Frequently Asked Questions
What is Makeplus?
Makeplus is a Creative Hub that offers space and tools for multiple types of creative outlets and workshops. In-house we currently have a large state-of-the-art woodshop with stationary and portable power tools, a digital photography studio with available rentable equipment, a gallery space, and an assortment of rentable media space. Makeplus is also home to Knockhouse Recording Studios.
What are Makeplus’ operating hours?
Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm. Full-time residents have unlimited access to the shop. Classes are offered during shop hours. We are closed on Sundays.
I have no making experience, where do I start?
Makeplus offers a range of workshops for those who have no prior making experience and would like to learn. After completing a workshop you will gain access to the shop on your own time.
I have previous making experience, where do I start?
Makeplus requires all first time makers to complete a safety orientation but also offers options beyond introductory workshops for those with prior making experience. Experienced users can apply for the following:
Free 2’x4’ table space and Rentable tools. Charged at $.42 per minute.
More Space: 10’x15’ rentable space and access to all tools. Charged at $23 for space and an additional $19 for tool access per day. Makers have the option of renting just space only.
Residents: Programs tailored for select professional makers. Prices vary.
I signed up for a class but I can’t make it. What are my options?
All classes can be refunded, minus a $50 registration fee. Students can transfer to a future class with at least two weeks advance notice. No portion of the course fee will be refunded or transferred less than one week before the class start date. To cancel or transfer your spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed sessions.
Do I need woodworking experience to attend a class?
No you do not! Come in and learn to make.
I have one project to build. Can I rent space for a week?
Yes! Makeplus is designed to handle project-based shop access & long-term commitments. Our goal is to accommodate every and all makers’ needs.
Do you offer private instruction?
Yes, we do offer one on one instruction with a Makeplus professional for $200/day as an additional service along with your reservation. Learn more here.
Do I need to have experience to become a resident?
Yes, basic understanding of the function and safe use of the woodworking machines is required if you’d like to become a resident. We require a review of past work for this option. Shop orientation is also mandatory for all first time makers.
I want to become a Resident Maker, what options are available for me?
Makers can apply for the following Resident programs at Makeplus:
Weekend Maker status (2 days per week) $280/month
Part-time Maker status (4 days per week) $512/month
Full-time maker status (7 days per week) $784/month
Each is equipped with shared assembly space, a work bench, white board, shelf storage, sheet storage, access powertools, most consumables, wireless internet, access to amenities. We do not provide wood, glue, or finish. Rent also covers a part-time shop tech who keeps our machines in good working order. A deposit of the first month’s rent is required at the beginning of your residency and is refunded at the end. An additional deposit of $300 is required for full time access (with key). Click here to learn more.
Where do I park?
We have three parking spots at the shop available on a first come first serve basis. Metered parking is available on Hope St.
What should I wear?
Dress comfortably, ready to work, and get dirty. While working with machines, long sleeves should be rolled up and shirt tails should be tucked in. We provide protective eyewear, and recommend that you have your own earplugs and masks, bring them along but leave dangly jewelry at home. Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. You can expect to get sweaty and dusty in the summer and dusty and cold in the winter, so please dress for the weather. Making is hard work!
Can I have my lunch at the shop?
All makers are welcome to eat their lunch in our lounge area as long as it is not in use for some other event. Please be respectful and leave the space nicer than when you arrived.