Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:03:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wood 102: Making a Picture Frame Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:39:51 +0000 Perhaps you draw, perhaps you have a print collection, perhaps you have a photograph that needs the perfect frame. With the skills learned in this class, you’ll be able to adorn the art on your walls with custom frames that you make! Frame making is an excellent way to learn advanced wood working skills that can be applied to many other projects.

Students will take the skills learned in Introduction to Wood to the next level to make a picture frame. In this class, students will learn about various router bits and safety procedures, as well as advanced techniques using the router table; advanced techniques on the table saw; proper glue up and clamping techniques; and basic “finishing” skills. The techniques addressed in this class are foundational skills for advanced woodworking and will teach students to be safe, competent, and confident woodworkers.


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Hot Glass / Cold Beer – Happy Hour at Bullseye Glass Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:00:44 +0000 If you know ADX, you know we love our happy hours.  Especially when they involve learning and making!

And, if you’ve kept up with our blog posts you’ll know that we recently partnered with Bullseye Glass to offer our members discounts on Bullseye’s classes.  And Bullseye, in the spirit of beer and creativity are hosting a happy hour on March 13th at their space.  Take a look below for more information, and sign up here for the event!


Sure, glass does a great job of holding your beer. But there are so many more creative things you can do with it!

Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a world-class art glass manufacturer right here in Portland. You’ll see how glass is made and what you can make with glass.

  • Tour the Bullseye Factory and watch our casters turn molten glass into beautiful sheets.
  • Make your own glass art: design a decorative magnet in our studio*.
  • Enjoy organic beer from Portland’s own (and Bullseye’s neighbor) Hopworks Brewing (2 drink tickets included), and some light snacks

It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

*Available to pick up a few days later, after we’ve fired them in the kiln and attached the magn

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New Partner: Bullseye Glass Co. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:00:47 +0000 bullseye_40th_anniversary_logos_v2_sm (2)

Bullseye Glass Co. is a manufacturer of colored glass for art and architecture with a strong commitment to research, education, and promoting glass art.  Bullseye collaborates with a community of artists locally and worldwide to produce quality art glass and promote quality glass art.

If you’ve been in the front lobby of our shop recently you may have noticed the wall displaying Bo Cappelli’s beautiful glasswork.  You might have asked yourself: where does Bo do the actual glass work, since ADX doesn’t currently have a glass working studio, and where does he get his raw material?  The answer to both of those questions:  Bullseye Glass.

Artwork by Bo Cappelli (displayed in ADX’s shop gallery)

Bo uses ADX’s facilities to make his frames, hooks and other non-glass based art projects, and he uses Bullseye Glass’s material and education facilities to make his glass projects.

Artwork by Bo Cappelli (glass work done at Bullseye Glass and metal work done at ADX)


And now, thanks to a recent partnership between ADX and Bullseye Glass, you too can learn the art of glass!

ADX and Bullseye Glass have teamed up to offer ADX members 25% off Introductory classes and 10% off all other classes! Just email, call or drop in to Bullseye Glass, sign up for a class and mention that you are an ADX member to get your discount.

Bullseye Glass also has an amazing assortment of glass products available for purchase in their retail shop and online.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for an ADX membership and go get your glass on!

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Shop Life: Feb 27 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:20:16 +0000 ADX_SLWk4-1

Shop Life is an ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is Installment IV.

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New Addition: The Cube Craft Lab Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:00:04 +0000 CubeLogo

As you all may know, here at ADX we believe in giving individuals and companies the chance to explore their creative dreams by providing access to equipment and tooling that would otherwise be unaffordable, or too big for the average apartment and small household.  With this in mind, we will be launching “The Cube”, a new space within the shop which will provide members with access to screen printing, industrial and garment sewing, and small scale metalsmithing and jewelry making stations.

Sign up for access to The Cube for $80/month (or $770/year) starting March 1st. This membership gives full access to The Cube in addition to all the regular perks of membership which includes discounts on all classes, access to the tool library, flex space, and ability to book out the laser engraver and 3D printers.

In celebration of this new space opening, we will be hosting a Launch Party on Sunday, March 1st at ADX from 4pm to 6pm.

The event is open to members and non-members alike and will be all ages.  There will be free beer provided by Burnside Brewery for those over the age of 21.


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Makin’ It with ADX and SCRAP Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:00:17 +0000 ADX_MakinIt_Poster-March

Attention makers, shakers and crafters: your favorite night-time crafting event, Makin’ It, is back!  ADX, Burnside Brewing and SCRAP have teamed up once again to curate a social crafting session where you can have a beer, listen to great music from a live DJ and make something amazing!

Our first event will be on March 18th from 6-9 PM here at ADX.  The event is free to ADX members and non-members alike. A suggested donation of $5-10 is appreciated and helps us pay for the DJ and materials.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own small projects to work on or to come use our scraps, materials and hand tools to make something on the fly.  Each event will be themed and SCRAP will be selling small themed kits that you can use to make something beautiful.  The first event theme will be Tiny Terrarium Spring Scenes.  We’ve got moss, jars, rocks and teeny tiny little forest creatures!  What wondrous forest scene will you create??

We will also have a mailing list that you can sign up for and enter to win a prize from one of our partners.  What is the prize, you ask?  You will just have to come and see!

The event is open to all ages. Adults over 21 will receive a free drink ticket to exchange for a delicious Burnside Brewing beer. Please RSVP here so we plan accordingly.  

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Zombie Recap Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:48:47 +0000 In case you weren’t aware, an outbreak of zombies struck the Central Eastside this weekend.



Luckily The Go Game anticipated the outbreak and had various stations set up throughout the neighborhood to train survivors in emergency preparedness techniques.



Here at ADX we trained survivors on how to make a firestarter out of sawdust and wax.  If you’re short on wax and saw dust, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.  Come down to our shop and purchase a few of our pre-made fire starters.  You never know when another zombie outbreak might occur!

For more in-depth coverage of the Central Eastside outbreak, click here.

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That NewNew Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:00:03 +0000 ADX_Blog_NewNew-1

This week at ADX, we’ve gotten underway with our intensive re-tooling of the shop. Check out some of our new machines!


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SHOP LIFE: Feb 13 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:00:01 +0000 ADX_SLWk3-1

Shop Life is an ADX Photo Series, featuring people, projects and happenings around the shop.
This is Installment III.
We’ve heard that Friday the 13th is supposed to be bad luck, but with all the new and updated tools and machines we received this week, we’re not feeling unlucky at all.

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New three day workshop – Tablemaking Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:15:45 +0000 ADX_SLWk2-12

Longtime ADX member Emma Adair will be teaching a three day workshop that will result in your very own handmade table. Students will learn how to hone their basic wood and metal shop skills, including measuring, cutting, planing, jointing, sanding, welding, grinding, gluing and finishing.

Class Itinerary:

1st Sunday: collect, arrange, cut, and glue up scrap for tabletop
2nd Sunday: plane completed boards, add finishing oil or paint topcoat; prepare and cut metal for stand
3rd Sunday: weld stand together, grind new welds and rough edges, paint if desired, assemble tabletop to stand
Students are encouraged to take both Intro to Wood and Intro to Metal before this table class; however, exceptions may be made for students with prior shop experience.  For more information, including waiving pre-reqs, contact, and click here to register for the class.
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