Learn To Cut Your Electricity Bill!

WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM WHERE: NESIT Learning Center, 290 Pratt Street, Meriden, CT By now you’ve probably received your latest electricity bill and said “what the hell!”. The recent rate hikes are significant and will have you thinking twice about how you use electricity. Come and join us and find out how you can save money on your electricity bill. We’ll start with the basics, explaining the concepts of volts, amps and watts and show you how electricity usage Read More +

3D Printed Poseable Robot

Saw a cool jointed robot featured on Thingiverse.com by Shira, and thought I’d try to print one out and assemble it. Shira’s a graphic designer by trade and a sculptor that likes create articulated dolls. Her design stuck out because it was cute and secondly designed for some of the parts (arms and neck) to be moveable with a single print run. The directions were pretty straight forward, although I had to use rafts and other tricks to get the pieces to print out ok Read More +

Car hacks

My wife’s 2007 Toyota Scion TC had a key  that was slowly breaking apart, the door unlock buttons weren’t working (circuit board was damaged), and the key was becoming separated from the plastic case. Calling the dealership I was told that to replace the key I would need to order a special key (with a transponder), have it cut, reprogram the ignition transponder to her car. Total cost: $220 ( that was even with a part dealer discount… used the name of a friend’s business). I Read More +

Woodworking Event with Katie

One of our members , Katie, is writing a book on simple outdoor furniture making, and her editor wants her to have others read her written instructions, build my projects, and give mher feedback on whether they have any questions. The book is written for any skill level, so whether you’ve built something before or not, you can (hopefully) read her instructions (and if you can’t, she wants to hear about it before the book is published). She’ll be at the shop on Monday, December Read More +

Soap Making Class

When: Wednesday December 10th – 7pm Where: @ NESIT We’ll be doing it workshop style. If you’d like to bring your own crockpot, protective gear, lye, and oil go ahead and you can make some yourself along with us. If that all sounds like there’s too much cooking crap up involved just come by… a few members have picked up the stuff and we’ll have an extra rig in case someone’s feeling adventurous. Making soap is mostly avoiding inhaling lye fumes anyway. Once you’ve got Read More +