Open Shop Time

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

MAKE! Chicago is a Maker Space with woodworking, welding, sculpture and metal fabrication tools.

During Open Shop Time, guests may have access to our tools and space to create their projects.

A monitor is available to advise and assist as needed. However, the activity is intended to be self directed. Guests should come prepared with a clear plan of what they intend to make, and be versed in the tools and techniques they intend to use throughout the activity.

Limited consumables are available if needed such as screws and glue. But it is expected that guests will bring in their own materials, hardware, finishes, etc.

If you have a larger DIY project you've been meaning to get to and just dont have the space in your condo, if you have a piece of furniture you would like to restore or repair, if you need to weld a part back on your metal patio furniture, Open Shop Time is your time to get things done, and receive the support you need.

Guests may arrive and go anytime between 12 and 6. But we recommend getting to the shop as early as you can to make the best use of the space and get your money's worth.

Prerequisites: You must have been through the shop authorization and signed a waiver to enter the space and do work. If you have not, we will do a brief authorization at the start of the activity

Advice: Choose a single project to execute. Do some research. Make a plan. And gather up all materials in advance. Email us in advance if you have questions. We are here to help you be successful.

What to Bring

All materials and hardware you will need to complete your project(s) for the day, and a PLAN.

Minimum age

All ages welcome


It is strongly recommended that you have undergone our safety orientation, and have some skills in whatever it is you plan on doing at our shop, before you come to use the shop. We offer a free orientation on the Last Tuesday of every month. Here's a link to RSVP and get details:

If you can't make it on the last tuesday, please contact us to work something out at

What's Provided

We stock a limited supply of screws, glue, tape, stains, fillers, sandpaper, etc. But bring your own consumables such as wood, metal, stains and finishes, and specialty hardware. Especially if you're going to need a lot.

Cancellation Policy

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Joseph Budka

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Joseph has been a woodworker for over 20 years. He has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his areas of expertise include woodworking, welding, metal fabrication, sculpture, furniture design, and more. He owns Pagoda Studios, Inc. - a full service design and fabrication studio in Chicago. There, he designs and creates custom furniture, sculpture, home accessories, and more. Over the years, he has taught classes in woodworking, drawing, painting sculpture and other artistic fields.


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    Mark B.
    Reviewed on 01/05/20

    Joseph was incredibly helpful and patient. I left the shop with so much knowledge about woodworking and can’t wait to get stared in my next project!

    Joseph was incredibly helpful and patient. I left the shop with so much knowledge about woodworking and can’t wait to get stared in my next project!

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