Woodshop Zone

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Woodshop Zone
Coordinator: Kris Navratil, Doug "Elvis" Williams
Contact: woodshop@tvcog.net
Equipment List: Wood Shop Equipment
Zone Assistants: Marc Verdi


This zone provides equipment for woodworking.

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Zone Orientation: Rules and Safety

The intent of the zone orientation is to familiarize new members with the capabilities, safety rules, and operational procedures of the Woodshop Zone. It is not intended to provide detailed instruction on how to use the equipment. Those who are confident in their abilities to use the equipment may use it after completing the orientation. Those who are not should seek the assistance of the Zone Coordinator, other CoG members, or should enroll in an instructional class offered by the CoG.

General Safety

  1. Zone Coordinator: woodshop@tvcog.net, facilities@tvcog.net
    1. Email Zone Coordinator about any broken tools. If able, replace any tooling you may have broken or worn down.
  2. Review of Lock Out/Tag Out Board and Process
    1. Apply whenever a tool is not functioning properly. Only Zone Coordinators and Facilities Specialist have keys to remove and will do so when equipment is safe.
  3. Never turn your back on running equipment. Turn off machines before you move away from them, even if you are coming right back.
  4. Never operate RED equipment with nobody else in the building. Ensure there is someone (invite a guest if needed) who can call 911 if you become incapacitated.
  5. Required personal protective equipment
    1. Safety glasses - always, when using any tools.
    2. Face Shield when using lathes.
    3. Hearing protection when the jointer, planer, or router are in use.
  6. Suggested personal protective equipment
    1. Reusable dust mask for prolonged exposure to airborne sawdust.
  7. Risk of entanglement from spinning equipment.
    1. Roll up sleeves, tie back long hair
    2. Remove jewelry
    3. Don’t wear gloves
    4. Don’t wear loose clothing or hoodies with pull strings
  8. Risk of cuts from blades.
    1. Most tools have a “No Hand Zone” indicated by images or red marking. Do not place your hands in these areas. Use push sticks or clamps if material handling is needed in these areas.
    2. Dull cutting tools are more dangerous than sharp tools, since they will break easier.
  9. Risk of brain and lung damage from toxic fumes.
    1. The basement does not have external ventilation. Applying coatings that require “good ventilation” are not permitted.
    2. General rule of thumb: fumes should not be detectable on the other side of the room.
    3. Acceptable: Water-based coatings, oil based coatings in very small amounts (ie, pens on wood lathe).

General “Be Excellent to Each Other” Knowledge

  1. Communication is vital to keeping this community space functioning. Report any irregularities or comments to woodshop@tvcog.net, facilities@tvcog.net, or on the whiteboard.
  2. The shop belongs to the members. If you have an idea for a shop improvement, just do it!
    1. The worst that can happen is a majority of users disagrees, and things get put back the way they were.
    2. Send purchase requests to zone coordinator and facilities.
  3. Use a Parking Pass if you will be leaving a project or materials overnight.
    1. Projects can be left out with a parking pass for up to a week. For longer projects, we offer shelf and floor space for rent.
  4. Place all tools back in their storage location
  5. Keep dust to a minimum.
    1. Air Filters
      1. Shall be on while doing any activity that generates sawdust.
      2. Remotes are located to the left of the entrance, and near the drill bits
      3. Press “on”. Press “speed” two times to set on HIGH.
      4. Set the timer or remember to turn them off when you leave.
    2. Dust Collector
      1. Follow operation instructions under power switch.
      2. Not all machines are on the dust collector. For these, hook up a shop vac.
      3. Change bag when bin is full. Follow instructions posted on the machine.
      4. If the dust collector overfills, the filter and pipes clog up, which take hours to clean. Damage to the motor may occur.
        1. Visually check dust collector through peep-hole before and after use.
        2. If red light illuminates, dust collection bin is full. Follow posted instructions for changing bag.
        3. If dust collector overfills, the red light WILL NOT work. Visual checks are important!
  6. Sweep and Vacuum more sawdust than you created.
  7. Scrap Bins - contribute anything larger than 12”, throw out anything smaller. Do not add to an already full bin.
  8. Don’t overfill garbage cans.
    1. This zone produces the most trash, sometimes more than our provided dumpsters can fit. If possible, please take your scrap home to dispose of.
  9. If something requires excessive force to move, something is probably wrong. Do not overtighten bolts, clamps, or chucks on equipment. Snug is sufficient.

Equipment Overview

  1. Table Saw
    1. The Saw Stop features an automatic safety brake that will stop and retract the blade if it contacts anything that conducts electricity (like a finger, damp wood, or metal tools).
    2. As long as the blade is spinning, the system is active.
    3. If it triggers, contact the zone coordinator. Replacement brake and blade cost about $130.
    4. Safety accessories - at the minimum, the riving knife shall be installed. If possible, install the blade cover.
      1. Ensure power switch is off, and the saw is unplugged.
      2. Remove the table insert (lift the tab and pull up).
      3. Rotate the clamp lever counter-clockwise.
      4. Pull out the riving knife or blade cover.
      5. Install the riving knife or blade cover.
      6. Rotate the clamp lever clockwise until snug. Verify the riving knife/blade cover is secure.
      7. Replace the table insert. Verify it is flush with the table.
    5. Crosscuts - use a sled or miter gauge.
    6. Rip cuts - use a push stick.
  2. Miter Saw
    1. Used to make accurate crosscuts at any angle.
    2. Miter Angle adjustment - use lever in front.
    3. Bevel adjustment
      1. Unscrew bolt in back. Use stop blocks to set to specific angles.
      2. Adjust fence.
      3. With the saw off, move it through its full range of motion to ensure it will not hit the fence.
    4. Light switch is on top. Use the projected shadow to line up cuts. Turn off light after use.
    5. Keep saw locked in down position when not in use. Lock is on left side.
    6. Making sliding cuts: Pull saw out, press trigger, push saw down, push saw in.
    7. For best quality, wait for saw blade to stop spinning before raising blade.
  3. Rigid Band Saw
    1. Used for rip cuts or cutting curves.
    2. Requires shop vac attachment.
  4. Drill Press
    1. Don’t drill into the base plate. Place a scrap piece of wood underneath work piece.
    2. Turn off laser when not in use.
  5. Sanders
    1. Require shop vac attachment.
    2. Move workpiece along different sections of the sandpaper to wear it as evenly as possible.
    3. Use a cleaning stick to remove built-up saw dust.
    4. Disc sanders - use the “down” side.
  6. Rykon Band Saw
    1. Set up for resawing (cutting timber along the grain to reduce larger sections into smaller sections or veneers).
  7. Shaper/Router Table
    1. Do not operate
    2. Hearing protection required.
    3. Unplug when changing bits
    4. Inside - englage lock to tighten chuck. Disengage lock before use.
    5. Adjust clamps to provide sufficient downforce on workpiece, but loose enough to slide workpiece through.
  8. Lathes
    1. Full face shield required.
    2. Verify work piece is secure. Use tailstock whenever possible.
    3. Keep tool rest as close to the surface of the wood as possible.
    4. Verify tools are sharp before use.
    5. Before turning on, rotate workpiece by hand to ensure it doesn’t hit anything.
    6. When turning on, stand to the side in case the workpiece ejects.
  9. Drum Sander
    1. Don’t take off too much material at once. Slowly raise table until sandpaper just touches the workpiece. Raise table no more than one turn each pass.
      1. If the auto-limiter turns on, or dark burn-marks appear on your workpiece, the thickness is too narrow.
    2. Vary the workpiece location to wear the sandpaper as evenly as possible.
    3. Slower speeds = better results.
  10. FAQs
    1. Can I cut plastic?
      1. Yes, but not on the lathes, jointer, or planer. Verify blade installed is capable of plastic cutting.

Reference Information

Material Resources

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Projects for Inspiration

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