Made @VHS – February Edition

All kinds of interesting projects are created by members and guests at VHS. A few of them get documented on our forum, But not everybody follows Talk, so maybe we should show off a few of these on this blog, yeah? Let’s give it a try. Here’s a sampling of things people were working on in February.

Monster Corner Planter

Monster Corner Planter, installed and looking great! Have you got a big plant? Why not build it a custom home? Baptiste has been building this beautiful organic piece for a while, but he documented the build and the finished result last month.

This planter was laser cut. Yes, laser cut.

A pile of laser cut plywood parts for the monster corner planter.

Now that’s a puzzle!

Read all about this laser cut project.

CNC Milled Circular Dies

Majicj is interested in die cutting paper, but why not take it a step further and machine your own dies?

Die being machined from rectangular aluminum blank on CNC mill Machined die with micrometer measuring thickness

Die with sample paper cut lying on table

CNC mills are remarkably powerful machines, and Majicj is doing some very creative work with this one. And right now, VHS has three of them.

Read more on this machining and papercraft project.

LED Strips

Most VHS projects don’t start and end in a month, and often they involve many people collaborating and building off of each other’s work. As an example, here’s Janet’s build of Jarrett’s LED board, reflow soldered in the VHS reflow oven built by PacketBob, and tested using LukeCyca’s Partycat wifi-connected LED controller.

No idea what photo to choose for all of that, so… VHS LED wall.

Read more on this electronics project.

There were many other interesting projects and ideas shared over the last month, and more still that you could see if you drop by for a visit on one of our Tuesday Open Nights. The only thing we’re missing is your projects; why not join VHS today and add your own flavour to the VHS mix?

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Vancouver Roomba Repair Night! March 22rd, 7 – 10 PM

Dustin (the VHS Roomba) invites everyone to a a fun-filled night of Roomba repair, hacking, and general playing with these amazing little robots. Some first and second generation roombas will be on hand as well as a few VHSers who are happy to give you tips and help out with repair. It’s easy and very fun! We’ve restored many of these little guys, even one that got wet during a flood.

Some things we can help you with:

  • overall maintenance on a working Roomba
  • the infamous circle of death
  • bumper problems
  • charging unit problems
  • stuck brushes and side brushes
  • missing side brushes
  • disassembly and reassembly
  • 3D printing replacement gears

Dead Batteries
We can’t help so much with those but batteries will be on hand if you want to test your Roomba. We can also suggest battery sources.

Get a Roomba on the cheap!
Would you like to have a Roomba but don’t want to pay a lot of money? If you can find a broken one on craigslist we can help you fix it. Sometimes these can be picked up for 50 bucks or less Post any ads below if you need help sussing out the suitability of a roomba that is for sale. We recommend the 500 series and up.

Thanks to VHS member Bob, whose donation of IR parts helps make this event possible.

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Access Makeathon Wrap Up

A couple weeks ago, the Neil Squire Society put on a makeathon for people with disabilities with Makers Making Change.

It was an exciting learning opportunity that VHSers were proud to be a part of, and we want to thank everyone for including us! The organisers and participants alike did a fantastic job to make this a successful event. Everyone had a great time, and, more importantly, there was a positive change in the world. We look forward to more collaborations in the future!

More media is still coming in, but check out the official Storify here!

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Welcome, Access Makeathon!


This weekend the Vancouver Hack Space (VHS) has the privilege of co-hosting the Neil Squire Society‘s Access Makeathon.

The Access Makeathon is a 48 hour event that connects a person with a disability to a team of makers. Makers will build an open source assistive technology that directly addresses a need of the person they are paired with. It is an opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need of a person. The goal is each team will help a person leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.

We are very excited to open our doors to Access Makeathon participants, and we’re looking forward to seeing your creative ideas for improving people’s lives and helping you realize them.

VHS Makeathon Hours:

 Saturday, Jan 28th, 9AM  to Sunday, Jan 29th, 1 PM.

How to Access VHS

This event is part of Makers Making Change, “a new initiative by the Neil Squire Society — using technology, knowledge and passion to empower Canadians with Disabilities.”


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Soldering Workshop: Sunday, 29 Jan

When: Sunday, January 29th, starting 7pm

Limit 6 people, $12 per person.

No previous soldering experience necessary!

The class will begin with a brief discussion on what soldering is, how it works, and best practices, and then we’ll get down to it.

We will be assembling the VHS blinky badge for beginners and everyone will leave with a working project! No student left behind :slight_smile:

Buy your tickets here:

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Wed. October 5th Sewing Night: Machine Repair/Servicing 6 – 10 pm


When: Wed, October 5th, 2016, 6pm – 10pm
Where: VHS, 1715 Cook Street, buzzer 104

Come and join us at VHS on  and bring your sewing machine if you’d like to oil it or troubleshoot a repair problem. Lots of machine oil, compressed air, and tools will be on hand. If you need a part we may even be able to 3D-print it.

This is free of course, although donations to VHS are always appreciated! This is not a workshop, but it is an informal drop-in where you can get help if you need it. Join us!

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VHS’s Domains are Changing!

As of the QGM today, Sunday September 18th, 2016, the will be transferred outside VHS control, and will no longer point to us.

We have purchased and all of our subdomains will be updated accordingly.

The forums will be
The main page will be
The wiki will be

So update your links! Nothing else will change.

Posted in Events, Media Release

Summer Super Happy Hacker House 38!

As it has been waaaaay too long…

Open House (Noon – 5pm)
Never been to a hack space before? Dying to see the VHS space? This is the perfect time to visit! VHS members will give you a tour around the space, show off some cool projects, and answer any questions you have. Many of our members share an interest in 3D printers, laser cutting, machining, crafting, electronics, robotics, programming, electronic music, and art. We welcome enthusiastic amateurs, or anyone with something interesting to share! A BBQ will available on VHS’ roof patio, so you can bring your own grillables.

Show and Tell (All day)
Have you made something amazing? Are you in the process of building something that will become amazing? Are you just starting out and want to talk to people about your amazing idea? Come down to VHS and tell us about it. Bring your projects!

Super Happy Hacker House (7:30pm – Late)
Super Happy Hacker House (SHHH) is a social night where members, friends and guests gather for a social night of conversation, adult beverages, lightning talks, and super happy hacker games.

Lightning talks – (11PM).
A lightning talk is VHS’ version of an un-conference, where people do short presentation on any subject that they want. Unlike other presentations at conferences, lightning talks last only a few minutes (2 min or less) and friendly heckling is encouraged.

Our sponsor has donated beer for the event, which will be available after 7:30pm.
Remember to BRING YOUR OWN CUP if you want to drink beverages at the space.

Read a great Georgia Straight article about one of our previous open houses/SHHH!

1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104
Vancouver, BC
Limited street parking is available just outside the space. Bikes can be parked in our loading bay for the night or locked up on the bike racks outside the front door.
This map shows all the parking and amenities around the new space.

August 20th, 2016 (Saturday) from 12:00 Noon till late (2-3 am)

Everyone! Hackers, Makers, Crafters, Kids, Guests, Members, Friends of VHS, Anyone and Everyone.
If you are under the age of majority (19) then you should bring your parent or guardian with you as well. For those of legal drinking age (19), VHS will have donated beer for the adult-only event that will be available after 7:30pm.

Because it is awesome!

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Member Projects: Sewing Tea Towels with Mitered Corners

Did you know we have sewing machines at VHS? You too could make this tea towel with fancy pants mitered corners. Here are the instructions for sewing those corners and here is another full tutorial on making a tea towel with mitered corners.

The tea towel itself is made by cutting a giant rectangle out of fabric to the dimensions you wish the final tea towel to be, and then adding a 2 cm seam allowance. The seam is then pressed under with an iron, first 1 cm, and then again 1 cm. Sew around the edge and voila, a tea towel to impress your friends. If you actually ever did the dishes you could also use it to dry stuff. :P

This cotton fabric is from Japan.




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VHS in the news

There’s a great article in the Courier today, featuring one of our members. Check it out!

Thanks, Jade and @rebeccablissett

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