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If you’ve never welded before, start here for information about the different welding types and pros and cons of each.

Requirements for all classes: We can teach about anyone to weld, but you have to be at least 14, not have a pacemaker (except for oxyacetylene), and it really helps if you can see decently in the dark (for instance, you don’t have trouble night driving).  You should also not be squeamish around power tools and sparks.  Students under 14-17 must bring a participating parent or guardian to group classes (and sign up for two spots).

Clothing for all classes: You will be required to wear long sleeves and long pants, both made of 100% cotton or wool, and all leather or canvas shoes (Vans, Converse, work boots, cowboy boots all good; ballet flats, clogs, running shoes, all bad).  No synthetic melty stuff.  Please bring reading glasses and something to tie your hair back if you need either.

Refund/Rescheduling policy here.

Intro MIG: One Day Welding
Welding Taster Class
Intro TIG
Patinas
Metal and Wood Combo: Plywood Side Table
Metal and Wood Combo: Live Edge Table with Bent Steel Legs
Metal and Wood Combo: Hairpin Stools!
Metal and Wood Combo: Bar Stool 
M&W Combo: Mid-Century Coffee Table
Make Sculpture: Oxyacetylene Torch Series
Moving Sculpture
Chandeliers
Alexander Calder Mobiles
Homeowner Bootcamp
Motors and Electromechanics
Sketchup for Furniture Design

Intermediate MIG: Make Furniture
Steel Stools: Tube Bending
Home Decor Heptathalon
Make a Fire Pit
Make a Custom Mailbox
GardenFountains Class
Bicycle Choppers: Chopped and Welded
Build a Bumper
Gate Design

 

Advanced MIG Series: Thick, Thin, and Aluminum
Advanced TIG Series: Steel, Stainless, and Aluminum
Advanced Sculpture: Oxy and MIG

Kids: Toaster Cannon (on hold)
Kids: Take Things Apart (on hold)
BSA: Welding Merit Badge (on hold until Mar or May 2017)



Intro/Foundation


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Intro MIG: One Day Welding

6-hr class covering welding, grinding, and bandsaw technique

In this six-hour class, we will cover the basics of welding using MIG welders, to have you safely and effectively ready to start your very own furniture, fence repair, bicycle chopper, or top fuel dragster project. We will be emphasizing skills and techniques that will make welding more accessible to those without extensive workshops, toolsets, or experience. This class also serves as a prerequisite for open shop hours and several intermediate and advanced classes.

Class Details: Class runs on Sundays and Wednesdays from 10am-4pm, with a break for lunch. Instruction fee is $90, shop and materials fee is $90 (total $180).

Requirements:  There are no prerequisites for this class.  Standard clothing.

Special promotion: Bring a Friend.  Sign up with a friend/spouse/coworker/archnemesis and get $20 off each person’s registration.  Must sign up together, under one payment, to get the deal however. Instructions on how to sign up two or more people (it’s more complicated than it should be, sorry, but this link opens in a new window for reference).

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Every Sunday and Wednesday, 10am-4pm.  If current week is sold out, you can view future offerings by advancing the date.

 


 

Welding Taster Class

3-hr fun, hands-on class, testing tools and making a cowbell

Ever just want to pick up a 6000* flame torch and just see what it could do?  Or try using a glue-gun that melts steel on impact?  Sign up for our Welding Taster class and try out all three welding techniques that MMW offers, plus two forms of cutting (one is a plasma cutter, and seriously, it’s like using a James Bond toy–it’s awesome).

It’s a quick 3-hr class that covers a ton of material; not enough to go and do any of it on your own, but enough to give you a pretty good sense of what welding is all about, whether for your job or for your curiosity.  Plus you’ll get to make a cowbell, and as Christopher Walken always says, “gOtta HAve more COWbell.”

Class Details:  Class runs 3 hours, usually on a Friday or Saturday night.  Instruction fee is $45, materials and shop fee is $35(total $80).  Bring a Friend Special: sign up together for $140 ($70 each).  Instructions on getting the deal here.  Six students max.

Requirements: No experience or prerequisites required.  Standard clothing.

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Offered most Friday Nights, 7pm-10pm. See our list of upcoming classes here


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Intro TIG: Fridays with Precision

6-hr class intro/intermediate class teaching super-precise TIG welding technique

Welding with TIG is a lot like driving a Ferrari: it’s precise, powerful, and difficult to do really well (except I haven’t driven a Ferrari). It requires the use of both hands and one foot and expensive machines. But it’s worth it. With TIG you can make beautiful welds on steel, stainless, aluminum, chromoly, bronze, copper, titanium, magnesium–you get the idea.

Class Details:  This class runs for 6 hrs, usually 4-10pm on Fridays.  Instruction fee is $120, materials and shop fee is $115 (total $235).  This class also comes with an open shop session for 4 hours to continue practicing your technique.

Prerequisites: No experience or prerequisites required but taking Intro MIG or Oxyacetylene beforehand is HIGHLY recommended. TIG is difficult and not recommended for general welding; it’s more for when you need super pretty or super precise welds.  TIG requires use of both hands and one foot.  Standard clothing.

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Offered about every other Friday Night, 4-10pm.  See a list of our upcoming classes here.

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Patinas: Beautiful Rust

3-hr class covering finishes on metal, real and faux

Learn to make beautiful finishes on steel and faux finishes on everything else. Patinas are different from a paint job because you actually induce chemical changes to the material; similar to rust, except we’re using non-corrosive patinas, so it’ll maintain its beautiful appearance for years and years. Picture your pieces as the green of the Statue of Liberty, deep maroon like an old locomotive rust, or yellow-orange like a Richard Serra corten steel piece.This class happens twice a year, May and October, with the next one coming up on Thurs, May 25, from 7-10pm.  Cost is $45 for the instruction fee.  Kits containing many of the discussed chemicals will be available for sale for $50 each, purchasable day of class (not required).  We will primarily be using sculpt nouveau patinas, so if you want to do some research beforehand, take a look at their site here.

 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7-10pm 10/12 spots full (as of 4/21/17)


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(2) 3hr classes building the sweet table shown left

Working with Community Woodshop next door, a two night class to build a beautiful side table. The first night will be spent prepping a nice slab of wood, cutting it to size, planing it, sanding and finishing it, doing all that wood stuff. The second night you get to spend in the metal shop, learning to make pencil-rod legs: hot bending the legs, drilling out the brackets, and then welding both parts together. You’ll leave with a really nice side table and the pride of doing it yourself.

Class Details:  $150 (class fee) + $125 (materials and shop fee) = $275.  Six students max.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience necessary. Standard clothing.

 

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Two Monday Nights, June 12 & 19, 7-10pm (wood first)
Sat & Sun Morning, Aug 12 & 13, 9am-noon (wood first)

(wood and metal classes starting 4/1-4/30 organized by CW, classes 5/1 and beyond are organized by MMW)

 


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Live Edge Table with Bent Steel Legs

(2) 3-hr classes building a nice slab side table using woodworking and welding

Two night class in wood and metal. In the woodshop you’ll learn to take that raw slab and turn it into a beautiful table top, using the planer, sanders, and finishing tools. In the metal shop, you’ll get to learn to use a 6000* flame torch to bend that steel legs into something that fits your top. Burly, beautiful, functional…yours! (note: some times the metal night comes first)

Class Details:  $150 (class fee) + $125 (materials and shop fee) = $275.  Six students max.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience necessary. Standard clothing.

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Two Monday Nights, May 8 & 15, 7-10pm (wood first)
One Saturday, Aug 5, 9am-noon wood, 1:30-4:30 metal

(all wood & metal classes are booked through Community Woodshop’s website)

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Wood and Metal: Hairpin Stool/Side Table Class

(2) 3-hr classes to build a beautiful stool using welding and woodworking

Another class that combines the best properties of both wood and metal, with one night spent at Community Woodshop and one night here at Molten Metal Works.  In the woodshop, you’ll learn to join up a board, use a bandsaw to rough out a circle for a barstool seat, and then use a router to clean up the edge and round it over for sitting delight.  Over here at Molten Metal Works, you’ll learn to cut steel using the horizontal bandsaw, learn to cut it with an angle grinder, bend it with a rod bender, then learn to weld it all together into a hairpin stool using the MIG welder.  Height and design is pretty customizable, so come with your creativity and measurements ready (or test drive some of our creations).

Class Details:  $150 (class fee) + $125 (materials and shop fee) = $275.  Six students max.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience necessary. Standard clothing.

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Two Mon Nights, May 1 & 8, 7-10pm (wood first)
Two Mon Nights, Jun 5 & 12, 7-10pm (wood first)
Sat & Sun Morning, July 22 & 23, 9am-noon (wood first)
One Sat, Aug 19, 9am-noon wood, 1:30-4:30 metal


Wood and Metal: Bar Stool Class

(2) 3-hr classes to build a beautiful stool using welding and woodworking

A brand new class combining the benefits of wood and metal in one fantastic new design.  One night spent at Community Woodshop and one night here at Molten Metal Works.  In the woodshop, you’ll learn to join up a board, use a bandsaw to rough out a circle for a barstool seat, and then use a router to clean up the edge and round it over for sitting delight.  Over here at Molten Metal Works, you’ll learn to cut steel using the horizontal bandsaw, learn to cut it with an angle grinder, bend it with a rod bender, then learn to weld it all together into a hairpin stool using the MIG welder.  Sounds a lot like the hairpin stools class, but it’s a different project for different style tastes

Class Details:  $150 (class fee) + $125 (materials and shop fee) = $275.  Six students max.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience necessary. Standard clothing.

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Mon & Tues Night, May 15 & 16, 7-10pm (wood first)
Mon & Tues Night, June 26 & 27, 7-10pm (metal first)

 


W&M: Mid-Century Coffee Table

(4) 3-hr classes to build a modern classy coffee table using welding and woodworking

More Mid-century inspired than actually mid-century because that table you see there–YOU’RE GOING TO BUILD IT!  I know, crazy talk, but believe me, we’ll teach you how (and safely).  Two nights at MMW and you’ll learn to build the base–welding, bending, grinding, and finishing your steel to a beautiful and level base.  Then two nights next door at Community Woodshop and you’ll learn to take a really nice piece of walnut, rough cut it with the bandsaw, then use a router and a template to get it to that classic shape.  Perfect if you’re missing Mad Men (or just need a fantastic table for a very reasonable price).

Class Details:   $250 (class fee) + $100 (materials and shop fee) = $350.  Six students max.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience necessary. Standard clothing.

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Monday and Tuesday Nights for two weeks, April 24-May 2, 7-10pm (metal on Mon, wood on Tue)
Four Monday Nights, July 10-31, 7-10pm (wood 7/10 & 7/17, metal 7/24 & 7/31)


Make Sculpture: Oxyacetylene Torch Series

(6) 3hr classes covering hot bending, welding, brazing, and cutting with an oxyacetylene welding torch

Learn to Oxyacetylene weld and use this civilized technique to create sculpture. What’s so civilized about it? It’s a visually beautiful process and really powerful, using the same tool to make gorgeous welds, bend smooth curves, and then cutting through 1″ plate.

Class Details: Six session class. Instruction fee is $210, Materials and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405). Six students max. Note about wait lists.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.

More Info:Gallery of Student Work

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Six Weds Mornings, 9am-Noon, starting May 31 (Matt)
Summer Session: Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm, July 10-14 (Matt)

 


 

Moving Sculpture: Mechanical Confections

(6) 3hr classes welding five sculptures that illustrate fundamental mechanisms for making things move

When you make a sculpture that moves, you make a living sculpture. We’re going to spend six weeks in this class, bringing things to life.  We’ll cover cams, pistons, 4-bar linkages, levers, bearings–a whole lot and we’ll make 5 different moving projects (including a flying bird sculpture).  If you’ve ever seen a moving or kinetic sculpture and wanted to learn how to make it, this is the class.   And to get your inspiration flowing, here’s a video gallery of the projects we make in the class: LINK

Class Details: Six session class building five different kits emphasizing different mechanisms each week (four are take-home).  Instruction fee is $210, Materials and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405)  Note about wait lists.
Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.

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Six Thursday Nights, 7-10pm, starting Jun 1 (Matt)

 


Chandelier Making Class

(6) 3hr classes to build your own lamp or chandelier

An epic class, learning to weld, wire for electricity, and do a bunch of tube bending. Whether your style is wrought iron or modernist, we’ve got the tools and ability to help you realize a beautiful light fixture for your space.  Link to full class description and gallery of student projects.
Class Details: Six session class building one predesigned lamp base and one personal project.  Three basic sockets are included, but fancy edison bulbs or brass sockets are not.  Instruction fee is $210, Materials and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405)  Note about wait lists.
Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.

More Info: Gallery of Student Projects

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Six Tuesday Nights, 7-10pm, starting May 23 (Matt)

 


 

Alexander Calder Mobile Making

(6) 3hr classes covering the major mobile types and developing your own fantastic mobile

In this six week class, were going to make like Calder and make some mobiles. Either big or small, up to you, but we’ll build them big or small using a variety of hot and cold tools. There will be jigsaws for curvy cuts, jump shears for straight cuts, band saws for not-so-curvy cuts, and expert advice for short cuts.
Class Details: Six session class building three instructional mobiles and one personal project. Project materials for most projects under 4′ are included in the materials fee.  Note about wait lists.
Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.
More Info: See Photo Gallery of Student Projects

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Six Thursday Afternoons, 1-4pm, starting Jun 1 (Matt)
Summer Session: Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm, July 17-21 (Matt)


Homeowner Bootcamp

(6) 3hr classes covering the common household repairs for owners or renters

Gotta get handy real quick?  Come learn the basics of repairs that you’ll need to know when you’re owning a house (or needing to make repairs on a rental).  We’ll go through the the minimum tool arsenal every one should own, their use, and then use that tool kit to make our repairs.
  • Class 1: Hand Tools, What’s in Your Walls, and Hanging
  • Class 2: Wall Repairs and Tile
  • Class 3: Doors and Windows
  • Class 4: Plumbing
  • Class 5: Electrical
  • Class 6: Painting Best Practices

Class Details: 6 session class.  Instruction fee is $180, consumables and shop fee is $140 (total $320).  We will give you a tool list on the first class and you will be required to purchase or borrow approximately 15 tools (that you should have anyway) with a price range of $150-400 (depending on economy or first class tools). We’ll then use that tool kit for the rest of class. Note about wait lists.

Requirements: Ages 14 or older.  Minors must sign up with a participating parent (or guardian) and sign up for two spots.  Standard clothing (though short sleeves okay).

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Six Saturday Mornings, 9am-Noon, starting June 3 (Imerio)
Summer Session: Mon-Fri, 9am-12:30pm, July 17-21 (Imerio)


Motors and Electromechanics

Learn about electronics, motors, and all sorts of electro-mechanical systems in this six week class, with a project every week to teach you the basics of motors and how to control them. Bring your sculptures, electric go-karts, or rotisserie chicken cooker to life with some training in how to motorize your life.  We can get technical and geek out over math, but it’s not required.
Class Details: Class will run on six consecutive Tues Nights, 7-10pm, starting Feb 28, 2017.  Instruction and Materials fee is $405.  Limit of six people.  Note on waitlists.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this class, but it helps if you’ve had some power tools experience so we can jump right into projects.  No welding in this class, but we will be using soldering irons.

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Six Tues Nights, 7-10pm, starting Feb 28, 2017 (Matt)
Returns Sept, 2017

 


Sketchup for Furniture Design

Learn to use the free Google Sketchup Make design software. Whether or not you can draw, designing in 3D can be tricky. Sketchup helps you figure out what your furniture will look like before you build it, so you can decide whether 1” square tube or 1.5” square tube will look better as a table base. In this one-night class, we’ll show you the basics for how to get from a napkin sketch of a table to a 3D rendering of that table in your living room. Note: this is a different class that our CNC plasma cutter class.  This one will help you with Sketchup basics, but we will not be making cut-ready files.
Class Details:  Instruction fee is $75.  Limit of seven people.
Requirements: Must bring a laptop with Sketchup already loaded and tested and ready to go (link to download page).  3 button mouse is HIGHLY recommended. $6.99 on Amazon

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Weds Night, May 24, 7-10pm (Matt)


Intermediate Classes


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Intermediate MIG: Make Furniture

(6) 3hr classes to learn how to design and build your own piece of furniture

Come to MMW and start building a dining room table, a outdoor patio set, a firepit, or whatever that thing is that your place has been wanting, nay, demanding!

Class Details: 6 session class, usually Tuesday Nights and sometimes Saturday Mornings.  Consumables and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405) Class price does not include material for your project (so you can make it however big or small you’d like). Six students max. Note about wait lists.

Requirements: Must have taken Intro MIG to cover MIG welding and grinding technique.  Standard clothing.  18 or older.

More Info:Gallery of Student Work.

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Saturday Mornings, May 20-July 1, 9am-noon (no class memorial day weekend) (Eric)
Thurs Nights, Jun 1- July 6, 7-10pm (Matt)
Mon through Fri, July 10-14, 9am-12:30 (Imerio)
Tues Nights, July 25 – Aug 29, 7-10pm (Imerio)


 

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Steel Stools: Tube Bending

(2) 3hr classes to learn how to use our three bending machines en route to making a stool

In this two night class, we’ll cover how to use all the bending machines in the shop. Bending can be a great shortcut to making legs; rather than cutting, welding, and grinding, you could bend a pair of legs into matching sides from a single piece of steel. It’s also handy for building furniture, bicycle and motorcycle parts, or roll cages. In this class, we’ll cover how to use all three of our major bending machines: the JD tubing bender, the HF tubing roller, the ring roller, the compact bender, and some hot bending. Also covered will be tube notching, some welding, and some fine sitting.

Class Details: Instruction fee is $80, materials fee is $100 (total $180). Six students max.  Standard clothing.

Requirements:Must have taken intro MIG class to cover welding and grinding technique.

 

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Two Tuesday Nights, June 6 and 13, 7-10pm (Eric)


Home Decor Heptathalon

(6) 3hr classes teaching you 6 (or more) of the most useful non-welding machines in the shop

In this six session class, you’ll learn to make a whole bunch of handy household projects while learning six (or more) of the most useful tools around the shop.  Learn to plasma cut, hot bend with an oxy torch, and more, all while making your holiday shopping (or take them home for yourself!)  Key ring rack, a souped-up pencil holder, an address plate, a candelabra centerpiece…even an awesome toilet paper dispenser. See photo examples of the projects here: LINK

Class Details: Instruction fee $180, Materials and Shop Fee $225 ($405 total). Six students max.  Standard clothing.   Note about wait lists.

Requirements: Must have taken intro MIG class to cover welding and grinding technique.

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Fire Pit Class

Ignite your backyard parties and kindle cozy nights: nothing sets the mood like a fire pit.  Warmth, light, and cookability–those cavemen really knew what they were doing.  And soon you will too, with our three session class in which we will CNC plasma cut your design and you’ll weld it up iron age style–what a step in progress.

Class Details: We will first practice welding, covering the basics welding on thick steel, then we will show you how to position, jig, clamp, and weld up your project.  You can choose one of three base designs that we will have ready for you on the first day of class.  Select your base design and material thickness here.  From the base design, you can customize it–add in a foot rail, a grill for cooking, or even plasma cut in your fancy details.  Instruction fee is $90, material and consumables fee is $170 (total $260).  Add $40 for 3/16″ steel.

Requirements: Due to the high heat and welding positions involved in this class, students are required to wear head cover (baseball hat or bandana will work) and thick sleeves (flannel and up will work), in addition to the standard clothing. Helmets, gloves and heat shields will be provided.  Participants must have taken Intro MIG.

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Three Thursday Nights, 7-10pm, starting Mar 23 (Eric)
returns Oct 2017 to get you ready for fall nights…

Make a Custom Mailbox

(3) 3hr Classes helping you build a custom mailbox, with emphasis on creating a beautiful finished and patinaed product

We’ll start by cutting out the pieces for your mailbox on our CNC plasma cutter–customizing your mailbox with your name or address (or a note to the mailman, like “no bills”).  Then we’ll go through how to jig it up to hold it straight, how to weld it, and spend a bunch of time showing you exactly how to finish it.  We’ll go through all the steps professionals would do so you can learn how to apply our favorite cold patina, then how to make sure it won’t rust.  We’ll wrap up with with instructions on how to install it, whether you want to sink a post into cement or attach it onto a vertical wall.
Class Details: Choose one of two designs and we will cut out your pieces on our CNC plasma cutter, to include your personal address number. Whether you choose MIG or TIG, this class will advance your skills in welding out of position and fabrication.  Instruction fee is $120, materials and consumables fee is $80 (total $200).
Requirements: If you choose MIG welding you must have taken Intro MIG, and if you choose TIG, you must have taken Intro TIG.  Standard clothing
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Three Tuesday Nights, April 25-May 9, 7-10pm (Imerio)

Garden Fountains

Normally, you’d want to keep water and steel away from each other. This is not a normal class. CorTen steel is specially forged to rust only on the outside, forming a beautiful patina that will last for years of use in even the wettest environments. What better way to use it than in a fountain!

Class Details: Six week class covering the principles of fountain design, construction, basic metallurgy of CorTen alloys, and how to cut, weld, and form this amazing material.  The first two sessions will involve assembly of  a simple, pre-cut fountain kit, and the next four will be a guided build of your very own water feature (we’ve designed three different styles to get you going). If you have a design in mind other than one of the three main types we’ll offer, you can discuss it with the instructor, and may be able to build something truly unique.

Instruction fee is $210, Consumables and shop fee is $195 (Total: $405)  FIRST RUN PRICE $350 Class price includes steel and a pump for your project under 2′ (but if you want to make a garden geyser go ahead).  Six student max.    Note about wait lists.

Requirements: Intro MIG is a prerequisite for this class, so that we can get to welding and grinding on day one.  18 or older.  Standard clothing.

 


 

Chopper Bikes & Ciclavia Style

(6) 3hr classes to build your own chopped and welded mutant bicycle

Going out to the playa, getting ready for the next Ciclavia, or just want to bring some more style to your ride?  Come create a distinguished and distinguishable looking steed in this class!  We’ll take a steel bicycle and chop it apart, weld sections in, and take more out, to create a one-of-a-kind ride that’ll be distinguished and stylish for the street, beach, or desert.
Class Details: Class will run on six consecutive Thursday nights, 7-10pm, starting April 13, 2017.  Instruction and Materials fee is $405.  Materials for modifying bicycles will be provided, but you’ll have to bring your own steel frame bicycle (test with a magnet) and any specific bike parts you might want to add on.  There will be plenty of regular steel tube to weld in too. Limit of six people.  Class happens once per year.  Note on waitlists.
Prerequisites: Intro MIG is no longer a prereq for this class, but it is recommended to make the most of your bicycle making time.  18 or older.  Standard clothing.

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Six Thursday Nights, 7-10pm, starting April 13 (Matt)

 


Build a Bumper

(6) 3hr classes to learn and build your own truck or SUV bumper

In this 6 week course, you’ll learn the basics of bumper design and construction, work with up to 5 other students as a team to build a bumper for a Toyota Tacoma, and then design and construct your very own bumper.

Class Details: Class will run on six consecutive Saturday mornings,9am-noon, starting July 15, 2017.  Instruction and Materials fee is $350.  Materials fee covers consumables and team-build bumper, but does not include materials for your own bumper.  Additional material costs will vary depending on a number of design factors, but generally range from $100 to $250.  Additional open shop time may be required for more complex designs (not included).  Class happens once per year.  Note on waitlists.

Prerequisites:  Participants must have taken Intro MIG.  Standard clothing.  18 or older.

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Six Saturday Mornings (9am-noon), starting July 15 (Eric)


Gate Design

(3) 3hr classes to learn the rules of design and the laws of LA for designing, building, and installing a gate.

In the Gate Design class, we’ll cover the laws of LA and take you through the steps of designing and building a gate for your passageway. We’ll cover a bunch of rules, team build a gate, then practice installing the gate on all the materials you might encounter: cinder block, brick, metal, and wood.

Note: This is a hands-on class, but we will not be building your individual gates during this class. Instead, we’ll show you how and talk through your designs so you can learn how to proceed (the building is not the hard part). Afterwards, you can build your own gate during open shop. You can make it simple or complex, modern or medieval. And if the three class sessions aren’t enough, Imerio will be available for private lessons and site-visits to help you figure out how to get your gate got.

Class Details: Class will run on 3 consecutive Monday nights, 7-10pm.  Instruction and materials fee: $180.  Materials for shop project are included. Materials for personal gate is not (allows you to make whatever you want, estimating about $1.50/linear foot of steel tube).  Class limit of 8 people. Note on waitlists.

Prerequisites:  Participants must have taken Intro MIG.  Standard clothing.  18 or older.

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Three Monday Nights, June 5-19, 7-10pm (Imerio)






Advanced Classes


Advanced MIG Welding Series

(3) 3hr classes covering mig welding of thin sheet, thick plate, aluminum, and flux-core MIG welding (INTERMEDIATE MIG IS NOT A PREREQUISITE)

Wanna take your MIG welding game to the next level?  In this series of three classes, we’re going to cover advanced MIG welding technique: thick plate, thin sheet, flux core, aluminum, and go deeper into the mig welding chart.  Three nights, lots of hands-on practice, and lots more skills.

Class Details: Three night class, with first night covering thick plate and fillets, the second night covers thin sheet metal and the spot welder, and the third night covers aluminum (with the spool gun) and flux-core welding for outdoor welding or getting the most out of a 110VAC machine.  Instruction fee is $120, materials and shop fee is $90 (total $210).

Requirements: Due to the high heat and welding positions involved in this class, students are required to wear head cover (baseball hat or bandana will work) and thick sleeves (flannel and up will work), in addition to the standard clothing. Helmets, gloves and heat shields will be provided.  Participants must have taken Intro MIG. Intermediate MIG is not required as a prerequisite, but you should remember our circle technique from day 1.

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Three Thursday Nights, May 25-Jun 8  (Eric)


Advanced TIG Welding

(6) 3hr class series covering advanced tig welding technique revisiting mild steel and introducing stainless and aluminum

A six-session class to get you making quality welds on the three major metals: steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.  We’re going to spend two nights on each material.  First class each week covers the technical details: how to set up the machine, technique, metallurgy.  Second night is practice, practice, practice.
Class Details: This class will run about three times per year, alternating sessions of teaching and heavy practice. Instruction fee is $240, materials and shop fee is $360, total $600.  Reduced price of $480.  Five students max.  Note about wait lists.
Prerequisites: This is an advanced TIG welding class.  It is not for certification, but the teacher is TIG certified.  Intro TIG is a required prerequisite.

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Thurs and Fri Nights for 3 weeks, June 15-30, 7-10pm (Eric)
Fri, Sat, Sun, July 7-9, 9am-4pm (Eric)

 


Advanced Sculpture: Oxy + MIG

 (6) 3hr classes learning a variety of sculpture techniques in an art school-styled class with critique and discussion

You asked, we deliver.  A semi-new sculpture class using the oxyacetylene torch and the MIG welder together.  You must have taken oxyacetylene sculpture prior to this class and intro mig is recommended, but not required.
We’ll draw inspiration from the work of established steel sculptors like David Smith, Richard Serra, and Antony Gormley.  This class will run more like a class in art school, with slides, discussions, and exercises on sculptural concepts like:
  • Positive and negative space
  • Mass versus lightness
  • Construction methodology/armatures

So if you’re a professional artist or you have no idea what any of those terms mean, we’ll teach you and you’ll learn to better use the MIG welder, learn some new building processes, and gain a greater appreciation for established steel sculptors

Class Details: Class cost is $180 instruction fee, $225 materials and shop usage fee. Materials for personal project budgeted at $50, with students responsible for overages. Ages 18 and older. Class limit of six.

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Six Monday Nights, 7-10pm, Starting April 11 (Thea)

 




 ARCHIVED CLASSES (NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED)

toaster_cannon_120nnKids: Toaster Cannon

(1) 3hr Class Covering Toaster Tinkering, attempting to launch bread as high as you can.

Yup. You heard it. Rather than just taking things apart, we’ll be souping them up to do even more. Come reverse engineer a toaster to shoot toast into the air, and compete for the highest launch. Then redesign it again to print images on toast. The toaster is yours to keep.

Class Details: Saturday, July 9, 9am-12 noon.  Ages 8+. (Parent not required to attend).  $50 covers instruction, space, toaster, and a whole lot of ammo (bread).  Maximum of 15 students with 2-3 instructors from Kids Building Things.  Note about wait lists.

Class Requirements: participants must be 8 years or older and must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants (shop rules).  All students must come with a signed waiver (available on day of first class) and have a parent pick them up promptly at 12 noon.

This class is a partnership between MMW and Kids Building Things, a group of engineers who love to tinker and teach.

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On hold

 


kids_taking_things_apart_120Kids: Take Things Apart

Sure, you could let the kids go after your brand new Bluray player, but why not let them come here where we can take apart a whole bunch of stuff: old toasters, a VCR (if we can find one), or perhaps some power tools that don’t work any more.
We’ll make sure it’s done safely, with all those weird screw driver tips you need to get into modern appliances.  We’ll also be able to explain most/some/a little of what’s inside the boxes and how they work.  Those are the benefits of having professional engineers on staff.
Class Details: (1) three hour session, on Sat, July 30, 9am-12 noon.  Class limit of 15, designed for kids 8 and up.  $30 covers instruction fee/supervision, space, materials, and proper disposal of busted electronics.  Parents are welcome to stay, but it’s not required.   Note about wait lists.
Class Requirements: No prerequisites necessary, but everyone will have to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes (shop rules).  We’ll also need everyone to fill out a signed liability waiver (so come in when you drop them kids off).
This class is a partnership between MMW and Kids Building Things, a group of engineers that loves teaching and tinkering.

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On hold


BSA: Welding Merit Badge

(1) 4-hr class completing the BSA Welding Merit Badge
Complete the requirements for the new BSA Welding Merit Badge in this one-day, 4-hour class introducing the basics of MIG welding, safety involved, and careers and applications of the technology.
Class Details: (1) 4-hr class, from 8am-12 noon, on Saturday, August 27.  This class will be offered in conjunction with the Verdugo Council, subsidizing it from $50 to $30.  Since the class is offered at cost, there will be no makeups or refunds for missed classes.  Maximum of 11 students.  Note about wait lists.
Class Requirements: Participants will be required to wear long sleeves and long pants, all cotton material, and wear all leather or canvas shoes. No melty synthetic stuff.  Ages 12 and up.  Parents will be required to submit a signed completed waiver for each child participating.  Printouts will be available at the shop, or feel free to bring a printed out copy with you (email for copy).

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on hold until May 2017

 

 

cnc_plasmaCNC Plasma Cutting Class

Learn to cut computer files on our Torchmate CNC Plasma Cutter.
For this class, we’re going to learn how to create a basic Google Sketchup file, import into the Torchmate CAD software, work a little magic, and then cut it out of steel plate using our CNC plasma cutter.  We will be making a house number plate for your house for this class, cut of 1/8″ steel plate approximately 6″ x 11″ (depends on how many numbers we will need).
Pricing for cutting afterwards will be $20 plus material costs to start, with guided cutting sessions on weds 1-10pm.

Class Details:  Class is one 3-hr session.  Instruction fee $60, materials and studio fee $20 (total $80).  Limit of six people.

Prerequisites: Must bring laptop with Google Sketchup installed and operational. Test run it before class to make sure you have a functional verison.  A 3-button mouse is highly recommended for any 3D design. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.  Most of the class will be in the classroom, but we will be in the shop for the final hour, cutting our pieces.

 

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On hold until 2017 (regular classroom space is unavailable)


Found Metals & Mixed Media

(3) 3hr classes covering how to join found metals using a variety of hot and cold connection techniques

The world is full of scrap, junky metal that could be transformed into gorgeous, fine art sculpture furniture treasure (if only you knew how).  Well you bring the metal and the eye for finding such pieces, and we’ll bring the know-how to cover how to join your metal, whether that’s with cold connections: JB weld, rivets, wire wrapping, tap-and-die; or with hot connections: mig welding, spot welding, brazing, soldering….etc.  Oh there’s a world out there awaiting, and we’ll show you how to do it safely and securely.
Class Details: Three session class. Instruction fee is $120, Materials and shop fee is $70 (Total: $190). Six students max. Note about wait lists.

Requirements: No prerequisites or experience required. Standard clothing. 18 or older or instructor permission.

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To return Sept 2017, I think