter objects like bowls. Maker Works provides four different carbide-insert tools, plus … Continue reading

Oliver Wood Lathe Checkout - classes

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This 2-hour class will introduce you to wood turning on the Oliver wood lathe.  Attendees will learn about safety tools for the lathe preparing and mounting work installing faceplates and chucks sharpening tools spindle turning (introduction to) face turning (introduction … Continue reading

Member Project: Giant Spirograph by Steve Teeri - post

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When Steve Teeri first saw an eight-foot diameter sidewalk chalk spirograph online, he knew he had to try making one himself. While the original design had been printed onto a large piece of paper, glued onto plywood, and then cut out … Continue reading

Make Your Own Long Grain Cutting Board in our NEW Class - post

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Two-Part Class! Wednesday, 10/14: 6-9pm Thursday, 10/15: 6-8pm Improve your woodworking knowledge with one-on-one instruction through the creation of a long grain cutting board. The entire process will be covered from beginning to end, beginning with selecting what types of wood work best and … Continue reading

Check out Photos from Camp ShopBot - post

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On Saturday, September 26, Camp ShopBot took place at Maker Works. Beginners, seasoned veterans, and those just interested in learning more about CNC fabrication gathered at the shop for a day of demos, topic-based presentations from guest presenters, and show-and-tell. There … Continue reading

Beginner’s Toolbox Make & Take - post

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In this kid friendly workshop attendees will build a toolbox suitable for holding the tools of a beginning woodworker! A brief discussion on wood and general safety instruction will be followed by use of a rasp, sandpaper, hammer, nails and … Continue reading

Intro to CNC - classes

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How do you use computer-controlled (“CNC”) tools?  It may look like magic when the ShopBot, plasma cutter, Tormach, or other machine accurately cuts an intricate shape, but in fact we have some powerful software tools that  let even beginners create … Continue reading

Maker Works Artist-in-Residence: Monica Wilson - post

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Periodically, Maker Works has hosted artists in residence. After a long break from the program, this is our latest one. Maker Works’ goal in hosting artists like Monica is to promote people who are using the tools in creative ways, … Continue reading

Art to CAM: A Maker Works class taught by Monica Wilson - post

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Saturday, March 12 | 10a – 12:30p Learn to use MeshCAM to create 3D models and generate tool paths for your art/design project. We will take a digital image and walk through each step from preparing and importing the file, … Continue reading

Make-N-Take Your Own Cutting Board! - post

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We’re excited to be offering two “make-n-take” style classes where you’ll get to improve your woodworking knowledge with one-on-one instruction, and walk away with beautiful cutting boards. The classes are taught by long-time Maker Works member and woodworker extraordinaire, Chris Riecker. … Continue reading

Member Project: Steve’s Incredible Mechanical Calendar - post

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Maker Works member Steve wanted to make a wooden clock. But when he came across drawings online for a “perpetual calendar”–a mechanical calendar that would know the end of each month and advance itself forward, while also tracking the day … Continue reading

Woodworking Skill Development - classes

Posted on by kirstin hensley

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 … Continue reading

Tapered Cedar Planter Skill Development - classes

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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 … Continue reading

Porter-Cable Router Table - tools

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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.