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Level 3 badge used at Pikes Peak Makerspace

The Wood Shop Area at Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) consists of

both Level 2 and Level 3 equipment.

Additional PPM training and then certification is required to use any of our Level 3 equipment.

Our trainers are passionate about sharing their knowledge and ensuring a positive learning experience for all.

We are grateful for their commitment and dedication to our community.

Wood Shop Area hand tools should be marked with green tape, paint, or powder coating.

The SawStop in the PPM Wood Shop cannot be turned on without scanning the RFID card of a certified member in our T.E.S.L.A. Access system.

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.

 


Wood Shop Policy, Safety, and Orientation

All Wood Shop users are required to follow all Wood Shop Policies and Safety Procedures.

Members are required to pass the Wood Shop Safety Quiz with 90% or better before attending the in-person orientation.

Emergency Safety - Review the Wood Shop layout to know the nearest emergency exits, eye wash, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and breaker box in case of emergency.

  • By using Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) you are agreeing to the shop policies and to operate equipment and use the space safely. Personal safety is your responsibility.
  • Damage to tools, equipment, the shop itself caused by your actions is solely your responsibility.

Impairment - The use of the Wood Shop equipment requires you to be alert, attentive and focused.

  • Do not use the Wood Shop, or any PPM tools, if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Likewise, ensure that you are well-rested and alert.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Safety Glasses - Safety glasses are required when you are operating hand or stationary powered tools in the Wood Shop. 
    • Additionally, safety glasses are required if you are in the Wood Shop, and someone else is operating powered tools. (ANSI Z87.1-impact resistant) safety glasses are required. These are rated for impact protection and have side shields to provide protection from objects coming from the front and sides. Most prescription glasses are not impact resistant or provide side protection. If you use prescription glasses, then put an ANSI Z87-1 goggle over them.
  • Hearing Protection - Hearing protection is required when you are operating stationary powered tools, or someone else is operating machinery in the Wood Shop. There are two types of hearing protection
    • Soft Foam earplugs are available. To get the best protection roll the foam with your fingers to condense the plug. Pull the top of your ear up and back with the opposite hand, and insert the plug into your ear canal. Hold the plug with your finger for 20-30 seconds to let the plug expand and fill your ear canal. Your voice will sound muffled if the plug has a good seal.
    • Ear muffs are available. These fit over both ears and have sound attenuating material and soft ear cushion to fit around the ears.
  • Respiratory Protection - Particulate filter respirator should be used when significant wood dust is being generated (when emptying the dust collector).
  • Shoes - Closed toe shoes are required. If working with heavy lumber, consider safety shoes (steel or composite) to protect your toes if materials or tools are dropped.
  • Gloves - Gloves should not be worn when using powered equipment (saws, jointers, drills, or other equipment). Leather gloves can be worn for handling materials, but not when operating machinery.
  • Hair and Clothing - There are many moving parts in the Wood Shop that can get caught and pull you into mechanical equipment. Tie back long hair when operating machinery. Also ensure that sleeves, hoodie strings, and any loose clothing is secured.
  • Jewelry - Remove rings, bracelets and any other jewelry that could get caught when operating equipment.

Hazards

The following are a list of hazards that should be considered while working in the Wood Shop.

  • Wood Dust - Exposure to wood dust has been associated with a variety of adverse health effects including dermatitis, respiratory effects and cancers. Engineering controls include local exhaust ventilation which removes dust at or near the source. To be effective the dust collection system needs to be maintained. Check and clean the dust collection system to ensure they are working properly. Additionally, particulate filters, or respirators can be worn to protect personnel directly.
  • Noise - The machinery in the Wood Shop can exceed 85 decibels in noise. This can impair hearing if you are exposed to it over a sustained amount of time. Noise levels can be reduced by maintaining motors and moving parts in top operating conditions, reducing the speed of operation, ensuring the equipment frames are rigid and isolating noisy equipment on rubber footing. Additionally, hearing protection (ear muffs, and ear plugs) can be used to reduce individual exposure to loud noises while working in this area.
  • Electrical Hazards - To minimize the danger of electrical hazards, machines must always be grounded, circuit breakers and fuse boxes labeled, cords, cables and plugs must be in good repair, and outlets and switches must be covered. Report any unsafe condition found by using posting on Red-Tag Issues on Slack and putting a filled out red-tag on the equipment to prevent its use until it is repaired.
  • Machine Maintenance - Equipment needs to be properly maintained to function safely. If there is any indication that the machine is not functioning properly, don’t use it. Report any unsafe condition found by using posting on Red-Tag Issues on Slack and putting a filled out red-tag and/or lock-out/tag-out device on the equipment to prevent its use until it is repaired.
  • Fire and Explosion - Woodworking facilities contain large quantities of fuel in the form of woods, wood products, and sawdust, (and also paints, oils finishes, solvents, and other flammable liquids). Sawdust can ignite and burn far more easily than whole pieces of lumber. Regular maintenance must be done to ensure that dust is not accumulating in the area.
Electrical panel with wood cover
Electrical panel
in Wood Shop area.
  • Electrical panels must be kept clear.
  • Fire extinguishers and exit routes must always be accessible.
  • It is important for every user to ensure that they perform effective clean-ups of the equipment and the area to reduce the build up of wood dust, the separation of flammable materials, the proper maintenance of equipment.

Reporting Issues

Injuries

If there is a personal injury requiring medical attention, dial 911 and obtain medical treatment.

Report any accidents or personal safety issues (including near-misses) as soon as possible with one of these methods:

  • Call 719-445-MAKE(6253) and leave a detailed message including:
    • Your name and phone number
    • Who was injured and their phone number
    • Describe the injury, part of body
    • Detail what type of medical attention was sought
    • Describe how the accident occurred (including the equipment that was being used.
  • Send a direct message to our Executive Director on Slack
  • Use the form on the PPM website to Contact Us
    • Include all the same information listed above

Equipment Issues

Red-Tag Equipment – If equipment needs repairs, place a red-tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack, #red-tags-issues channel. This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.

Red Tags

Any damage to tools or broken equipment MUST be reported in a direct message to a space leader/Director.

Use a Red Tag, which can be found in the red tag area, to designate the broken equipment.

Additionally, report the issue in our Slack #red-tags-issues channel.

Equipment Information

Be knowledgeable about the equipment that you are using.

Laminated Placards
  • There are laminated placards with detailed equipment information hanging on each of the large Wood Shop power equipment. These can also be found in the PPM Wiki under Wood Shop- Training ("PPM Jointer Safety and Operations", for example)
  • More detailed information can be found on the PPM Wiki/Wood Shop page. Vendor supplied Operation, Instruction, and parts lists can be found as links on that page. Most equipment manuals have specific information on capabilities, maintenance, adjustments, and parts lists. Use the specific equipment manual for setup, changing blades, auxiliary attachments, alignments, and general maintenance.
Getting Help
  • Use the #wood-shop channel on Slack to get help with specific equipment.
  • Utilize tutorial videos on-line that provide general information on many of the Wood Shop tools, techniques, and safeguards.

Dust Collection and Air Handler

Woodworking creates wood chips, dust and fine dust. There are three reasons for dust collection.

  • Fine particulate matter is a health hazard that can be a respiratory irritant in the near-term, and a more serious health condition with long-term exposure.
  • Fire Danger – A Wood Shop without dust collection has combustible dust everywhere, floors, tools, light fixtures, machinery housing, furnaces, and electrical boxes. Dust increases the chance for a fire start or acceleration if in contact with heaters, hot fixtures, machine housings, and other sources.
  • Annoyance – True craftsmen work to precision high quality standards. Chips and dust can impact accuracy, joinery, final finishes, and the quality of the final product. Dust in machinery means more maintenance is needed. Plus, people prefer to work in clean environments.

Reclaimed Materials Usage

Use Metal Detector

Scan the Wood for Metal - Use a hand-held metal detector wand on all reclaimed wood stock. It will locate remaining screws, nails and other metal parts. Any identified metal needs to be removed prior to cutting or shaping on woodworking equipment.

Upcycled Wood

Don’t bring any wood that has lead paint, bugs, or toxic materials to PPM Wood Shop. Paint must be removed prior to bringing to PPM for any up-cycled lumber project. Many pallets are treated with toxic pesticides, such as methyl bromide. Additionally, there can be residuals of toxic chemicals left on pallets, or bacteria from food shipments.

Here are some resources about reclaimed wood:

https://earth911.com/health/how-to-safely-use-pallet-wood/

https://rockinwoodusa.com/is-reclaimed-wood-safe/

Recycling wood has ecological and aesthetic value. But, only if it is not exposing you and PPM members to hazardous materials.

Banned Materials

These materials are not compatible with the blades and bits in the Wood Shop:

  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Composite decking material ("Trex", for example)

The equipment in the Wood Shop is configured with blades and bits for working with the following materials:

  • Solid wood
  • Plywood
  • MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
  • Upcycled/recycled wood (see caution on use above)
Paint or Solvents

Do not apply Paints or Solvents in the Wood Shop. There are too many combustible materials and the odor is bothersome.

  • Use the ventilated room, outdoors, or other location for applying paints or solvent-based finishes.

Check-in/ Check-out form

All woodshop users are required to use the Check-in/ Check-out form when using the shop areas.

Project Storage

Project storage is extremely limited and therefore must be carefully managed. Keep your project out of the way, and do not leave it unattended for multiple days or it is subject to removal.

All projects left in the woodshop must be labeled with green Project Storage tags.

Clean-up

If you do not have time to clean up, you do not have time to build it.

“Woodworking projects tend to have 3 parts: Plan it. Build it. Clean up after it.”

  1. Clean up the area and equipment that you used. All equipment should be ready for the next member to use right away.
  2. Return all hand tools to their proper location after use. If you don't know where it goes, ask an area leader. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.
  3. Go to the Cleaning Sequence sheets hanging on the Wood Shop door. More details below.
Cleaning Sequence (Required)

To ensure that the deep cleaning of the space is maintained, all members are required to do a cleaning task from the sequence flip chart.

If you have comments about the cleaning sequence, leave a note on the Check-out form.

Classes

Woodshop Orientation & SawStop Certification:
A combo class designed for new-to-woodshop members is offered twice per month on Saturday mornings.
For members who have already completed woodshop orientation and are interested in the SawStop only, there is a separate class once per month on Thursday evenings.
Sign up for upcoming classes on Meetup! Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup

Training

If you need help with a tool or technique, use the #wood-shop channel on Slack
To help out in the Wood Shop Area, contact Cap'n Mat on Slack.

Tips

Links to external sites:

POWERMATIC MANUALS
Fine Wood Working Magazine Shop Tips
Our wood working-related books — on LibraryThing.com



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Introduction to Woodworking‏‎ (14:45, 15 November 2015)

Woodworking terminology‏‎

Equipment Lists

POWERMATIC Equipment List

Picture Item Manufacturer Model Number Power
Requirements
Resources Training
Video Link
3520B POWERMATIC lathe

Woodturning Lathe,

18" extension, swing away tail stock,
ONEWAY bowl chuck

Level 3 badge

Powermatic-logo
POWERMATIC 3520B Single Phase,

220V, 60Hz, 6.2A

Operating Instructions and Parts Manual
15HH POWERMATIC planer
15-inch Planer,

4" Dust Port

Level 3 badge
Powermatic-logo
POWERMATIC 15HH Single Phase,

230V, 60Hz, 15A

Operating Instructions and Parts Manual
PWBS-14 POWERMATIC bandsaw
14" Woodworking Band Saw,

rip and cross-cut fences,
5" riser

Level 3 badge
Powermatic-logo
POWERMATIC PWBS‑14 Single Phase,

115V, 60Hz, 11A

Operating Instructions and Parts Manual
6" Belt/
12" Disc
Combination Sander

Level 3 badge
Powermatic-logo
POWERMATIC 30B 3-phase Replacement Parts

Sharpening and Sanding Equipment List

Picture Item Manufacturer Model Number Resources
Grinder station
8" bench grinder, blue and white grinding stones,
Wolverine and Veritas sharpening devices,
buffing wheel and compounds
JET JET

JWBG‑8 

Wolverine Dressing Jig Instructions
variable speed buffer
and buffing wheels
Logo DeWalt
DeWALT

DWP849

sanding belts, disks and sheets
3M logo
3M
Granite block
precision ground granite block, 12"x18"x3"
Do not store tools, or anything, on our granite block to avoid damage to its surface.

Wood Shop Equipment List

Picture Item Manufacturer Model Number Power
Requirements
Resources
JET Jointer
8" Jointer with Shelix cutting head JET JJ-8CS single phase,

110 Volts,

15 Amps,

60HZ

JET
Miter saw with new dust hood
12" Sliding Compound

Miter Saw, dust hood & RIGID vacuum

Logo DeWalt
DeWALT DW708 single phase,

110 Volts,

13 Amps,

60HZ

WORK SHARP sharpener
wood tool sharpener WORK SHARP WS3000 single phase,

110 Volts,

2 Amps,

60HZ

WS3000
DELTA Router Table
Router and Shaper with bits on rolling carts DELTA single phase,

110 Volts,

9 Amps,

60HZ

DELTA
Floor drill press PORTER-CABLE single phase,

110 Volts,

8 Amps,

60HZ

PORTER-CABLE
6" Disk 4" Belt Sander WEN 6502T single phase,

110 Volts,

4.3 Amps,

60HZ

1" x 30" belt & 5" disk sander Dremel single phase,

110 Volts,

3 Amps,

60HZ

BAYLEIGH AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM
AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM

with remote

BAILEIGH AFS-2400 single phase,

110 Volts,

14 Amps,

60HZ

Box fan
Box fan,

20", 3-speed

LASKO N/A
Dust Collector
1.5HP 6" inlet
DELTA DELTA

FESTOOL Equipment List — Level 3 Tools

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Number
Resources Owner
Festool Track Saw
Track Saw
Level 3 badge.png
Festool-logo.min
FESTOOL

TS 55 EQ

John Norton
Festool Half Sheet Sander
Sander (Half Sheet)
Level 3 badge
Festool-logo.min
FESTOOL

RS 2-E-Plus

John Norton
Festool Orbital Sander
Sander (Orbital)
Level 3 badge
Festool-logo.min
FESTOOL

ETS 150/5 EQ-Plus

John Norton
Festool Dust Extractor
Dust Collector
Level 3 badge
Festool-logo.min
FESTOOL

CLEANTEC CT 22 E

John Norton
Multifunction Table
Level 3 badge
Festool-logo.min
FESTOOL

1080

John Norton

Power Tools

'A Tool Is Just An Opportunity With A Handle' ~Kevin Kelly

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Number
Resources
Milwaukee Compact Router
COMPACT ROUTER

M18 FUEL

Milwaukee Logo
Milwaukee

2723-20

OPERATOR'S MANUAL
JIG SAW Milwaukee
JIG SAW

M18 FUEL

D-Handle

Milwaukee Logo
Milwaukee

2737-20

OPERATOR'S MANUAL
Makita Circular Saw
Circular Saw,

185mm

Makita logo
Makita

5007NB

Makita Router 3601B
Router
Makita logo
Makita

3601B

INSTRUCTION MANUAL
DeWALT sawsall
RECIPROCATING SAW
Logo DeWalt
DeWALT

DW304P

DeWALT jigsaw
JIG SAW
Logo DeWalt
DeWALT

DW331

BOSCH jigsaw 1590EVS
Jig Saw BOSCH 1590EVS
AIR NAILER
AIR NAILER/

STAPLER

CENTRAL PNEUMATIC 64269
Biscuit Joiner In Red Case
Biscuit

Joiner

Craftsman Craftsman
Circular

Saw

Craftsman Craftsman
Belt Sander

(handheld)

Craftsman Craftsman
Belt Sander

(handheld)

Logo RYOBI
RYOBI
Sander PORTER-CABLE
Orbital Sander PORTER-CABLE Quicksand
Sander Mouse

Mouse Sander/Polisher

Logo BLACK&DECKER.png
BLACK&DECKER

FMS50

Clamps

Item Manufacturer Quantity Price Each Owner
6" Wooden Handscrew Clamps ROCKLER Wooden Handscrew Clamps

2

$14

PPM
8" Quick Clamp Irwin Quick Grip

2

$10

PPM
12" Quick Clamp Irwin Quick Grip

2

$12

PPM
36" Quick Clamp Irwin Quick Grip

1

$36

Bill Epperson
30" Bessey Pipe Bar Clamp

4

$20

Bill Epperson
48" Bessey Pipe Bar Clamp

2

$20

Bill Epperson
60" Bessey Pipe Bar Clamp

2

$20

Bill Epperson
36" Quick Release Steel Bar Clamp Jorgensen CABINET MASTER 8036

5

$50

PPM
6" Quick Release Bar Clamp

2

$3

Bill Epperson
12" Quick Release Bar Clamp

0

PPM
18" Quick Release Bar Clamp

0

PPM
24" Quick Release Bar Clamp

2

$6

PPM
30" Quick Release Bar Clamp

0

PPM
36" Quick Release Bar Clamp ITEM 60539

6

$9

PPM
(donated by David Wasmer, Sr.)
60" Quick Release Bar Clamp ITEM 60673

2

$18

PPM
50" CLAMP & CUT EDGE GUIDE ITEM 66581

1

$20

PPM
6" Ratcheting Bar Clamp

0

PPM
12" Ratcheting Bar Clamp

6

$4

PPM
24" Ratcheting Bar Clamp

0

PPM

Hand Tools

Picture Item Manufacturer Owner
Wood clamp donation
Wood Clamps PPM
Ten million dollar stick
10 Million Dollar Stick PPM
Forstner bit set
Forstner bit set

(16 bits)

PPM
Wood Shop Area hand tools should be marked with green tape or paint or powder coating.
Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Equipment Reservations

Please remember to check for reservations before beginning your project. Some members drive in from Denver, Pueblo, or Falcon to use the equipment they have reserved. If your job is running at the time of their reservation, you are expected to pause and remove your project.
Make a Reservation

Donations Received

Wish List

Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.

Benefits

PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(bring proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Logo WOODCRAFT
Woodcraft of Colorado Springs 10% discount    4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Logo CO Lumber
CO Lumber Specialties 10% discount 3636 Stone Avenue
Logo General Air
GENERAL AIR 10% discount 3031 N Nevada Ave.
Logo ACE
ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens 10% discount 1830 W Uintah Street
Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.

Donated materials are available for member use, but should be compensated for by making a donation through one of the following methods:

Donate via PayPal: bit.ly/ppmstuff
Or, leave donations in a black payment box.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

  Wood Shop — SawStop  
  CNC Router Table  
  Vented Room  
  Metal Shop  
  Shed  
Autodesk Fusion Tips
VCarve Tips
Inkscape Tips
QR Codes

Hand-Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

Colorado Woodworkers' Guild — learn and share information about woodworking
FESTOOL 3D Models — on Printables.com
Inkscape Tutorial, For Engineers And Shaper Origin Users — BodgedButWorks on YouTube
Stumpy Nubs Woodshop — on YouTube
Old Woodworking Machines (OWWM)

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #wood-shop
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.


PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive

Search the PPM Wiki — include Content pages as well as Multimedia.

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.

Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.