• Instructions on how to get Wood Shop Certifications



    This is a repeating informational nonevent.

    The instructions on how to proceed with the online portion of certification are in this document.

    FYI, IPCS's are scheduled based on the number of people on the woodshop class queue. Please go through the process to get In the class queue for the class you want and then feel free to post in the woodshop channel of Slack or DM me if you don't think one is being scheduled quickly enough.

    Depending on what you want to do in the woodshop you will need to complete the different classes listed below. Everyone that uses the woodshop will need to take the Woodshop Safety and Policies Class(S&P) annually. This is a free class and goes over basic usage policies and safety in the shop. There is no physical component to the class, simply watch the video and take the quiz. The other classes will all have a hands-on session with an instructor to verify your understanding of the tools' use and safety. After you watch the videos and complete the quiz you will be placed in the class queue for the in-person certification session (IPCS). There is a separate queue for each class. Instructors will post available session dates and times and cut off dates in the Slack woodshop channel, Meetup, and email. The person highest on the class queue that responds by the cutoff time will get in that session.

    The tools are broken into the following classes.
    Woodshop 101 teaches;
    How to make a simple wooden spoon with each tool
    How to use the drill press
    How to use the miter saw
    How to use the band saws
    How to use the tabletop disc and belt sander
    How to use the panel saw
    How to use the router table

    Woodshop 201 teaches;
    How to use the combo 16" jointer/planer machine
    How to use the drum sander

    Sawstop covers how to use the Sawstop table saw.

    Wood Lathe (Spindle class) covers the use of the wood lathe.

    After you have completed the quiz for a class you are automatically placed in woodshop class queue. You can see the class queue here. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZI31JSLQSZgYlBSROQJ04xgcCeKVAgKaAyFje1hpF0A

    After you get on the class queue keep an eye on your email or watch for IPCS postings in Meetup.

  • Laser Cutter: Learn to use the rotory tool!

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    Learn how to operate the laser cutter Rotary attachment. With this, you can engrave on cups, mugs, or anything round. Put any pattern on round objects! bring your own digital, and we will put it on a glass provided by us!

    $30 for members
    $40 for non-members

  • Homework for Shopbot CNC router

    TinkerMill on Delaware Pl.

    === IMPORTANT ===

    This Meetup event is not an in-person class. These are the directions for the pre-requisite homework. Please read and understand the entire description below.

    === Homework ===

    Homework required for training on the ShopBot CNC router will allow more makers to be trained in a shorter period of time. With our limited resources we are asking that classroom time be moved to homework to prepare for actual operational training. Here is the assignment:

    1. Download the software used for operating the machine at http://www.vectric.com/products/vcarve/trial.html .

    2. Design a project by either using the built in vector drawing package or import a vector file of your own for developing a tool path.

    3. Use the tools in the software package to create a tool path. It is best to use the tool that will be provided in the class (1/4" straight cut end mill).

    4. Use the simulation feature to run your tool path virtually.
      (Note, you will not be able to save your tool path.)

    5. Take a screen shot of the simulated tool path and email to [masked].

    After completing this step you can be scheduled for hands on training on the ShopBot. Depending on the backlog of students it may take a few weeks for the instructor to get back to you. The instructor will reach out via email to set up a time when they have their next known availability. When coming to training please have your Vcarve file ready. You can save your vector files created in the drawing tab of V-Carve. You can use that file during the hands on portion of the class. NEXT STEPS

    The one-on-one class/checkout will take 2.5 to 3 hours. You will need to bring the following to the one-on-one class:

    • The material you want to use for your part.

    • .crv file (saved from VCrave) of the part you wish to cut out.

    • $100 for the class fee - this will also get you one bit (1/4" straight cut bit).

    • Any special tooling that you might need for your file. We do have 3 different collets if you wish to bring special tooling: 1/2", 1/4" and ~1/8". Please only bring/use carbide bits on the ShopBot.

    • Knowledge of speeds and feeds for the tools you will be using. Look online for some suggested speeds and feeds. We will also review these before we start cutting.

    This class will only cover the 2.5D manufacturing. We will cover 3D parts in a separate class (will probably be much shorter).

  • Monthly Board Meeting

    TinkerMill on Delaware Pl.

    The monthly meeting of the TinkerMill Board of Directors. All members are welcome to attend. If you have business you would like the board to consider, don't hesitate to get in touch with a TinkerMill board member in advance.


  • Tinkermill Lathe 101 and 201 combination

    TinkerMill on Delaware Pl.


    If you show up without having done the homework, you will not be able to take the class and will have to pay $20 to reschedule.
    Comprehensive lathe class for persons with prior experience. DO NOT sign up for this unless you have discussed your experience with Todd, Jef or Sebastian. The basic machine shop access video https://youtu.be/IZ4ZMmGYzWE
    and the following quiz (80% to pass): https://forms.gle/cLc8M5ASPKzNfaR29
    is a prerequisite for doing anything in the machine shop. The first part of the 101 class is on video. Watch this video: https://youtu.be/A8m_wIHVxTM
    and get 14 correct answers on this test: https://forms.gle/9KvNECRhZJ4qjbyz5
    before you show up for the hands-on part. The 201 part of the class will be hands-on and will cover the use of the chuck, mechanical feed and threading. Class fee for the combo is $100 for Tinkermill members and $150 for non-members. Only one student due to hands-on nature of class.

  • Blacksmithing Safety Course

    1840 Delaware Pl


    This is the Tinkermill Blacksmiths safety course at Tinkermill and is required for you to use the forge at Tinkermill.

    Please go to our new class booking service at https://tinkermill.getomnify.com/welcome/classcheckout/116470

  • Laser Cutter Cert: 4 students



    Welcome to Tinkermills Laser Certification Class! Here we cover the basics and safety of Tinkermill's 80-watt laser cutter. This machine can cut wood and some select few plastics and other materials. Can also engrave images onto materials like glass and certain metals.

    In the class, we will cover Software, files, safety, and general operation. I recommend you bring a file you want to cut so we can kickstart one of your projects while learning this awesome machine. If it's a cut please keep the length of the cut less than 12 by 12 inches, and if it's an engraving, please keep it around 9 square inches or less.

    Cost of this class is $60 for members
    Cost for Non-Members is $90

    If you have any questions, Feel free to call or text me at[masked]
    or email me at [masked].

  • Learn Solidworks at Tinkermill

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    Learn Solidworks and design your own models to 3D print. In this beginner-level course, we will design a 3D printable box with a hinge on it.

    This will cover making parts, assembling parts virtually, and exporting them for 3D printing.

  • Come make Pottery at TinkerMills Muddy Makers Pottery Studio


    This posting is not for a specific class. It is information on the pottery classes available at TinkerMill.

    Making pottery can be one of life's great experiences. Whether you're just starting out or have years of pottery behind you, Muddy makers is the place to be. We are a small studio within a large makerspace. Members benefit from 24/7 access, clay and glaze onsite, and firing services. We have wheels, a slab roller, a work table, and a multitude of tools.
    Non-members are welcome to attend classes and our open studio Pottery Lab.

    Certification is required for both members and non-members to use the space.

    The Pottery Certification class is offered on the first and third Saturday of the month at 10am and is open to both members and non-members.
    This is not an intro to clay class and is focused on orienting you to our studio policies and procedures. During the class you will make a small pinch pot. Your pot will go on to a future class and you will learn the glaze process using a pinch pot made by an earlier class.

    If these times do not work please contact the shop captains to find out about alternate scheduling.

    Other classes you may be interested in are:
    Intro to the Pottery Wheel
    Intro to Hand Building
    Clay Lab
    additional classes added throughout the year.

    To see a description, register for a certification, or to register for other pottery classes, go to https://tinkermill.org/shops/pottery/

    Most classes do not require certification unless otherwise stated in the individual class description. However, certification is required to register for Clay Lab.

    Outside of class time non-members are only able to use the studio during a Pottery Lab. 24/7 access is restricted to members. To find out about becoming a member go to https://tinkermill.org/membership/.

  • Arduino Programming 101: Hands-on Introduction

    TinkerMill on Delaware Pl.


    In this Meetup, you will learn the basics of Arduino programming and hardware in our hands-on, beginner-friendly class. We'll cover the software's setup, loading an example blink program, and setting up an LED to blink. We'll also teach you what the code is doing and how it works.

    You will take your Arduino skills to the next level in the second class. You will learn how to use a potentiometer to control the brightness of an LED, showing you how to take input into the Arduino and control output.
    Bring your own laptop and we will provide the Arduino (loan) for the duration of the class. Limited spots are available, so sign up now!

    Price: $80 per person for both classes. $60 for Tinkermill members. Don't miss this opportunity to become an Arduino programming and hardware expert!

    Class Schedule:
    Saturday 1 PM to 3 PM
    Sunday 1 PMto 3 PM