A DIY Workshop - Whatever you want to build, you can do it here

Opening March 7th at 4:00

 

Welcome to the White Bear Makerspace, a shared woodworking shop for the community. It's the first of its kind in the White Bear Lake area. It works like a gym membership, but instead of building muscles, we have the tools and space for you to build your own projects.  It's a workout for your mind, your imagination, and your creativity.  Or just think of it as your own deluxe workshop away from home.  We have 10,000 square feet of space just 3 minutes north of White Bear Lake.



Here's what's inside:

  • Huge woodworking shop: everything from professional power tools to small hand tools
  • 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC machine
  • Lots of space for yourself and storage for your projects, even your own studio workspace!
  • Kitchen and lounge
  • Separate sanding and finishing rooms (for air quality)
  • Climate controlled, with professional dust collection and ventilation
  • Clean/quiet space for other projects
  • Classroom space: attend a class or teach one!

Contact us to schedule a tour!

Classes Coming soon!
Instructors, click the link below to submit class forms.

We are located at 5966 Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake.

 

 

Shop Description

  • Complete woodworking shop:
    • Two SawStop table saws, 3HP each, 52" rail
    • Laguna 18BX 3HP band saw
    • Supermax 19/38 drum sander
    • Milwaukee cordless tools (nearly two dozen)
    • Makita 12" dual bevel compound sliding miter saw on 14' station
    • Nova Voyager DVR drill press
    • Nova Comet II lathe
    • Milwaukee panel saw
    • DeWalt 13" planer
    • DeWalt scroll saws (2)
    • Kreg pocket hole tools
    • Router table
    • Porter Cable 3.25HP Router (7518)
    • Bosch plunge router
    • Makita trim router
    • LOTS of hand tools
    • and lots more!
  • Sanding room (belt, disk, spindle, hand held sanders, etc.)
  • Finishing room (dust free!), independently ventilated, with sink and exhaust fan
  • Storage space for projects and your own tools
  • Lots of work benches
  • Studio Workspace - your own personal work space (labeled "work platform" below)!
  • Dust collection and climate control throughout
  • Classroom / Conference room
  • "Clean" space:
    • Cricut Maker, Air, Air 2
    • Heat presses (make custom T-shirts!)
    • Vinyl supplies on-site (651  and HTV)
  • Digital Fabrication: 
    • ShopSabre 23 CNC (30" x 40" bed)
    • 3D printer
    • Laser cutter
  • Kitchen & lounge (take a break!)

Above is a rough draft of our main floor layout.

 

 

Membership Options

Our philosophy is to provide lots of options, so you can tailor your membership to fit your needs.  We don't want you to be paying for anything you don't need.

Membership Types:
  • Shop - Day Pass (10 for $250)
  • Shop - Nights (starting at 5:00) & Weekends ($160/month)
  • Shop - Weekdays (until 5:00, $160/month)
  • Shop - all hours ($190/month)
  • Shop - additional family member ($50.00/month)
  • Crafting - Clean space only ($50.00/month)
Members receive 10% off all classes

Space Rental:
  • Shop - Studio Workspace ($200/month plus membership)
  • Desk ($150/month plus membership)
  • Vertical board storage ($50/month)
  • Floor storage space (4'x4', $50/month)
  • Storage bin (27 gallon, $20/month)
All memberships are monthly, no long term commitments!  
Our commitment to you:  when you join, your rate is locked in for 1 year.  During that time, if rates go up, your rate stays the same.  If rates go down, your rate goes down too!

Tentative Hours (opening in March):
M-F 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sa-Su 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM


 

Event Calendar

SOFT OPENING - MARCH 7TH at 4:00


GRAND OPENING - MARCH 23RD

More details to come!!

 

 

About Us

Hi! Our names are Theresa and Tom Lendway.  We've been Vadnais Heights residents for over 22 years. Now that our kids are off to college, we have the time and ambition to tackle this project. We are driven by our desire to help others, have fun, and give back to the community. 

This idea started when we were thinking of downsizing our house, but we did not want to give up the workshop.  When we couldn't find one in our neighborhood, we decided to build one!

Tom is a former Director of Software Engineering with over 30 years' experience building commercial flight "black boxes" and medical devices.  His engineering experience is an excellent fit for an operation like this, since he knows how to solve problems and how to find answers.  But his true passion since childhood is woodworking.   His father was a Pattern Maker, which is now a nearly extinct profession.  He could make ANYTHING out of wood, with a precision that Tom is forever trying to match.  It was from him that Tom learned his skills, and in his spirit that Tom will pass them on.

Theresa's background is in the financial industry, and she has been very active in the schools and local volunteer scene.   This makes her a perfect fit for helping to keep the books balanced and working with our members.   Theresa loves scrapbooking and helping others.   She also helps out with the marketing, planning events and communication with members.

Check us out on Facebook!  http://www.facebook.com/WBMakerspace