Important Notice: Location Change


For those of you that haven’t been regularly coming (or perhaps are new), we are in the process of moving to a new location. Unfortunately, due to some timing issues, we had to move out of the old space before the new location was ready, so for the time being we will be meeting at Asheville Brewing and Pizza Company downtowm (77 Coxe Ave) which is just a couple blocks from the new space, same time (Tuesday 7pm).

This week in particular (10/6), we will be doing a showing of the new location beforehand, so come check out the new space @ 207 Coxe Ave, from 6:30pm ’til 7:15pm, and then meander over to grab some food and drinks with us for the rest of the evening.

Weekly meetup time change

FYI: Our weekly hangout / meetup / social / open house is now from 7pm until 9pm (still Tuesdays). Most likely folk will still be around earlier working on projects and whatnot. Meetups begin with a 15-20 minute general meeting that everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, followed by social hangout / project time for the rest of the evening.

New Classes for May & June

There are new classes up on the calendar:

  • May 30th ( 1pm to 3pm ) – Learn to Solder Workshop. If you’ve been to one of our learn to solder events before, this might be old hat, but whether you’re totally new to soldering, want to brush up your skills, or your kids just want to do it yet again, come on out and put together a simple blinking robot badge. No RSVP required, feel free to just show up any time during the 2-hour block. [Cost: Free for Members, $3 for Non-Members]
  • June 13th ( 1pm to 3pm) – DIY Radio Transmitter Workshop. Come learn the basics of AM Radio and build your own mini broadcasting station. All ages welcome. This class is limited to 15 people, so make sure to sign up early. If it fills up, we will consider holding it again in July. [Cost: $20 for Members, $30 for Non-Members] Click here to RSVP & Pay online.

And, here are some of the workshops in the queue / planning stages for the rest of the year:

  • Build Your Own HoverCraft
  • Homemade Speakers
  • DIY Synthesizers, Audio Amplifiers, & Other Noisy Things
  • Build your own Arduino from scratch
  • Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Components
  • Introduction to Arduino Programming
  • Sewing Machine Basics
  • T-Shirt Screen Printing
  • Wearable Electronics
  • Build your own Body Form for clothes making

If you have ideas or requests for classes, or especially if you want to offer / teach something of your own (and non-technical is great too!), drop us a line.

Moving In!

We are pleased to announce that we have found a home for the MakerSpace and are getting ready to move in!

This coming week will be our last time meeting at Standard Pizza, so come on out at 6pm for some food and drinks, and then we’ll transition over to the new space around 7pm to show it off and continue socializing (or just meet us there – it’s only a few blocks away). The new address is 285/295 Haywood Rd, at the corner of Haywood and Haywood in West Asheville. Hope to see you there!

Details about our time frame for opening, how to help with getting the location ready, what we need, and official memberships will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. A big thank you to everyone who has supported and helped to organize the Asheville Makers up to this point!

It’s all about feelings.


When the idea of making a robot becomes a feeling and you say to yourself, “I feel like making a robot!”… well, that’s when you need to get on down to our super-secret robot makerspace and exercise that emotion. That’s precisely what we’ve been doing these past couple of Saturday mornings. In this blog post I’ll attempt to put some words to those glorious feelings.


It was a hard Saturday morning of flies, dust, stiff rawhide gloves and rusty metal as far as the eye could see. We had just arrived at the BIMCO scrap metal yard. Avi lifted heavy metal things and looked at them, Ian spent time with tires, Tiffany supervised and I tried without success to convince the metal crusher guy that his shift was over and it is now my turn to operate that wonderful machinery. He wasn’t having it. Anyway, we found metal, we found lots of it, we bought some of it and we brought it back to headquarters.




We don’t have a real plan for making our self balancing robot (aka. DIY Segway for under $400) so we just started putting objects near each other in a configuration that we imagine to be the robot we want to make. Voila! It looks good to us and we are that much closer to our goal.


The robot chassis not only needs to withstand the forces of the two 280 watt motors we bought on ebay ($32.99/each) but it also needs to safely hold up a person. We started with a couple of pieces of extruded aluminum square t-channel bolted together and then doubled up up on some 6.25mm scrap to make 12.5mm end pieces on which to attach our wheelbarrow wheels, which we secured with big bolts and washers.


It was unclear where to drill our bolt holes so we cut a few slivers from the extruded aluminum square t-channel so we could make a pattern. Then Avi ate some watermelon.




Ian dreamt up a super-cool custom collar to hold the sprocket to the wheel. He then machined that piece into reality. Oak ply was relatively cheap and easier to work with then the scrap iron we were using so we cut it to fit and bolted it in place.


I refashioned the end pieces where the wheels attach. The frame seems to be holding up nicely sitting 20mm lower than before.


Avi brought his ol’school cathode ray tube oscilloscope to test the h-bridge circuit he designed to run the motors. With some perfboard, an electomagic degree, and some parts he went to work. Like the wizard from Fantasia, a flurry of soldering strokes and mystical utterances brought forth a whole universe of circuitry wonder.

I mostly just made sure we had some nutritious snacks and that the shop music was partial to my liking. Well, I think that’s about it. We’ve been robot making for the past few Saturday mornings and I can honestly say, “It feels good!” Stay tuned for phase II of robot evolution happening in our  temporary robot makerspace in the basement of some guy’s house.


Quick & Easy Camping Platform


My sister recently built this sweet camping platform in the woods on my land, so I thought I’d show off her build. Most of the wood was scrounged from various construction dumpsters, and the metal roofing/gutter was purchased from the local metal recycling facility. Total cost for materials (not including tools) was under $100, & was constructed in about 8 hours.

Dimensions: 8′ x 10′, height ~3.5′ (back), 5.5′ (front)

Bill of Materials
Platform Base:
- Primary Support Beams (2x) – 2×10, 10′ length (2x8s would be fine)
– Floor Joists (5
x) – 2x8, 8′ length
– Flooring – 140′ of 1″ tongue & groove wood siding
- Roofing Metal – 6, 11′ sheets of roofing metal (total area 11’x12′)
– Metal Gutter – 12′ length
– Roofing supports (2x) – 2×4, 12′ length
- Rafters (7x) – 2×4, 11′ length
- Purlins – 72′ of pallet wood
– Posts – 2x 4×4, 8′ length (cut into 3′ and 5′ lengths)
- decking screws
- roofing screws
- caulk, ~1 tube
- stain, ~1 quart

Base Construction
Land was cleared & cinder blocks were placed and leveled. Structural base was constructed using two 10′ 2x10s for the primary support beams and five 8′ 2x8s for the floor joists.
These nice 2x10s and pine wood siding were given to us for free. Apparently they were rained on, and thus deemed no longer usable on the job site. A few of them were slightly warped, but was no longer noticeable once being screwed down.
Posts were attached to both primary floor beams & joists, and grooves were cut into the flooring in the corners to allow for the posts to pass through. The roofing support beams & rafters were cut to allow for approximately a 1′ overhang on all sides (~12′ and 11′ lengths respectively). Since most of this came from dumpster scrap, few of the 2x4s used for rafters were actually long enough to extend the full length. The full lengths were created by joining (sistering) multiple boards together.
Purlins – used for screwing the metal roofing to – were made from old pallet wood.
Roofing metal attached & caulked. A gutter was added to the rear side to allow for easy rain water catchment for washing / filtering & drinking. Last step was to paint all the wood with a thick sealing stain to encapsulate & weatherproof.


Build your own Stomp Rocket Launcher for less than $5

Finished1If you’ve been to any of our rocket launching events, you’ve probably seen some of our awesome launching rigs.

While some of our members spent a good bit of time and money creating them, you can build your own in about 30 minutes, and for $5 or less.

Bill of Materials:

  • 3 – pieces of 1/2″ PVC pipe (12″ each)
  • 2 – 90deg elbows for 1/2″ PVC pipe
  • 2 – small hose clamps
  • 1 – 12″ section of bike (or similar) tubing
  • 1 – 2-liter soda bottle (or similar)

Tools Required:

  • Flat head screw driver
  • PVC cutters, or hack saw


Step 1: Measure out and cut your PVC pipe to the appropriate size (12″).




Saw   or   Cutters


TubeStep 2: Using the hose clamps, attach one end of the bike tube to one
of the PVC pieces, and the other end to the soda bottle. Screw down until the hose clamp is snug.


Clamp2   and   Clamp1



Step 3: Push the 12″ PVC lengths into the elbows (no PVC solvent or glue needed).




Step 4: Have fun!