Are you a budding woodworker, but you’re aren’t sure which wood is the best for the project you have in mind? Then we have some wood basics to help you decide:
Properties: Pale blond to light brown; soft and light; stains poorly; very workable
Uses: Millwork, doors, window sashes, cabinets, paneling and musical instruments
Properties: Grayish brown; pronounced grain; coarse; strong; heavy
Uses: Furniture, curved boat parts, bats, hockey sticks and tool handles
Cost: Moderately expensive
Properties: White to light brown; coarse grain; soft
Uses: Cabinets, kitchen utensils, carving and turning
Cost: Moderately expensive
Properties: Light red-brown; faint grain; somewhat hard; finishes well
Uses: Flooring, furniture, cabinets, butcher blocks and bats
Cost: Moderately expensive
White and Red Oak
Properties: Tan to reddish brown; strong grain figure; hard and heavy; stains well
Uses: Flooring, cabinets, furniture; casks and boatbuilding (white oak only)
Cost: Moderately expensive
Properties: Light to deep red-brown; interwoven grain; coarse
Uses: Office and fine furniture, decorative veneers, boatbuilding and pattern making
Properties: Light grayish brown to purplish brown; figured grain, burls, and crotches; strong and stable
Uses: Furniture, carving and cabinets
Properties: Light to dark reddish brown; faint grain; somewhat hard; finishes well
Uses: Architectural woodwork, furniture, cabinets and pipes
Properties: Golden brown; rot and moisture resistant; abrasive on tool edges
Uses: Outdoor furniture, flooring and boat decks
Properties: Chocolate brown to violet brown; excellent figure; heavy, hard, and dense; rare
Uses: Stringed instruments, fine furniture and decorative items
Cost: Very expensive
Whatever your project and whichever wood you choose, you can make it at The Village Workshop! If you’ve got the ideas, we’ve got the tools! Learn more here.
One of our busiest members, Michael Schwartz, was at it again at The Village Workshop doing just what a makers space is for - making things! His latest project? He's making a very cool chair on our shop bot. And boy, does he make it look easy!
Every day you stop by The Village Workshop, you'll find someone different working on something new. This past week was no different. I stopped by one evening to find some members busy and work in the machine shop ... Mike Brimm and Timm Carson were working on a part for the motorcycle Mike is creating here. Mike Wagner was busy making a sorter. (Have him explain it to you!)
In the metal shop, several members were putting together the official Village Workshop float for the upcoming summer Northville parades. Gotta have a float, right?
So, if there's something you want to create - what are you waiting for? Stop by The Village Workshop to find out what we're all about and to get creating!
Take a look around The Village Workshop and you'll discover all sorts of people making all sorts of wonderful things! We've got the maker space and the state-of-the-art equipment, so you're only limited by your imagination!
Need some inspiration? Take a look at what these members are making. Dan Ferrari made a clever wooden box with his company's logo. And Michael Schwartz is always up to something good! His latest creation is an innovative wooden bowl/basket.
So, what's stopping you? Come in and get creative today!
Creativity block. We’ve all been through it. It’s kind of like writer’s block but on a larger scale. It’s like someone has temporarily taken your mojo away. Everyone has their own way of getting that creative mojo back, but it never hurts to have some help along the way. That’s why we’re giving you seven ways to boost your creativity:
In case you haven’t heard, The Village Workshop is having an open house of sorts this Friday night, April 3rd from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. You can find us at 455 E. Cady Street in Northville.
We’re calling it the Northville First Fridays Afterglow and it’s a unique combination of an excuse to have a party and a great opportunity to show visitors everything we have to offer. In case you’re looking for a better reason to join us, we’ve come up with five great ones:
Questions? Call us at 248-667-7157. If you can’t make it Friday night, we’re here seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to midnight.
It seems as if everyone is talking about makerspaces, hackerspaces, "pop-up" businesses, and the movement and mindset behind the idea. There are magazines, blogs, conferences, television shows about being a Maker and even the global phenomenon, MakerFaire! Sure it is out there and "everyone talks about it" but do secretly (or not so secretly) just want to know what the heck it is?! Well, you aren't alone.
As with any cultural phenomenon, it might not seem to make sense while you are on the outside of it. Then, you meet some people that know some things, and they teach you some things, and you go to an event or two and suddenly, the "light-bulb moment" and it all makes so much sense. The Maker movement is very much an intuitive system of learning, sharing, collaborating and creating a dynamic of innovation and invention. It is literally a do-it-yourself ethic where you learn the way things work, examine how contraptions and processes might work better, and making improvements that work for you and might even be revolutionary. Our ancestors used to learn trades and vocations in schools or by apprenticeship. And, over the decades or centuries many of us have lost touch with the crafts and skills that put food on the table and made us everything from small businesspeople to big tycoons. The Maker movement is one way people are trying to relearn skills we have lost, to be self-sufficient, or, simply, to buy much less "stuff" and make use of materials and items we have already.
What does that have to do with The Village Workshop? We are one of those makerspaces and we are inviting you to jump in to the movement and learn to make some stuff and revolutionize some processes all of your own. All of us have stood somewhere in our home or in our office and said to ourselves at one time or another, "Why does this widget seem so difficult to operate? I could make this better!" or perhaps, "I could have invented this! I could have even made it simpler to use!" And, collectively, these are the people that gravitate to makerspaces and hackspaces to make their gadgets and widgets and thingamajigs. The Village Workshop is filled with labs and spaces where people work on their projects either alone or in groups on equipment that is either to big or too expensive to buy for their homes or offices. Or perhaps they like company while they work. Or perhaps they enjoy the creative sparks that start flying when they see what other members are working on. The members are just regular people with regular jobs and this is a sort of clubhouse. This clubhouse, however, has really big toys that require safety training but we have a lot of fun nonetheless.
Do you think this sounds like you so far? Well, you have a bit of the inventor in you! If not, well read on. Have you ever had an idea for a small business? Perhaps you are a really good cook or baker and wanted to try your hand at catering. You have just stumbled across the definition of a "pop-up business" and we are the space for that as well. Jewelry makers, clothing designers, flea market resellers, furniture refinishers, and mobile dog groomers, all the small businesses you can think of, need a place to bounce ideas off of other people in similar situations. There is networking, advice, support, and the place to call a lockable cubicle home for their business. Coworking is the wave of the future. Bring your business here and work in a cool space surrounded by people who are similarly driven to succeed.
If you think these are great ideas but are not sure they are for you, what about seeing if they are the place for your kids? Makerspaces are great environments for sparking non-traditional learning in children and young adults. Homeschoolers flock to these spaces as both a place for learning separate from home and for equipment and resources that are otherwise cost-prohibitive. Kids have the opportunity to work at their own pace on projects with no pressure to move either faster or slower than classmates or team members. And, interestingly, they are free to draw conclusions from non-traditional sources like watching other members and mentors work on their own projects. The spirit of invention knows no age limitation whether young or old.
Now you have at least some idea about what this makerspace idea is all about. And if you would like to see it in motion, all you need to do is stop by our facility and see some of our Maker Mentors, members, and guests working on their projects and ideas. You just never know when inspiration will strike. You don't need to have a project in mind to join up. All you need is the bravery to jump in and want to try something new. We are all doing the same thing. Do you want to be a Maker too? Well, stop in and talk to us! We are here to help.
The ShopBot CNC Router in our Wood Lab is up and running and we would like to invite both our members and interested non-members by for a demo on Saturday morning, March 14, at 10:00am.
What can you build with this versatile machine? Well, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination and your budget for materials to be milled! The above lounger-chair was imagined and created by Jens Dyvik of DyvikDesign, one of "the names" in current Maker culture, and is made solely from pieces routed and shaped from a sheet of ordinary plywood. And are you on Pinterest? Just do a search for CNC projects and that should get your imagination going!
This will be a drop-in demonstration, so please make plans to stop by and take a tour while you are here. Our Maker Mentors are looking forward to meeting you!
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