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WKS001: Laser Etch a Pumpkin!

In the spirit of Halloween, we're etching pumpkins on our laser cutter! Reserve your spot today in the line-up, and make the coolest, tech-savvy Jack o' Lantern on the block. This is a great activity for families, couples, and friends. Pumpkin included!

NOTE: Only one person from each group needs to register. We will have extra pumpkins on hand for a nominal fee if you want to walk away with more than one pumpkin.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Etch a Pumpkin! Saturday, 10/25/14 1:30 PM 1.5 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00, No 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.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop Monday, 11/3/14 5:00 PM 1.0 Hour 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 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.
   
WKS707: Jewelry and Metalsmithing Basics - Sawing and Riveting

Welcome to the wonderful world of jewelry and metalsmithing.

This course is designed as an introduction to common metalsmithing techniques and tools such as cold connections and jewelry saws.

Through hands-on experience, participants will learn sawing, riveting, drilling, filing, and sanding, and practice these techniques under instructor supervision. Participants will also learn about the various properties of non-ferrous metals.

This course is the pre-requisite for the Belt Buckle Workshop. You must take the jewelry blades you received in this course to use in the Belt Buckle Workshop.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Jewelry and Metalsmithing Basics - Sawing and Riveting Monday, 11/24/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS709: Chair Making Workshop 1: Chair Design

The first session of this workshop starts with an explanation of the basics of chair design. This will stress the importance of merging structural integrity and style. Using a standard design that will be used throughout the workshop, we will discuss and illustrate ways the design can be changed and still keep the basic structural integrity and the same construction techniques. The use of fixtures on the ShopBot to orient and securely clamp the work pieces as required will be introduced. This will include a discussion of fixture X-Y zero and X-Y offset. Using the standard chair design as an example, fabrication steps will be discussed and VCarve Pro will be used to generate ShopBot files. A materials cut list will be created and selection and procurement of an appropriate hardwood will be discussed.

Homework assignment: Students will be assigned homework of finalizing their design, creating a cut list and procuring the appropriate hardwood needed to make their chair.

Note: Cost of enrollment in this class includes the entire four-workshop series; however, students will source their own materials after the first class.

Prerequisites: You must have successfully passed the classes listed below for each section of the workshop:

Workshop Session 1 - Chair Design. Prerequisites: AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics and CNC201: CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D

Workshop Session 2 - Material Preparation. Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU and WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU

Workshop Session 3 - Mortise and Tenons. Prerequisites: CNC302: CNC ShopBot SBU

Workshop Session 4 - Finishing and Assembly

1 session currently scheduled:
    Chair Making Workshop 1: Chair Design
(Chair Making Workshop 1: Chair Design)
Thursday, 11/6/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $350.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $440.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS710: Chair Making Workshop 2: Material Preparation

The second session will begin the fabrication process using the standard chair design as an example of the steps required. It will start with a discussion and illustration of laying out the parts in the stock to use the grain of the wood to advantage. Stock will then be cut to rough length, joined on one face and one edge, thickness planed, ripped to size and cut to final length. Parts will be rough sanded.

Homework assignment: Students will prepare their material for the next session.

Prerequisites: You must have successfully passed the classes listed below for each section of the workshop:

Workshop Session 1 - Chair Design. Prerequisites: AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics and CNC201: CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D

Workshop Session 2 - Material Preparation. Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU and WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU

Workshop Session 3 - Mortise and Tenons. Prerequisites: CNC302: CNC ShopBot SBU

Workshop Session 4 - Finishing and Assembly

1 session currently scheduled:
    Chair Making Workshop 2: Material Preparation
(Chair Making Workshop 2: Material Preparation)
Thursday, 11/13/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up  
   
WKS711: Chair Making Workshop 3: Mortise and Tenons on the ShopBot

Using the standard chair design as an example, this session will include ShopBot operations as follows:

Mount stock in fixture, set 3 axis to zero and cut face mortises and profile back legs. Set up edge mortise fixture to ShopBot and set 3 axis to zero. Cut mortises in back and front legs and top and bottom back rails. Set up tenon fixture and set 3 axis to zero. Cut tenons on seat rails, top back rail and back slats. Mount seat stock in fixture, set 3 axis to zero, and cut rough and finish 3D profile. Proper orientation of parts in fixtures will be explained.

Homework assignment: Students will cut mortise and tenon joints on ShopBot and perform any secondary operations that the student’s chair design requires such as rounding over edges, cutting tapers on parts, etc., as well as final sanding with 150 grit sandpaper.

Prerequisites: You must have successfully passed the classes listed below for each section of the workshop:

Workshop Session 1 - Chair Design. Prerequisites: AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics and CNC201: CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D

Workshop Session 2 - Material Preparation. Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU and WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU

Workshop Session 3 - Mortise and Tenons. Prerequisites: CNC302: CNC ShopBot SBU

Workshop Session 4 - Finishing and Assembly

1 session currently scheduled:
    Chair Making Workshop 3: Mortise and Tenons on the ShopBot
(Chair Making Workshop 3: Mortise and Tenons on the ShopBot)
Thursday, 11/20/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up  
   
WKS712: Chair Making Workshop 4: Finishing and Assembly

In this workshop, students will be introduced to various types of finishes including dye, stain, shellac, lacquer, varnish and paint and two finishing techniques - brushing and HVLP spraying. The first part of the session will cover basic safety in working with the selected finishes and proper handling of the HVLP spray system. Using the parts for the standard chair, joint taping, application of a sanding sealer coat and use of the HVLP spray gun will be demonstrated. The session will conclude with the assembly of the chair with wood glue and clamps.

Homework assignment: Students will stain or dye as desired, apply finish and glue chair together. Plan your next project to make more chairs!

Prerequisites: You must have successfully passed the classes listed below for each section of the workshop:

Workshop Session 1 - Chair Design. Prerequisites: AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics and CNC201: CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D

Workshop Session 2 - Material Preparation. Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU and WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU

Workshop Session 3 - Mortise and Tenons. Prerequisites: CNC302: CNC ShopBot SBU

Workshop Session 4 - Finishing and Assembly

1 session currently scheduled:
    Chair Making Workshop 4: Finishing and Assembly
(Chair Making Workshop 4: Finishing and Assembly)
Thursday, 12/4/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up  
   
WKS727: Leatherworking Basics - Creating a Leather Key Fob

In this workshop, you’ll learn fundamental skills for working with leather, and walk away with a keychain fob that you made yourself!

We’ll cover everything from pattern tracing and leather cutting, to embossing designs using traditional tools. There will be 8 designs to choose from, all of which will give you practice using a wide range of leather tooling techniques. While yes, in this workshop we’ll be making something cool, a lot of emphasis will be put on practicing technique with some of the more specialized leather crafting tools. Swivel knife and stamping tools in particular are the focus of tools that you’ll be practicing with.

At the end of this workshop, you’ll have experience with pattern transferring, swivel knife work, how to properly case leather for tooling, tooling (stamping) designs, edge finishing and dressing, hardware setting and care of tools. Please bring a USB key if you’d like an .svg file of all the patterns offered in the class, and the swivel knife practice worksheets.

Prerequisites: None, but you should be comfortable with the laser cutters and the wood shop tools.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking Basics - Creating a Leather Key Fob Saturday, 11/8/14 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Leatherworking Basics - Creating a Leather Key Fob Sunday, 11/30/14 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS729: Jewelry and Metalsmithing - Custom Metal Belt Buckle

Every true Texan needs a custom belt buckle.

In this workshop, you will learn to create a custom belt buckle using cold connections with copper, aluminum and brass. Embellishments will be added by using jewelry techniques such as stamping, forming, sawing and riveting.

Prerequisite: You must have successfully passed the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Basics - Sawing and Riveting class before taking this one. Don’t forget to bring your saw blades.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Jewelry and Metalsmithing - Custom Metal Belt Buckle Monday, 11/10/14 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS730: Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

In this workshop you will learn when and how to adjust a store bought pattern.

We will cover how to adjust a pattern to fit better and/or combine patterns together to create the look you really want.

The 1st hour will introduce you to different techniques involved in adjusting a pattern.

The 2nd hour is for practical application by using a pattern that you bring with you ready to ask questions and work on.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop Saturday, 11/22/14 12:00 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 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.
   
WKS738: Leatherworking Basics - Make a leather belt

In this workshop, participants will make a custom dyed leather belt. Participants will learn the process from start to finish- measuring for the perfect size, laying out the holes, folding in a swappable belt buckle, edge finishing, dyeing and sealing the leather. Handouts will cover all the instructions, and will have templates for hole placement, and different billet-end shapes.

Supplies for this class are provided by the instructor, but if you’ve taken the ‘Make a Custom Belt Buckle’ class, you can use that buckle.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking Basics - Make a leather belt Wednesday, 11/5/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS747: Autodesk Inventor Modeling Lab

The Autodesk Inventor Modeling Lab is a place to practice techniques, develop skills, and get help. Bring a file you've already started or bring sketches of your design to get help modeling it. This student-driven class does not rely on a handout or traditional instruction; instead the class is driven by student questions and needs.

Examples: Using sweep, loft and coil to get more complex shapes, get advice on order of operations, get help modeling an existing object

Students must have taken and passed the Autodesk Inventor Basics class.

Project: None. Students will receive help with their personal projects.

Prerequisites:

Required: Must have passed AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics.

Recommended: 6 hours Inventor experience outside of class or have taken the Intro to Sketching Class or Inventor for Sheet Metal class.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Autodesk Inventor Modeling Lab
(Modeling Lab)
Sunday, 11/23/14 10:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, 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.
   
WKS750: Messenger Bag Workshop 2: Material Preparation

The second session will begin the fabrication process. Using a messenger bag design, the instructor will demonstrate the steps required to begin construction of the exterior, liner and pocket design. There will also be instruction over closures and strap attachments.

Homework assignment: Students will finish sewing all parts of their bag, including pockets and closures, except final attachment of the liner to the exterior and shoulder strap.

Note: Cost of enrollment in this class includes the entire three-workshop series; however, students will source their own materials after the first class.

In this 3 part workshop you will design your own messenger bag, draft a sewing pattern, and then construct the bag.

Part 1: The planning stage. You will learn how to design your bag to suit your needs and draft your pattern.

Part 2: We start sewing. You will learn about zippers, velcro, and other closures and how to attach pockets and start construction of your bag.

Part 3: We focus on adding any final touches and finishing your bag.

Prerequisites:TXL110: Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU

Recommended: WKS525: Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop and WKS730: Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

1 session currently scheduled:
    Messenger Bag Workshop 2: Material Preparation Monday, 11/3/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up  
   
WKS751: Messenger Bag Workshop 3: Finishing and Assembly

In this final workshop, you will learn how to finish assembling your custom messenger bag. Attaching the exterior to the liner of the bag and shoulder strap to complete final assembly.

Homework assignment: Completing your customized messenger bag.

Note: Cost of enrollment in this class includes the entire three-workshop series; however, students will source their own materials after the first class.

In this 3 part workshop you will design your own messenger bag, draft a sewing pattern, and then construct the bag.

Part 1: The planning stage. You will learn how to design your bag to suit your needs and draft your pattern.

Part 2: We start sewing. You will learn about zippers, velcro, and other closures and how to attach pockets and start construction of your bag.

Part 3: We focus on adding any final touches and finishing your bag.

Prerequisites:TXL110: Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU

Recommended: WKS525: Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop and WKS730: Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

1 session currently scheduled:
    Messenger Bag Workshop 3: Finishing and Assembly Monday, 11/17/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up  
   
WKS752: Get It Quilted on the Long Arm

You’ve taken the first step towards finishing your quilts on the long arm by completing the CNC Long Arm Quilting Machine SBU. If you haven’t used a long arm before the SBU class, it might still be a little intimidating your first time. Loading your pieces, dialing in tension on an industrial machine and remember all the steps is hard.

Now it is time to increase your comfort level with the long arm quilter. During this hands on workshop you will complete the quilting on a quilt you’ve brought with you (No bigger than 36” by 44”). You will:

• Pin your quilt to your zipper set

• Load your quilt

• Baste your quilt

• Test your tension using the Top Tension Pro and TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge

• Quilt your quilt using free motion or the ProStitcher

• Unload your quilt

By the end of this workshop you will have completed the quilting process and should be ready to tackle your quilting projects!

Prerequisites: Workshop participants are required to first complete the CNC Long Arm Quilting Machine SBU. Participant should also have a completed quilt top that is no bigger than 36” x 44” NO MATERIALS PROVIDED

1 session currently scheduled:
    Get It Quilted on the Long Arm Thursday, 11/13/14 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $120.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $130.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS701: Arduino - Experiments

You’ve got an Arduino. You know how to program it. Now what?!

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make your Arduino actually DO things. We’ll set up the Arduino IDE, go over some simple programming and then start experimenting!

We’ll cover how to work with information from external hardware devices including analog and digital input sources as you wire and program projects that explore how to interpret and utilize the signals that the inputs supply the Arduino. We will also cover how to control external hardware devices via digital and PWM outputs as you wire and program projects that teach the main principles of controlling hardware with information output from the Arduino. You will also learn both the hardware and software aspects of working with an LCD screen by attaching a display, feeding it information and making the display respond.

Prerequisites: Students need to have a good understanding of Arduino programming, which you can learn from the TechShop Arduino Programming class. You also need to bring a functioning Bare Bones Board & BUB, or an Arduino UNO along with the proper USB cable. The class is taught in the computer lab and PCs will be available for all students to use.

Your lab fee will pay for a display, tri-color LED, servo, breadboard, wire kit, storage box and various small parts required for the class. They are yours to keep after class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino - Experiments Tuesday, 11/18/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.