Make a Set of River Coasters

In this workshop, you will create a set of four stunning hardwood coasters with custom poured epoxy rivers running through them. Your guests will marvel at their beauty, and may hesitate to put their drinks down!

For the first session (June 20th, 7pm), all materials will be provided, starting with hardwood planks long enough for four coasters (walnut, cherry, and other varieties), each with a gently winding river pre-carved into the wood using Lowell Makes’ XCarve CNC router.

You will then fill that river with epoxy and mix in pigments or dyes in colors of your choice. You can make the colors gradually transition from the first coaster outline to the last, or make each entirely distinct. Add texture with small pieces of stone, or swirl in bits of glittery pigment for a sparkly or metallic effect.

After the first session, we let the epoxy cure, then give the coasters a few passes through our wood shop’s drum sander to level the tops, then cut the coasters from the backing board on the XCarve for you.

When you return for the second session on June 27th, you’ll sand the coasters to bring out the clarity and shine, apply a coat of protective varnish, and glue on non-skid cork backing. Your coasters will be ready to take home that night, and we’ll provide you with a small bottle of extra varnish for you to apply at home for extra protection.

If you prefer, let us handle the sanding and finishing step and we can arrange a pick up time (extra charge).

About the instructors:
Jim Frederick is captain of Lowell Makes’ brand new Rapid Prototyping shop and can show you how to make all kinds of cool stuff with CNC routers, laser cutters, casting resins, and so on. Bradley Powers is co-captain of Rapid Prototyping as well as 3D Printing, has taught courses at LM in computer-aided design and airbrushing techniques, and has a keen eye for picking out a nice piece of wood.

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Workshops galore!

Hello folks,

We’ve been busy these past few weeks building out our space and putting together workshops for you and our members. Some have already been mentioned, but others are entirely new and exciting.

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Legendary Eeldrytch Leather Workshoppe Comes to Lowell


Lowell Makes is proud to announce the addition of Eeldrytch Leather Workshoppe to our family.  Eeldrytch is known across the land as one of the top producers of leather goods popular at Renaissance Faires.  If you have ever been to King Richard’s Faire—you have seen Eeldrytch leather.

For over 30 years, Eeldrytch Leather Workshoppe has been producing a variety of top-quality leather goods right here in Massachusetts.  They are not only coming to Lowell, but they will be showing you how to make your own leather creations.  Creations that you will be proud of, and will stand the test of time.

Leather isn’t just fashionable, leather was essential to the old mills that were once the backbone of Lowell.  Leather belts typically helped convey power from wheels driven by the Merrimack River to the machines that made Lowell the textile capital of the world.

And now you can be part of the tradition!

Thank-you for bringing all these amazing leather working classes to Lowell:

May 12, 2014 Leather Belt Pouch Workshop 7pm
May 19, 2014 “Genuine” Top Grain Leather Belt Workshop 7pm
June 2, 2014 Leather Barrette Workshop 7pm
June 9, 2014 The Basic Knife Sheath Workshop 7pm
June 16, 2014 Steam-punk Leather Arm Band Workshop 7pm

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Arduino Workshop


This workshop is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. It’s easier than you think!

We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, basic programming concepts, practice very basic Serial communication, and briefly cover basic virtual prototyping.

In case you haven’t noticed the key word here is “basic.”

Students will create three simple circuits highlighting analog and digital forms of input and output. Get started with the Arduino programming environment; briefly discuss programming and virtual prototyping.

Concepts that will be covered include:

  • Using a breadboard
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Digital and Analog
  • Input and Output
  • Arduino programming environment basics
  • Serial Monitor usage with text, variables and pin states

The $99 workshop fee includes a Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit students get to take home afterward; the kit normally sells online for $99.95.  Members of Lowell Makes may participate in the workshop for $75.

To ensure adequate instructor-student engagement, this workshop is limited to 12 students.  Please register using the form below.

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