Holiday Closure


The MakerLab will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 to allow the volunteers to celebrate Christmas with their families. We will be open Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. (late opening) until 5:00 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 from 5:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m.

We will also be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day. We will be open Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Phil & Don & Al


Making Pens With Our New Lathe


Our new lathe has arrived and is now fully assembled. It’s the perfect size for doing pens, bottle stoppers, candle holders, bowls, and more.

Phil learning to use the chisels to turn the square blocks of wood into round pencil stock.

We did our first project this past Monday evening during Open Lab hours. With the gracious and expert help of member Dennis C., we turned two blocks of oak stock into a beautiful mechanical pencil.

lathe pen
First pencil made with our new lathe.
Dennis sanding the wood bodies to a glass-like finish.
Pressing the pencil components together

Closure on 4/13 (Sat)


UPDATE: Thanks to the gracious assistance of one of our members, the MakerLab will be be open on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 for Open Lab.

We still will be closed on Saturday, April 13 for the SouthWorks Engineering and Robotics Olympics. Join us from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the fieldhouse of South Suburban College, 15800 State St., South Holland, IL.

Please check Meetup and Facebook for any changes.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause our Makers.

Phil & Don


Closure on Mon. 3/25


Due to a staffing shortage, the MakerLab will be closed on Mon. 3/25. We will reopen on Wed. 3/27. We also apologize for any Makers who attempted to attend Open Lab on Sat. 3/23.


Add Welding To Your Maker Skills


Welding Workshop- March 30th

This class covers principles involved in equipment, material, and procedures, combined with demonstrations and supervised practical experience, using standard industrial equipment. Students will be exposed to Arc, Gas, MIG and TIG welding. Students in this 4-hour workshop will be introduced to the theory of welding and how to safely work with the tools and equipment. Students will also receive hands-on instruction and have the opportunity to create some basic welds.

Prairie State College is an accredited American Welding Society Educational Institution Member.

Only 8 slots available


COST: $75 

DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2019

TIME: 8:30am to 12:30pm

LOCATION:       Prairie State College

                            Welding Lab, Room T165 (Technology Building) see map

                             202 South Halsted Street

                             Chicago Heights, IL 60411