It's great to have access to so much equipment. I have no excuses now, I have the equipment available at Techshop to make just about anything. But do I have the imagination and skills? It's a good problem to have.
We're making a bottle opener here, obviously it's not rocket science, but the purpose of the class is just to teach basic use and safety of the tools so you can then come back and make a rocket, robot, or whatever you are in to.
Step 1: Laying Out the Bottle Opener Pattern on the Metal.
Step 2: Cutting Off the Piece of Metal to About the Right Size.
Step 3: Cold Saw
Step 4: Hole Prep With a Punch
Step 5: Drill Out Some of the Material.
You can see on the original pattern, we still have some more material to remove.
The classes at Techshop are geared to make sure all members know the safe ways to use the equipment. Once you have taken the class on a group of tools and have a current membership, you can make whatever you want as long as you can do it safely.
If you don't have a Techshop in your area, give them an email or call and ask.
Check it out at www.techshop.ws