In preparation for the next open make, Tim and Nicole set up a workshop space in the Tinkering Studio to introduce some tools commonly used in woodworking and metalworking. They decorated the workshop with some of Tim’s cartoon drawings, put up a peg board section, brought out a big tool box, and set up some larger elements like the drill press and an anvil.
On Wednesday we focused on woodworking and showed people how to drill a hole, hammer a nail, use a saw, and drive a screw. To let people practice with the tools, we suggested that they spelled out their initials or first names with hardware. This gave them plenty of practice using the tools and allowed them to gain a sense of proficiency over the course of their project.
We used the cordless drill to make pilot holes and drive screws.
Old pros like Tim and Nicole offered many tips and tricks to new learners (one safety tip that we overlooked in this photo is to always tie long hair back when working with tools, we’ll have hair ties next time – thanks Janis).
On Thursday we switched it over to a metal working workshop and tried out stamps, punches, drills, and rivets. Each person made their names again, either by stamping letters or by making dots or holes. Later on in the day we started experimenting with the letters as decorative elements and emoticons. It was another fun experience and we noticed that working with metal was a bit more unique than woodworking as it allowed visitors to experience some brand new tools.