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General Information

The MakeICT Woodshop endeavors to empower members to engage in a variety of woodworking traditions safely, and productively.

MakeICT's woodshop consists of 2 rooms dedicated to wood working. Our first room is outfitted with a robust core of stationary machines for preparing, cutting to size, joining, and shaping lumber. Our second room is geared towards refinement with an assortment of stationary and hand tools for drilling, cutting, joining, and assembling projects; the second room is also home to our Lathes and ShopBot CNC Machine.

Lead: Aaron Rivers

Woodworking Terminology Glossary

Machine Access Policy

Required Woodshop Authorization

Woodworking is hazardous by nature. In order to use any of the woodshop tools any member or nonmember must take the Woodshop Authorization course. We want everyone to go home safe and in one piece! SAFE OPERATION of tools is our top priority.

PPE (Personal Safety Equipment)

Anyone entering the shop will be required to wear safety glasses. Use of additional PPE such as hearing protection, and dust masks is heartily encouraged. Cleanliness A clean shop is a safe and productive shop. All members and nonmembers are expected to clean after themselves while working, and thoroughly clean before leaving the area in which they’re working.


Most woods are allowed in the woodshop, but to protect machinery as well as to protect other members, only WELL INSPECTED reclaimed lumber free of sand, gravel, nails, screws, staples or finish will be allowed in the shop. Pressure treated lumber will NOT be allowed ANY time.

Hazardous Materials Authorization

Wood dust is a major safety concern, so cleanliness is of extreme importance. Some people are allergic to certain lumber. These individuals can and have become sensitized to such materials. Symptoms range from the minor problems, like Dermatitis (Skin Rash), to more serious problems, like Asthma Complication and Mucosal Irritation. Therefore, the use of woods from the following list requires additional authorization and training for proper clean-up after their use. These courses will be posted regularly to the calendar.

  • African Mahogonay
  • Jatoba “Brazilian Cherry”
  • Ebony
  • Ipe, “Brazilian Walnut”
  • Iroko, “African Teak”
  • Makore, “African Cherry”
  • Mansonia, “African Walnut”
  • MDF, Particle Board, Hardboard (Wearing of MDF spoil-boards on the Shopbot exempt)
  • Olivewood
  • Padauk
  • Plastics and epoxies
  • Purple Heart
  • Walnut
  • Wenge
  • Western Red Cedar

ShopBot Authorization

The Shopbot operates on principles different than other woodworking machines, and requires special training. Only members who have completed the required shop bot authorization course (or any ShopBot class prior to the adoption of this authorization requirement) or been approved by an authorized instructor may use the ShopBot.

Lathe Authorization

Wood-turning is a distinct branch of woodworking that operates on principles and with different risks other woodworking operations, and requires special training. Only members who have completed the required lathe authorization course (or any lathe class prior to the adoption of this authorization requirement) or been approved by an authorized instructor may use the lathes.

Approved by the Board of Directors March 15, 2018, Modified 2022 April 21

General Shop Safety

  1. Do not use any machine you are not trained on and comfortable using. If at any time you are unsure of what you are doing, stop immediately and ask for help. Do not force tools.
  2. Do not use any machine that is not in good working order. Stop, unplug, lock out, email or text the area lead aaron.rivers@makeict.org (the lead's cell number is written on the milling room chalk board)and leave a note on the machine and notify the Woodshop Lead.
  3. NEVER ASSUME A TOOL IS PROPERLY ADJUSTED. Always check the tool prior to use.
  4. Use all available dust collection.
  5. Wear safety glasses at all times when in the shop area, including near the machine shop.
  6. Ear protection is also recommended, many of the tools operate above 90 decibels and without protection, you are losing hearing.
  7. When using power tools (including hand power tools):
    • No open-toed shoes or loose clothing (remove drawstrings)
    • Remove objects on hands and wrists (including rings, bracelets, & watches)
    • Remove dangly necklaces, hair ornaments, and earrings
    • Restrain long hair to prevent entanglement
    • Do not wear gloves when operating machinery
  8. While hand tools are safer than most power tools, they are the cause of most workshop injuries. Make sure all hand tools are sharp and in good condition. Be certain that you know how to use these tools in a way that is safe, effective, and will not damage the tool.
  9. Do not leave machines running unattended.
  10. Never talk to or disturb anyone operating power tools. If you must talk to an operator wait until the operator notices you.
  11. Be aware of the work going on around you. Do not accidentally bump into another person or their materials while they are working.
  12. Most shop accidents are caused by working tired, rushed or distracted. As you get more experience, you will learn to listen to the little voice in the back of your mind that says, you probably shouldn't do that. Stop and think, there is usually a safer way of performing that function. These machines do not have a brain, please use yours!

Woodshop Specific Safety

  1. All powered woodcutting and sanding tools must be run with dust collection or vacuum equipment connected to the appropriate ports and on at all times. Do not switch the dust collector on and off without time to cool, if you are planning on working with multiple tools, leave the collector on (repeated quickly turning on and off will overheat the motor).
  2. Smoke or sparks are bad signs in the woodshop. Stop what you are doing and correct the problem. Usually correct feed and depth of cut or getting a sharp bit / blade will help.
  3. No metal cutting allowed on woodshop equipment.
  4. No wet or damp items of any type (including drink containers, rags, or hands) may be placed or left on machine surfaces as they will corrode.
  5. Do not lean or sit on machinery, these are precision pieces of equipment and you can mis-align them.
  6. You are responsible for cleaning your machines, your work space, and putting all tools away immediately after use. Scrap wood should be placed in designated locations. Use vacuums or hand brushes to clean machinery.
  7. Users who consistently fail in their clean-up responsibilities may be denied shop access.
  8. Do not use stationary equipment work surfaces for sanding, project assembly, layout, applying finishes, etc. Or for uses other than their intended purpose.
  9. Make sure machines are in the “off” position and motion has stopped, before leaving them after use.
  10. All safety guards must be kept in place while operating equipment. If a guard or safety device is an impediment to safe operation of a machine - ask for help.
  11. Use equipment only for its intended use.
  12. If you have made an adjustment to a piece of equipment, return it to its normal position after you are done.
  13. Make sure the machine’s work surface is unobstructed and clean before use.
  14. Always be aware of the proximity of moving machine parts to body parts - fingers.
  15. Defects in the wood can be dangerous. Check the stock carefully for knots, splits, and other defects.
  16. Keep the machine clean. Remove all tools, lumber, and unnecessary materials.
  17. Objects left on the machine can vibrate into revolving cutters. They can then be thrown from the machine with great force. Never clean a machine while it is running.
  18. All guests are the responsibility of the member, guests are not allowed to use equipment, unless authorized. This is a working shop, so children less than 9 years old are not allowed for safety.
  19. DO NOT cut anything conductive such as mirrored acrylic, carbon based materials, or laser cutter waste on the Saw Stop tablesaw, the charred areas are carbon and because carbon is conductive, will set off the brake cartridge.
  20. Member will be responsible for replacing the blade and Sawstop brake if the brake is fired for anything other than a true safety firing. If it is a true safety firing, we will need a photo of the fresh wound and SawStop will evaluate the recorded cartridge memory. If SawStop deems it to be a safety firing, they will need the photo and a release for marketing use and they send a replacement cartridge.

This is a video on table saw kickback. Do not try this in the woodshop!

Equipment List

Picture What Manufacturer Model Power Status
Sawstop.jpg 10" Cabinet Table Saw Saw Stop Professional PCS31230 220 Operational
Shopfox jointer.jpg 8" Carbide Helical Head Jointer Shop Fox W1741S 220 Operational
Jet jwp-15hh.jpg 15" Carbide Helical Head Planer Jet JWP-15HH 220 Operational
G0513x2.jpg 17" Bandsaw Extreme Series 131-1/2 inch blade Grizzly G0513X2 220 Operational
W1706.jpg 14" Bandsaw 93-1/2 inch blade Shop Fox W1706 14" Enclosed Base 110 Operational
OneidaDustGorilla.jpg Cyclone Dust Collector Oneida Air 5HP Super Dust Gorilla 220 Operational
Freud SD508.jpg 8 In. Super Stacked Dado Set 8 x 24 Tooth 1/4" to 29/32“ Freud SD508 NA Operational
Jet jdp-17dx.jpg 17" Drill Press with laser Jet JDP-17DX 110 Operational
Jet jbos-5.jpg Oscillating Spindle Sander Jet JBOS-5 110 Operational
Jet jwbg-8.jpg Low Speed 8" Bench Grinder Jet JWBG-8 110 Operational
Worksharp ws3000.jpg Tool Sharpener Work Sharp WS3000 110 Operational
Buffer.jpg 8" Buffer for Honing Central Machinery 40668 110 Operational
Granite.jpg Granite Surface Plate for Sharpening 9" x 12" x 2" A Grade Granite Surface Plate NA Operational
AFS-1000B.jpg 3-speed Remote Control Shop Ambient Dust Filter Jet AFS-1000B 110 Operational
DwaltDW788.jpg 20" Scroll Saw Dewalt DW788 110 Operational
Delta 40-560.jpg 16" Two speed Scroll Saw Delta 40-560, TY II 110 Operational
DW331K.jpg T-slot Jigsaw DeWalt DW331K 110 Operational
Skil 4480.jpg Jigsaw Skil 4480 110 Operational
PC-557.jpg "Biscuit Cutter" Plate Jointer Porter Cable 557 110 Operational
BoschRouter.png 2.25HP Router Bosch 1617EVSPK 110 Operational
DWP611PK.jpg 1.25HP Fixed Base/Plunge Base Router DeWalt DWP611PK 110 Operational
Bosch colt router.png 1HP Router Bosch Colt 110 Operational
4212.jpg 12" Dovetail Jig / Advanced Supplemental Manual Porter Cable 4212 Manual Operational
Dremel MM30.jpg Multi-Max Oscillating Tool Dremel MM30 110 Operational
HitachiFinishNailer.jpg 2" 18Gauge Finish Nailer Hitachi NT50AE2 Air Operational
Pc bn125a.jpg 18 Gauge 5/8-1-1/4" Brad Nailer Porter Cable BN125A Air Operational
Sears AC.jpg 2HP Air Compressor Sears 20 Gallon 220V Operational
Router table.jpg Router Table Rockler NA Operational
PorterCable7518.jpg Router Table with JessEm Lift Porter Cable 7518 110 Operational
BOSCH GCM12SD.jpg 12" Dual Bevel Gliding Miter Saw Bosch GCM12SD 110 Operational
PowerMatic30b.jpg 6x48" Belt/12" Disc sander Powermatic 30b 110 Operational
Delta 31-460.jpg 4x36" Belt/5" Disc sander Delta 31-460 110 Operational
DWV012.jpg 10 gallon HEPA Tool Actuated Self-cleaning Dust Extractor DeWalt DWV012 110 Operational
PC 382 sander.jpg 5 inch 8-hole hook and loop Random Orbit Sander Porter Cable 382 110 Operational
DWE6421K.jpg 5” 8-hole hook and loop random orbit sander DeWalt DWE6421K 110 Operational
Bosch 1295dvs.jpg 5" 8-Hole variable speed random orbit sander Bosch 1295DVS 110 Operational
315279870.jpg 5" 8-Hole Hook & Loop Random Orbit Sander Craftsman 315.279870 110 Operational
PC330.jpg 1/4 Sheet Finish Sander Porter Cable 330 Speed Bloc 110 Operational
Dremel 1731 sander.jpg 1x30 Belt/5 Disc sander Dremel 1731 110 Operational
Jet1221VS.jpg 12x43 Electronic Variable Speed Wood Lathe Jet 1221VS with extension 110 Operational
Oneway talon.jpg 1X8TPI Wood Lathe Chuck Oneway Talon manual Operational
Nova Mercury Lathe.jpg Variable Speed 8"x11" Mini Wood Lathe Teknatool Nova Mercury 110 Operational
Shopbot alpha 4x8.jpg 4'x 8' 3 Axis Shopbot CNC Router ShopBot PRT 96 110 Operational
Parallel clamp.jpg 24" (qty 2) & 40" (qty 2) & 48" (qty 2) Clamps Jorgensen Cabinet Master Clamps manual Operational
Jet clamp.jpg 24" (qty 4) & 31" (qty 2) Clamps Jet Parallel Clamps manual Operational
Bessey tradesman clamps.jpg 30 piece assortment Clamps Bessey Tradesman Clamps manual Operational
Bessey deep.jpg Deep reach (qty 2) Clamps Bessey Tradesman Clamps manual Operational
Masterforce clamp.jpg Deep reach 12" (qty 2) & 24" (qty 7) 36" (qty 2) Clamps Masterforce Clamps manual Operational
Irwin quick clamp.jpg Quick Grip 6" (qty 8) Clamps Irwin Clamps manual Operational
Bessey strap clamp.jpg High Tension Strap Clamp Bessey VSC manual Operational
Kreg-JIg-K5.jpg Kreg Jig Pocket Hole Kit Kreg K5 manual Operational
DMT Stone.jpg Diamond sharpening stones DMT 6" x2" fine and extra-fine manual Operational
Mini-hone.jpg Detail diamond honing kit DMT course, fine and extra-fine D2K manual missing from the shop
D3246.jpg Tablesaw Tenon Jig (Multi-axis) Shop Fox D3246 manual Operational
DCK280C2.jpg 20V cordless ½” drill/driver and Impactor set DeWalt DCK280C2 1.5Ah battery Operational
DCK283D2.jpg 20V Brushless ½” drill/driver and Impactor set DeWalt DCK283D2 1.5Ah battery Operational
Ridgid wd09450.jpg 9 Gallon Shop Vacuum Ridgid WD09450 110 Operational
Eagle 1932.jpg 30 Gallon Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinet]] Eagle 1932 Manual Operational

Commercial Sources for Wood

Purchasing hardwood lumber is very different from purchasing construction lumber. Note that Hardwood Lumber is a botanical term and is not related to the relative hardness of the wood. Hardwoods shed their leaves in the fall. Softwoods are evergreen. That is a general rule, and there are exceptions. Note also that Balsa and Basswood are classified as Hardwoods.

See Wikipedia for more detail on terms, definitions, and practices involved in purchasing hardwoods in the US.

River City Sawmill

Richard's Wood Shop

Elderslie Woodworks

  • Closed down

Star Lumber

Mark Frieden Lumber

Intermountain Woods