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How to Join

Enrollment of new and returning members is temporarily CLOSED as until we transition to our new membership system in Late January.

If you’re interested in membership please make sure to signup for our newsletter for updates

Attend Open House. Come to open house meet our community, and tour the facilities and meet other community members That can be found on the calendar here

Membership Application & Liability Waiver. Complete your liability waiver before tours & classes, if you’re interested in joining you can complete the membership application at the same time.

Signup For New Member Orientation & Shop Safety Trainings. Choose the training dates that work for you for general orientation and safety trainings for the individual shops

Receive Welcome Letter 7-10 Days after you complete you membership application you’ll get a welcome from our president letter walking you through your next steps.

Attend New Member General Orientation Get to know other new members as we go over the basics of the community and the shop, resources, and your responsibilities as members to each other as part of the community, you will also be given your key fob at orientation Replacements are available outside the shop if your dog or snow blower eats it.

Pay for Your Membership. You can pay when you’re ready to join after taking New Member Orientation

Join Our Slack. As soon as you’re on our dashboard please use the join slack link so that you can collaborate with other members

Get Involved to Volunteer, supporting each other & the community. Your support as a member makes Twin Cities Maker happen we ask each member to give 10 Hours each year as they are able.

Attend Open House
Come to open house meet our community, and tour the facilities and meet other community members That can be found on the calendar here

Tour Signup & Liability Waiver

Complete your liability waiver before tours & classes, if you’re interested in joining you can complete the membership application at the same time and get is done now.

Signup For New Member Orientation & Shop Safety Trainings.

Most departments require trainings in addition to New membership orientation before you can use them

Receive Welcome Letter

You’ll receive a welcome letter from our president with stickers/swag

Attend New Member General Orientation & Pick Up your Key

Get to know other new members as we go over the basics of the community and the shop, resources, and your responsibilities as members to each other as part of the community,

Pay for Your Membership.

You can pay when you’re ready to join after taking New Member Orientation login to your tcmaker wild apricot account & set up a membership

Join Our Slack

As soon as you’re on our dashboard please use the join slack link so that you can collaborate with other members

Get Involved to Volunteer, supporting each other & the community.

Your support as a member makes Twin Cities Maker happen we ask each member to give 10 Hours each year as they are able.

Being a Member of our Volunteer Community

Enrollment of new and returning members is temporarily CLOSED as until we transition to our new membership system in Late January.

If you’re interested in membership please make sure to signup for our newsletter for updates

Membership Options

Twin Cities Maker is an all-volunteer community that collaboratively operates a nonprofit organization and shared workshop. Our community members pay monthly dues, volunteer their time, and donate resources which go towards the upkeep of the shop and its tools and, in return, get to use the tools and space to build things that they wouldn’t be able to build at home.

Membership Options

  • $65 – recurring monthly membership
  • $325 – 6 month membership. Get one free month!
  • $650 – A full year membership gets you two free months!
  • $30Community Supported monthly membership (Does NOT come with a +1)

    We do not offer discounts based solely on student or senior status as those are not status indicators consistent with financial need. We instead offer a Community Supported membership for anyone who needs the community’s financial support to enable participation there is need.

We want our community and our facilities to be available to people from all walks of life, and to do that we keep our dues as low as possible. As a result, we don’t have paid employees. Instead we ask every member to commit 10 hours a year and help out with one project or clean up day.

Sound like a lot? Just spend 15 minutes cleaning up a little more mess that you make four times a month and you’ve got it covered!

Returning Members

Responsibilities of Membership

Be excellent to each other. This is the central organizing principle of Twin Cities Maker and the reason why the organization works as well as it does. Try to be aware of others and respectful of their needs. It also helps to be patient with volunteers — they are donating their evenings and weekends to keep the tools the running.

Ask for help when you need help. It’s easy to hurt yourself or damage equipment if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you’re worried that you don’t know how something works, ask another member for help or contact one of the area managers.

Report broken tools. If you notice that a tool is broken, worn out, or making noises that it shouldn’t, notify the area manager, so we can inspect the tool and, adjust, repair or replace it as necessary.

Pitch in when you can. Since we are ans all volunteer community we rely on you to help maintain the shop, we’re always grateful for any help you offer us. Even simple things like taking out the trash or sweeping a floor make a huge difference when enough people do them.

Benefits of Membership

As a member of Twin Cities Maker, you and one lucky member of your household get 24-7 access to our workshop and all the wonders held within. A bit of what we offer:

  • A full-featured woodworking shop with high-end cabinet saws, a large planer and jointer, an amazing thicknessing sander, and nearly any hand tool you could need.
  • A large metalworking shop with stations for MIG, TIG, and oxyacetylene welding.
  • A professional-grade laser cutter.
  • A machine shop for milling and turning high-precision metal parts.
  • A blacksmithing area for people who are old-school.
  • A collection of 3D printers and CNC machines for people who are not old-school.

We ask that you store flammable chemicals like acetone and oil-based paints in our flammable chemical locker, but most other stuff is fair game.

While we don’t provide long-term storage for items that won’t fit in your storage area, but if you’re working on a large project that you can’t easily move to and from the shop, we can help you find a place for it until the work is done.