Improve Yourself: The Idea Foundry's Maker Mix

Dave Ghose
Items you can make at the Idea Foundry

At the Idea Foundry, you learn by doing. And what you learn to do is make stuff. Lots of it. In fact, if you take enough classes at the Franklinton makerspace, you'll come away with a boatload of gizmos, including jewelry, writing instruments, mosaics, lanterns, stained glass, a Bluetooth speaker, even a magic wand. You don't need hocus pocus to make these items, but a wood lathe, laser cutter and MIG welder come in handy.

Corresponding Classes (see photo above):

1 Glue-Up and Finishing 1–Charcuterie Board

2 Stained Glass Tools Orientation–Window Hanging

3 Date Night: Mosaic Picture Frame

4 Intro to Photo Transfer to Canvas

5 Weld a Gift: Metal Bookends

6 Lathe Orientation: Wand Turning

7 Welding and Plasma Cutting Orientation: Cast Shadow Lantern

8 Bandsaw Box (no longer taught)

9 Orientation: Trotec Laser Cutter and Engraver

10 Make a Gift: Cigar Box Bluetooth Speaker

11 Miter and Spline Joiner–Decorative Box

12 Project Lab: Quarter Coin Ring

13 Jewelry Project Lab: Fork Bracelet

14 Project Gift: Acrylic and Wood Hybrid Cigar Pen

15 Make a Gift: Wood-Turned Coffee Scoop

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