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Tool Donations

We need your tools! We are accepting tax deductable donations of tools and equipment. Click here for more information on what we are looking for.

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Memberships

Memberships are coming soon. Keep watching this space for details.

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Open House Nights

Come see what’s going on at Benicia Makerspace at our open house nights every other Monday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Find more information on our next open house by joining our meetup group.

Welders Are Up And Ready To Go

As the clock marches down to our grand opening on July 11th, we are pleased to announce the the welders are up and running. Doug and Jim did some test welds and everything seems to be working fine. We hope to offer a Welding 101 class ASAP as this is one of the most requested activities. We are also filling out our woodworking section and getting our RFID system ready so that members can enjoy 24/7 access to any of the tools that they have been trained on and feel comfortable using.

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Goodbye Radio Shack. Hello Benicia Makerspace!

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For many of us that work with electronics it is sad to see Radio Shack close it’s doors for good in Benicia and around the country. For so many years it was the place to run to in an emergency when you just needed a switch or resistor to finish out that project you were working on. Radio Shack was founded in 1921 in Boston, MA which makes it one of the oldest chain of retail stores and certainly one of the oldest electronics stores.

At Benicia Makerspace we were lucky enough to get some the fixtures from our local store to use in our new space. In addition to the electronics cabinets, we can re-purpose some of the display tables to be used as work benches. The display racks will make good, portable tool storage. If you are ever nostalgic feel free to come by and sign up for a membership!

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Work Day At Benicia Makerspace Was A Big Success

There is still a lot of work to be done, but we got a couple of big items crossed off the list on Saturday. After enjoying some tasty pancakes, bacon and sausage gravy, Jim, Doug and Doris worked on installing new conduit for the welders and to fix some of the electrical issues in our space. Aaron, Dan and Joyce finished tearing down a wall and putting up a header to maker room for group activities and classes. We also installed the new lock to prepare for our RFID access system for paying members. Thanks to everyone who participated!! We will have more work to do on Monday during our open house.

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Our New Space

We are excited to announce that we have obtained a bigger space in the Industrial Park that is more suited towards making things.

The space has an entryway, three small offices — one of which is home to California Ebike, and warehouse space.

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Please come check out our new space at the next Open House Monday June 15 from 6-8pm.

There also will be a Volunteer Work Day and Pancake Breakfast to help get the space ready to open on Saturday June 20 at 9am

The Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday July 11 at 5pm.  We hope to see you there.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2015

Benicia Makerspace was once again at the big Maker Faire Bay Area this year. Thanks to Nicci, Doug, Jim, Chris, Aiden, Trish and Frank who helped staff our booth over the 2.5 day event. If you weren’t able to attend, here are a few pictures to show you what you missed and get you in the spirit to help us out next year.

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Our new space!

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Update 05-01-2015: This is now our old space :)
We finally have a space of our own. Thanks to the generous offer of the Benicia Unified School District we have a small space that we can use for group projects, small meetings and lots of other activities. You can get a better view of the space on Google+ here.While this space is not suited for woodworking or metalworking we plan on adding some computers and some other small equipment like a 3D printer and a small CNC machine. There is also an opportunity to spruce up the dormant gardens in front of the building. Look for Open House nights on our meetup page to come and check it out. Also, join the mailing list to suggest how we should make use of our new home.

Water Desalinization and White House Makerfaire

We had a very interesting night at our last public workshop. Joseph Rizzi gave a very interesting presentation about improved methods for water desalinization. Mayor Patterson also joined us and answered questions about State water policy before briefing us on her trip to the Washington D.C. for the White House Makerfaire. In case you missed it, we will be having another Open Project Night on August 6th at 6pm at the Benicia Library.

Here is a recording of the Mayor’s talk.

Presentation to Benicia City Council and Proclamation

We had the opportunity to present to the Benicia City Council on May 27th to teach them what a makerspace is and why having one is important to this region. The presentation went very well and the Mayor followed up with some suggestions for moving forward. Then, on June 3rd we were invited to come back for a proclamation from the council recognizing our efforts. Things are really picking up steam for Benicia Makerspace! If you would like to view the video from the meetings you can click on the links below. The video takes a minute or so to get started.

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