Wood Working

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IDeATe has a small woodshop that is primarily used by IDeATe tech staff. Students must have training and supervision to use this shop.

Access to the room requires proper safety training and a trained buddy to be with you at all times.  The room can only be accessed during normal operating hours (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm) and your requested time must align with when an IDeATe staff member is on duty.

To learn about which courses offer training in the Wood Shop, please visit our courses page.

Access and Policies

Standard Room Policy:

1. COME PREPARED: Wear proper attire when using this space. When using equipment, make sure all loose items are properly restrained or removed. Long sleeves should be rolled up. Jewelry should be removed. Long hair should be tied back. Neckties and scarves should be removed. Closed-Toe shoes are recommended.

2. SAFETY: Wear protective eyewear at all times. Ear protection is recommended. Dust masks are required when any operation produces hazardous fumes, or dust.

3. COMPRESSED AIR: Do not touch, or adjust the air pressure. The air pressure has been set to a SAFE operating pressure (Less than 30psi). Exceeding this value puts multiple users at risk.

4. CLEAN UP: Leave all equipment and areas in a sufficient state for the next user.

5. ACCESS: Access to this area is limited to approved users, who have received training through an IDeATe affiliated course or workshop. Access is limited to posted hours of operation, and only available when IDeATe Staff are on duty and available to supervise.

6. EQUIPMENT: Users must observe equipment specific policy, and practice safe operation.

Policy for the Belt Sander:

1. INSPECT: Ensure sanding belt and disc are properly attached. Sanding belt should be tight, sanding disc paper should not be loose.

2. TABLES: Ensure sander tables are properly mounted and level. Make sure the table distance is no more than a ¼” (6mm) away from the sanding disc or belt.

3. DOWNSTROKE: Sand only on the downstroke side of the disc sander.

4. FORCE: Do not use excessive force.

5. JIGS: Do not sand small pieces by hand, use a jig for pieces that are difficult to hold securely.

Policy for the Drill Press:

1. FASTEN: Securely clamp work materials to prevent spin-out. Never use your hands to secure work materials. If a clamp fails, step away from the equipment, notify surrounding users, leave the equipment and the space, and notify IDeATe Staff immediately.

2. FEED+SPEED: Run the drill at the correct speed. Forcing or feeding too fast can break drill bits.

3. CHUCK: Never attempt to loosen the chuck unless the power is OFF. Never leave chuck-key in chuck.

4. SPINDLE: Lower the spindle before removing a drill bit.

5. BITS: Never use an auger bit in a drill press. Allowable bits are available for check-out from IDeATe Lending.

6. OPERATION: Frequently back the drill out of deep cuts to clean and cool the bit.