Basic Wood Cutting Class

So, you want to make wood crafts? From crafting, to décor, to building stools or tables, the basics of “sizing” a piece of wood is critical to getting the results you want.

Come join us as we review basic woodworking machinery and techniques that will give you the skills necessary to take larger lumber down to the size needed for your projects.

This class will introduce you to the basics of cutting lumber to size accurately and safely. These are basic skills that will allow you to create personalized signs, picture frames, basic wall shelves, and so much more.

Tools used

  • Jointer: for cutting a flat, even edge on the sides of a piece of lumber.
  • Table saw: for ripping and crosscutting a piece of lumber to width and height.
  • Miter saw (chop saw): for crosscutting a piece of long lumber to length.
  • Planer: for reducing a squared piece of lumber to a preferred thickness.

Skills you will learn

  • The basic purpose, parts, methods, and safety procedures for each machine.
  • Basic concepts to prepare and cut lumber safely and accurately on each machine.
  • Hands on experience with each piece of machinery.

There is no project involved for class; however, if you bring lumber for a project you would like to work on, at the end of class we will be available to assist you with putting your knowledge to work.

Cost: $25

Basic Wood Cutting25.00 USDMarch 20: 10a-Noon
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

Spring Craft Sale

Morristown Makers is having a craft sale! Join us March 12 and 13 as a buyer, seller or both.

March 12 and 13

The event will start at 8 each morning on Friday and Saturday. The sale will feature the works of our Morristown Makers members as well as other crafts people from our community.

If you are needing seasonal home decorating items, you can find them at the sale. There will be items that will look great on your desk at home or in your office. Quilting and fabric crafts will also be featured.

Open to the Public

We welcome anyone who would like to come to the sale as a buyer, there is no need to be a member of the shop. We also extend the invitation to other crafters in the area to come and set up a table for the event.

If you would like to be a part of the sale as a vendor, we have space available at $30 per table. You will need to supply your own table for the weekend. If you plan to come as a seller, or have any questions about the event, please contact Alisha. You can pay for your space using the form below.

This is planned as an indoor event. However, if the weather is amazing, we have space in the parking lot to set up a tent and table if you would like.

Quantity:Name:Price:Description:
Table30.00 USDSpring Craft Sale Vendor
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3D Printer Class: March 6

While 3D printing is an exciting new technology that has become much cheaper and accessible to the maker market, it still requires a bit of knowledge on how to create and prepare files for printing. This class is focused on the preparation of 3D files for the printing process. We will also cover how to start a print on a typical consumer-level 3D printer.

Slicing

The first part of the class will be focused on “slicing” the files. Whether you download files from the internet or create them yourself, you will have to slice them before printing. You will learn to use software called Cura to cut the files into each of the layers required for printing.

Since each printer needs a different set of parameters and each model can be printed with various settings to get the desired result, slicing can be confusing to someone new to 3D printing. This class will help take some of the confusion out of the process and help you learn how to prepare files for the printer at the shop.

Preparing the Printer

After we learn some of the important settings for slicing a file for printing, we will actually set up a print and get it started on the printer at the shop. While we are going over the settings for our printer, we will also try to cover enough general cases so that you can apply the information to other printers you have available to you.

Who is the class for?

  • Those who have (or have access to) a 3D printer and have questions as to why some models print well and others don’t.
  • Those who are thinking about getting into 3D printing.
  • Those who would like to use the Morristown Makers printer to create models.
  • Anyone curious about the process of 3D printing but not sure you understand the process.

Any age is welcome to attend. We ask that young people, ages 18 and younger, have an adult present with them.

What to bring

You do not need to bring anything to class. However, if you want help setting up your slicing software on your computer, bring it along and we can make sure it is working properly for you. You might want to download Cura before you come to class.

We will be using Cura for this class, but if you are using a different slicer and have questions, we would be happy to help you figure out how to make yours do what you need.

Cost: $20

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class Date:
Preparing Files for 3D Printing20.00 USDMarch 6: 10a to 12p
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Member Meeting

January 15, 7p

We are going to have a member meeting at the shop that we would like all our members to attend if possible. This is to give a Morristown Makers update, talk about upcoming events, and discuss ways that members can help the shop.

Food

While we would like to do a “pot luck” meal, we have decided that now is not the right time for that. We will, however, have individually wrapped snacks. The business part of the event shouldn’t take more than an hour. So you can come ready to dine on cellophane wrapped goodness or plan a real meal after.

What to Bring

There is nothing you need to bring other than yourself. You are welcome to bring your spouse/significant other. We have a few new members that you may not have met. This can be a chance for everyone to get to know other people you might bump into at the shop.

This will be Friday January 15 at 7p. If you are not able to make it, please let David or Matthew know. We look forward to seeing you then.

Dye Sublimation Event

Saturday, December 5, we will host an event putting your photos onto a Christmas ornament, coffee mug, or 8X10 canvas.

Bring in your photo or logo in .jpg, .png, or .svg format and we will help prepare it for use on the item of your choice.

Each object will be $10. You can pay through our PayPal link below or bring in $10 for each item you would like to transfer your photo onto.

Quantity:Name:Price:Description:
Dye Sublimation Event10.00 USDDecember 5: 10a to 12p
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Laser Cutter Class

Come learn how to use our laser cutter! This machine can be used to engrave wood, etch glass, and cut paper. It can also cut various thicknesses of wood, acrylic, and cardboard.

What You Will Learn

This class will teach you how to use the Morristown Makers’ laser cutter.

  • Create files for the laser cutter using
    • Inkscape
    • GIMP
    • K40 Whisperer
  • Use the machine safely
  • Adjust the speed and power of the laser

Who?

This class is for anyone who wants to learn to use the laser to engrave or cut various projects. Adults and young people 13 and up are welcome to come to the class but we ask that a parent or guardian be with anyone under the age of 19.

What To Bring

There is nothing you are required to bring to the class. However, if you bring your own computer, we can make sure the software is set up correctly so that you can do your projects from your own machine. Otherwise you can see how to control the laser using the shop computer.

Cost: $20

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class Date:
Laser Cutter Class20.00 USDDecember 19: 10a to 12p
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Make a Monster with Morristown Makers

Make a Monster with Morristown Makers

Saturday morning, October 24, Morristown Makers is hosting a free family event where your young ones can build a monster. We will have a few different versions to choose from, or you are welcome to get creative with whatever can be built from our pile of scrap wood.

We will have plenty of materials prepared and people who can cut something different if needed.

It will take about an hour for you to build your monster. We are limiting the number of people in the shop to 5 families at a time. Come any time between 10 and 11 so that you will have enough time to finish by noon.

Screen Printing Class

Screen Printing Class

Have you ever wanted to learn screen printing to do your own fabric or paper projects? This is the class for you!

It seems like those who work in the screen printing business want you to think there is some special dark magic taking place to put your art on a shirt. But our teacher has been in the industry for almost 20 years and is a maker who wants to teach you how you can screen print at home.

Who Should Come?

This is a beginner’s introduction to screen printing for the hobbyist. You don’t have to have any experience; only a desire to print your very first shirt. This class is intended to help you see if this is something you would be interested in doing on your own.

What You Will Learn

You will learn about the basic equipment for the hobbyist like:

  • Heat gun
  • DIY press
  • Squeegee
  • Screen printing ink

The skills learned in the class include:

  • How to properly place your shirt on the platen
  • Proper off contact of screen from garment
  • Loading the screen with ink
  • Cleaning the screen when done
  • Curing the ink on the garment

Because of the time involved, we will not actually be making the screens and burning them in class. If you find that screen printing is something you would like to learn more about, then we can set up a class to go through the screen creation process.

Non-Member Cost: $35

This includes the price of the first garment, which is a white t-shirt.

If you would like an additional garment to print on they will cost $2.50 per garment from S-XL. For 2X, an additional $6. With 3X costing $7.

You can pay for any extra items at class.

When you register you will get an email asking for your shirt size and if you would like additional garments.

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class:
Screen Printing35.00 USDOctober 10: 10-12
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Member Cost: $10

Because this class has more consumables than normal, we need members to pay for material costs. Please use the following registration.

Non-members who would like to get classes as cheap as free in the future, talk with one of our members at an Open Shop on Friday nights or at a class about membership.

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class:
Screen Printing: Member Registration10.00 USDOctober 10: 10a to Noon
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Wood Prep Class

From crafting, to décor, to building stools or tables, the basics of “sizing” a piece of wood is critical to getting the results you want.

Come join us as we review basic woodworking machinery and techniques that will give you the skills necessary to take “rough” lumber to the finished size needed for your projects.

Tools Used in Class

  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Band saw
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Drum sander

Skills You Will Learn

You will learn the processes and proper order of operations to take large pieces of wood down to the size needed for your project. In the process, the wood will also be given square and parallel faces.

This class is more of a preparation class than it is a project class. You will learn basic tools to quickly and effectively take wood from its rough, difficult to use state, to just the size you need.

Cost: $25

Members, please contact Matthew or David if you plan to come to class.

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class:
Wood Prep Class25.00 USDOctober 3: 10a to Noon
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Vinyl Cutter Settings

Here are some settings and general information for the Morristown Makers’ vinyl cutter. The machine is a Seiki SK-870T and we are driving it with Inkscape using the Plot extension. Other cutting software may work for the machine, but you will have to do some testing on your own to get it working.

This information is not intended to be comprehensive. It is expected that you have received training on using the machine before this information will be helpful.

Controls

Power and USB

The power plug is on the left side of the machine along with the ON/OFF switch.

On the right side is a serial and USB port. Through testing, it seems that the machine works better while using a USB to serial cable plugged into the serial port. There is one attached to the cutter. Please do not remove the cable as it needs to stay at the shop with the machine.

Speed and Force

The speed and force of the cut are controlled by the arrow pad on the right side of the top of the machine.

The speed is controlled by the up and down arrows. This should be about 300 mm/sec. This seems to work well on normal vinyl cuts. There would be value in testing different materials and speeds to see what are appropriate speeds for different materials.

Force is controlled by the left and right arrows. 70 to 90 grams of force seems to work well with normal outdoor vinyl.

Loading Material

Lift the lever on each pinch roller and slide the vinyl under the rollers. The levers should be raised each time after using the machine. This prevents flat spots on the rollers.

Slide the material through the pinch rollers and line it up straight. There are alignment lines you can use to set the right edge of your material correctly. (This is explained clearly in class).

Adjust the pinch rollers to about 1″ from the outside edge of the material and the third roller approximately in the center of the material. Be careful to avoid setting a pinch roller in the center of the machine where the two knurled rollers come together.

Orienting Cutter Head

Using the control panel of the cutter, press the Leave button. This allows the arrow buttons to move the cutter head into position. Place the cutting tool to the bottom right of where you want the machine to cut out your artwork.

After getting the tool in place, press the Origin button. This will take the machine out of move mode and set the origin position. You should be ready to send the job from Inkscape and start cutting.

NOTE: In testing, it seems that the machine is more consistent with making proper cuts if you hit the Origin button at least twice after setting the cutting position.

Sending the Job from Inkscape

After the artwork is prepared in Inkscape, it is time to cut. A quick look at View | Display Mode | Outline inside Inkscape will show what will be cut in the next steps.

Menu area to find the outline view.

Extensions | Export | Plot is the menu item that will get you started in sending the job to the vinyl cutter. However, before you can cut, you need to make sure your Inkscape is configured with the correct settings.

Connection Settings

Most of this first screen will not need to be changed. The most important settings to choose are:

  • Port type: Serial
  • Serial baud rate: 9600
  • Serial byte size: 8 Bits
  • Serial stop bits: 1 Bit
  • Serial parity: None
  • Serial flow control: Hardware (DSR/DTR + RTS/CTS)
  • Command language: HPGL

The Parallel and Serial port information will be specific to your computer. Our cutter does not use a parallel interface. The actual serial port number may change if you have another USB device plugged in when using the cutter.

For a Windows machine the serial port will be something like COM1. For Linux it will be similar to /dev/ttyUSB0. I am not certain on a Mac. I would be glad to work with someone who has a Mac to see if we can get it configured.

Plotter Settings

Default X and Y resolution is 1016. You should not need to change these values. The Pen number is used when using layers to distinguish different colors of vinyl for a layered job. This is not something we will cover in class. Pen force and Pen speed do nothing on our cutter.

Rotation

The degrees of rotation are used to turn the art in various orientations for cutting. Normally you will want this to be 90° or 0°. To cut the art in the orientation you see on your Inkscape screen, change this setting to 90°. At 0° the artwork will cut front to back (rotated 90° counter-clockwise from what’s on screen).

Mirror

Mirror on X axis will flip your artwork from left to right. When rotation is set to 90° (what you probably want it to be most of the time), this is used to create a sticker that can be put on the inside of glass and seen properly from the outside. Mirror on Y will do the same (except flipping the art front to back) with the same results when rotation is set to 0°.

Center point at zero is used when you want the cutter’s origin to be the center of the artwork instead of the bottom right corner. This is probably never what you want for a vinyl cutter.

Plot Features

This tab can be left default for good cuts. However, these settings can be adjusted if you find a special case where they can help.

Apply / Cut

Hit the Apply button to send the job to the cutter. Enjoy your cut piece!

Paying for Vinyl

We charge $2 per foot of the 24″ wide vinyl. This is the vinyl that is owned by the shop and available for your use. All other vinyl at the shop belongs to another member and should not be used without permission. You are welcome to bring your own vinyl to cut on our machine.