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January 2017 Classes: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Hard Drive Installs & More


Woodworking Classes – A foundation Course in woodworking. (Cutting boards)

Monday, January 2, 2017 6:30-9:30PM
Cost: $40/person
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woodworking-classes-a-foundation-course-in-woodworking-cutting-boards-tickets-30697000555

This class will take you through the process of straightening and squaring wood for jointing into a cutting board that you can take home! (Size limit 16”X10”). This is a perfect beginner level course for those interested in woodworking but are in need of some help getting started! Its also perfect for those who would just love to make a cutting board!
Tools used: table saw, planer, router, sanders, bar clamps and hand plane.
Safety equipment and materials included in the cost of the course.
Note: Additional time may be required for glue set up. Just come back next class and we can finish up!

Speedy PC SSD Install Workshop!

Saturday, January 7, 2017 3-8PM
Cost: Free

Have a computer or laptop that seems kind of sluggish? Speed it up with a solid state drive! Purchase an SSD in advance, and get help installing it and setting up Windows or Linux!

Arduino 101: Getting Started

Saturday, January 7, 2017: 12:30-4:30PM
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arduino-101-device-overview-projects-tickets-30761361059

Ever wanted to know how to program your own microcontroller? Control a few devices such as a ceiling fan or garage door opener? Get started with Arduino 101.

What you’ll learn

  • Differences between devices such as Arduinos, Raspberry Pis & personal computers
  • How to write a basic program and control items
  • How to transfer your new program to the Arduino
  • How to use a breadboard, signals and power from the Arduino to make an LED blink
  • How to switch on/off 120v powered items such as lights, appliances and other items
  • How to use sensors to detect (time permitting)
  • Where to look for inspiration and example projects to continue learning

Bring with you

Example projects featuring Arduinos

Word Clock
World Mood Box
Doomcano (LVL1’s fundraising fire box)
Butterscotch (LVL1’s famous fire breathing pony, hardware overview)

Vinyl Cutter: Customizing products like a cup/tumbler

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: 6-7:30PM
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/customize-tumblers-with-a-vinyl-cutter-tickets-30408208771
Cost: $5-12

This session covers the skills needed to customize a drinking tumbler.  Space is limited to 10 people.  $12 fee covers all materials (tumbler, vinyl) used in the course; bring your own item for $5.


  • Learn how to use software to create a design the vinyl cutter can understand your text or graphic
  • Learn how to setup and begin cutting with the machine
  • Learn how to adhere your design to a surface


Raspberry Pi: Getting Started Workshop

Saturday, January 14, 2017 12:30-4:30PM
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raspberry-pi-workshops-tickets-30743561821
Cost: $20

Grab a Raspberry Pi during any holiday sales? Learn how to use it during this workshop. Don’t have one but want to learn, we will have them available.

During this workshop you’ll learn:

  • Raspberry Pi overview & capabilities
  • Getting started with the Pi
    • Formatting an SD card for Mac & PC
    • Updating the Pi’s software
    • Accessing from the network or via a keyboard, screen and mouse
  • First project
    • Learn how to turn on/off GPIOs (the pins that turn on/off items connected to the Pi)
    • Turning on/off LEDs
    • Turning on/off relays
    • Reading data from a sensor (time allowing)

Example projects that use the Pi


Intermediate & Advanced

2016 Holiday Workshop-A-Thon


Join LVL1 for full day of classes covering 3D printing, custom embroidery and

All events Saturday, December 17

10AM-12PM: Embroider a holiday stocking
We’ll provide the stocking, you provide your color choice and text and we’ll show you the rest! This is a great hands-on project so you can learn the machine & have something to use for the holidays! Cost is $10 that covers all materials to produce a custom embroidered stocking you can take home with you. Please purchase 1 ticket for each stocking.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embroider-a-holiday-stocking-tickets-30359221248
RSVP Note: Must pay by 8:30 AM Saturday, Dec 17 so we have enough material for you
Cost: $10 (covers materials)

2-4PM: Personalizing your own Tumbler
We’ll provide you with an insulated tumbler to personalize! You’ll learn what the vinyl cutter can help you personalize and how to quickly adhere an design to a surface.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/customize-your-own-tumbler-with-a-vinyl-cutter-tickets-30360027660
Cost: $12 (covers 20oz tumbler & materials)

4PM & 5PM: 3D Printing: Getting to know how it works
Learn how 3D printers work, what you can print out and where to find designs. Thinking of getting a 3D printer for the holiday break? Stop here so you can learn the teams before assembling your own.
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-started-with-3d-printers-tickets-30258325466

#FixitFriday – LVL1 as a Repair Cafe


Across the world “Repair Cafes” are being founded to help people repair things and save them from being tossed in the trash. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept check out this short video:

This is actually a large part of what folks at LVL1 have done in our space over the years, however it seems that we may not be communicating this effectively.  There’s been discussions online regarding starting a Repair Cafe here in Louisville but given that we already have LVL1 and we’re already set up to do this we thought we’d just set up a formal time for folks to meet at our space specifically to work on helping fix each other’s broken stuff.

Come to our space every Friday night at 8 and help volunteer to fix things or bring in something broken for us to try and fix.  No guarantees but we’ll see what we can do!

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repair Cafe

Fifth Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner


Free Thanksgiving dinner at your favorite place to make stuff!

Don’t have a place to celebrate? Join us!

Know someone who needs a place to get a meal? Send the our way!

Want to avoid your racist uncle? Tell your family you’re volunteering at a charity dinner! We’re a 501c3 after all. Help clean up and keep your conscious clear.

While this is aimed at folks who don’t have a place to go all are welcome! Please RSVP and let us know if you are bringing a dish so our organizers can plan for everyone.

Not sure if you should join us? Nervous because it’d be your first time to the space? Don’t let that stop you; all are welcome at our free Thanksgiving Dinner. Friendly nerds, cool tools, and plenty of fun!

First time visitors will need to sign a waiver for themselves and any minors they bring with them. Minors will need to be actively supervised (we have power tools after all).

We are providing all the basics and folks are welcome to bring side dishes, desserts, and drinks.

You can sign up on our Facebook event page here.