What we're about

Decatur Makers is a welcoming, family-friendly community of inquisitive, motivated people who work together in a safe environment to discover, understand, design and create interesting things. We do host activities for children, but please note that any children present at a Meetup must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

We also have a google group and are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which we use to communicate and discuss activities. More info (and others ways to support us) here (http://decaturmakers.org/).

Upcoming events (5+)

Woodshop 101

Decatur Makers

$25.00

Our woodshop is full of great equipment and tools! This class will safely introduce people to the proper way to handle and use our table saw, miter saw, band saw and drill press. You'll get hands-on and will also learn ways to use this equipment to make your projects. Min age: 12 years old - adult Max number of students in the class: 5 Cost: = $25 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/)) = FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going at least 2 days beforehand) Required Clothes: = Closed toed boots/shoes = Long pants and short sleeves or long sleeves that can be rolled up = Long hair must be tied back The instructor, Char, has been a hobbyist woodworker for 15 years and recently began teaching kids’ woodshop classes at Decatur Makers. When she is isn’t building you can find her working with non-profits to help end childhood hunger.

Decatur Arts Festival - Saturday

Downtown Decatur

Join us at the Decatur Arts Festival as we host the makers tent on the downtown Decatur Square: http://decaturartsfestival.com/ The festival is a two day event: Saturday we will have a tent at the Children's Festival in the Decatur Recreation Center as well as our Decatur Makers Market, where our members will be selling their amazing maker-made items or sharing their interesting DIY skills, in our main tent on the square. Did we say we needed help?? If you're interested in volunteering, please RSVP here and we'll follow up with more details. Even if you don't have time to volunteer, please stop by our tent and say hi!

PRIVATE EVENT: Woodworking

Decatur Makers

Private woodworking event that will be using the planer and jointer.

Glowforge 101: How to Use a Laser Cutter

Decatur Makers

$25.00

The Glowforge is a really cool piece of equipment and very user-friendly, but there are a few things you need to know to operate it safely. In the first half of the class, we’ll cover the safety checklists you should always follow when using the laser, what materials are laser-friendly, how to format files for the Glowforge User Interface (GFUI), as well as how to use the GFUI. In the second half of the class, you’ll have the opportunity to use the Glowforge with supervision on a project you’ve brought with you or a starter project (a Decatur Makers key chain fob with your name on it). This class assumes students have some vector design software on their computers. Inkscape is a good free option and the one the instructor is most familiar with. The class won’t cover how to do vector graphics, but the instructor may be able to help with some basics during the second half of the class. The GFUI is browser-based, so no additional software will be needed, but students will need access to an email account. Decatur Makers members will receive a login to the Glowforge system, but non-members will have to interface through the instructor’s computer. Min age: 12 years old - adult Max number of students in the class: 8 Cost: = $25 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/)) = FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going at least 2 days beforehand) The instructor, Kevin Arne, has more than a decade of experience in workshops making everything from bookshelves to knives. When he's not making stuff, he's tutoring high school students and helping teachers incorporate more maker projects in their classrooms.

Past events (1,014)

Open Build Night

Decatur Makers

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