Make Your Own Nut (Intro to the Mill)

  • Thursday, June 01, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • BARN Machine Shop 6-8:30pm, Class Code: MA060123EB+
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  • $75 + $5 materials fee
  • $60 + $5 materials fee

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This is the class you want to take for your first time at a metal-cutting vertical mill.

About this Class

Gain an understanding of the three principal motions of the table in the X-, Y-, and Z-axes, how to make use of the DRO (Digital Read Out), how to control the speed of the spindle, using collets, and the different cutters used. You also practice layout, using the cut-off saw, “finding” an edge, facing and squaring on the mill, drilling, tapping, and filing a chamfer. This class dovetails with Make A Bolt (Intro to the Lathe) because the bolt you make in that class will thread into the nut you make in this class.

This class is suitable for both beginners and those who are fairly new to the shop and wish to gain experience.

You not only get a chance to gain confidence in using our shop tools, but you get to create a lovely square nut that will spin freely on the bolt you’ll create in the Make A Bolt (Intro to the Lathe) class.


  • Please wear closed-toe shoes in our studio. Tie back long hair, avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry and roll up sleeves. Wear hearing protection when warranted and safety glasses; bring your own or use BARN's.


Machine Shop Orientation

Class Policies

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.

  • 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.


    Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer, working in a wide range of media and constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds an MFA in Glass from RISD, and a BS in Computer Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO. Her work may be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, RI. She is a self-taught machinist, having bought a lathe during the pandemic, and finds the precision machine tools offer incredibly relaxing.

    Andy Dupree

    Contact: David Hays [email protected]

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