What our creative members have been doing on the CNC machines

Our CNC Routers get a fair amount of use these days, and what people make with them can be pretty amazing! Below is a gallery of some CNC projects from members and our resident CNC expert Alex. He also does monthly classes on how to use our CNC machines (next one is March 17th) so you can get started on the path to making cool stuff like this!


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This is a pin from the show Game of Thrones. The 3D file can be found on CG Trader here.

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The members of Lost Woods Turning Co. have been making guitar picks out of various specialty woods. They do a lot of great stuff, so you should check their website out here.


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It’s like there’s a bunch of nerds here. This is a Hylian Crest carved into a piece of Lignum Vitae, or “ironwood”.


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This shiny piece of metal is a branding iron in progress! It’s got someone’s signature on it so they can sign their woodworking with a hot metal version of it.

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Some signs need to be made. Truer word were never carved.

Seeking New Volunteers

The Makerspace is looking for more volunteers for it’s Volunteer Program! Can you spare 4 hours a week to help out at a fun and creative community shop? Tell us when and how you can help! We offer a complimentary membership upgrade for members on the Port City Maker level, but for non-members we do credit towards either a month of membership or day passes. Sign up today and help out a great community resource!

Halloween costume building at the makerspace

Halloween costume building at the makerspace

Every year running we’ve hosted free costume-building workshops for folks, and this year is no different! We invite anyone working on their costume to come in and make it alongside others doing the same! We don’t require anything to attend, but we do encourage you to make a cash donation to help us continue doing events like this.

What you can use:

We have large space with 4 tables to lay out material and projects.
You can use hand tools we have at the shop like pliers, scissors, wrenches, screwdrivers, hot glue guns, heat guns, hammers, and others.
You can use machines like the 3D printers, sewing machines, and cordless drills.
We also have small amounts of scrap material on hand that you can use!c

Group Trip to Open Bench Project!

Group Trip to Open Bench Project!

We got a message from another cool makerspace in Portland called the Open Bench Project. They were talking amongst themselves and wanted to do a collaborative project with other makerspaces and came up with an interesting idea. They were thinking an inter-makerspace flying drone would be an interesting project to tackle. As you can imagine there’s a lot of considerations that come into play, so we are going to have a joint makerspace meeting soon to discuss the project. Some members from the makerspace will be going up to the OBP on May 6th at 4pm and we will have a group discussion and maybe some prototyping. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to come as well.


Bylaws for Member Meetings

Hello Members!

As a result of Tuesday’s member meeting it has been concluded that we need to improve our decision-making process. Attendees of member meetings may have noticed the same things being talked about time and again, with little to show for. By establishing a set of bylaws to operate these meetings with we can make definite decisions on controversial topics, but still leave them open to amendments later on.

At least that is one way we could set up the bylaws. If you want to talk about the process these meetings, we have scheduled a Bylaws Discussion for Wednesday 29th from 5pm to 8pm to begin with. If you have an interest in the way things operate at the space you need to attend this meeting! This meeting is going to make difference in the way decisions are made and the way your voice is heard.

You can RSVP and for the meeting on our website or on the Facebooks.

Aside: the meeting notes will be sent out in a few days.


Welcome to Port City Makerspace

Hello makers and do-ers. As you may have noticed for awhile now we have been using a flashy new website! This is thanks to our volunteer-driven Website Committee. Thanks to Wayne, Joss, Tanya, and Alex (myself) for setting this up!

We now have a nice calendar which stays very up to date. There are pages for memberships, storage options, and day passes. There are some pages describing each of the shops, but we still have more content to put up there. Overall, if there’s anything you feel we should add to the site feel free to email us suggestions!

Intro to 3D Printing

Intro to 3D Printing

In this Introduction to 3d printing students will learn to download printable objects from the internet and print them on our 3D printer. This is a good primer class for anybody interested in using our printer and a great preparation for people interested in designing and printing their own objects. This class has a limited number of spaces available so sign up now online or call to reserve a spot if you would like to pay in person the day of the class.
Volunteer at Port City Makerspace

Volunteer at Port City Makerspace

Want to be a volunteer at Port City Makerspace? Our elite team of space cadets is looking for new members and we want you to apply!

Makerspace Cadets manage the shop, maintain tools, organize and clean, and are extremely important members of our community.

To be a cadet you must commit 4 hours per week and you get a upgraded membership level for your efforts! The application can be found online here (please print it out and bring it to us in person) or we can give you a printed version at the shop.

Letter to the Editor of the Portsmouth Herald

Letter to the Editor of the Portsmouth Herald.

Jan. 23 — To the Editor:

A big thumbs up to Port City Makerspace for hosting a movie night fund-raiser to benefit the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project.

The movie “Lost Rivers” was shown to a large audience last Monday evening at Makerspace and raised an impressive amount of donations, which will be used this summer to install residential rain gardens in the watershed.

“Lost Rivers” tells the story of how, once upon a time, in almost every industrial city, countless rivers flowed. We built houses along their banks. Our roads hugged their curves and their currents fed our mills and factories. But as cities grew, we polluted rivers so much that they became conduits for deadly waterborne diseases like cholera, which was the 19th century’s version of the Black Plague. Our solution two centuries ago was to bury rivers underground and merge them with sewer networks.

Today we are looking for ways to unearth rivers like Hodgson Brook in order to improve water quality and provide opportunities for wildlife and residents to enjoy them.

It was particularly wonderful to be able to show the movie at Makerspace, given that for the past 100-plus years, Hodgson Brook has been redirected through a large culvert directly under the building, so close yet so far from sunlight.

Bringing Hodgson Brook back to life will take years and a lot of commitment, but with the help of residents and businesses such as Makerspace, we are well on our way.

Candace Dolan

Hodgson Brook Watershed Coordinator


Teach a Course!

Do you have some skills you could share with the Port City Makerspace Community? Teaching a course is a great way to build community and make a little money on the side. If you have a course in mind just fill out this form and we will get the process started to make you the next member of our instructor team at Port City Makerspace!

Curious about pricing and how we pay instructors? Read this explanation.