Toy Hacking! Maker Night & Repair Café

Ever wondered what’s inside your favourite toys? Looking for ideas on how to reinvent an outgrown childhood trinket? Need a little help fixing something that was played with a little too hard?
Join us at the makerspace on Thursday November 23 for a fun maker night and special toy hacking edition of Repair Café.
Featuring toy projects by YuKonstruct members, a Furby dissection and all the usual Repair Café fixing, this will be a learning experience suitable for all ages!

 

Repair Café Whitehorse has been helping fix broken stuff with monthly drop-in events at YuKonstruct since 2014. Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair is a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the team: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”. Michelle Clusiau is always making things; you will frequently find her trying new projects on the laser cutter and sharing her expertise with other YuKonstruct members.

This free event is open to both YuKonstruct members and the public.

Repair Cafe // Instructables Reclaimed Contest – Waste not, want not!

 

 

Waste not, want not!

While it is fun to buy supplies, there is a special feeling that comes along with taking old materials and transforming them into something new. For the Reclaimed Contest, reclaim materials that were used to make one thing and use them to create a whole new project!

Tear out all the wood, plastic, metal, fabric and more from your old and failed projects. It’s time to see what new creation emerges from these reclaimed materials!

 

 

 

Michelle gave a new life to her old typewriter case by transforming it into a suitcase adapted for her sewing and soft furnishing repair supplies for Repair Cafe. Inserts were made on the laser cutter (1/4” plywood).

 

About the team: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”. Michelle Clusiau is always making things. You will frequently find her trying new projects on the laser cutter and sharing her expertise with other YuKonstruct members.

Join our Repair Cafe team for a fun night of “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create” and learn how to give a new life to old materials!

All YuKonstruct members who participate will get a free Instructables Pro Account.

Do you need to fix something?  Repair Cafe Whitehorse is also a monthly drop-in event hosted by YuKonstruct. Bring your broken items from home and see if it is fixable with the help of our expert volunteers!

 

 

 

Repair Cafe – Drop in

Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair will be a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the Instructor: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”.

This event is free for members. $5 drop in fee for non-members.

Make it Wild – Bird boxes!

YuKonstruct and Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Trust‘s November Make it Wild Workshop was about making bird boxes for Yukon’s small cavity nesting birds–swallows, bluebirds and chickadees. The participants learned about local bird populations, tips to avoid squirrels, and how to pick a good spot to mount a bird box. Most of our participants were new to both YuKonstruct and the birding community – thanks for coming out!

This workshop was very popular and was sold out almost immediately. Because there was so much interest, we are providing Marty’s bird box plans here so that you can come into YuKonstruct and make one yourself!

Thanks to our biologist presenters and instructors for this excellent workshop: Katie Aitken and Marty Mossop!

Instructions:

  • Find a hollow log or one that’s rotten in the middle.
  • Cut about a 1 foot section. One end should be angled a bit, so that the roof will shed water.
  • Hollow out the entire log. A hammer and chisel (or even a big screwdriver) works well. An auger drill bit is best if the wood is hard. The diameter of the inside should be at least 10cm (4”) for chickadees, 13cm (5”) for swallows and bluebirds.
  • Drill the entrance hole with a hole saw. It should be about an inch below the top of the log. The diameter of the hole needs to match the size of bird (big enough for the bird to get in/out but not big enough for predators to gain access).  Range is 1-3/8” for chickadees, 1-3/8” to 1-1/2” for swallows, and 1-1/2” to 1-9/16” for bluebirds.
  • Nail/screw on a plywood top and bottom, to cover the open ends of the log. Screws allow the roof to be easily removed for cleaning etc. (although cleaning isn’t necessary).
  • Fill the bottom of the box with an inch or two of woodchips/sawdust.  The birds will bring in any other nest material that they need.  There should be several inches between the entrance hole and the top of the sawdust.
  • If desired, put wire mesh (1/2″ hardware cloth) or metal plating around the entrance hole to stop squirrels from making it bigger
  • Nail/screw a piece of lumber, a bit longer than the log, to the back for attaching to a tree, post, wall, etc.
  • It’s best to mount the box on a metal pole so that predators such as cats/squirrels/chipmunks/mice can’t get to it.  Another option would be the side of a building that has smooth siding that a predator can’t climb.  Avoid larger trees and fence posts as those are easy for predators to climb.
  • If you have outdoor cats, please consider not putting out a box (or a bird feeder).
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Home sweet home: Mountain chickadee nestlings in a bird box!

More resources!

Nest box plans (also have information on avoiding predators, box placement, etc.):

Nest box monitoring/reporting:

Repair Cafe – Drop In

Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair will be a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the Instructor: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”.

This event is free for members. $5 drop in fee for non-members.

Repair Cafe – Drop In

Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair will be a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the Instructor: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”.

This event is free for members. $5 drop in fee for non-members.

Repair Cafe – Drop In

Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair will be a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the Instructor: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”.

This event is free for members. $5 drop in fee for non-members.

Repair Cafe – Deconstruction Night!

This very special edition of Repair Cafe will focus on taking things apart and not necessarily putting them back together.

Bring in all your old electronics and broken appliances! We’ll have fun deconstructing them, figuring out why they no longer work and hopefully harvesting some useful parts from the junk.

About the Instructor: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”.

This is a free drop-in event

Repair Cafe – Drop In

Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair will be a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the Instructor: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”.

This event is free for members. $5 drop in fee for non-members.

Repair Cafe – Drop In

Broken toaster, vacuum cleaner or other small home appliance? Bring it in and see if it is fixable using soldering irons, multimeters and other tools. This easy introduction to electronics and small home appliance repair will be a useful evening of DIY learning that you can literally take home.

About the Instructor: Glenn Piwowar has been a registered Professional Engineer in the Yukon Territory for more than 20 years and is a born-again proponent of the Maker’s 3Rs: “Repair, Re-purpose, Re-create”.

This event is free for members. $5 drop in fee for non-members.