Make Your Own Nut (Intro to the Mill)

Metal Fabrication

Make Your Own Nut (Intro to the Mill)

Make a lovely square nut as you gain experience with the shop, and the shop tools.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 5/9/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thur, 5/9/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Metal Fabrication Studio

Machine Shop


Gain an understanding of the three principal motions of the table in the X-, Y-, and Z-axes, how to make use of the DRO (Digital Read Out), how to control the speed of the spindle, using collets, and the different cutters used. You also practice layout, using the cut-off saw, “finding” an edge, facing and squaring on the mill, drilling, tapping, and filing a chamfer. This class dovetails with Make Your Own Bolt (Intro to the Lathe) because the bolt you make in that class will thread into the nut you make in this class.

This class is suitable for both beginners and those who are fairly new to the shop and wish to gain experience.

You not only get a chance to gain confidence in using our shop tools, but you get to create a lovely square nut that will spin freely on the bolt you’ll create in the Make Your Own Bolt (Intro to the Lathe) class.


A $5 materials fee, included in the class cost, covers all the materials you'll need.


Class Policies

  • Wear closed-toe shoes. Tie back long hair, avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry, and roll up sleeves.
  • Wear hearing protection when warranted and safety glasses (bring your own or use BARN's).
  • BARN Policies

    • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
    • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
    • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
    • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

    Instructors or Guides

    Eli Backer

    Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer who works in a wide range of media and is constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds a master's degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor's in computer engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her work can be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, R.I. She finds setting type and working with the presses quite meditative.

    Andy Dupree

    Andy Dupree is a harpsichord maker, professional woodworker, and business consultant based on Bainbridge Island.

    Originally working as an organ builder in Ohio, he later trained as a harpsichord maker before opening his own shop. He has built instruments for such institutions as the Eastman School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

    Andy moved to the Northwest, working for Microsoft before turning to management and leadership consulting. Over the last few years, he has been honing his skills as a machinist and now focuses on tool making and building small steam engines.

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