Would you like your children to learn to confidently use a knife while being assured that they know how to handle it properly?
This class aims to help them learn knife skills while putting parents at ease.
Who is the class for?
This is a beginner level class intended for children 12 and younger along with their parents. No previous knife-handling experience necessary. However, if you don’t think your child is ready to handle a knife, then it is better to wait until they (and you) are ready.
Your child will learn how to safely use a knife for basic cutting tasks. The class is primarily focused on outdoor knife use; however, we will also talk about some basic kitchen knife skills.
We will spend time learning to sharpen a blade as well.
What to bring?
We will have knives of various sizes and styles to work with. However, please bring the knife that you would like your child to learn how to use.
A knife (or two, or three)
Any sharpening stone/equipment you have that you want to learn to use
Any safety equipment (finger guards, cut proof gloves) that you have for your child
A parent or guardian for each child in the class
Registration fee: $20 for the first child. $10 for any additional children in the same family.
Morristown Makers is most easily found by typing our name into your mapping program. The map will bring you to the correct location. While the address is provided below, your map may not bring you to the correct building.
Morristown Makers 5065 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy. Morristown, TN 37814
Morristown Makers is having a craft sale! Join us October 8 as a buyer, seller or both.
October 8, 9a-3p
The event will start at 9 on Saturday, October 8. 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. Some of the items we had at our previous event were wood crafts, jewelry, quilting, wreaths, knitting and decorative signs.
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 us through email or Facebook Messenger. 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.
Interested in learning how to turn wood on a lathe but unsure how to get started? Join Morristown Makers as we have local craftsman Ben “Bear” Lyle teach a class on how to safely set up and use the lathe at our shop. He will also teach what you should look for when shopping for your first lathe.
This class is for the woodworker who is new to wood turning, or for those who may have some experience, but want help in knowing what type of lathe to buy for their own purposes. Ben will also talk about various types of wood turning projects that can be done.
This class is available for ages 10 and up. Attendees 10 to 18 need to have a parent present. When registering just pay for the student.
This is for setting up the X Carve machine at the shop in your own Easel account. Even if you use a shop computer, the machine configuration is done in your personal account.
First, you need to create an Easel account at Inventables. Once you have created your Easel account and you get to the screen where you can set up a new project, you need to click the Machine menu item and click the Set up new machine button.
The next screen will ask you which CNC version you have. Choose X-Carve (pre-November 2021).
Choose these options on the Enter your machine details page:
Motion Controller: X-Controller
Rail size: 1000mm x 1000mm
Z Axis: Belt Drive w/ ACME threaded rod
Spindle: DeWalt 611
Belts: 2GT 6mm
Dust shoe: Yes
You will either need to already be connected to the CNC via USB when you click the Confirm settings button, or it will prompt you to connect.
The next screen is asking you to confirm that everything is moving the right direction. Click each one of the large blue arrows with the +/- signs in them. Watch the machine to see that everything moves the correct direction. If so, then click the 3 Yes boxes under the question, Working correctly?. Then click the Continue button.
The next screen is asking if you have homing switches. The answer is yes. Click that button and go to the next screen which will actually home the machine when you click the Start homing sequence button. Be prepared to hit the large red button on top of the control box if something seems to be wrong when the homing starts.
The machine will move the router to the top of the Z axis. Then it will move to the left of the X axis. Finally it will move to the front of the Y axis.
The next screen asks if you have a Z probe. The answer is Yes.
The probe is a brass disk that has a wire connected to a spring clamp. You can see it in the picture above. You should be able to find it in one of the accessory boxes on or near the machine.
The next screen asks you to plug the Z probe leads into the carriage. This is the red and black wires with the barrel connector. It will plug into the right side of the Z axis carriage.
The spring clamp is the clip it is telling you to connect to the collet. Click the blue Clip is attached button.
The next section is asking you to touch the plate to the collet (or you can touch it to the bit). Once you make contact with the bit or collet, you can hit the final Continue button
The machine is almost set up in your Easel account and ready to start using.
One More Thing
There is one other step you need to do to complete the machine configuration.
Got to the Machine menu and click the Edit you machine box. It will bring up a dialog box. What you need to change is in the image below.
By default the Spindle Controlled by will say Manual. You need to change that to say Hardware. Then save the configuration with the Save button.
Now the machine is configured in your account and you are ready to get started.
Whether you are making functional parts to repair a broken drawer handle or making toys for your schoolmates, Tinkercad is a great tool to help you learn how to think in 3 dimensions. Tinkercad is free and easy to learn.
Join us at Morristown Makers for a chance to learn how to use this great tool. You can pre-register for your spot on the date listed below.
Who Might be Interested?
This class is designed for those who want to bring 3D ideas to reality. You don’t even need a 3D printer to enjoy creating 3D designs.
The class is limited to 10 students per session.
Age: 14 and up.
What to Bring
This is a class using computer software. You will need to bring your own computer. Linux, Mac, Windows or Chromebook will work fine. No need to install software before coming. However, please register for a free account at tinkercad.com before class.
It is not obligatory, but you will find that having a mouse with 3 buttons gives much more precise control than relying only on a computer touchpad.
Register for Class
You may pre-pay for the class to secure your spot by using the Pay Now button below. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use a credit card. Of course, if you have a PayPal account, you may use that.
Completing your payment below is all that is needed to secure your place in the class.
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. Whether you download files from the internet or create them yourself, you will have to “slice” them before printing.
Designing, slicing and printing are the three steps in getting a file from a digital format to a tangible one. As the name implies, slicing is how you take a 3D model and break it down (slice) into the individual layers that the printer can understand to create the file.
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.
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 children 13 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.
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.
Saturday, September 11 at 7am we will begin our second annual garage sale. We had a great group of people stop by last year and look forward to using this event as a way to introduce people to Morristown Makers.
The sale is open to the public; both as buyers and sellers. You do not have to be a member to participate.
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.