Welcome to the Bodgery

A makerspace and social group for makers in Madison, WI

 

Community Tool Drive

Are there family tools sitting unused in a garage or basement? Does your business have a large tool or machine sitting in a corner? We’re hosting a tool drive, to get those tools into the hands of people who will use them, love them, and learn new skills with them. (More info) Together with the Atwood Tool Library, and the … Continued

Featured

In this week’s edition of The Isthmus newspaper, the Bodgery was featured in a great article on our “All Inclusive” dynamic.  Whether expert or newbie, crafter or gear-head, we aim to provide a space where everyone can feel at home. Pick up a copy, or view it online!

CNC Party and Demo

Friday night we’re hosting a CNC party, celebrating all the computer-guided machines in the shop. The CNC Router from Milwaukee is up and running, and we have a new mini-CNC-router (the Carvey) to show off, plus the laser cutter/engraver, our 3D printers, the vinyl cutter, and a CNC embroidery machine! We’ll provide demos on them all, so come explore the possibilities … Continued

New Tools!

Well isn’t this exciting.  Three new tools are now in the shop, ready for your project needs!  A metal lathe, tabletop end mill, and a sandblaster. Plus, a liquid-cooled stone grinder for jewelry, tile saw, another 3D printer, etc.  Stop by any Mon/Fri night and check them out!

A Visit to Tormach

Members of the Bodgery were lucky enough to get a personal tour of Tormach’s facilities in Waunakee recently, and we had a blast!  It’s great when a company whose product you admire has the values and environment to match – it looks like a great place to work, the staff were really friendly and welcoming, and the maker spirit is … Continued

The Octopus Foundry

Thanks to Andy, we had a smelting-sculpture party tonight at the shop.  Pouring the molten metal over cold water beads makes wicked cool sculptures.  Click through for the video!  Aluminum pour on the left, pewter on the right.

Bodgery Co-Founder featured on Madison Noteworthy!

One of our co-founders, Karen Corbeill, was featured on Madison Noteworthy as their latest honoree.  It’s great to see others recognizing her passion and drive to build up the maker community here in Madison. She was interviewed at the shop by Brian Lee of Madison Startups and talks about her journey in founding The Bodgery, and maker/hackerspaces in general. Watch the video of … Continued

Member Project – Motorcycle Hacking

The metal shop has been getting a workout lately. One of the fun projects is Jeff Finup’s XR600 rebuild, cutting apart a Honda dirt bike to turn it into a sweet build worthy of city streets or rough trails. Here’s his progress on the subframe, welding on a new profile to the back. Want some advice on creating your own … Continued

501C-3PO

We’ve renounced profit! That is, we’ve been accepted by the IRS as a 501(c)(3), or non-profit organization. From the beginning, we’ve been putting all our income into the space, (paying rent), buying tools and materials so you and all of Madison can Make More Things at the Bodgery. Now it’s official! It’s great to see our mission recognized, and we hope this … Continued

Hacking Video Streams for Quadcopter Racing

One of our members, Timm Murray, founded and runs the Madison Drone Racing League. Lately has been working on a tricky problem of crowded video channels for the racers.  He’s made some great progress turning the analog streams into digital versions, for more efficient use of bandwidth.  He shares the progress on his personal project website…  Check it out!