David Alvarez wants to help you gain confidence in making, by learning the skills and information you can use to make beautiful and useful furniture and other items from wood.
Start learning and doing woodworking! Dave has decades of experience in woodworking and fine cabinetry. Join him and other students at Freeside, and learn
- to make a chisel sharpening station,
- to make a finishing strop,
- to sharpen your chisels to beyond razor sharpness
- a very good type of steel for chisels
- benefits of different shapes of chisels
- that new chisels are not yet ready for serious use
Demonstrations might include shaving hair off of skin, the surface a chisel can provide even cross-grain, and the marked difference in product between a sharp chisel and a dull or abused chisel.
A set of new hollow ground chisels is included. However, if you would like to bring your own set of NEW chisels, you can coordinate with Dave.
PLEASE NOTE: This class will NOT spend time on repairing badly ground chisels.
This class will involve a lot of learning and doing. Skills that will be used include:
- making a sharpening station and a stropping block
- properly sharpening chisels using graduated qualities of abrasive
Materials will be provided, and will include:
- chisels (set of six)
- granite tile
- wet and dry sandpaper
- wood block
- contact cement
- elbow grease
MIG Welding for Beginners is a bimonthly class series that introduces the MIG welding process for hobbyists and home users. MIG (Metal- Inert Gas) is an arc welding process that uses wire fed from a spool to carry the arc and deposit filler metal, while shielded by an inert gas mixture of Argon and CO2. The class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety, material prep, and tool use for welding on mild carbon steel.
In this class, you will learn how to prepare and set up a workpiece, set up and safely run the welder, and successfully join pieces of metal together. You will practice running several beads, and then weld small plates together to practice and demonstrate basic joints used in welding. Anything you weld on is yours to take home at the end of the class.
+ Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays
+ $120 (pay on the Meetup page)
+ Dominic Ryder is the instructor
What to Wear (required):
+ Long-sleeve 100% cotton button-up shirt (denim or flannel works great)
+ Long work pants
+ Leather or closed toed work shoes
+ Hair pulled back
+ No jewelry
Interested in listening to synthesizer music? meeting others that share your passion? Want to get your hands soldered making synthesizer.
You can do all of these here!
Through this summer it is an informal bring your gear and network with fellow musicians. Freeside has an extensive electronics shop so this is a good time to repair, modify or build equipment.
We have a number of schemes we are considering, and we want your input:
Build some VCO's? (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
Play with BCI (Brain Computer Interface) using an EEG that Freeside (the Brainiacs Meetup, check it out!) has built?
Listen to some live synth music?
Other? We want to meet and discuss!
Got your head in the clouds, or a cloud in your head, thinking about what to do for your next Arduino project?
Come learn how to make a glowing, color-pulsing LED cloud lamp!
Some prior Arduino (or other) programming experience would be helpful, but is not required to take this class. You'll go home with your very own glowing cloud to hang on the wall!
The workshop takes about 3 hours.
- $60 for non-members of Freeside
- $30 for members of Freeside (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.)
Price includes: An Arduino Uno clone, an LED strip, and materials needed to build your cloud. You will get to take these home with you!
**IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED:
- A laptop computer with WiFi
- An installed copy of the Arduino IDE (it's free) - here's where to get it: https://tinyurl.com/download-ide
- An installed driver for the CH340 serial chip - here is a discussion about how to do this: https://tinyurl.com/ch340-driver
PLEASE have the IDE and the driver installed BEFORE the Meetup.
If you want, you can come to the separate INSTALL PARTY an hour before this Meetup ($30).
On the other hand, if you come to the Meetup with the IDE and driver installed, YOU will get a CANDY BAR!
Building on the basics of using an Arduino, this class will move forward, and
- how to use libraries of code, benefitting from the work of others
- how to work with the LED strips that will illuminate your cloud
- how addressable RGB LED's work, and how the library we will use controls them
- circuit design to allow an Arduino to control something it is not actually powering.
Freeside is having a build-out! Freeside members get to flex their right to hack on the space infrastructure and hack Freeside itself into a collective vision. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to come and help us hack the space! We could always use extra hands for buildouts and are happy to show you around the space.
Make sure to wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing, and be ready to get your hands dirty! Freeside has safety goggles and ear protection, but feel free to bring your own.
We will pretty much be there all day, come when you can.
Some of the projects we're focusing on include:
• Workshop and table resurfacing.
• Finishing the bio lab.
• Workshop cleanup and organization.
• Ponder the meaning behind existence.
• Finish the Podcasting station.
• Organize the Ham Shack.
• Prove P is equal to NP.
• Send electrical pulses from our brains to our muscles.
• Move our kiln to its final home.
• Square the circle.
• . . . And more to be announced!
Come out and hack on the space with us!
Freeside Atlanta is a hackerspace / makerspace (and a nonprofit) dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and other makers to collaborate.
Freeside holds open houses on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, so that people can see what we have, discuss what we can help do, and meet interesting Freesiders and guests.
We explain what Freeside is, review upcoming classes and other events, and briefly introduce ourselves (members and guests). Then we give a tour of the space, and mingle and talk and scheme.
You can also get a preview of our space by checking out our photo tour (http://www.meetup.com/Freeside-Atlanta/about/) page on Meetup.
Freeside is in space #6066 of the Metropolitan complex, at 675 Metropolitan Parkway. The Metropolitan complex is situated on the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 41 (which changes name from Northside Drive to Metropolitan Parkway at the intersection) and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
- Drive up a ramp to the entrance gate.
- At the gate, turn 180 degrees to the right.
- At the first and only left, turn left.
- Freeside is located on the righthand side, about 500 meters down.
If you need any help or have a question, just email us at [masked].
Arduinos are small, easy-to-use, inexpensive devices used to make gizmos, art, and your custom devices interact with the world. They are widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists, like you! This workshop will:
- introduce you to Arduino,
- walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino,
- explain to you basic use of the Arduino board and related software,
- discuss ways in which people like you are using Arduinos, and
- provide information about next steps and sources of support.
Interested in making electronic gizmos? This workshop will show you how to use an Arduino to do just that! You will learn the solid basics of using sensors to notice changes in the environment, design program logic to make decisions, and send signals to act on the environment.
- You will get an Interactive Development Environment (IDE) running on your laptop, to use in programming your Arduino!
- You will make LED's blink as you wish!
- You will make a buzzer buzz, under your control!
- You will use a switch as a sensor!
- You will edit, debug, and run programs for your Arduino, including using control logic!
The workshop takes about 3 hours.
The class fee is $65. During the class, we will use parts from a starter kit that is an excellent value, containing: an Arduino UNO board, a solderless breadboard, and a great variety of components, including LEDs, buzzers, displays, and related components.
You can purchase the kit at our cost, and take your gizmo home, and continue your adventures!
IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED ::
- Laptop computer with WiFi
If you install your IDE on your laptop before the workshop, you will win a Snicker bar, or perhaps some Circus Peanuts. You can do this even before you have an Arduino board.
Previous Students Have Said This About the class and Instructor Jud Taylor:
"Fantastic introductory class! It definitely helped me get a good understanding of the Arduino." -- Charlie Skinner
"This was a good class! Moved along at an easy pace and gave solid background info, too!" -- KnowWhere LLC
"Very helpful introduction to the world of arduino! Great choice of kit to go with the class. Thank you, Jud!" -- Matthew Read
"Great way to dip your toes into the Arduino world and practice the basics of its many application potentials." -- Streetcat
About the Instructor:
Jud Taylor is a long-time programmer. He has programmed using
- TRS-80 BASIC (dark, teenager years)
- Pascal, LISP, 68000 assembly, C (dark Harvard years)
- SQL (the shiny Marine Corps years)
- SQL, Visual Basic, SAP R/3, Notes (effervescent Coca-Cola years)
- Common Lisp, Haskell, Python (current reality)
- "Attack the Death Star" game
- Medium-volume automated emailer
- Hazardous Materials management system
- Reports integration tools for Coca-Cola Japan
- Templating systems for a platform-agnostic, language-agnostic content management system
- Translator for between EBCDIC and Unicode
- Month-end reporting system for a vendor to a very large (like, REALLY large) fast food company
- Lots of puzzles with the Freeside Programming Team and the Atlanta Functional Programming Meetup.
He first used an Arduino when helping Safecast (see TED for videos) build radiation-detection shields to monitor after-effects of the Fukushima earthquake and radiation release.
Jud also has done a lot of teaching:
- MIT and Harvard Students (the shiny ROTC years)
- Marines and Corpsmen (the "p" is silent, except for total dorks)
- Executives and entrepreneurs (the shiny Tokyo years)
- Friends like --> you <--
He teaches a well-received Intro to Arduino class, a specialized workshop on making blinky clouds, an introduction to Lambda Calculus, and other things.
On most days, you can find him at Freeside Atlanta, madly scheming, or making something, like fluorescent gummy bears, or a knife from a 10" circular saw blade.
THIS IS PART TWO OF A TWO PART CLASS.
You must register for and attend the first part of the class here:
THIS IS PART ONE OF A TWO PART CLASS.
This is a beginners ceramic class for people who have never touched clay before! I want to help you create something with your own hands and have the satisfaction of saying, “I made that.” To me, that is my favorite part about ceramics and I want to help everyone to find their inner artist. With these object you make, you can keep them for your home or gift them to a friend or relative.
You can choose whether you want to make a pinch pot or decorative sign.
The pinch pot can be used as a small flower pot, catch-all for keys and wallet, a bowl for eating, etc.
The decorative sign will have two holes at the top for twine to be hung up on your wall or Christmas Tree. It can say anything you want it to.
The class has two parts: creating/forming and glazing/firing. That is why there are two sessions. The clay has to be fired in the kiln between our classes to increase the durability of it during glazing.
Everything made will be dishwasher safe and food safe.
After your sculptures have been fired, I will ship them to your address (a sheet will be passed around during your class). You should receive your finished products about a week after the last class, or you can come pick your project up at Freeside.