Mill and Lathe Certification Classes - Jan 27th, 2018

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Using the Mill
When: Saturday Jan 27, 2018 10am to 12pm.

Description: Hive member Brad Walsh will be doing an introduction to using the mill. Learn what the mill does and how it can be used. A small ($10) donation is requested to cover the cost of materials, which will go home with you (an endmill and a chunk of aluminum to continue to improve your milling skills).

Using the Lathe


When: Saturday Jan 27, 2018 1p to 3pm.

Description: Hive member Brad Walsh will be doing an introduction to using the metal lathe. Learn what it does and how it can be used. Maybe you can even mill threads on a bolt! A small ($5) donation is requested to cover the cost of materials (aluminum piece and carbide insert).

Signup using this Google Sheet. Just bring the money to the class.

Both Events require basic machine safety gear

•Substantial shoes (no sandals or open toe) Hot metal chips can hurt.

•Long hair pulled back in a ponytail.

•No hand jewelry (rings, watches).

•Eye protection (safety glasses can be provided).

•Prefer no long sleeves, they can be rolled up though.

•Idea is to not have anything to catch on the spinning tool/part and pull you into the process.

Upcoming Class: Making a Wetmolded Leather Mask: Feb 3, 2018 12-4pm

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In preparation for Mardi Gras or any other event that deserves a mask, we will go over the basics of wetmolding to take a flat piece of leather and turn it into a 3 dimensional leather mask. This is an introduction to a technique of shaping leather to create a hardened shape that is used for not only masks, but cases, holsters, bags, and anything else that should maintain its shape.

We will have a few basic templates to base your design from and then form it to perfectly fit your face. Then you can go crazy dying, painting, bedazzling, and adorning your mask to suit how feel.

No previous experience with leather is needed as we will go over all the cutting and forming.

The $10 fee for the class covers everything to make the mask; leather, ribbon, dye or paint. If you want to be extra creative and add rhinestones or a life size pheasant to yours you'll need to supply the rhinestones and/or life size pheasant.

Jan 6, 2018 - Saturday Cleanup, Potluck, and Game Night All rolled into one!

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Not this coming Saturday, but the sixth of January, we'll have a Clean-up in the afternoon - let's say at 2 - and then that evening, we'll do a potluck and game night. This'll give members who can't show up on Tuesday nights a chance to attend a potluck.

The theme for the potluck will be "Foods with Vowels in their Names". Greg is bringing Skyline Chili Dip, which qualifies with several vowels. He might also bring a pistachio cake.
The theme for the clean-up will be organization. Try and get stuff in its proper place, creating one if one doesn't exist.
The theme for game night will be decided later. Bring any game you want. Even two- or three-person games are fine. Don't bring Monopoly. Monopoly destroys friendships.

Non-members lurking on here? Show up for the game night/potluck. Meet Hive people.

We Survived Books by the Banks 2017

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Thanks to Mike, Tim and Nancy for helping with the learn to solder table at the 2017 Books by the Banks event.
I think we did over 200 boards! I don't think we made any children cry this time. :)

Vacuum Former is Alive!

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Just in time for Halloween, the vacuum former created its first parts today for member Bill.


Bill was making a case for an old TI computer. It turned out awesome and Bill showed us some of the tricks for making a good vacuum formed part.

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