Holiday Hours

So you want a fully-stocked woodshop, CNC and crafts galore, oscilloscopes and welders over the holidays?  Well we’re here to serve!

We’ll be open both Friday nights, Dec 22/29.  We’ll be closed, as you might expect on both Monday nights, Dec 25 and Jan 1st.

Then back to every Monday/Friday, for the rest of the year!  See you there, grumpy cat.

Triple Digits, Baby

It’s official…last night at Open Shop we welcomed our 100th member. And then another! Since June 2014, when we opened with just four founding members and a few tools, we’ve grown through two buildings, taught scores of workshops, welcomed over 1000 visitors at 350+ Open Shop nights, and watched as tinkers, hobbyists, artists, and engineers made wonders in our workshop!

Thanks, Madison (and southern WI) for sending all these fantastic makers our way, and helping us grow to dizzying heights!

Our Anniversary

Four years agoGoogle reminded us today that four years ago, we were teaching a “Summer of Making”, six workshops in Madison libraries on making all kinds of things.  Three years ago we carved a makerspace into an Artists’ Collective, and a year later we moved to our current building! It’s been a wild ride, with a parade of wonderful people.

This Saturday we’re holding a party to celebrate.  From 3-8pm on July 15th, we’ll thrown the doors open, serve food and beverages, do tool and project demos, and give tours.  We hope to see you there, and here’s to another four years!

The Electric Long Board

Riding the electric board

Hi my name is Charlie and I built an electric longboard! The idea first came about a year ago when I saw a student on my campus blast past me while I was biking to class. I did a little research and learned that I desperately wanted one. Unfortunately a high quality electric skateboard is going to run around $1,000 to $2,000. I basically gave up hope.

Fast forward to a month ago. I’d just moved to Madison for an internship and was looking for a project. I discovered that building your own electric skateboard isn’t all that difficult. With a bit of research, and a lot of hands on learning, you can quickly and easily build a board that goes 30 mph and 10 or more miles. It all depends on your budget. I chose to go with a 6S1P battery system. Basically this meant that I can go about 7 miles, and up to 26 mph on a single charge. After completing my first board in the Bodgery shop, I’m already planning my next. In fact, as I am typing this I am sitting next to a microwave that will be donating its transformer to make a spot welder for the batteries in the next board!

From Scraps to Bench

Hand-made BenchRecently, one of our members was looking over his scrap wood pile, and noticed he had some nice hardwoods in there. So, after spending some time with our jointer and table saw, clamps and glue, this beautiful project emerged.  Note the great “tusked” mortise and tenon joints Jim used to hold it all together.

Homeschooling at a Makerspace

By far, the Distance Award for our membership goes to Rachel and her family from the Viroqua area!  She and the kids pack themselves up into an RV and drive the 2 hours down to Madison to hang out at the makerspace, learn new techniques and tools, make things from their fabulous imaginations, share ideas and otherwise connect with other makers, and fulfill some of their ambitious schooling goals. We love having their energy, ideas, and community spirit around the shop.

For Rachel’s take on the Bodgery, visit her blog, and check out her business and other projects too!

Maker Faire – Madison

Madison Mini Maker Faire

A great day hanging out with other Mini Makers at the Madison Mini Maker Faire… Entertained by national acts and local makers, it was a conversation-filled day at our booth.  We ran a free block-printing giveaway, demonstrated a few tools, and displayed the wonderful objects our members and guests have made. Thanks to the Monona Terrace for hosting and organizing the event!

World Create Day

We were super excited to host Madison’s chapter of World Create Day, an international event dreamed up by Hackaday.  We had several electronics projects going, a “flailing arm wild and wavy guy” costume being sewn up, 3D printing, and some project design work.  Check out the article on the worldwide turnout over on Hackaday: !

Skyrim Armor


One of our prop-makers, Luke, recently made a Skyrim Steel Helmet, from several thicknesses of EVA foam, slices of PVC pipe, and painted with acrylics. The total project took around 12 hours, thanks to design templates provided free by Bill Doran of Punished Props.

Take your costuming and cosplay to the next level with advice from our amazing members!


Welders & Grinders & Plasma, Oh My!

The Metal Shop is looking pretty spiffy these days…click through for a 360 photo sphere.  New TIG and MIG welders have arrived, along with a plasma cutter, a bench full of grinders, a large moveable welding table, and a metal chop saw to sit alongside the horizontal band saw and blacksmithing equipment. On the machining side, the giant metal drill press has been added to the Tormach CNC mill, and manual lathe and mill. Come check them out!