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Woodshop Summary
Shop Captain Jon Goplerud & EB Bartlett Palmer
Contact email [email protected]
Location Downstairs
Check Out Required? Yes
Basecamp link


General Safety Precautions and Protocols

1. Protect yourself. Always wear eye protection: either glasses, and/or shields. Protective eyewear must be certified to meet ANSI Z87.1. Personal eyewear must have polycarbonate lens in order to provide proper protection. Full face shields to be used when operating lathes.

2. Wear proper apparel. Do not wear loose clothing, gloves, neckties, jewelry or bracelets that can get caught in moving machinery. Open-toed shoes and sandals are prohibited in the shop. Long hair must be contained to avoid becoming entangled in equipment. Sleeves must either be buttoned at the cuff or rolled up above the elbow and loose clothing tucked in at the waist or wear an apron (tied behind).

3. Use safety guards. Whenever possible use the manufacturers provided safety guards. If a guard is to be disabled or inhibited to perform an operation, a Shop Captain must be consulted first.

4. Keep work areas clean. Remove scraps and non-essential materials from tables and work surfaces before, during and after performing procedures. Before leaving the shop, work surfaces and floors are to be swept and vacuumed. Vortex dust collection dust container to be checked and emptied if 2/3rds or more full.

5. Be attentive. Never operate tools and equipment under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. Many cold remedies can impair attention and good judgment. Be aware of the people around and do not create a distraction that may cause them harm.

6. Secure work. Use clamps or vise to hold work whenever practical. When using chisels you must clamp work to bench. Be sure tools are properly mounted to bench or tabletop.

7. Don’t over reach. Maintain proper footing, never reach across a piece of operation machinery.

8. Do not force tools and machine components. Don’t force tools to do more than its intended purpose.

9. Keep fingers and hands clear of sharp cutting edges. Do not wear gloves when operating machines, sanders, grinders, lathes, table saws, as they may draw the glove/hand into the operating machine.

10. Use dust collection systems. Dust collection system should always be operating when the machine is being used. Orbital sanders and hand held routers must have a vacuum cleaner attached. Before leaving the shop, check Vortex dust collector and Shopvac, clean if needed.

11. Report accidents. Both personal injury and machine breakage to be reported immediately to Shop Captain at [email protected]

Find equipment specific safety guides in the Woodshop Basecamp under Docs & Files > Check Out and Safety Procedures.

Wood Shop Checkout

The individual is to demonstrate competent and safe operation of all power machines through the milling and cutting of a rough sawn board into a true and square dimensioned board. The individual will be given a rough sawn 2 by 6 inch board 28 inches long and be asked to true it to 1 ¼ by 4 by 24 inches long. All sides are to be true, square, and smooth.

  • Process to True a Board
    • Miter saw: Cross cut to roughly 26”
    • Jointer: Flatten one side
    • Planer: Flatten opposite side and dimension thickness to 1 ¼”
    • Jointer: Square one edge
    • Table saw: Rip to 4”, cross cut to 24”
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Drill press: Drill two holes, ¼” brad point, 1” fostner bit
    • Bandsaw: Rip board to 3” wide and cross cut to 20”, cut semi-circle
    • Router table: Cut a ¼” by ¼” rabet and cut a 3/8” chamfer
    • Sanding Station: Sand curved end
  • Dust Collection Systems
    • Vortex Dust Collector: Empty dust can
    • Shopvac: Empty and clean filter
  • General Woodshop Precautions and Protocols
    • Safety: Be familiar with shop’s safety protocols, dated September 1, 2019
    • 10:60 guideline: For every hour of shop time, give back 10 minutes to general shop upkeep
    • Accident reporting: Both personal injury and machine breakage to be reported immediately to Shop Captain at “[email protected]

Lowell Makes: September 1, 2019

Lathe Checkout

Level 1 Create a shaped spindle demonstrating familiarity with all machine parts and turning competency by finding center, turning a cylinder, smoothing to pre-sand finish, and creating beads and coves. A maple 2”x2”x12” rectangular blank will be provided. An example of the finished piece will be available. A carbide tipped turning chisel will be provided. If traditional tools are to be used, participant will need to demonstrate competency in sharpening using the Wolverine OneWay System.

  • General review of lathe turning:
    • Review and discuss AAW shop safety rules and protocols
    • Review and explain lathe parts and purpose
    • Explain RPM speed selection
    • Change belt
    • Check lathe alignment
  • Turning checkout:
    • Find center
    • Secure piece to lathe
    • Speed selection
    • Turn a rough cylinder (roughing gouge suggested)
    • Smooth cylinder
    • Sand piece (reverse direction)

Level 2 Create a bowl roughed to shape demonstrating familiarity with all machine parts and turning competency by finding center, turning to round, shape outside, shape bottom to accept chuck and rough out the inside, sweep to 1” wall. A maple/poplar 8”x8”x2” rectangular blank will be provided. An example of the finished piece will be available. A carbide tipped turning chisel will be provided. If traditional tools are to be used, participant will need to demonstrate competency in sharpening using the Wolverine OneWay System.

  • General review of lathe turning:
    • Review and discuss AAW shop safety rules and protocols
    • Review and explain lathe parts and purpose
    • Explain RPM speed selection
    • Change belt
    • Check lathe alignment
  • Turning checkout:
    • If blank is not round, take to band saw and create circle
    • Find center
    • Secure blank using face plate
    • Speed selection
    • Shape outside to smooth
    • Shape bottom to accept chuck (expansion)
    • Remove from face plate and attach chuck (expansion)
    • Rough out the inside, sweep to 1” wall

Equipment List

Power Tools and Machines
Picture Status Manufacturer/Model Manual Notes Class Required Owner
SawStop.jpg General Use SawStop 3HP Table Saw link Saw that automatically stops the blade if it senses flesh. Yes Lowell Makes
Jointer.jpg General Use Grizzly 8" Jointer (G0656XW) link Carbide knives Yes Lowell Makes
ThicknessPlaner.jpg General Use 20" Thickness Planer link Yes Lowell Makes
MiterSaw.jpg General Use 12" Miter Saw link Yes Lowell Makes
BandSaw.jpg General Use 12/14" Laguna Band Saw link Yes Lowell Makes
Drill Presses.jpg General Use Two Drill Presses link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use 19/38" Drum Sander link Yes Lowell Makes
Sanding Station.jpg General Use Sanding Station link Including belt and other sanders Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Router Table link with easy height control Yes Lowell Makes
Lathe Area
Picture Status Manufacturer/Model Manual Notes Class Required Owner
Lathe Area.jpg General Use Two Midi Lathes link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Lathe tool grinding wheel link Yes Lowell Makes
Hand Power Tools
Picture Status Manufacturer/Model Manual Notes Class Required Owner
General Use Biscuit Joiner link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Router and trim router link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Circular saw link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Jig saw link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Door Planer link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Brad Nail Gun link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Heat gun link Yes Lowell Makes
General Use Corded and cordless drill and driver link Yes Lowell Makes


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