Author Archives: Stacy Belinsky

Why Collaboration between Organizations is Important

What do an amateur radio group, a woodworkers guild, 4H, Michigan Jaycees, a Linux users group, and a Cub Scout pack have in common? They are examples of outside organizations who have utilized the Kzoo Makers space for their own … Continue reading

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Sunday Sweep: What is coming up at Kzoo Makers from 2/12-2/19/2018

The Sunday Sweep is a weekly post of what is coming up on the Kzoo Makers calendar. For a complete listing of all events, please visit kzoomakers.org/events-calendar/ Tuesday, 2/13, 5:30pm (at Arcadia Brewing Company), Pitch Zoo – Kalamazoo Tuesday, 2/13, 6pm, … Continue reading

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Table Saw (Saw Stop) Tidbit from Kzoo Makers

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A closer look at jointing a rough cut piece of wood

The first time you see a jointer, especially one that is 16 inches long, it may seem like a big and scary machine to use. The following video was taken during a workshop at Kzoo Makers and features Daniel Wilkins … Continue reading

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Why Thursdays are Ideal

If you have visited the Kzoo Makers space or have been following the blog posts, then you probably have seen the stacks of Ideal Wood rough cut lumber. You may even remember reading about the Ideal Wood Field Trip from the summer.  … Continue reading

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Over in the Wood Shop at Kzoo Makers

It’s been slightly longer than a year since the start of the Wood Shop Zone at Kzoo Makers. As you might expect, the area is busy with various people working on projects. Recently, group builds involving members are now on … Continue reading

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Are we there yet? Part 2

Almost every time I do a tour, I start in the back with the electronics area and work my way around to the meeting and workshop areas. This is the point that anyone on the tour thinks we are about … Continue reading

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Are we there yet? Part 1

It’s been almost 14 months since the original post “Let’s Start the Makerspace.” At that point, Kzoo Makers had two buildings connected by a breezeway, some furniture and some equipment. Just like any other new business, things changed all the … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Kzoo Makers

Have you noticed an increase in the number of activities on our event calendar lately? Did you even know that Kzoo Makers has an event calendar on the website which you can check out here? This past week is a … Continue reading

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Making a Shelf from Rough Cut Lumber at Kzoo Makers

How to take a rough cut piece of lumber and turn it into a finished piece of lumber by dimensionalizing one piece of hardwood. The finished piece can be used for a sign blank or shelving. This activity involves the … Continue reading

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Bending Steamed Wood at Kzoo Makers

Have you ever wondered how the pieces of wood for the backs of chairs are bent? Don Batts demonstrates how he bends steamed wood with the help of other Kzoo Makers. kzoomakers.org

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Ideal Wood Field Trip

When it comes to resources for the Kzoo Makers, having local connections creates the best benefits. If you have visited the Kzoo Makers space, then you already know how much the wood shop has grown. What you might not know … Continue reading

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Maker Faire Season

It’s Maker Faire season, but what, exactly, does that mean? Are you scratching your head and asking, “What is a maker faire?” A maker faire is marketed as “The greatest show and tell on Earth.” I like to think of … Continue reading

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Adventures in 3D Printing

“Be patient, you will make a ton of mistakes and that is how you learn,” according to Jason Preuss, who is referring to 3D printing. Preuss is a part of the membership at Kzoo Makers, and also a 3D area … Continue reading

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Hearts and Crafts Show ‘n Tell

Holidays can be a fun theme to use for projects. Back in February 2017, Kzoo Makers found several ways to put that idea into action with 3D printing, laser cutting, and polymer clay. For starters, Jason in the 3D printing … Continue reading

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A Community Snippet

If you have seen the Kzoo Makers Arts and Crafts area then you may know that more room is available for wall decorations. What better way to add one than as a group project? With the book “Snippet Sensations: Fast, … Continue reading

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What to do at a Makerspace

Have you wondered what projects people work on at a makerspace? Whether they are independent or a part of a group? If the makerspace is anything like Kzoo Makers, you will probably find a variety of activities. Kzoo Makers has … Continue reading

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Bass Balls: Taking the low road

By Georg Rumpf Playing bass for a good number of years I developed a taste for having a nice sound system in my car. So a while back, I got into making sub-woofer speakers for my cars. It all started … Continue reading

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