Once you’ve signed up and you have your keycard, you’re ready to go. Here’s how to get started.
We hold at least one orientation session for new members on the evening of the first Saturday of every month @ 2pm and usually schedule others through the month for members convenience. Book yours today at go.tcmaker.org/newmember. This is the quickest and easiest way to learn the ropes. At orientation, you’ll get to meet other new members, learn the rules of the shop, and ask any questions you might have.
After New Member Orientation, if you are taking orientation the first Friday onsite, we recommend that you stick around for the Wood Shop Orientation that immediately follows. You’ll meet the Wood Shop managers, learn how this area of the workshop is organized, and get clearance to use our woodworking tools.
Some of our equipment is either too dangerous or too complex to learn in an orientation session. If, for instance, you want to learn to weld steel or use one of our CNC machines, you need to take a class. You can see a list of upcoming classes here on our website.
Our Wednesday evening Open House is a good time to visit with other members, show people what you’ve been working on, and ask for advice on any problems you’re having with your projects. If you’re interested in how the organization is run and how you can help out, our monthly board meetings are open to the membership. You can see when the next board meeting is happening on our calendar.
Finally, on one Saturday per quarter, we close the shop for a Quaterly Cleanup. We use this opportunity to thoroughly clean the floors and the tools, rearrange the shop if necessary, and performance maintenance tasks that are either too involved or too intrusive to do while the shop is open. We encourage you to come and help out, even if it’s just for an hour. It’s always true that every little bit helps, but on cleanup day, every little bit helps a lot.