Coming soon to Quelab are two classes on making your own things.

[Geoff] will be teaching a class on making your own screen printed t-shirt, bag, or tote. On 19 April, from noon-2pm, we’ll teach you how to do it, and we’ll supply the paints. You’ll leave with something you screen printed yourself and the know-how to do it again on your own. Bring something you’d like to screen print and an idea of a single-color design you’d like print, and we’ll provide the rest.

[Adric] will be teaching you about making handmade holograms. On 20 April from 4-6pm, he will teach you some of the basics of holograms and reflection, and then we will discuss the concept of abrasion holograms. And then you will make a few!

Our Hand Drawn holograms are sunlight visible (no need for special lasers). However, they do require a pinpoint lightsource to view well, so they may not show up well inside (sort of like many classic foil holograms). They may not have the same level of detail as foil holograms, but you will be able to transfer a 3d geometric shape onto clear plastic, then see that object float in the plastic and allow you to see around it from side to side. Each person will be able to make several holograms, and we will send you home with the tools required.

 

Following up on the Rocket Mass Heater class which we hosted in collaboration with ABQ Old School, here are the photos from the class. We had fifteen people show up to hear the basic theory on making Rocket Mass Heaters, and get some hands-on time with the materials.

On the first day, Brett gave us hands-on experience with the J-Tube concept, and the physics of lateral burning; and on the second day we got muddy mixing cob adobe.

Rocket Stove

Folks looking for pointers and help on how to build a rocket mass heater are suggested to check out the RMH forums at both permies.com and donkey32.proboards.com, or to reach out Brett.

And without further blathering, here are the pictures!

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Greetings! The Quelab general meeting is scheduled for Sunday 6 April 2014 at 4 PM.

Please bring something for the potluck at 4PM, and we’ll start the meeting at 4:30PM. If there is anything you would like to discuss at the meeting, bring it up to one of the officers, and we’ll put it on the agenda

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Howdy all,
Greg here, to tell you about the next 2 Quelab events this week.

Tuesday, (25 March @ 8:30pm) – Come to hacknight on Tuesday to hear all about the plans for the Official Quelab Grand Opening event. The event is planned for May 2-3 and we’re looking for your help. We need people to run workshops, decorate the space, and spread the word through their own personal networks. On Tuesday night you can hear all about the relevant details and sign up to help. You need not be a member to help out.

Wednesday, (26 March @7-9pm) – Back by popular demand, I’ll be teaching another Spray Painting Space Scenes workshop. Sign up via this Event Bright link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/painting-space-scenes-registration-9451598987?aff=fb. Check out the the Quelab flicker feed from the previous class. You can see everyone is having an AWESOME time! http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/?m=pool&w=1645712%40N24&q=spraypaint

And of course there are many other projects in the works:
– Aquaponics groups meetings
– Tetroon build
– Photography project: “Facial hair of Quelab”
– 3-D printer
– New Laser cutter installation
– and much, much more!

See you in the space!
Respect,
-Greg, Quelab Prez

 

Greetings everyone; the Tsar of Maintenance here…

Quelab is not closing for good, but we do have to close the space temporarily for a few days in the first week of April. As part of the work that our landlord originally scheduled for November (before we were supposed to be moved in) we were going to have the tile floors in the lab cleaned and sealed…they’ve finally gotten around to doing it.

This means we have to remove everything from the floor in these rooms so the contractor can come in and work on the floors. Then we can’t walk on them for a day or two while the sealant cures. The rooms affected will be 1, 49, the Core, the Kitchen, the hallways, and the bathrooms. Since this covers our exterior doors and most of the lab space itself, we have no choice but to close while this is done.

To this end, Quelab will be closed from 2 April until 4 April (the week before the general meeting). Additionally, we will need help at the hacknights on 1 April and 30 March to move all of the contents of these rooms out to make space for the workers, and then help again before the general meeting on 6 April to put everything back.

Sign up to help with the moving in the linked gDoc, and in the words of Douglas Adams “we apologize for the inconvenience”.

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Quelab, in association with ABQ Old School, would like to announce a class taking place this weekend and next in the Shipyard (Workshop), a how-to and hands-on class on building a Rocket Mass heater. This two part class on 22 and 29 March, from 9a-12p each day, will teach the design and construction of a rocket mass heater.

Rocket mass heaters have gained a considerable following from permaculture practitioners, homesteaders, and individuals wishing to build their own fireplace from locally sourced materials and avoid contributing to the fossil fuel and fracking industry. A rocket mass heater is a modification of a rocket stove that passes the flue gas through a large thermal bench. The term rocket in the name comes from the fact that it sounds like a rocket! It can be used to heat homes, greenhouses, and other places needing a warm touch.

Go visit ABQ Old School to learn more about the class and register to attend.

See you on Saturday!

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For those of you who didn’t make the general meeting on the second, Quelab has received a donation of a Laser Cutter! Based on our original expectations, it looked like a Full Spectrum laser, but on further research, it turns out it’s actually from g.Wilkie.

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I bought a foosball table for the space.  It needed some cleanup & repair and Walter asked me to blog about it.  Part 6 in a 5 part series.

These events took place… oh, I don’t remember when they took place.

Read Part 1 of this seriespart 2, part 3, part 4, or part 5 if you missed them.

Yes, you read that correctly: “part 6 in a 5 part series”.

Once upon a time (well, back in part 2 of this series), I said “take notes & lots of pictures when you do something like this… it will pay off in the end”.  This article drives that point home. You see, I was all happy.  I had finished a project!  That’s always good news, and gives one the warm fuzzies.  But little did I know…

A little while later (I don’t remember, could have been days, could have been weeks… this post has been put off for various reasons, and I finally decided to bite the bullet today & get it posted), two different people commented to me that the foosball table wasn’t right.  That maybe they thought I had put it together wrong?

I thought: “c’mon!  It’s a foosball table, how could I have put it together wrong?!?”  Well, they were right: I had put the table together wrong… I inserted the rods on the wrong side, so the handles were controlling the wrong guys.

Here is the photo proof:

Compare this shot from the day I purchased the machine & delivered it to Quelab:

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And this shot, the day I had reassembled the table with all new guys:2013-11-29_17-36-41_451

The handles ARE on the wrong side. I can’t believe I made such a simple (yet serious) mistake!

Thanks to everyone that realized it… I am not sure I ever would have realized the problem, just thought something was odd with the table.

I have been unable to upload pictures to the blog, so I cannot show you the table with the correct setup.  Here is a link to pics on flickr, though: The incorrect layout versus the correct layout.  The side with the goal return should be controlling the red team, not the blue team.

The only upgrade I have thought about for the table is upgrading the ball return.  Currently both goals return the ball to same side of the table, the red team, and I think each goal should return to a different side of the table.  If we ever get around to that, I’ll be sure to create a new post about it.

 

I would like to remind everyone about the upcoming Workshop we have planned for Wednesday 12 26 March. Our very own Spaceman Greg will be teaching a class on how to paint a stunning space scene. That’s right, Greg will be teaching you how to design your own worlds!

Wear your most rakish spray painting clothes and we’ll teach you how to spray paint your own space scene. If you want to pay at the door, let us know at events@quelab.net and we’ll hold you a slot in our rocketship*; otherwise, sign up at our Eventbrite

Eventbrite - Painting Space Scenes

*Rocketship is metaphorical, unfortunately. It means we’ll keep a spot for you in the class

EDIT: Due to a clerical error, this class was supposed to be scheduled for 26 March, so it has been rescheduled. Launch is a go!

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Greetings Makers!

The shortest month of the year ends Friday, which means its member meeting time again. Come out this Sunday March 2nd for our potluck and member meeting. Always awesome food and a great time! Bring something if you can, and remember our meetings are always free and open to everyone!

We’ll be starting at 4:30pm MT with the business part of the meeting starting at 5pm. Please take a look at the agenda of the items we will be discussing, and if you have any suggestions for the agenda, please leave a comment here, or speak with a board member.

We’d like to get our Five Minutes of Fame talk going again this month, so if there’s anything you thing you’d like to be able to talk about for five minutes, please let us know!

Agenda Link
680 Haines NW (Thats 3 blocks southand one block west of the 6th street freeway exit!)
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