Category:WorkShop

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The Workshop

The workshop is one of two "shop" spaces and contains mostly woodworking tools. The other shop space contains the CNC router and metal machining tools and is known as the CNC room. 

The major pieces of equipment in the workshop are:

  • Band Saw – used principally in woodworking, but may cut a variety of materials. Advantages include uniform cutting action as a result of an evenly distributed tooth load, and the ability to cut irregular or curved shapes like a jigsaw.
  • Drill Press – a large drill with a powerful motor that enables larger bits to be used and also allows for variable speed. Use the drill press for accurate holes and angled holes.
  • Jointer – used to produce a flat surface along either the edge or the wide part (face) of a board.
  • Planer – used to produce accurate parallel surfaces on the faces of boards. It is also used to precicely mill lumber to a desired thickness.
  • Table Saw – used to create highly accurate straight-line cuts on boards. Typically used to rip a material to a desired width.
  • Panel Saw – circular saw mounted on a large vertical rack; used to cut large materials (plywood, long boards).
  • Router Table – a router mounted in a table with a fence; for molding and shaping wood with a variety of cutter heads (router bits).
  • Wood Lathe – used for spinning wood on its axis so that chisels can be applied to the rotating material to create "turned wood" objects (dowels, bowls, spindles, etc.).

 

AMT provides a wide range of tools and materials for members and guests.

Tool Certification

The following tools require certification by AMT in order to use them:

  • Band Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Planer
  • Jointer

Check out Meetup.com for "101"-level classes.  Completion of a tool certification class will certify you to use that tool at AMT.

Basic Safety Rules

  • Never work under the influence of drugs or alcohol, hangery, etc. Be in the right frame of mind to work.
  • Check each tool according to its safety and use criteria – then follow the criteria, including materials use.
  • Maintain situational awareness – you're responsible for what happens when you're using a piece of equipment.  Make sure others are aware of you; check kickback areas and other trouble spots for other members before you start.
  • Wear safety glasses – these must be worn at all times when operating stationary tools. There are several boxes of community safety glasses to use if you forget yours. Storage space will be provided if you wish to bring your own safety gear (more on this later; see @crafty if interested).
  • Wear hearing protection if you are about to start a noisy activity; warn others in the area and allow them to don the appropriate safety equipment.
  • Use a dust mask – cut wood smells great, but the dust can cause problems.  While not always practical, we recommend the use of dust masks.
  • No loose clothing in the shop if you intend to use any power tools, including ties, scarves, and loose sleeves. No exposed feet in shop. 
  • Remove or secure jewelry before beginning work, including protruding rings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches. 
  • Secure long hair – must be pulled back, secured and contained; long beards must also be contained.
  • Do not use damaged equipment or equipment that does not appear to be operating normally. If you come across a broken tool, or a tool breaks or gives poor results while using it:
    • place a clear Out of Order sign on the tool
    • use these instructions to update the status of the tool
  • Use dust collector – fer realz.  There's a reason they call it a Cyclone.
  • Use guards and shields – do not disable, remove or bypass the guards or other safety mechanisms on the machines. (Note to advanced users: If you need to make a cut that requires the removal of a guard, you must be completely familiar with the procedure and have done it before, or check with me first.  Please return the guards to proper alignment when done.)
  • Exit door, metal shop door, and space in front of emergency equipment must be kept clear at all times.
  • Cleanup – leave the space nicer than you found it.  Sweep up what you can before resorting to the shop vac.  The dust collector is not to be used for routine cleanup unless you then empty it. 

Materials Allowed:

Check each tool's safety and use criteria, then follow the criteria, including materials use.  Colorful laminated cards with use criteria, safety instructions, and the AMT ID for each tool can be found clipped or magnetically stuck to its side.  Using prohibited materials in a tool can cause damage to you and the tool.  

Always check lumber with the metal detector if you didn't buy it brand new milled. This includes wood you grab off the AMT scrap pile.

Do not bring any wood with signs of mold, dry rot, or woodworms into the shop.

Be thoughtful about the species of wood you bring. Avoid toxic and sensitizing woods. Lots of great lumber is also toxic or causes severe allergic reactions.  Check the Wood Database website for more information on toxic wood.

Storage

All stored items must be tagged according to the modern standard.

Lumber and sheet goods are stored in the lumber rack, "Scrappy." Anything not tagged will be considered fair game for use.

Scraps: Leave only usable scraps. Be selective; don't leave us "scraps" under two handwidths across. There is a bin on casters for scraps, and they can also go directly to the dumpster in the loading dock.

Small project storage: There is a set of shelves to the right of Scrappy specifically for small and delicate project storage.  Again, tag according to the modern standard.

Personal tools: AMT does not offer personal tool storage in the shop at this time. Members can rent a locker or use the member storage shelves upstairs to store personal tools.

Large projects: Looking to build a coffee table or credenza over the weekend? It is possible to build larger projects in the space on a very short-term basis. You have two options.

  1. Rent some storage by the foot: [1]
  2. Use common space in a way that doesn't impact or block other users from using the space.   The protocol for doing so is:
    • Send a Slack message letting people know what you are doing and how long it will be in the space
    • Tuck the project out of the way or on casters so it can be easily moved for people to use the space safely​​​​​​​
    • Label your project clearly