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Intro to the Woodshop Class

Woodshop 101Introduction to the Bellingham Makerspace woodshop (AKA Woodshop 101). The class will cover Bellingham Makerspace woodshop standards including safety, allowable materials, mobile bases, power, dust collection, machine controls, etc. The class is for both experienced woodworkers and those new to woodworking.

The easiest way to get acquainted with the Makerspace Woodshop Standards and machines is with hands on board processing. While topics like reading grain direction will be touched upon, the focus is safety, e.g. cutting warped wood.

The take home project is a beveled sign board ready for engraving. Everyone will cut, surface, plane, square, bevel and miter a piece of 2x6 lumber. Makerspace members who show their ability to use the machines safely will be allowed to use the joiner, planer, tablesaw and mitersaw for personal projects.

When: Friday 6-8pm (see Eventbrite for dates)
Cost: $33.46
Available discounts: member/volunteer, scholarship and audit
Min/max registrations: 2-4
If you'd like a 50% scholarship discount (no questions asked) or would like to see the class offered at another day/time, email davelers@gmail.com.

Folks who have taken the class: Sage, Michelle J, Brian M, Rebecca P, Joseph C, Alex J, Madeline B, Erin H, Andrew F, Mechel B, Halley M, Alina H, Drew B, Garrett M, Carol P, Luke W, Miranda D, Wesley F, Alicia W, Rachel W, Carly L, Steven M, Matt D, Nathan B, Dex H, Karen R, Colleen D, Jim S, Justin R, Ramsel R, Michael S, Bryon S, Ryder J, Cornelia V, Roland V, Jack D, Breanna BD,
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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.
  • 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
  • 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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