Metalworking Intensive 101: Building with Metal! DEC 2016
Metalworking Intensive 101: Building with Metal! DEC 2016

Metalworking Intensive 101: Building with Metal! DEC 2016

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

10 Tyler Street

Somerville, MA 02143

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In this class, students will learn the basics of how to design and fabricate objects made out of steel. Students will work together to build items and structures for the shops. Students will participate in the construction and assembly of pieces all the way from raw materials to finished product, and learn skills including measuring, layout, manufacturing of jigs, cutting, and MIG welding. Each student will get time to practice using saws, MIG welders, and angle grinders over the course of the 5 evening session. This will be a good introduction to general structural steel construction techniques; each session will reinforce the skills learned in previous classes.

When the class is over the class project will end up being used in the Asylum common spaces.

Class Goals:

A basic understanding of how to get material from industrial supliers.
How to Read manufacturing drawings.

Be comfortable setting up and using the following heavy duty tools:
  • Angle grinder
  • Abrasive Chop saw
  • Cold Saw
  • Drill Press
  • Set up and operate a MIG welder
  • Change an inert gas tank
  • Change a spool of wire on a MIG welder

Be comfortable using the following hand tools

  • Wrench
  • Hacksaw
  • File
  • Bench Vise
  • Acorn table
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
The following Layout tools will be used.
  • Tape measure
  • Adjustable square
  • Speed square
  • Scribe


No experience necessary; students must be at least 18 years old.

Materials Provided:

Materials will be provided by the Asylum.

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Cotton clothing like that you don't mind getting dirty. Synthetics burn and melt
  • Long sleeves and pants
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Something to cover your hair: baseball cap and bandanas work well

You will be learning a lot of new stuff, so you will need to take notes about safe machine operation and shop good practices: please bring a notebook!

Event Time:

Sessions are during December, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.

  1. Session 1: Monday, Dec 5, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  2. Session 2: Tuesday, Dec 6, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  3. Session 3: Wednesday, Dec 7, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  4. Session 4: Thursday, Dec 8, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  5. Session 5: Friday, Dec 9, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.


Rotor Guard made by the instructorArtisan's Asylum Metal Shop Lead Juan Alvarez is an engineer, technician, and educator with a passion for bike polo, organization and clean shops. He started his activity protoyping student projects at MIT shops as a volunteer. He makes bike parts, forks and frames under the name #weldingonfire. Juan also works as a bicycle mechanic and teaches the Asylum's CNC Plasma Cutting Tool Training and Metalworking Intensive 101 Class. Check his facebook, or instagram to see some of his projects!


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