Authors: Alexis, Andrew, Jonathan
Posted by Kaja Coraor

On a stormy Monday evening in mid-October, twenty makers convened at the bottom of Hanes Art Center. They gathered for one purpose and one purpose only: to make a telescope. With safety goggles on eyes and drills in hands, the makers, under the direction of Jim Pressley, started learning the fundamentals of telescope building. After a riveting hour of direction, the makers split up into three equally exciting groups: sanding, drilling, and watching of the ShopBot.

Several makers discovered their hidden talent for sanding. We learned about proper sanding techniques, such as dampening the wood to raise the grains for further sanding. While some took up sanding, others decided to engage in the art of drilling. For some, it was their first time using a drill. Others had experience, but still were able to refine their technique.

While there was a lot of work to do, makers still had time to socialize and have fun. Makers left with one question: would there be another snack break? Towards the end of the night, the makers went outside for some moon watching. After being disappointed with false hopes of hot chocolate, the makers were very surprised when hot chocolate was delivered to them outside. What a wonderful way to end the first build session!

Shawn discovers a new career path in professional sanding

Shawn discovers a new career path in professional sanding


The makers hard at work sanding the pieces.

The makers hard at work sanding the pieces.


Rishaan practices his drilling skills.

Rishaan practices his drilling skills.


Jim teaches novice Jonathan how to properly screw pilot holes.

Jim teaches novice Jonathan how to properly screw pilot holes.


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