Santa’s Workshop on Maui

Do you have a special gift or family heirloom item that you have been wanting to make? Maui Makers has some of Santa’s Elves available that are willing to enable you to make that happen this year and Santa is willing to loan you his Maui workshop as a place to make them in.

There will be a $20 charge for each of the working sessions. Come to as many as you like!

Our space is the best equipped member supported community workshop on Maui. We have about 2000 sq ft of tools and work benches. Our member volunteers (“Elves”) are well versed in creating projects with our tools and we will guide you. Checkout the list of our tools on our website: Maui Makers Shop Equipment

We will start with planning sessions on Saturday Nov.18 and Sunday Nov.19 from 12:30 to 430p.
Swing by for an hour or so, check out our space and run your idea past us to verify we can assist you and schedule your future work time.
Tuesday evening Nov.21 from 6:30 to 8:30 will be another planning time, if evenings are better for you.

Then you have a couple of weeks to gather your materials and finalize your design.

The actual work days will be in December. Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, depending on what kind of tooling your project requires.

The Saturday afternoons in December will be set aside for noisy shop projects, although others will be able to use the Space as well, if they are able to cope with noise and dust.
The Sunday afternoons in December will be set aside for the quieter craft type projects, as well as the quieter shop activities like painting and glue-ups.
Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 in December will focus on 3D printing, and
Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 will be set aside for electronic and micro-processor projects.

Each of the Sunday afternoons will have a different focus:

Dec.3 – EggBot Design and Bead Crafting

Dec.10 – Leather Working, Wood Burning and Wire Frame Soldering

Dec.17 – Electronics, Arduino, and colored LEDs and Lamp Making

During each of these designated work periods, we will have a number of “Elvish” expert mentors on hand to show you how to use the tools safely and to provide any assistance that you may be require.

To find out more information, please email us at “info@mauimakers.com” or check out our website at “www.mauimakers.com”.
For further details and to schedule your attendance call Pete, our education coordinator, at 815-482-5844 between the hours of 10am and 6pm (No texting to this number though please…)

You too could be Santa’s helper this year!

Get some ideas here

Learn to Solder 11-Dec-2014

Jerry Isdale will be leading a Learn To Solder class this week thursday evening, 11-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21

Students will be offered several options for learning electronics soldering. All are accessible and doable by first timers, and good practice for those with some experience. Advanced folks are welcome to come and lend a hand as mentors.

Basic soldering of wires will take you from crude methods up to the Lineman’s Splice required by NASA, etc. http://makezine.com/2012/02/28/how-to-splice-wire-to-nasa-standards/

Several kits are available for purchase from other members who have personal stock (prices vary)

  • The Evil Mad Science Laboratory’s Larson Scanner Kit (http://shop.evilmadscientist.com/productsmenu/tinykitlist/152-scanner) is a challenging project for those new to soldering, but quite doable.
  • MakerShed’s Learn To Solder Badge ( http://www.makershed.com/products/learn-to-solder-skill-badge-kit) is a nice simple kit, often used at MakerFaire’s Learn To Solder tents
  • Solder Practice Kit (older version of http://www.amazon.com/Elenco-SP3B-Practical-Soldering-Project/dp/B0002LUALG)

These will be available for purchase on a first come first sold basis.

($5.00 for non-members/free for members; suggested material fee: $1.00;  kits available for purchase direct from other members)

Space is limited, and will be first come, first serve.

Upcoming in December

Rocket Workshop this last Saturday was a Blast! See the Facebook page for more photos.

Several events are planned for December.

Hopefully we can close the deal on our lease and have special Make a MakerSpace meetings. Stay tuned.

Arduino Workshop Fridays continue from 6-9 PM every Friday–location TBD so email Arduino@mauimakers.com for info. Kids Wearable Workshops are also possible–email Arduino@mauimakers.com

4-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21
Public Meeting (Free)
Come down and talk story. Bring items or ideas for show and tell. Meet collaborators for projects. Help us design Maui’s Makerspace. We’ll have a wind tunnel for the young ones, and a short discussion/demo on basic soldering skills by Jerry Isdale.

11-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21
Learn to Solder
by Jerry Isdale ($5.00 for non-members/free for members; suggested material fee: $1.00; a few kits available for $5.00 each)
Space is limited, and will be on a first-come basis.

20-Dec-2014 (Tentative), 10-2 PM Location TBD
Rocketry Returns
by Cole Santos ($20.00 per family)
In stage one we will go over the basics of rockets and how they work and then construct rockets from straws and paper. Launching the rockets will be done using the scientific method to see how launch angle and thrust affect the distance flown. In stage two we will build and launch basic Estes rockets (weather permitting).

18-Dec-2014, 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School in Maryknoll Hall, Rm 21
Tinkering: Build Personalized Christmas Tree Ornaments
by Laura Ulibarri ($20.00 for non-members/$10.00 for members–includes materials to build 2 ornaments)
How would you like to make your very own Christmas Tree Ornament using whiz bang technology or your own creativity?
We’ll fire up the EggBot to let you print your very own personalized ornament. We’ll provide white ornaments for the eggbot and supplies for various kinds of ornaments.