Mixed Media Shop, AKA The Cantina, that hive of scum, villainy, rogues and heroes. Multi-material, multi-modal, multi-verse. Jack-or/and-Jill-of-all-trades, polymaths, preachers and prophets.

And you can cut plastic on our bandsaw.

Our Mission!

The Mixed Media Shop, initials MXS, aka “The Cantina”, has a interesting place in the Nova Labs mission. It hosts innumerable programs: makerschool camps, Robotics builds, the Nova Labs Internship Program, beginner projects galore, while also boasting the ability to create some large and really cool pieces.


  1. Support beginner makers with approachable, simple tools and sign off process.
  2. Support programs by offering flexible, maneuverable shop furniture to maximize shop-centeric education.
  3. Support craft-centered artisans & content creators with curated tools and capacities aimed at generating arresting visuals for social media platforms.
  4. Support mixed media/material projects (wood, metal, plastics, concrete, etc - all together.) Slabs, resin, power carving, foam cutting and more.

Tooling and Logistics

Mission #1:  Bandsaw, drill press, scroll saw, hand sanders, belt sanders &  shop dust collection via Shop Vac w/ filter.  Pattern-makers vise with power carving (flexshaft/dremels, die grinders, angle grinder)

Mission #2: Strong visual aesthetic & design, especially once walls go up in Phase II/III.

Mission #3:  As much as possible, an all-in-one shop sign off process.  Rather than multiple classes required for access to the shop, there is one sign off.  This sign off covers powered hand tools, bandsaw, sanders.  Hand-held router for surface prep, planer, 10” sasquatch circular saw may be added to a “red tools” class in the future as we develop these capacities.  This may change as needed/scope creep occurs, but the mission remains: as few sign offs as possible.  As many project classes as possible.  Let’s get making, not collecting our pokemon cards.

List of Smugglers (aka Donations):

New benches:  NL providing steel, generously donated ash tops by Shane Smith, labor and sundries donated by Woodshop Cowboy and Daniel V.

Drill press: Donation by Shane Smith

~~Harbor Freight 4” stationary belt/disc sander: Donation by Bradley Matthews~~