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

Classes open to the public


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 - 5966 Hwy 61 N.

Here's what's inside:

  • Huge woodworking shop: everything from professional power tools to small hand tools
  • 3D printer - Afinia H800
  • Laser cutter - GlowForge Plus, 45W
  • CNC machine - ShopSabre 23
  • Lots of space for project/tool storage, even rent 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
  • Craft space - Cricuts, heat presses, scrapbooking
  • Classroom space: attend a class or teach one!

Contact us to schedule a tour or stop by any time!

Walk-in Hours (or by appointment - email whitebearmakerspace@gmail.com or call 651-245-6400):
Monday          12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday          1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday     4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday        9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday             CLOSED 7/19
Saturday          CLOSED 7/20
Sunday            3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Classes are open to the public, no membership needed!



Shop Description

  • Complete woodworking shop:
    • CNC - ShopSabre 23 (30" x 40" bed)
    • Two SawStop table saws, 3HP, 52" rail
    • Laguna 18BX 3HP band saw (16" re-saw capacity)
    • 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 exhaust fan
  • Storage space for projects and your own tools
  • Lots of work benches
  • Loading dock - drive in to load/unload indoors!
  • 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: 
    • 3D printer - Afinia 800
    • Laser cutter - Glowforge Plus, 45W
  • 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 (5 for $125, they never expire)
  • 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 ($3 per square foot per month plus membership)
  • Desk ($150/month plus membership)
  • Vertical board storage ($50/month)
  • Floor storage space (4'x4', $48/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!

Walk-in Hours (or by appointment - email whitebearmakerspace@gmail.com or call 651-245-6400):
Monday          12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday          1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday     12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday        10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday             11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday          9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday          3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hours will expand as we assess member's needs.

To become a member, please contact us at 651.245.6400 or whitebearmakerspace@gmail.com


Classes Offered

All classes are open to the public, no membership needed!

Open Woodworking night - Open to the public, walk-ins welcome!  Bring your project/materials, and use our tools to get it done.  Instructors will be on hand to show you how to use the tools.  Come in and experience the possibilities, Beginners welcome!  

If you don't have a project, come join us in making yard dice!!  $5.00 for the materials!

Wednesday nights beginning May 29th - from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, $20.00 per person.  No registration needed - just show up.


Classes taught by Jeff Johnson & Chuck Pechmann:

CNC Machine - Design & Operation, Level 1 


This will be a two-day workshop teaching project design using provided software and operation of the CNC machine.   No prior knowledge or experience is required.   Day one will be working with the design software and designing a sign. Day two will be in the shop working with the CNC machine.  Upon passing you will be "certified" to operate the CNC at White Bear Makerspace!


A notebook computer

4Gb RAM with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10

                (Cannot be a MAC unless you have a Windows emulator)

300 Mb Disk space ( for the Program that we will install)

Wi Fi enabled

A USB memory stick 2GB or more

Power supply for computer

Maximum students 6, Minimum students 3

Cost - $200.00

Jeff Johnson

Electronics Engineering Technician with work experience in robotics, medical instrumentation, lasers, and high tech material inspection instrumentation, and teaching domestic and international training workshops.  He has worked in woodworking and carpentry and has been involved in CNC equipment for 7 years.   He is also one of the 3 NorthStar CNC User Group leaders. 

Chuck Pechmann, PhD

Chuck has a PhD in Engineering from, along with teaching at, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been involved in woodworking and metalworking projects since his youth. Chuck has utilized CNC techniques in his woodworking projects for over six years and has co-led the North Star CNC Users Group since 2014, leading discussions and trainings on multiple topics.


Classes taught by Tom Lendway:

Orientation to our CNC Machine - If you're already familiar with VCarve software, this class is all you need to be certified to use our Shop Sabre CNC.  We'll show you the specific details you need to know for the Shop Sabre.  In this class we'll make a simple design in VCarve and cut it on the CNC.  Monday, Tuesday or Wednesdays from 6:00 - 8:00; Saturdays from 10:00 - 4:00.  It will take about an hour.  Cost is $10.00.  Optional - you can bring your own board and simple design.  Use of laptop and VCarve Pro are provided.

(images below are just samples, you'll design your own!)

Charging station, wall mirror, deck planter and cutting boards . . . . what do they have in common?  They can ALL be made in one night at White Bear Makerspace!!  These projects will be offered the following nights - just register and we'll schedule you for the day that works:

Mondays, July 15, 22 and 29 from  5:00 to 7:00                     Charging station - $60.00

Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30  from  5:00 to 7:00                Wall Mirror - $50.00

Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5:00 to 9:00        Deck Planter - $125.00

Saturdays, July 27 from 10:00 to 4:00 Cutting Boards - $30.00

Sundays, July 14, 21 and 28 from 3:00 to 6:00


Classes taught by Phil Sunblad:

Cedar Adirondack chairs, farmhouse table or benches - do you want to make any of these??!!  Class dates are listed below - you pick the class times that work for you.  Cost includes materials and painting can be done afterwards (any time) at our shop or at home.

Adirondack Chair - takes 2 nights, cost is $150.00

Farmhouse table - takes 2 nights, cost is $230.00

Farmhouse benches - takes 2 nights, cost is $200.00

Saturdays, August 3rd or 10th from 10:00 - 4:00

Sundays, August 4th or 11th from 3:00 - 6:00

Mondays, August 5th or 12th from 4:00 - 8:00

Tuesday, August 6th or 13th from 1:00 - 5:00

Wednesday, August 7th or 14th from 6:00 - 9:00

Thursday, August 8th or 15th from 10:00 - 1:00

Fridays, August 2nd or 9th from 1:00 - 4:00


Classes taught by Lynn Seim:

Polymer Clay Charms - Lear the basics of working with Polymer Clay while creating some fun charms for zipper pulls, bracelets or key chains!  Cost is $15.00 and you would pick up to 3 charms. 

Food Charms - July 15th from 10:00 - 12:00

Underwater Creatures - July 16th from 9:00 - 11:00

Sky Charms - July 22nd from 9:00 - 11:00


Class Withdrawals/Refunds:

Students may withdraw from a class up to 72 hours prior to the start of the class and will be given a full refund. Should you request a withdrawal from a class between 24 - 72 hrs before the start of the class, you will receive a 50% refund less a $10 processing fee. No refunds are offered for same-day (24 hours before the start of a class) withdrawals or for any class already in progress.

There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups or deferments for missed classes. Instructors may arrange a private session for a make-up class at their discretion.  Please email us at whitebearmakerspace@gmail.com and we will help arrange this.


Photo Policy:

We may occasionally take pictures of students in our classes for use in promotional materials. Your enrollment in a class indicates your approval for this.


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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.

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