To provide a space that fosters creativity through sharing and developing expertise in a wide range of practical skills, for fun, personal interest and community enhancement.

Job Creation Partnership

Posted on 15 Nov 2017 in General, Uncategorized | 0 comments

BLT and the MakerSpace are proud to announce that we have just launched a Federal and Provincially supported work experience and job skills development project under the JCP banner, through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction and working with the Parksville Careers Centre. This will provide a work and learning environment for two qualifying job-seekers and bring a very valuable focus to the further development of the Oceanside Community Makerspace.

The main focus of work to be carried our during the 30 month project, would be to develop a local business and individual skills and contacts database and develop a number of training courses in the realm of STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We very much look forward to selecting our two participants and having them become valued members of the BLT and MakerSpace community. I hope you will welcome them and give them all your support.

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

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Railroad Modeller

Posted on 5 Nov 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The photo above is a rebuild project of one of our early MakerSpace members, Allan Clark.

Allan is a longtime model railway hobbyist who scratch-builds most of his stuff. With this particular locomotive rebuild in the photo he is working with some of our MakerSpace members to “draw and print” a replacement “sand box” using one of our 3D printers. Welcome to the modern world railway man!

Allan was one of roughly 15 model railroaders who showed up Saturday, November 4 to see what our Oceanside Community MakerSpace was all about and how their home railroads can benefit from a membership at OCM. Allan has already found one way.

Another of our early Members, Jim Bennett helped organize Saturday’s event and is committed to making the new Oceanside Model Railroaders group a permanent fixture.

Whether you want to take out a membership and work on a layout here because there’s no space left at your house, or just learn more about working with our 3D printer team, or getting some advice on the electronics side… If you’re into model railroad building… contact jim.bennett@shaw.ca

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Model Railway People

Posted on 5 Nov 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We had a very busy afternoon yesterday (Sat 4th Nov). Jim and Al invited Railway enthusiasts to come to the Space to see if they might find our facility of interest, may be even join, or better still, create a Special Interest Group with the OCM and create a Railway display that can be developed and added

Model Rail at OCM

to by a number of members, all sharing their individual skills. It’s a big step and another commitment, so it is still “in progress”. But, if you are a Model Railway person and would like to see what is being discussed, call Jim on 250-594-2893.


We also had a couple of other visitors, including Christina, Cait and Mike, and Lana and Aiden (Mum and Son), as well as all the usual members. Was good to see everyone there. Makes it a very active place, with a lot of smart people to talk to – nice to see Aiden (teen age).

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Qualicum Maker Fest

Posted on 16 Oct 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Time flies when you are getting old(er) and I’m pretty late writing a note about the first Qualicum Beach Maker Fest, organised by the QB Chamber of Commerce and located at the Farmer Market, on Saturday the 23 Sept. Local maker/craft type clubs and individuals were invited to have a table to present their interest to the public. The OCM took 2 tables, created a 4ft poster board for the back wall and had a 3D Printer in use. The Makerspace Nanaimo club setup next to us, with the Flyers on the other side (some personal connections between these two groups), and a new Makerspace operation in Courtenay also came – MakeIt.Zone

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More Progress

Posted on 11 Sep 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments



Just over 2 months open and things continue to develop. The Wednesday supervised evenings are always busy, being the time for social members and visitors to make use of the Space and connect with other members. The workshop has gained a couple of useful items, with a drill press and band saw from Makerspace Nanaimo and a pedestal grinder from a garage sale. We acquired a kitchen removal to be re-purposed, through Vince at Counter Measures, and with his further help, we are working to create a 13 foot length of counter top and cupboards/drawers.


Re-Cycle Kitchen Cabinets

Re-Cycle Kitchen Cabinets

Re-Purpose Kitchen Cabinets

Re-Purpose Kitchen Cabinets






Ron, a prominent member at Makerspace Nanaimo, offered us

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New Sponsor

Posted on 24 Aug 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wednesday evenings continue to be very busy, with new people visiting and joining, additional donated items, and best of all, Oceanside Community Makerspace is happy to Announce our first local company Sponsor:
Parks West Business Products

Parks West

Suppliers of Printing Shop, Electronics/Computing, Arts and Office supplies and services at 114 Hirst Ave E, Parksville, BC
The Owner and the electronics dept head, are
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Wednesday 26th

Posted on 30 Jul 2017 in Thing To Make, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every week progress is being made. Dave and Rob finished off the 2 large tables and I switched things around a bit – we now have a 5×8 ft table area in the centre of the “dining” space and a 4×8 ft table top on the other side of the kitchen. There is a donated Raspberry Pi setup with garage sale TV and a Pi for Dummies Book. A Ubuntu Linux Laptop and a Win 7 laptop to work on. I moved the TLC 3D Printer to the presentation area and we now have the 2 new/reconditioned Win 7 HP desktops with our 2 3D Printers, up and running – may need some further adjustments, but Poul and grand kids got the Delta printer printing and Shawne finished putting the Tevo Tarantula together and got that printing.

Chris and Justin worked on their games programming tasks, using the

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