You will make the box from maple and walnut. With the lid, the box will be 5¼ inches long, 4 inches wide and up to 3 inches high. At the end of class, your box will be ready for sanding and finishing.
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.
Instructor Bio: Doug Salot has adopted Fusion 360 as a lifestyle. He has used it to design signs, cabinets, and replacement parts for various broken things. You'll often find him in ETA using the laser cutter or in the woodshop carving things on BARN's CNC router.
Designed as a user's guide to BARN ETA studio, this free orientation session is highly recommended for all participants. It will cover everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what we have and where stuff is.
You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones will also be covered.
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within ETA and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.
Learn the basic features of VCarve Pro, a popular program used to make signs, engravings, intricate inlays and imported 3D shapes and models on computer-controlled routers. VCarve Pro is easier to learn than Fusion 360, the other 3D design program taught at BARN, and can be used for projects on both the large CNC router in the Woodworking Studio and the small CNC router in the ETA Lab.
Session 1 will be in the ETA studio where you will use the VCarve Pro software to design an 8x16" sign. You will prototype your design on ETA's laser cutter then in session 2, you will meet down in the wood shop to carve it on the CNC router.
Please note: To take this class, you need a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of VCarve Pro 11 already downloaded to that computer. Download a free trial at www.vectric.com. The software requires a PC or a MAC that has Windows installed. There is no time during the class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please email the instructor for help. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to the class, you may use an ETA studio desktop computer with the required software already loaded.
Instructor: Al Ebken is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. (In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection.
Come learn about robots at BARN by building your own combat robot. Students will build a 'fairy weight' class (150g) combat robot. Students will choose one of the three combat robot kits to build. Assembly will require some soldering, so it is recommended that students either take the ETA soldering class or have soldering experience before taking the course.
Students will be given time to test their combat robots with the remote controller provided with their materials. A future course will allow students to bring in their robots to practice competing with others and develop their strategy for an eventual combat robot competition.
Learn about combat robots here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_combat). You can also see the different types of robots in the fairy class here (https://grabcad.com/library/tag/battlebots) and watch an actual combat robot battle here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra7FG3G-JZE&t=223s).
Keith La Plain - Keith is a retired physicist who has spent the last 30 years developing medical devices and systems. His experience in electronics, software and more recently mechanical design has driven his interest in robotics and all things IOT.
Contact: [email protected]
This class is designed for makers getting started with the laser cutter in the Electronic and Technical Arts Studio. You will learn how to operate BARN's laser cutter safely as you make a small item. Successful completion of this workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.
The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.
Required: Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. If you don't have a laptop you can bring to the class, please email [email protected] as BARN may be able to provide an alternative.
Class size is limited to 4.
Contact Doug Salot: [email protected]
This class is intended for people with no experience soldering electronics. We will start by covering the basic concepts around through-hole hand soldering. Later, students will be guided through the hands-on assembly of a simple electronic kit.
Open to students 14+ years of age.
Instructor: Nathan Abell
Nathan teaches our laser-cutter class and enjoys advanced 3D printing, soldering, circuit design, electronic test equipment, and making lockpicks.
This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Learn the basic features of LightBurn, essential software that controls both of our new laser machines. This is the software you'll use whether you are quickly cutting out some parts for your project or are fine tuning your complex etching. LightBurn software replaces RetinaEngrave you may have used previously.
This class will get you started and will help you implement your own creative laser designs. This class is not a substitute for "Intro to the Laser Cutter".
Who should take this class?
If you took "Intro to the Laser Cutter" on the Full Spectrum Laser, this class can get you up and running with our new laser cutters. If you've taken "Intro to the Laser Cutter" on the new lasers and are ready to see how to get more from LightBurn, this class is for you. If you used Inkscape and RetinaEngrave with the FSL and didn't like the software, this class is for you. If you loved using Inkscape and RetinaEngrave, you'll learn how LightBurn fits into your workflow.
The class covers the basics of LightBurn in the laser cutter workflow. It also covers setting laser parameters for cutting and engraving, importing your designs, vector graphics (line art) vs raster graphics (pixel art), manipulating shapes and tuning images, using the laser libraries, and previewing your work.
Prerequisite: Laser 101: Intro to Laser Cutter Operations. Please login to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you have completed the required prerequisites before you register for this class.
Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
Students are requested to wear a mask for this class by the instructor.
Mike Schrempp is enjoying retirement after spending 39 years in the design and development of computers. He’s done product development, mechanical part design, engineering management, and architected servers used in big data centers at Amazon and Microsoft. Now he enjoys making things -- from wood, plastic, metal, food, and Python code -- and showing others some of the tricks he’s learned along the way.
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.**
This is a series of two class sessions designed to help build an emergency back-up power supply. The power supply will be based on a 12 volt deep draw battery in a self-contained box, for those times when the power is out.
Additional components will be added to the power box as time allows in the first session. These include a dual power pole panel mount receptacle with a 20 amp DC output to power a radio or other DC device. A 5 volt 4.2 Amp USB port will also be added for charging devices like cell phones and powering emergency LED lights. In addition, a switched panel mounted volt meter will be installed.
There will be a number of instructors at the class to assist people in constructing their emergency power boxes. Those class participants with some building skills might be able to complete the class in one session.
Wade WA7DE and Jim K7EXP both hold the Extra certification, the highest HAM certification.
Jim, K7EXP, received a BA in Chemistry and Biology from PLU and an MS in Oceanography from OSU. He spent his civilian career exploring the world’s oceans while doing highly complex technical and scientific projects. He was an Air Force pilot in Vietnam where he had is first opportunity talking on radios. Jim has built various radio related projects for use when fly fishing and exploring remote locations in the Western US. He has been active in HAM radio for the last seven years and is a Trustee of the Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club.
Wade, WA7DE, has been a HAM since the early ‘70’s. He has built a plethora of various types of HAM radio equipment and likes experimenting with and building antennas. He served as a Trustee in the Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club. The Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club (BARC) supports HAM radio operators and those who want to become HAM radio operators at all levels.
A trained monitor is present. Open Studio is, however, not like a class where instruction can be given.
Monitor: Nathan Abell
Bio: Nathan teaches our laser-cutter class and enjoys advanced 3D printing, soldering, circuit design, electronic test equipment, and making lockpicks.
Park: At BARN, or the adjacent Christmas tree lot. Parking also available at the First Baptist Church on North Madison, with a free Sweet Deal Mobile shuttle.
This is a BARN holiday. Doors will be locked to the public, members, and non-members.