Tool Library planning meeting - Sept
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

Tool Library planning meeting - Sept

Join us for our monthly planning meeting. We’ll be discussing next steps for our crowdfunding campaign and community outreach, plus progress reports from the working committees.

More info: GowanusToolLibrary.org

If you are passionate about DIY, community organizing, empowering others (and yourself) through skill-building and tools, please join us—RSVP below!

What is a tool library?

A tool library is just like a normal library, but with tools instead of books. They lend household, yard, and specialty tools to members with the goal of promoting reuse, access, and shared knowledge.

Imagine being able to borrow tools instead of buying them. Who wants to own a tool you use once or twice? For less than the cost of renting or buying one tool from Home Depot you could have an annual membership to borrow hundreds of tools. It just makes sense.

Many communities across the US have launched tool libraries in the past decade. For once NYC is behind the times, but we can fix that. Come help us plan a tool library for Gowanus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Big Apple Woodturners - Sept meeting
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - Sept meeting

Tuesday 9/10, 7-9pm

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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Open House - Shop-Warming Party
Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

Open House - Shop-Warming Party

We’ve moved! Help us celebrate this Sat 9/7, 6-9pm at our inaugural open house at 125 8th St.

We’ll have cold drinks, burgers and dogs on the grill, and plenty of shop talk!

Tour the new space and learn about membership and classes or just hang out with like-minded folks and have a good time.

Please RSVP below to help us plan food and drinks…

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Scrap Lumber Give-away + Garage Sale
Sep
7
4:30 PM16:30

Scrap Lumber Give-away + Garage Sale

Pick up some lumber and other great stuff and then stick around for out grand opening party—beer, BBQ and good old-fashioned socializing!

Scraptacular:

Same as always — free scrap lumber. Come early, it goes fast.

Garage sale:

  • Premium hardwood lumber - small and large boards of walnut, cherry, white oak, etc

  • Tools - wood turning tools, grinders, a Jet 1040 mini lathe

  • Workbench and vises - a really nice workbench plus lots of front vises and a brand new end vise.

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Scrap Lumber Give-away + Garage Sale - Part 2
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

Scrap Lumber Give-away + Garage Sale - Part 2

Makeville is moving in August (just down the street), and it’s time to clean out our community shop!

Location: Makeville community shop, upstairs in Suite 208.

Scraptacular:

Same deal as last time — free scrap lumber. Come early, it goes fast.

Garage sale:

  • Premium hardwood lumber - small and large boards of walnut, cherry, white oak, etc

  • Tools - wood turning tools, hand tools, squares, marking gauges, clamps and more

  • Plywood - lots of 3/4” and 1/2” birch/maple, half sheets (7’-8’ long by 2’ wide). Super cheap!

  • Lots more - workbench, jigs, power tools, shop supplies, cabinets and other storage

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Big Apple Woodturners - July meeting
Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - July meeting

Tuesday 6/4, 7-9pm

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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Tool Library planning meeting - June
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Tool Library planning meeting - June

Join us for our monthly planning meeting. We’ll be discussing next steps for our crowdfunding campaign and community outreach, plus progress reports from the working committees.

More info: GowanusToolLibrary.org

If you are passionate about DIY, community organizing, empowering others (and yourself) through skill-building and tools, please join us—RSVP below!

What is a tool library?

A tool library is just like a normal library, but with tools instead of books. They lend household, yard, and specialty tools to members with the goal of promoting reuse, access, and shared knowledge.

Imagine being able to borrow tools instead of buying them. Who wants to own a tool you use once or twice? For less than the cost of renting or buying one tool from Home Depot you could have an annual membership to borrow hundreds of tools. It just makes sense.

Many communities across the US have launched tool libraries in the past decade. For once NYC is behind the times, but we can fix that. Come help us plan a tool library for Gowanus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Big Apple Woodturners - June meeting
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - June meeting

Tuesday 6/4, 7-9pm

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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DIY Audio Meetup
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

DIY Audio Meetup

Building your own speakers and amps doesn't need to be a solitary hobby anymore - or, if you're just looking to dip a toe in, this meetup is a great place to start. Each month we'll have a demonstration, some current project show-and-tell, and time to hang out with like-minded folks who also care about vacuum tubes and Thiele/Small parameters.

All skill and experience levels are welcome.

More info at https://www.gowanusfurniture.com/products/diy-audio-meetup 

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Big Apple Woodturners - May meeting
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - May meeting

Tuesday 5/7, 7-9pm

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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Tool Library planning meeting - April
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Tool Library planning meeting - April

Join us for our monthly planning meeting. We’ll be discussing next steps for our crowdfunding campaign, reviewing our website and flyer designs, and organizing community outreach efforts.

More info: GowanusToolLibrary.org

If you are passionate about DIY, community organizing, empowering others (and yourself) through skill-building and tools, please join us—RSVP below!

What is a tool library?

A tool library is just like a normal library, but with tools instead of books. They lend household, yard, and specialty tools to members with the goal of promoting reuse, access, and shared knowledge.

Imagine being able to borrow tools instead of buying them. Who wants to own a tool you use once or twice? For less than the cost of renting or buying one tool from Home Depot you could have an annual membership to borrow hundreds of tools. It just makes sense.

Many communities across the US have launched tool libraries in the past decade. For once NYC is behind the times, but we can fix that. Come help us plan a tool library for Gowanus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Big Apple Woodturners - April meeting
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - April meeting

Tuesday 4/16, 7-9pm

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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Makeville Open House + Scraptacular
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Makeville Open House + Scraptacular

Yes, it’s back…the amazing scrap lumber giveaway! Bring a bag, box or wheelbarrow and fill it up with beautiful hardwood lumber.

Come early for the scrap, then stick around for our “Why Routers Are Awesome!!” demo.

And while you’re here, grab a beer, do a studio tour and learn about our classes.

Please help us plan the drinks and RSVP below…

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Class - Build Your Own Bluetooth Speaker
Apr
5
7:00 PM19:00

Class - Build Your Own Bluetooth Speaker

Fridays 7-11pm, 4/5 and 4/12

Join long-time Makeville member, collaborator and friend Pete Raho of Gowanus Audio for this awesome two-session class. You’ll learn to build your own bluetooth speakers.

All materials and tools included. Each class limited to 6 participants. Bring helper if you like!

More about the speaker you’ll make…The Monumental 82 speaker is a powered Bluetooth speaker. No need for an amp - just plug it into the wall and connect your phone. Put it on a table or hang it on the wall.

A version of these are currently providing the tunes in the cafe area of Public Records.  

More info / sign up here…

In the class, we'll glue up the enclosure, and apply a wax finish, wire the driver to the amplifier board and filter, and connect the board to the power supply. You'll learn a little bit of everything - from woodworking to electronics - which you can apply to your other projects. 

Each speaker also includes two magnetic faceplates to customize and make your own.  

About 8" x 12" x 5" deep, wall mounting hardware and power supply included. 

Questions? Shoot me an email at pete@gowanusaudio.com


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DIY Audio Meetup
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

DIY Audio Meetup

Building your own speakers and amps doesn't need to be a solitary hobby anymore - or, if you're just looking to dip a toe in, this meetup is a great place to start. Each month we'll have a demonstration, some current project show-and-tell, and time to hang out with like-minded folks who also care about vacuum tubes and Thiele/Small parameters.

All skill and experience levels are welcome.

More info at https://www.gowanusfurniture.com/products/diy-audio-meetup 

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Tool Library planning meeting - March
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Tool Library planning meeting - March

Join us for our third planning meeting. We’ll be discussing community outreach and needs assessment / survey, next steps for a crowdfunding campaign and website, and last but not least, we’ll brainstorm names for this library.

If you are passionate about DIY, community organizing, empowering others (and yourself) through skill-building and tools, please join us—RSVP below!

What is a tool library?

A tool library is just like a normal library, but with tools instead of books. They lend household, yard, and specialty tools to members with the goal of promoting reuse, access, and shared knowledge.

Imagine being able to borrow tools instead of buying them. Who wants to own a tool you use once or twice? For less than the cost of renting or buying one tool from Home Depot you could have an annual membership to borrow hundreds of tools. It just makes sense.

Many communities across the US have launched tool libraries in the past decade. For once NYC is behind the times, but we can fix that. Come help us plan a tool library for Gowanus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Big Apple Woodturners - March meeting
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - March meeting

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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Big Apple Woodturners - February meeting
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - February meeting

Tuesday 2/5, 7-9pm

Location change! Sunset Park Woodworkers 68 35th Street 3rd Floor

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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Woodturning Studio Hours with Alan Dorsey
Jan
26
10:00 AM10:00

Woodturning Studio Hours with Alan Dorsey

Have you taken a lathe class at Makeville?

Are you excited to start on some personal projects but would really love to have an expert on hand for questions, tips and advice as you work?

If so, then join us this Saturday 1/26 for "Woodturning Studio Hours with Alan Dorsey".

Here's how it works: 

  • choose a time slot (either 10am-noon or noon-2pm, or both) 

  • come ready to work mostly independently on your project 

  • Alan will have your back for q&a, guidance on techniques and safety, and helpful tips

Don't have a project in mind and just want to refresh your skills? No problem--purchase a bowl or spindle blank when you register and we'll have it ready for you.

Register now!

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Tool Library planning meeting
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Tool Library planning meeting

Join us for our second planning meeting. We’ll be discussing possible membership structures, crafting a mission statement, and strategizing community outreach.

If you are passionate about DIY, community organizing, self-empowerment through skill-building and tools, please join us—RSVP below!

What is a tool library?

A tool library is just like a normal library, but with tools instead of books. They lend household, yard, and specialty tools to members with the goal of promoting reuse, access, and shared knowledge.

Imagine being able to borrow tools instead of buying them. Who wants to own a tool you use once or twice? For less than the cost of renting or buying one tool from Home Depot you could have an annual membership to borrow hundreds of tools. It just makes sense.

Many communities across the US have launched tool libraries in the past decade. For once NYC is behind the times, but we can fix that. Come help us plan a tool library for Gowanus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Big Apple Woodturners - January meeting
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Big Apple Woodturners - January meeting

Tuesday 1/8, 7-9pm at Makeville Studio

If you want to connect with other woodturners or are curious about what can be made on a wood lathe, join us for the upcoming meeting of Big Apple Woodturners. We will have our usual “show and tell” where members present projects they’ve been working on, tools and techniques worth sharing, and possibly a live instructional demo.

About Big Apple Woodturners

We are an association of people interested in turning wood pieces on the lathe and an official chapter affiliate of the American Association of Woodturners Our purpose is to connect local hobbyists and professionals to meet and learn from each other, and we share a common desire to grow as artists and craftspeople. In that spirit, we provide instructive and constructive criticism about each other’s work, share literature and instructional materials through our growing library, discuss news and opinions about current techniques and artwork, and advise newcomers on how to start up or upgrade equipment.

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Let's make a...Tool Library!
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Let's make a...Tool Library!

What is a tool library?

A tool library is just like a normal library, but with tools instead of books. They lend household, yard, and specialty tools to members with the goal of promoting reuse, access, and shared knowledge.

Imagine being able to borrow tools instead of buying them. Who wants to own a tool you use once or twice? For less than the cost of renting or buying one tool from Home Depot you could have an annual membership to borrow hundreds of tools. It just makes sense.

Many communities across the US have launched tool libraries in the past decade. For once NYC is behind the times, but we can fix that. Come help us plan a tool library for Gowanus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

If you are passionate about DIY, community organizing, self-empowerment through skill-building and tools, please join us—RSVP below!

Name *
Name
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Woodturning Studio Hours with Alan Dorsey
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Woodturning Studio Hours with Alan Dorsey

Have you taken a lathe class at Makeville?

Are you excited to start on some personal projects but would really love to have an expert on hand for questions, tips and advice as you work?

If so, then join us this Saturday 12/8 for "Woodturning Studio Hours with Alan Dorsey".

Here's how it works: 

  • choose a time slot (either 10am-noon or noon-2pm, or both) 

  • come ready to work mostly independently on your project 

  • Alan will have your back for q&a, guidance on techniques and safety, and helpful tips

Don't have a project in mind and just want to refresh your skills? No problem--purchase a bowl or spindle blank when you register and we'll have it ready for you.

Register now!

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