Welcome to the Bodgery

A makerspace and social group for makers in Madison, WI


Madison Drone Racing League!

The first meetup of Madison’s Drone Racing League happened today at The Bodgery.  Drones arrived in many forms, including one 250mm racer, and others hungry to jump in.  We’ll meet twice a month at The Bodgery (Saturday afternoons), so check our calendar for details. We’ll have build days, trade advice and equipment faves, and many, many races.  Come on by!

Don’t Lock now, this week, it’s your Pick at the Bodgery!

This week, the Bodgery is offering two Maguyver-style classes: DIY Lock Picks, and Lockpicking 101. Tuesday, member, Karen, is hosting back to back DIY lock pick classes where attendees will learn various methods of making their own set of lock picks for easily sourced, free materials. Thursday, guest instructor, Kat, will explain the anatomy of a lock and how to … Continued

So There Was Pi

And Pie. And Raspberry Pis. Much deliciousness, mathematical discussion, and even Weird Science playing in the lounge! Because how can we not celebrate a once-a-century event! (If you hadn’t heard, 3-14-15 was the date, 9:23 pm was the time, and 56 seconds was the cherry on top)

Saving the Galaxy

m4s0n501 Luckily for us, lazing around on a sunny Saturday afternoon, the intrepid crew of the USS Bodgery is out there, clearing the galaxy of ships with poor shields and inferior weaponry. The crew is playing Artemis again, a 6-member team that cooperates to operate a starship together, zooming around space, taking on other teams, raiding supply depots and taunting … Continued

Lasers, Welders, Arduinos and Bookbinders

Our class schedule is shaping up! Most every month, JT teaches Laser Cutting/Etching, Mike teaches about Welding or blacksmithing, and Karen is teaching how to use the Vinyl Cutter. Soldering 101 is coming again from Lumen Jewelry.  We have monthly meetups on Microcontrollers (Arduinos/Rasp Pi’s) and Bookbinding. Lots to learn and do! This, in addition to our weekly Open Shop and … Continued

Raspberry Perls

You may have noticed the webcam feed on the new website design – that’s thanks to our member Timm Murray who built it from a Raspberry Pi, a red “D-Day Switch”, a laser-cut box made in the shop, and a bunch of configerin’.  Check out the write-up on PerlTricks.com!

Forging Ahead

Mike Rousonelos finished up his propane forge at the shop a few weeks back, and tonight was working on building the wooden stand for his Peter Wright anvil. Mike’s studied welding and metalworking, and is a self-taught blacksmith. If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, or being trained in the new tools, let Mike know!

LittleBits Projects!

Thanks to the cool folks at Littlebits, a sample pack of their modules is coming to The Bodgery! Think circuits that snap together like legos, allowing you to build all kinds of cool projects quickly and easily. So what do you think we should make for the shop with them? Come and play around with the sample pack and see … Continued