VTL presents Tools 101: Make Your Own Planter Box at VHS

The Vancouver Tool Libary (VTL) presents

Tools 101: Make Your Own Planter Box

In this introductory workshop, participants will become familiar with some of the most common and widely applicable tools in the VTL inventory in a fun and inclusive environment. Participants will learn proper tool handling, application, and safety. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have the confidence to name and use basic tools necessary for everyday projects AND walk away with a planter box they built themselves!

Facilitator: Tobias Atkinson

When: Saturday, March 8, 1pm-4pm

Where: Vancouver Hack Space, 270 1st Ave E, Vancouver BC

Cost: VTL & VHS Members: $20 | Non-Members: $27

What to Bring: All tools and materials will be provided. Part of the workshop may take place outside so wear comfortable clothing that is weather appropriate. No dangling drawstrings or jewellery, please.

Questions? E-mail: manager [at] vancouvertoollibrary [dot] com

Advance registration is required. Please pre-pay and sign up through the PayPal on VTL website. 

Bottom liner: Paul S. Gill  (aka SignGuy)

Identified Flying Objects Meetup at VHS

Are you into things that fly, and are small enough for a person to carry?

Quadcopters, Helicopters, Fixed Wing, Multirotors, or anything else? Participate in our quadcopter build workshop, and want to continue to learn? Wanted to get into multirotors, and not sure how to get started? come on down!

VHS will be hosting an afternoon meetup on February 22nd. Bring down your flying objects of all descriptions, check out others gear, share your knowledge , and learn from each other.

Meet at 1:00 PM at VHS ‘the bunker’ – 270 E 1st Ave. We’ll spend some time in the shop ‘bench flying’, then if the weather co-operates we’ll head down to near Science World for a bit of flying.

Don’t forget – crashing is an opportunity to do more building :-)

VHS membership is not required (but encouraged!), and it’s a great opportunity to check out the space.

Vancouver HackSpace – Amateur Radio Club (VHS-ARC) – Sunday Feb 16, 2014

The formation of a VHS subgroup, the  Vancouver HackSpace – Amateur Radio Club. This initial meeting is to set up VHS-ARC. Goal would ultimately be to build an Amateur Radio station (communal equipment). Getting there the club could offer VHS members and potential members help getting certified by Industry Canada for Basic and Advanced. At the first meeting we will explore why we want to form a club and what our immediate goals and tasks should be.

Vancouver Hack Space
270 east 1st

Sunday Feb 16th, 2014 @ 11:30 am

Meeting is open to all, members and non-members alike . All are welcome
whether you hold an Amateur Radio license from Industry Canada or wish
to acquire your Amateur Radio Certification.

Paul Gill

SMD March – Internet of things board

For SMD March we’ll be building an Internet of things board. This is the heart of an arduino uno coupled with an ethernet interface to let you control leds, relays etc, plus read switch positions, temperature etc. all over Ethernet.

Like a uno, it has a usb interface for programming with the Arduino GUI and measures just 5cm x 5cm. It’s the first board in our SMD series with components on both sides (does not present much of a challenge), it’s also the first board with errors on the pcb unfortunately – two mods to make.

If you don’t feel up to the soldering consider finding a friend to build one for you.

When: March 13, 20 & 27 at 7pm
Where: VHS, 270 E 1st Ave, Vancouver
Cost: $CA21 plus Eventbrite fees
Eventbrite - SMD March - Internet of things Arduino Uno

I’ve uploaded all the files and photos to github

YuKonstruct – hackspace up north

On a new years eve we have been visited by small group of people from Whitehorse, YT. They said they are opening a hack space and they wanted to take look at ours so they will have better idea of what can be done, what are the possibilities. At first I have to admit that I thought that they are going to hack with moose and bears but as it turned out for the opening night they had over 220 people !!!. That is really impressive. If you will look into Whitehorse wiki page, you will see that the population is only 23 000. Having over 200 people at the start is impressive, having this many in small town like that is unbelievable. Well done. I encourage you to visit their website – http://yukonstruct.ca/ .

But the good news do not stop there. They already got a good dose of attention by sending a balloon in to the edge of space, just take look at that – CBC News 

Boardgames development night – Wednesday Feb 5th, 2014

Have you ever wanted to build your own board game? Do you have an idea or would like to help others build their games?

VHS will be running the another another Boardgame development night at VHS.

We are going to be developing our own card and board-games. These are going to be quick and dirty prototypes that we can use to test game mechanics and see what works and what doesn’t. We can do it in groups or as individuals. I will see if I can find some prizes for the best game, most complete game, most enjoyable, ect..

Ideas for prototyping your game

  • Use paying cards or business card and write playing card rules on the back of them
  • Print game pieces with the maker bot.
  • Cut out a game board out of cardboard and sharpie the game tiles on to it.
  • Laser cut parts
  • Make dice and other playing pieces out of paper * ect…

Game ideas

  • The pieces are controlled by brain scanning robots (Star-Wars-Science-Force-Trainer)
  • Servo controlled marionette battle it out based on pre programmed moves, Angelic_Layer, Real Steel * Rock paper scissors style samurai combat fighting Bushido_Blade
  • A game where you attempt to disarm a mad scientists dooms day device Operation
  • A game where you are a mad scientists and you are trying to prevent the James bond like people from wreaking your plans. mad-scientist-defense

Helpful links

Vancouver Hack Space
270 east 1st

Wednesday Feb 5th, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Anyone who is interested in making or helping make a board-game.

Bottom liner
Steven Smethurst

Raspberry Pi protoboard/connector group buy – $US7 each

This is closed now.

I’ve chosen the adafruit design as it is open hardware (https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Prototyping-Pi-Plate).

The board manufacturer (iteadstudio.com) I use charges $US19.90 for 10 boards (will be green).   Shipping is about $US0.50-1 each (varies a lot with the weight).  I would like to kick at least $US1 per board to Adafruit for the use of their design. So that’s about $4 per board.



I looked around a lot for the tall connector then Adafruit started stocking them (http://www.adafruit.com/products/1658).  Let’s assume we have 10 takers that’s about $2.50ea with shipping.

Paypal will take a bit so let’s allow 50c for them.

That’s $US7 per board/connector pair!

So here is the deal.
– Let’s keep it simple, both connector and board, not one or the other.
– This is only for pickup at VHS, I don’t want to get into shipping stuff.
– Send me $US7 per set via paypal to (deleted, ordering is closed)
– I’ll leave this open until February 6th and order after that (ie after chinese new year).
– I’ll update the list weekly with quantities until this closes
– I’ll update the list with production status
– We should have the boards and connectors late Feb.
– If we get charged duty it will come from Adafruit’s cut
– I’m not taking anything, everything left will go to Adafruit.
– Once the boards are in I’ll send a cheque to Adafruit and a breakdown of the buy to the list
– I’m a decent guy, I don’t need to run with your $US7.
– Yes, I know I am in Canada, everything is priced in USD, I’m the messenger.
– No refunds.  We all have to share any risk involved (just saying this to be sure, not sure there is any risk).
– Designed by Limor Fried/Ladyada for Adafruit Industries. CERN OPEN HARDWARE LICENCE v1.1 http://www.ohwr.org/

Fun with lasers!

Although, I guess “fun” is always implied when lasers are involved. I shouldn’t have even bothered.


Here are some things lasers are good for:


1) Organizing your kitchen.


2.) Clamping stuff

Should I use THE CLAMPS?


3) Holding worm gears


4) Showing up 16th century engravers

Take that, Albrecht Dürer!


Anyway. I hope you’ve found this post informative, this has been an exhaustive list of everything that can be made with lasers.

I put the shelf rail clips on thingiverse if you’re interested, and I may put up the worm gear system, but it’s very loud and I don’t like things that are loud.

Making Quadcopters at Vancouver Hackspace

Published on Jan 19, 2014
Spent an afternoon at the Vancouver Hackspace to make a quadcopter using the instructions from:http://learn.marginallyclever.com/index.php/Betamax_Quadcopter I’ll post the step by step video of how to make this quadcopter. It was a fantastic session put on by the VHS to help Maker enthusiasts get started on a beginner kit for multi copters.

The frame is from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:221947

Music “Into Ether” by Jeremy Lim – http://jeremylim.ca/


Craft Night: Wed January 29th, 7:30-10:30 pm

Wednesday. Wednesday! WEDNESDAY (the 29th)! is craft night at VHS

Feel free to work on your crafty project, ask questions and for assistance, or just come to hang out with other crafty-minded people. Doors open to the public from 19:30 to 22:30. We’ll be knitting, sewing, and all other manner of fresh hands-on makery goodness.

What: Craft Night

Where: VHS (270 East 1st Ave aka The Bunker, http://vancouver.hackspace.ca/wp/about/)

When: Wednesday January 29th @ 7:30pm

Why: Because crafts are fun

Who: Anyone and everyone, members or non-members, guests, etc… it’s a great opportunity to check our VHS if you’ve never been!

Cost: Free!