Crafts

DIY Closet Desk by Nick

by on Dec.05, 2011, under Crafts, Projects, Woodworking

Nick sent out to our mailing list info about the closet desk for his home that he built up at the space, here’s what he had to say and some pictures of the project:

… I was up there into the wee hours of the night Saturday working on the ‘closet desk’ project I recently started.

I went out and got some 1×2 stick wood and a nice sheet of 7-ply birch for a desk surface from Lowe’s. Also some nice stain and sealant for later.
Up at the space, my pal and I ripped the plywood in half with the table saw and did some other long cuts to shape out the two halves appropriately: the desk surface and a shelf to go above it. We spent most of our time there setting up guides for cuts, and failing pretty comically with a jigsaw, plus sanding down all to-be-exposed surfaces nice and smooth.
Back home, the 1x2s were nailed into a closet that had been stripped of most of its shelving to make room. The 1x2s formed the frame on which we then rested the desk surface. I plan to use a similar method for the overhead shelf.
It’s untreated, if smooth. In a week or so, given time, I’d like to tear it back down to sand/stain/seal it all into a nice, deep finish. In the meantime, I’m sorta beta testing the design to identify any changes I want made before all that finishing work.
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Recap from Artist Ghetto Meeting 11/9

by on Nov.17, 2011, under Crafts, Electronics, Events, Meetings, Presentations, Projects

Dru, Rick and Roy met on 11/9 for the November Artist Ghetto meeting. Here’s what Roy shared about the meeting:

We discussed briefly whether we would have a 4th Wednesday meeting in December (We WILL NOT have a 4th Wednesday meeting in November).  As the 4th Wednesday falls in the holiday doldrums on December 28th it might be fine for an informal, project show and dream and tell meetup.  Roy will be there no matter what.

Rick showed the programmable LED artwork he made with pool concrete, LEDs and film canisters.

Roy  showed the LED t-shirt he screenprinted (his first) and lit with the knowledge he got from Rick’s LED class.  Roy also showed my first steps with Arduino — a PWM sketch that faded in, then faded out an LED.  Woo hoo!

Dru demonstrated us his excellent progress on the sewing machine that Judith had brought.  After removing the rust on a few key components he had it cranking and sounding like a real live stitching machine.

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MidsouthMakers Art/Visual BOF meeting

by on Sep.19, 2011, under Crafts, Meetings, Projects

Purpose: An informal meetup of MSMers who want to apply making principles to art and showmanship, or, flip it, add visual showmanship to making. For those who want be a geekier artist or artier geek.
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, 09/21/2011
Location: The Space

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Take Back Oktober!

by on Sep.08, 2011, under Crafts, Events, Presentations, Projects

Credit to Michael Fajardo, mfajardo on Flickr

Credit to Michael Fajardo, mfajardo on Flickr

Yesterday I saw Halloween decorations in Walmart.

Look, I know it’s September, but in the rush to reach the awesomeness that is Halloween, we’re skipping over one of the best fall holidays of all – Oktoberfest! This humble holiday features over two weeks of booze and bacchanalia, only to have been usurped by one night of cosplay. Well, to that we say “Nay!” This year, the Midsouth Makers is taking back Oktober, and to get things started off right, we’re going to brew our very own beer!

This Sunday at 2:30pm at the Space, member Ben Eishen will be hosting an informal discussion and demonstration of basic beer brewing.  We’ll have some hot wings on hand, but feel free to bring any food or pre-brewed drinks you’d like to indulge in during the demonstration. This will be an 18+ event, so please leave your kids at home for this one.  Before you crack open a pumpkin this year, come by and crack open a cold one with the Midsouth Makers!

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Luna Moth Sculpture Class

by on Aug.30, 2011, under Crafts, Events, Meetings, News, Presentations, Workshops

Good day, dear reader! Might I interest you in in a chance to cultivate your cultural side? Would you be interested in indulging in a bit of art?  If so, then indeed, the Midsouth gentle Makers will be hosting just the event for you!  At Noon on the 10th day of September in the year 2011, it will be our pleasure to host a class on sculpture.  Those in possession of minds sharp enough to participate can look forward to the opportunity to construct an elegant luna moth, such as the one represented in the following depiction:
What an elegant piece of art! And you say you made it yourself?
This will be an intermediate level class, but it should prove simple enough for any clever rapscallion who genuinely wishes to participate. We are charging a paltry $20 per person to partake in this opulent opportunity. This cost must be pre-paid prior to the occurrence of the class, because the cost will go towards the procurement of the appropriate materials. Those of keen mind can sign up at the following link: http://www.midsouthmakers.org/events/

We encourage our participants to provide any extra embellishments they might wish to use to distinguish their sculptures. Specifically, the discerning sculptor might want to bring some flat backed cabochons, or “glass beads” as the Plebeians say, that can withstand temperatures of at least 300°F to embellish their creation. Lastly, were you to be so fortunate as to possess sculpting tools already, such as an acrylic rolling pin or brayers, we would humbly ask that you bring these along with you to the class. We sincerely look forward to the honor of your presence!

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