Meet Joe

Last month we started a maker profile video series; we began with our very own industrial furniture maker Joe.  As a member, Joe, has made some amazing furniture using reclaimed parts from industrial machines.  One person’s trash is this maker’s treasure and he has found some gems.  These images are just a few pieces of Joe’s amazing work.  From end tables made with old gears to dinning tables made from a bowling alley, he has it all.Joe_160124_031 Joe_160124_032 Joe_160124_035Joe_160124_015 Joe_160124_001

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Making a Welder

What does it take to make a welder?  One Marc and space for lots of practice.  Thankfully we have both of those things at Milwaukee Makerspace.  I have seen few people give of them selfs as freely as our resident welding expert Marc.  Over the past weeks he has been teaching classes covering theory, safety, and of course hands on MIG welding.  There is still time to level up your skills so be sure to sign up for a class on the google group here.

Yes, we have Daleks…

Exterminate!!! Photo by Wendy Schreier

Daleks, you say? Yes, we have Daleks.

The folks at Milwaukee Record have revealed our plans to have the “Most Amount of Daleks Assembled in One Place at One Time”, or something like that.

John and his gang at Dalek Asylum Milwaukee have been hard at work learning new skills to build out their Dalek army, and it’s been impressive to watch!

I’m hoping to see all these Daleks at Maker Faire Milwaukee, which is happening September 24th & 25th, 2016 at State Faire Park.

Drive Time!

Hard Drive

A few of us have been working on a project each Tuesday night which involves dismantling old hard drives.

What do you get from an old hard drive? We’re saving the cases for an Aluminum pour at Maker Faire Milwaukee, the motors are super-fast and super-quiet, there are some tiny bearings we might use, and there are powerful magnets, some of which we’ve used to hold tools to the wall in the past, and finally, those shiny, shiny platters!

Hard Drive

Hard Drive

Hard Drive Platters

We’ve got a stack of about 80 platters, with more coming. If you’re wondering what we’re going to do with all the platters, well… yeah, some sort of project for Maker Faire. That’s all I can reveal right now. :)

Maker Holidays

Maker Holidays

Tis the season of giving.  Christmas has always conjured images of elves working away in some unknown corner of the north pole.  Our work shop isn’t in the north pole but gifts are made there nontheless.  We’re sure you’ll be able to find lots to put under your tree/menora/festivus pole in this short list of members Etsy stores.

“Etsy has been great, and has done an amazing job of promotion for me”

-Melissa Paré

Etsy has become a popular place for members to sell their treasures.  Makers want to make not spent time writing Javascript and HTML in order to have an online store front.  As much as we are DIYers why reinvent the wheel when Etsy allows such an easy solution to let you spend your time doing what you do best.

The list of shops below will help you make a big dent in your holiday shopping.  From the combination art and fine-crafts of Amy and Scott at Red Cow Design to the decorative ironwork at StormCloak Forge.   This diverse group of makers will have you checking off gifts on your list for sure.

Red Cow Design: Art and Fine Crafts

Moraye: Eco Reclaimed Wood Jewelry & Modern Home Decor

CPUnltd: Stands for tablets and phones

StormCloak Forge: decorative ironwork from fireplace tools to door hardware

Raster: Custom USB controllers for photo booths

Paper Pleasers: Custom invitations and stationery

Ownley: Sculptures