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WKS: Halloween Tombstone Workshop

Halloween Tombstone Workshop

Steve Frey - Freelance inventor, TechShop Instructor and product developer - demonstrates techniques for creating realistic looking, yet light-weight, faux stone Halloween tombstones from common building materials. The techniques you will learn in this workshop can be applied to create an unlimited number of designs, sizes and styles. Be the envy of your block this Halloween with your own custom and personalized displays.

Tools and materials are for the workshop project only, which can be used to make one medium sized tombstone of your own design!

Please note: This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Workshops utilize TechShop’s equipment, and all shop rules still apply – unless you have passed the required safety course(s), your instructor will assist you on machinery. Membership is required for working in the shop space outside of classes and workshops.

* The Shopbot gives you the most options to customize and personalize your tombstones, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you have taken the Shopbot SBU before taking this workshop. It will also be helpful, though not necessary, for you to have taken the Wood Shop SBU.



THIS IS A 4 SESSION WORKSHOP, BEGINNING WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 5th, AND RUNNING EVERY WEDNESDAY UNTIL OCTOBER 26th 2015



Unlimited Class Passes and some class coupons are not applicable to this workshop.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Halloween Tombstone Workshop Wednesday, 10/5/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $85.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
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.

WOD101: Woodshop SBU is required before you take this workshop
Project: 4 Jigs, Wooden Box
Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU
Equipment Access: Wood Shop
Safety:
Mandatory: Closed-toed Shoes, Eye Protection, Short Sleeves, Face Shield
Advisable: Hearing Protection, Particle Filter, or Dust Mask when in the woodshop.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Jigs and The Woodshop Friday, 10/28/16 9:30 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 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.
   
WKS802: Laser Cut Lanterns

Go further with the skills you learned in your Epilog Laser SBU or Universal Laser SBU to create a decorative and functional work of art! Your instructor will provide you with a selection of pattern ideas, and consult with you on your own designs. Completed lanterns will be made of wood and acrylic, with an electric cord and bulb. You will also be shown how to modify your base for candles.
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 illuminate your home with your own creativity, or provide a gift that is both personal and practical.

LAS101 or LAS103 is required before you take this workshop. 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 lantern with electric lighting.
Prerequisites: LAS101: Epilog SBU or LAS103: Universal SBU
Equipment Access: Laser Lab, HUB
Minimum Age: 12
Supervision Requirements: During class, all 12 to 16 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.
Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Cut Lanterns Sunday, 10/9/16 9:30 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $25.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $40.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS803: Copper Wind Chimes

Make a customized copper wind chime using tools in the metal shop, hand tools, and instructor-supervised use of the Waterjet.
In this workshop, you will learn how to cut chimes in the metal shop for specific notes, and customize your wind catcher on the Waterjet.
Your instructor will help you choose a design for your wind catcher from provided templates, or you may create your own. Wooden bases and clappers may be stained or left to weather naturally.

This workshop does not fulfill any SBU requirements
Project: Copper Wind Chimes
Prerequisites: None required, but Basic Metal Shop SBU is recommended.
Equipment Access: Metal Shop, HUB, Waterjet Demo
Minimum Age:16 years
Safety: Mandatory:Closed-toed Shoes and Eye Protection. Hearing Protection is also mandatory while the Waterjet is in operation.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Copper Wind Chimes Friday, 10/14/16 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00 plus $30.00 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 your 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 learning how to use V Carve and Corel Draw 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 other preferred machine on your own.
CNC302 is required before you take this workshop
LAS101: Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Epilog is recommended
Project: Wooden Sign
Safety:Mandatory: Closed-toed Shoes, Eye Protection, Short Sleeves, Face Shield
Advisable: Hearing Protection, Particle Filter, or Dust Mask when in the woodshop.



2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Custom Signs 1: Sign Making on the ShopBot Tuesday, 10/11/16 10:00 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Custom Signs 1: Sign Making on the ShopBot Sunday, 10/30/16 10:00 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * 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 your Epilog Laser SBU or Universal Laser SBU, you will be able to cut your own dice tower, at any skill level of lasering. Your instructor will provide you with some pattern ideas, and consult with you on your own designs.

Whether you’re complimenting 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.

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.



LAS101 or LAS103 is required before you take this workshop. 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

Prerequisites: LAS101: Epilog SBU

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-toed shoes are mandatory.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Cut Basic Dice Tower Sunday, 10/9/16 1:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 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.
   
WKS814: Wine Rack: Classic Square-X Style

Though this classic design is traditionally used for wine, it functions well as a finished storage element for any type of decor.



During this workshop, you will learn how to cut and assemble the pieces, using woodshop tools. Your instructor will also give you tips on securing multiple units together, or customizing your design further using other tools of the shop.



This is a 4 hour workshop. Upon completion, you will have one square rack, which you may paint, stain, or leave in natural wood.

WOD101 is required before you take this workshop

Project: Wine Rack

Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU

Equipment Access: Woodshop

Minimum Age: 16

Supervision Requirements: None

Safety:

Mandatory: Closed-toed Shoes, Eye Protection, Short Sleeves, Face Shield

Advisable: Hearing Protection, Particle Filter or Dust Mask when in the woodshop.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Wine Rack: Classic Square-X Style Tuesday, 10/18/16 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS857: Pinstriping

Sexify your DIY! John Jaranson – Ford materials engineer, TechShop instructor, and automotive artist – offers hands-on lessons for this sought-after technique. Add calligraphic lines to your 'rod, your guitar, your laptop, your lunchbox, your smartphone ...

John will show you the tools and materials to produce your own vanity license plate. Bring in your own small projects to get some pointers on how to take them to the next level!

Tools and materials are for workshop project only.

Please note: This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Workshops utilize TechShop’s equipment, and all shop rules still apply – unless you have passed the required safety course(s), your instructor will assist you on machinery. Membership is required for working in the shop space outside of classes and workshops.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Pinstriping Monday, 10/10/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $13.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $13.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.