Woodshop – QC Co-Lab


Posted on July 27, 2020 by weeklyr

General Info

Woodshop Standards

This shop and the Co-Lab as a whole is a shared space that is run solely by volunteers. Every member who works in this space has the responsibility to clean, improve, and utilize it. Leave the shop cleaner than you found it and don’t inhibit other members’ ability to work. We should all have a mentality of continuous improvement. We are a team of members who all pay the same amount to use this space. If you don’t have the time to at least clean the shop after you utilize someone else will have to volunteer their time to not only clean your mess but clean theirs. Be courteous, kind, and collaborative!

Communication In the Woodshop

This area has numerous tools that require training in order to operate. If you are new to the lab please make sure to sign up for Microsoft Teams. Teams is the platform that we use to communicate inside of the lab and coordinate training. You can sign up for Teams at the following link. It is extremely important that you sign up and get connected with the rest of the woodshop users! You will be unable to properly request upgrades, find projects to work on, report breakages, or collaborate without this tool!

Storage in the Woodshop

It is normal for woodshop projects to take more than one day or even a week to complete. ​We do however ask that you ALWAYS have your items labeled with Your name, Date last worked on, and a contact number or email that you can be reached at.​ Please make sure that you are not storing projects for a prolonged period of time, if this type of storage is needed we do have offices for rent which can be inquired about in the Teams chat, forums, or by emailing [email protected]​. Please also remember that if you are storing project in the woodshop that they are not in front of equipment or blocking access to the assembly tables.

Best practices, Safety, and Breakages

  • When operating the equipment you must have adequate training and PPE. Safety glasses, hearing protection, and gloves can be found in the labeled cabinet in the hallway. This lab only stays operational when people are safe!
  • Dust collection for the tools that have it can be turned on via the remote that is located on the right side of the table saw. Please make sure this is turned on and the appropriate gate is open when operating the machines. This dust collection keeps the tools running properly and the air and shop clean.
  • The air cleaner can be found on the right wall when walking in the door. Please make sure this is running at all times when you are in the woodshop. The remote to turn this on is located directly below the air cleaner. The first row of buttons turns it on and off. If the air cleaners filters look dirty please remove the filters from the front of the air cleaner and blow them out in the garage.
  • If any tool is broken or seems to be nonfunctional please make sure you leave a note physically on the machine. Additionally, make a forum post, add it to the maintenance log in Teams, and email [email protected]​.

Personal Tools and Equipment

If you are planning on bringing in, or using your own tools in the woodshop please make sure you remember that it is a shared space. ​Tools that are not intended for everyone to use should be stored in an office or a storage locker. ​If you would be interested in getting one of these items you can inquire on Teams chat, forums, or by emailing ​[email protected]​. Tools that are intended for the Co-Labs use must be approved by the board of directors prior to use. The reasoning for this is that the lab has a tool loan policy that needs to be signed before the use of the tool can commence.

Required Training


  • Shop Smith Mark V
    • Band saw attachment
    • Table Saw
    • Jointer
    • Lathe
    • Disk sander
  • 12″ Delta Compound sliding miter saw
  • 10″ Grizzly Table Saw
  • 13″ Dewalt Benchtop Planer
  • Router Table
  • Drill Press
  • 4″ Delta joiner table
  • Benchtop Belt and Disc sander
  • Scroll Saws
  • Hand-held power tools (Dremel, drills, belt/palm sanders, reciprocating saw, circular saw)
  • Full complement of hand tools
  • X-Carve
  • Short Term wood storage

Cleanup and Organization

This area is a shared space full of people who are all trying to build, create, and learn.The Co-Lab would ask that everyone who uses this space keeps it clean and organized. There is a full list of the tasks that can and should be done on a regular basis located in the Woodshop channel on Teams; However, if you would do these simple things every-time you are in the woodshop it will ensure that the space remains functional and clean.

General Cleaning List

  • Sweep the floors when done using the shop.
  • Brush, blow off, or vacuum all tools that were used.
  • Put all hand tools and clamps back where they were when you are done using them.
  • If the trash is full make sure it gets emptied in the dumpster behind the building.
  • Make sure the wood you are using is labeled and if you have scraps for the lab to use make sure to place them in the appropriate storage locations.
  • In general, leave the woodshop cleaner than you found it!