Upcoming Classes & Events
You do not need to be a member to take classes or volunteer at the makerspace.
Every Thursday Night from 6 to 9:30 PM – Weekly Community Night & Open House.
You are invited to come and use the Rochester Makerspace for free. Bring something to make or work on, help with a group project, or just come to meet other “makers” and see what we have to offer. (Sorry, but nonmembers can not use our woodshop, machine tools or laser cutter because of safety and insurance issues.)
Every Thursday Night from 6:30 until 9:00 PM – Rochester Stained Glass Meetup
Learn how to work with stained glass or bring a project to work on if you already know how. We have lots of tools and grinders and enough supplies to teach you the basics. We also usually have an instructor. Free.
October 29, Thursday, 7 PM – Mandatory Safety Class – This free safety class is required if you want to use our woodworking shop. The class will take about 60 to 90 minutes. Please note: Non-members can take this class, but you MUST be a member to use the woodworking shop, even during our weekly Community Nights.
November 2, Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM – Rochester Lego Users Group – Rochester Lego User Group’s monthly get together. Bring models to show off, stuff to trade or sell. This event is open to the public.
November 3, Tuesday, 7 – 9 PM – Build a Box with Bear – Build a Decorative Wooden Treasure Box. Learn box design, stock preparation, assembly using splined miter joinery, and finishing with shellac. This two-part class includes both demonstration and hands-on segments. Each student will build their own box from parts and supplies provided by the instructor.
Prerequisites: None. Beginner level. Each student must bring safety glasses and wear either old clothes or aprons. Space is limited, so sign up early!
November 10, Tuesday, 7 – 9 PM – Build a Box with Bear – Part 2 (See above.)
November 17, Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Model Railroad Meetup with the Genesee-N-Ontario Model N-Gineers – We’ll be working on N scale trains as we prepare to exhibit at upcoming train shows around the area. The meetup is open to anyone interested in model railroading. Drop in anytime between 6:30 & 8:30. This program is free and open to everyone.
November 21, Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM – Rochester Mini Maker Faire – Rochester Makerspace is proud to support the Rochester Mini Maker Faire again this year. Join us for this fantastic family event! Maker applications are being accepted through October 15.
November 28, Saturday, 1 – 2:30 PM – Learn to Knit Socks – Part 1 – Join us for a couple of Saturday afternoons and learn to knit some cozy socks, just in time for winter! In this two-day class, knitters will learn to knit a pair of cozy winter socks, from the top-down. This will involve learning to knit in the round, learning about ease, some short rows, shaping, decreasing, and Kitchener stitch. These are all valuable skills to know as you learn more about knitting. Although this is a beginner class, knitters must know how to cast on, bind off, and knit and purl. Class is limited to the first 10 people to sign up.
December 3, Thursday, 7 PM – Mandatory Safety Class – This free safety class is required if you want to use our woodworking shop. The class will take about 60 to 90 minutes. Please note: Non-members can take this class, but you MUST be a member to use the woodworking shop, even during our weekly Community Nights.
December 5, Saturday, 1 – 2:30 PM – Learn to Knit Socks – Part 2 – See above.
December 5, Saturday, 2 – 3:30 PM – Learn Sketchup – Sketchup is a computer tool for 3d design and modeling, and has uses for architecture, 3d printing, woodworking, video game development, and more. It has two advantages: it’s free, and it’s easy to learn! Come and learn this tool, with some short instruction and then hands-on practice, and you’ll be building intricate models for your next project in no time! This workshop is aimed at all skill levels, from beginners who have never used a CAD tool before to machining experts who would just like to add one new tool to their repertoire. This class is being offered FREE of charge, but we’ll need you to sign up to attend.
December 7, Monday, 6:30 – 9:30 PM – Rochester Lego Users Group – Rochester Lego User Group’s monthly get together. Bring models to show off, stuff to trade or sell. This event is open to the public.
December 7, Monday, 7 – 9 PM – Pysanky Christmas Ornament – Do you think egg decorating is just for Easter? Think again!! Come join the fun and create an ornament to hang on the tree this Christmas season using the same technique used to make Ukrainian eggs (pysanky). All materials will be supplied. Sign up here.
December 14, Monday, 7 – 9 PM – Scratched Egg Christmas Ornament – We know you’ll love creating egg ornaments, so we’re adding a second session to learn another decorating technique! Come join the fun and create an ornament to hang on the tree this Christmas season using a scratch technique. All materials will be supplied. Sign up here.
December 15, Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Model Railroad Meetup with the Genesee-N-Ontario Model N-Gineers – We’ll be working on N scale trains as we prepare to exhibit at upcoming train shows around the area. The meetup is open to anyone interested in model railroading. Drop in anytime between 6:30 & 8:30. This program is free and open to everyone.
December 18, Friday, 6 – 9 PM – 3rd Friday Free Community Art, Craft, and Makers Show – Join us for 3rd Friday! This show features local makers, artists, and crafters and is FREE and open to the public. Just in time for the holidays, come and explore these unique items that are hand crafted by local artisans. Artists, crafters, makers, and local musicians still have time to apply for this event.
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Individual, family & student memberships are all $40/month. Members enjoy the benefits of lower class prices and unlimited use of the Makerspace. This is an introductory rate and you can keep it indefinitely by signing up for an automatic PayPal subscription.
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Tools & Equipment
- A woodworking shop with a new SawStop professional cabinet table saw, a new Rikon Deluxe 14-inch bandsaw, a Jet 6-inch planer, a CNC router, a Grizzly 15-inch thickness planer, a chop saw, a drill press, two scroll saws, a central dust collection system, and an air filtration unit.
- Two Solidoodle 3D printers.
- An electronics bench with oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering irons, and more.
- A Computer Lab
- A machine shop with a bench grinder, a drill press, a lathe and measurement tools.
- Sewing machines and Cricut machine.
- Stained glass grinders and tools
- Bike Repair Station with bike stand, wrenches, and a hammer, of course.
- Workspace and worktables
The makerspace is open daily for our members from 8 AM to 10 PM. Visitors are welcome on Thursday nights from 6 PM to about 9 PM and many other times if you contact us first.
Address / Directions
The Rochester Makerspace is located at the rear of 850 St. Paul Street which is at the corner of Scrantom Street, which has a traffic light. Please go down Scrantom Street to the rear parking lot and look for our signs.
We Need Your Help
We are a new and completely volunteer-run organization with an ambitious plan to encourage learning and to build an organization and facility that the entire Rochester community can use and be proud of. Please help us by becoming a member, volunteering or by donating money.
For More Information
Please see our FAQ and news pages for more information. You can also contact us by email or phone, and you’re always welcome to visit us at the Rochester Makerspace. We also encourage you to sign up for our mailing list.