Wood Shop

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Shop Captains

Chris Munn

Nate Lelek

Shop Policies

1. Safety First.

2. No alcohol (or other intoxicant) use prior to or during operation of woodshop equipment.

3. If you see someone acting in an unsafe manner, stop them or report it to a shop captain.

4. Remove or stow any dangling apparel or body parts.

5. Always use appropriate personal protective equipment (Earplugs, safety glasses, dust mask).

6. Be aware of your surroundings.

7. Do not bypass equipment safety features.

8. Leave the shop in better shape than you found it.

9. Put away tools after using them.

10. Use equipment for its intended purpose only.

Tool-Specific Policies

Large Table Saw

  • Safety guidelines:
  • Always unplug the saw or set the key to LOCK before opening the side panel or touching the blade.
  • Always use a push stick for rip cuts narrower than 6".
  • Use a featherboard when ripping narrow stock.
  • Never freehand cut.
    • When rip cutting, use the rip fence.
    • When crosscutting,always use a crosscut fence (miter gauge) or crosscut sled.
  • Never leave the saw running when you're not standing at it.
  • Always check the blade for square before you use it.
  • Use the dust collector while cutting.
  • Clean out the table surface and the inside of the saw with the dust collector hose after using.
  • Retract blade below table surface after using.
  • If you tilted the blade, return it to 90° after using.

Small Table Saw

  • This saw is set up with a dado blade. Do not use the dado blade for anything but cutting dados/rabbets/grooves. Ensure that the dado stacks are properly aligned and oriented before using.
  • Do not adjust the tilt on this saw. (Tilt is controlled by the side wheel)
  • Hook up the dust collector while using.
  • Unplug after using.

Band Saw

  • Unplug after using and before adjusting the blade.
  • Always hook up the dust collector.
  • Tension the blade before using. De-tension the blade after using.
    • Blade tension lever is on the back of the saw. DOWN position = tensioned. UP position = de-tensioned.
    • Wait for the blade to stop moving before de-tensioning.
  • Position the blade guard just above the thickness of wood you are cutting.
  • Lock the blade guard down with the knob on the back.
  • Do not use the 3/8" blade for resawing.
    • If you want to resaw something, contact a shop captain (Nate Lelek or Chris Munn) and we will install the 3/4" resaw blade.
    • Conversely: the resaw blade is ONLY for resawing. Bandsaw blades are expensive!
  • After using, lower the blade guard fully.

Mitre Saw

  • Always double-check your angle with a square. The saw detents are not to be trusted.
  • Lock down the slide if not needed.
  • For cuts that require sliding: slide out, cut downwards, then slide in.
  • Unplug after using.

Router Table

  • Pay attention to the spin direction of the bit (counterclockwise) and only feed stock in the opposite direction (Right to left when facing the table). Feeding stock along the spin direction will result in chatter, unpredictable cutting, and is dangerous!
  • Only use router bits with the router table (No drill bits).
  • Use push pads and featherboards when possible.
  • Return bits to the bit holder after using.


  • Ensure that the tool rest is close to the workpiece without touching it, and securely tightened, before starting the motor.
  • Do not adjust the tool rest while the motor is running.
  • Only adjust the speed while the motor is running.
  • Always return the speed to LOW before shutting it off. If the lathe starts at high speed, it can damage the belt drive.

Drill Press

  • Do not use router bits with the drill press! Drill bits only. To drill a flat hole, use a forstner bit.
  • Be careful to not drill into the iron table. Place a scrap block below the workpiece to reduce tear-out.
  • Return bits to the bit holder on the wall when finished.

Dust Collector

  • No indiscriminate floor sweeping! Use for wood dust only. Metal/plastic/large chunks will damage it.
  • Don't leave it running while you're not collecting dust! Electric motors overheat. The Jet dust collector has a timer function that is helpful in this regard.
  • Empty the dust bag if it is over 75% full. If you don't know how, ask a shop captain.


  • The jointer has an exposed blade and is very dangerous! Only use it if you know what you are doing.
  • Double check the fence for square every time.
  • Do not remove the safety guard. If you need to remove it (to joint a wider board, for example), contact a shop captain.
  • Do not prop open the safety guard while using.
  • Feed stock right to left in a smooth motion.
  • Always use push pads when jointing faces (or edges of narrow boards).


  • Our current planer does not have a dust collection hookup. For this reason, we recommend taking it out back so you don't blow chips everywhere.


Wood Shop Equipment

Stocked Materials

Stocked Consumables