Queen of the garbage bin.

I enjoy making weird animals or figures.
Browsing through the bins at the Makerspace gives you lots of things to work with 🙂

Resin project with computer parts:

Resin art
Resin computeparts figure
Left over wood slice, old tool and branches from my garden.


Sandblasting glasswork

By combining the use of the venyl cutter with the sandblasting cabinet you can create great artwork on glass. By sandblasting glass you give the glass a rough surface that reflects light differently than the clear glass.

create your image in Inkscape (or similar)

First you need to make a mold on the venyl cutter. You can do this with any vector-based drawing program. We prefer to make use of ‘open source’ software so Inkscape is a good starting point. When you have created the lines that difine the shape of your artwork you can send it to the venyl cutter, which cuts it in special sandblasting foil.

Cut it with the venyl cutter

Then peel off the parts that you want to sandblast, which is easier said than done. Especially if your object is rather small.

Then you put it on a transfer foil and stick it to the glasswork that you want to sandblast. Cover all the parts where you don’t want the sand to roughen the surface.

All that’s left to do is to sandblast in the designated cabinet. Make sure that you blast all the uncovered parts of your object. Easy peasy…;-)

Laser Cut Icarus

The first week of April we cleaned and realigned the optics of our Lasersaur. It works like new now. The first trial I did was an Icarus Automaton. It’s based on a Cupid Instructable by robives.com . My pupils at school are working on an Icarus/Daedalus assignment an I thought: “Why not make an Icarus myself”.

Edited design of the Cupid by Robives
The finished automaton

And this is how it looks, when it moves
But of course a trail also brings some flaws to light. The Laser cutter still needs some tweaking of the optics… as you can see on the photo’s of the front and back of the cut plywood for my automaton

The front, it seems to have worked properly
But on the flip side, you can see that the laser hasn’t totally cut through all parts.

I worked with plywood 3mm with a base coat white paint.
The lasersaur was set to speed 1000 at 40% powerit worked good on most places, but there is a zone close to 0 that loses power through alignment problems. Were almost there though… And my project was finished in no time!

Reclaimed Jatoba wood flooring table

This extendable table has been built with reclaimed flooring wood. This table has been built in the course of a year in the space.

(finished product first)

Jatoba built, reclaimed wood and 60s look.

colorful coffee table

This is my coffee table made from American walnut (gray), Oak (white) and Padouk (red). These colors are natural. This Padouk has a rare grain pattern, the white ‘clouds’ are sap-wood, which are normally not mixed with the older red tinted wood. I love finding these rare woods and combining them into beautiful tabletops. The table is a simple and lightweight design, finished with Skylt polyurethane finish.

Square holes

MakerSpace Leiden member Hans Delsink recently hosted a woodworking workshop on how to create tenons and mortises using power tools. Tenons and mortises are a common yet very effective way to create a solid mechanical joint between two pieces of wood.

Hans’s technique involves a router table and a mortiser, making this operation fast and repeatable. Both tools are available at MSL.

Cutting a tenon on the router table

Although router tables are fairly common and can be used for a lot of different jobs, a mortiser’s sole purpose is to make square holes. Drilling a few of these next to each other creates a slot and voilà, a perfectly square mortise in a fraction of the time it would take with hand tools.

The mortiser, notice the square bit

A big thanks to Hans for sharing his experience.

Stiff Ball Valves

We’re improving our dust-control. This sees us connecting the various machines up to a central dust and chip separator and vac-shop.

But we needed some sort of valves; so we do not waste precious flow capacity on machines that are not in use. Unfortunately the PVC ball valves we got where very stiff (especially when cold). And it would not be long before the handles would break.

Small PVC ball valve

We tried lubing them – to no avail.

Ultimately we broke out one of the largest tools we have at the makerspace; the abene mill.

That worked !


Vorig weekeinde was de grote opruimdag (we doen dit zo’n 2 a 3 keer per jaar – om te voorkomen dat de ruimte dichtslibt).

Met dank aan iedereen die geholpen heeft – en dankzij Fulco hebben we nu veel betere stalling van het metaal. Hier staat onze gezamelijke restvoorraad (deelnemers doneren een paar euro per kilo als ze iets gebruiken – alsmede speciaal metaal van deelnemers dat niet in hun krat of kist past).