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Bellis Fair Woodshop

The new woodshop is a work in progress that is going to need some especially creative solutions if the laser is going to stay in the workshop. Things that need to be worked out/made

Machine layout
Dust collection
Material storage
Workbench
Tool Storage cabinets and counters
Air cleaner

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

There are lots of other potential projects: tablesaw outfeed table, miter gauge fence/stop/clamp, better mitersaw stand/fence, etc. Any of these could be classes, improvements for the Makerspace shop that folks can make for their home shops.

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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Woodshop Standards

This is Dave's attempt at a reasonable set of woodshop standards. Please leave a comment (or talk to him) if you have questions, disagreements or suggestions.

Personal Safety:
  • Safety glasses and ear protection required (provided)
  • When creating dust, a mask is required (provided)
  • Shoes or boots required (no open toes, sandals, etc.)
  • No gloves and no loose hair, clothing, jewelry, etc.
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
  • DO NOT attempt to clear the blade of loose pieces while the machine is running.
  • Cutting material with your hand less than 3" from the blade/cutterhead requires push sticks
  • Joint and face warped material before ripping it on the tablesaw
  • Saw warped material with the concave edge/face facing away from the fence/table
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
  • Coil and hang the extension cord
  • If you moved the machine, put it back where you found it

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