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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.

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 Sunday, 8/7/16 11:00 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 Saturday, 8/20/16 12:00 PM 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 Saturday, 8/27/16 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 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.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Custom Signs 1: Sign Making on the ShopBot Saturday, 8/20/16 12:00 PM 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
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS808: Wooden Garden Bench

Increase your woodworking skills and build a beautiful project for your home! This 2-part workshop is just in time for spring and warmer weather!
This bench will not only be functional, but your instructor will show you woodworking techniques which you can apply to future projects, or help you streamline your own woodworking procedures. This workshop is designed to help you budget your time for large projects, as well as increase your confidence using the tools in the woodshop.
After this workshop, you will have a full size bench to take home, which you may paint, stain, or leave to weather naturally. Your instructor will give you ideas on customizing the bench with other areas of the shop, such as embellishments from the Waterjet or laser cutters.

WOD101: Woodshop SBU is required before taking this class
Project: Wooden Garden Bench
Safety:
Mandatory: Closed-toed Shoes, Eye Protection, Short Sleeves, Face Shield
Advisable: Hearing Protection, Particle Filter, or Dust Mask when in the woodshop.

Class Length: 2 separate 4-hour sessions for a total of 8 hours, the second session will be Saturday, August 20th.

Unlimited Class Passes are not valid on multi-session workshops







1 session currently scheduled:
    Wooden Garden Bench Saturday, 8/13/16 12:00 PM 8.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $60.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $60.00 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 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 Saturday, 8/27/16 12:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS811: Bicycle Maintenance Part 1: Bicycle Basics

This class is an overview of the systems of a bicycle and how they work. You will learn to identify the parts of the bicycle, as well as change flats and make sure your bicycle is safe to ride.

You will be using basic hand tools, and will be working with your own bicycle, so remember to bring it along!

Sponsored by 313 Bicycle Works, your instructor, Mike Sheppard is also the owner.

This is a 2 hour workshop. Kids welcome!

No class requirement for this workshop. You must bring your own bicycle!

Prerequisites: None, but familiarity with hand tools is recommended.

Equipment Access: Large Project Bay, Hand Tools

Minimum Age: 8

Supervision Requirements: During class, all 8 to 14 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:
    Bicycle Maintenance Part 1: Bicycle Basics Saturday, 8/13/16 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $35.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS812: Bicycle Maintenance Part 2: Brakes and Gears

This class focuses on learning to set up and/or tune up a bike's drivetrain and brakes.
Sponsored by 313 Bicycle Works, your instructor, Mike Sheppard is also the owner.
This is a 2 hour workshop. Kids Welcome!

No class requirement for this workshop. You must bring your own bicycle!

Prerequisites: None, but familiarity with hand tools is recommended.

Equipment Access: Large Project Bay, Hand Tools

Minimum Age: 8

Supervision Requirements: During class, all 8 to 14 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:
    Bicycle Maintenance Part 2: Brakes and Gears Saturday, 8/13/16 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS813: Wine Rack: Modular Design

Customize your design based on your storage space, and the size of your wine collection. This stackable design works as a stand-alone fixture, or as a decorative tabletop element.

During this workshop, you will learn how to follow the provided template to produce as many layers as your project requires. Your instructor will also give you suggestions for further customization using other tools in the shop.



This is a 4 hour workshop. Upon completion, you will have at least 3 tiers of bottle storage, plus room for hanging glasses. Your wine rack can be painted, stained, or left in natural wood.

WOD101 is required before you take this workshop CNC302 is recommended.

Please note: This class does not fulfill any SBU requirements.




Project: Wine Rack - 3 stories with glass storage

Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU

Equipment Access: Wood Shop

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: Modular Design Saturday, 8/27/16 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00 plus $50.00 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 Saturday, 8/6/16 12:00 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.
   
WKS850: "Bologna Sandwich" Pewter Casting

The name of this project comes from its stackable parts. Combine laser technology with centuries-old casting techniques to produce custom jewelry pendants in pewter.

In this workshop, you will work with your instructor to create two unique take-home jewelry pieces. The results are astounding. This is a great opportunity to let your Laser Cutter SBU skills shine.

Please note: This workshop utilizes TechShop’s equipment but all shop rules still apply – unless you have already passed the required safety course(s), you will not be operating the machine, your instructor will.

This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class – you may NOT use TechShop's equipment without passing the associated Safety and Basic Use class.

Students ages 8 and up may attend ONLY if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian MUST sign up for the workshop as well.

1 session currently scheduled:
    "Bologna Sandwich" Pewter Casting Thursday, 8/25/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $15.00 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 Wednesday, 8/17/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 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.