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

Looking for a way to accent your wood projects made in the MakerLab? How about aging them with Iron Vinegar.

How to Age Wood