Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dismantling a Wheelchair

We had a long break due to holidays and the loss of our previous work space, so the first meeting of the year featured a junked wheelchair that Doug had sourced from craigslist. The kids love nothing so much as taking the thing apart.



using a wrench to add leverage to a stuck nut

a break in the middle to talk about possible rc car modifications





Sadly, once we got the motors apart, it was clear that they were too rusted to be easily salvaged. However, the wheels and frame parts may prove useful.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Younger Makers + Older Makers = ??

I keep thinking we need a name change. Although we still have one or two members who are ostensibly part of the Young Makers, it feels like we have become much more than that. The Young Makers program is, or at least initially was, intended for teens working under adult guidance and mentorship. Somehow over the years our adults have come to outnumber the teens and a couple of them have started to bring in their younger children. The only format we follow is that we always eat pizza and talk about our various side projects. Here are some of the things people are working on:

  • stripping and rebuilding a train table found free on craigslist
  • knitting a sweater
  • working on sections in Minecraft
  • writing a song
  • looking into building an R/C car
  • making a leather belt & watch strap
  • refinishing an outdoor patio table found free on craigslist 
  • building a fence
  • setting up a new computer
  • getting certified in the maintenance of AWOS weather stations
  • helping a friend find and fabricate steel to bind a giant drum
  • taking apart a non-working keyboard from...wait for it...craigslist with the aim of creating a playable instrument again
  • building a custom LED light strip for a workbench
  • 3D printing parts for an RC car
  • designing and building a 3D DLP printer

Our youngest have as much to share as our most experienced. Perhaps the best part of the group now is being in the company of people who love to make and repair things. But what would one call that?

After all the discussion about side projects, we did get the sides of the cupcake measured and cut.