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Community Woodshop Standards

This is Dave's attempt at a reasonable set of community woodshop standards. The purpose is to keep _everyone_ safe and comfortable. Common courtesy and leading by example are appreciated. Please leave a comment (or talk to him) if you have questions, disagreements or suggestions.

Personal Safety:
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering the shop (provided)
  • A mask is required at all times (can provide)
  • Safety glasses and ear protection required (provided)
  • Shoes or boots required (no open toes, sandals, etc.)
  • No gloves (surgical OK) and no loose hair, clothing, jewelry, etc.
  • No drug or alcohol use/impairment
Materials:
  • All material should be at least 12" long, shorter pieces need to be clamped
  • Only clean (no dirt, paint, nails, etc.) wood is allowed on all machines
  • Cutting plastic is not allowed on the jointer or planer (carbide blades only)
  • Cutting metal, or any conductive material, is not allowed
  • All used wood must be checked with the metal detector before cutting
  • All other materials require approval
Pre-Operation:
  • Make sure mobile base locks are in the proper position (off/up, on/down)
  • Collect any needed accessories - push sticks, extension cord, etc.
  • Attach the dust collector, check for and clear clogged hoses and full collector bags
  • Make sure there is adequate in-feed and out feed space for the material
  • Set up support stands for material that will not be adequately supported by the machine
  • The surrounding floor should be free of dust to prevent excess risk of slipping
  • Check the material to be cut to insure that it is free of all nails, staples, etc.
Safe Operation:
  • Never operate a machine without its guard in place
  • Keep blade exposure or cutting depth to a minimum
  • Keep the material in solid contact with the table and fence
  • Always cut with the long edge against the fence
  • Always hold/clamp the largest part of the piece being cut
  • Cutting material with your hand less than 3" from the blade/cutterhead requires push sticks
  • Joint and face warped material before ripping it
  • Saw warped material with the concave edge/face facing away from the fence/table
  • Freehand sawing is only allowed on the bandsaw and scroll saw.
  • Do not attempt to clear the blade of loose pieces while the machine is running.
Post Operation:
  • Move the blade/guard to its safe, no cut, position
  • Clean the machine and put away any accessories
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor surrounding the work area
  • If you moved the machine, put it back where you found it

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Bellis Fair Woodshop

The new woodshop is a work in progress.

Machine layout (beta 2 done)
Power for the X-Carve (done)
Lighting (bulbs... done)
Dust collection (replace TS/ES collector... done)
Sound reduction (need affordable ideas... blown in wall insulation?)
Material storage (for full sheet/long stuff and small partial sheets)
Wall storage cabinets/shelves (have wall/bench proposal thanks Kreig, need cheap/free e.g. Craigslist)
Clamp racks (pipe/bar rack e.g. on/for rolling cart, move small F-clamp rack to new pegboard)
Workbench (/outfeed table works for now)
Air cleaner(s) (room, sanding, finishing?)

A wood lathe has been added to the woodshop, a tool champion and instructor for it is needed. Anyone interested in helping with the setup or in teaching woodworking classes can comment here/email me or use the Slack woodworking, #education and tool-champs channels (invite)

There are lots of other potential projects: tablesaw outfeed table (thanks Kreig), tablesaw miter gauge fence/stop/clamp, better mitersaw stand/fence, on machine accessory storage (e.g. bandsaw miter gauge and fence), cordless tool wall rack, etc.

I'm also interested in getting other skilled/knowledgeable woodworkers to to teach classes and host the woodshop on a regular basis. Open hours shop hosts make sure folks aren't doing something dangerous and can help with basic safe usage. Anything that would require more than 15min of their time should be routed to a class or hosted open woodshop. There are tons of possibilities and it would really help to know who has what skills and interests, something that can be published so that members can find/get help for the projects they want to make.

See also: Classes, Workshops and Demos
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