Workshop

The latest DIY ideas, techniques and tools for the industrial arts from metal and woodworking to CNC machining and 3D printing.

Amy Zell on Make:cast

The Wherewithal to Change Things Through Making

I’d like you to meet Amy Zell – mother, librarian, grief counselor, and maker. In this episode, she talks about the power of making to change things, to change people. She credits Casey Shea, a Sonoma County maker educator, with telling her about “maker empowerment” at the Fab Institute in Pittsburgh in 2018. She understood […]

Continue Reading
Design and Build Pull Tray Office Carts

Design and Build Pull Tray Office Carts

I need to keep my studio organized and looking clean. I prefer to build rolly carts that I can move around and use as needed depending on the projects that I undertake. I have built carts for my 3D printers and those serve me well. I will use MDF material to build the carts, the […]

Continue Reading
Building a large 40W C02 Laser For Under 0

Building a large 40W C02 Laser For Under $700

Lasers are awesome. We all know this. If you don’t have one, you want one. Owen wanted one, but had a fairly tight budget. When searching, he found the ones in his price range to be too small. So he built one! I know that there are some of you who didn’t watch that video […]

Continue Reading
Watch This Gorgeous Video, Learn A Little About Guilloche

Watch This Gorgeous Video, Learn A Little About Guilloche

Clickspring is a fairly popular youtube channel that has been making beautiful things from metal for quite some time. He’s written a little for us, and even done video for us in the past. One thing that he’s really good at (aside from making pretty stuff) is explaining complex things in a simple and visually […]

Continue Reading
Make:cast Wyoming's Maker Pass

Wyoming’s Maker Access Pass

Tyler Kerr runs the Innovation Wyrkshop, a makerspace at the University of Wyoming. Largely because of COVID, state officials saw the potential for makerspaces in vocational rehab and developing skills in local communities. And so they are funding the build out of a network of makerspaces throughout the state. Tyler and his students set out […]

Continue Reading
A Quick Tour Of a Pop-Up Backyard Woodshop

A Quick Tour Of a Pop-Up Backyard Woodshop

When we moved into a new home, I needed to create a woodshop with level space, good air flow, room for power tools, and most of all, protection from the elements. I determined it would need to be 200 square feet. Unfortunately, local zoning doesn’t allow for a shed that large, or even a covered […]

Continue Reading
Gareth Branwyn

Shop Talk and Tips with Gareth Branwyn

DIY lifer Gareth Branwyn has compiled a new volume of his series, Tips and Tales From the Workshop, Volume 2. He joins Dale Dougherty to talk about how he collects tips — asking a person directly to share a tip is not very productive. He shares some of his favorite tips he has found. He […]

Continue Reading