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General Information

MakeICT's metal shop is an open 1200 sq ft area dedicated to metal working with a shared space for bicycle repair.

Jeremiah Burian is the Metalshop Lead. David Springs, Brian Groom and Michael James are assistant Leads.

MetalShop Wish List

A list of equipment or tools that the metalshop would like to obtain. If you would like to donate one of these tools please contact the Metalshop Lead before dropping the tools or equipment off.

  • 2x72 Belt Grinder
  • 12 inch Disc grinder / belt sander combo
  • Tubing notcher
  • Cordless power tool set drill,sawzall,impact
  • Pneumatic nibblers and shears
  • Manual mill endmills and bits

Machine Access Policy

  • Use of the Metal Shop requires attendance in the area-specific safety class. Completion of the safety class will grant access to the area and use of the basic tools.
  • Advanced tools require demonstration of safe and correct operation to an approved authorizer, as listed on the Wiki, or attendance in an instructional class. These tools are: Welders, Plasma Cutter, Forge, Lathes, Manual Mill, and the Tormach CNC Mill.

Approved by the board on January 2, 2017

General Shop Safety

  1. Do not use any equipment you are not comfortable using. If at any time you are unsure of what you are doing, stop immediately and ask for help.
  2. Do not use any machine that is not in good working order. unplug The equipment,leave a note on the machine and notify the metalshop Lead-Jeremiah Burian.
  3. Always check tools prior to use.
  4. Wear safety glasses at all times when tools are in use in the shop area.
  5. Ear protection is recommended
  6. No open-toed shoes or loose clothing
  7. Remove objects on hands and wrists
  8. Remove dangly necklaces and earrings
  9. Restrain long hair to prevent entanglement
  10. Do not leave machines running unattended.
  11. Never talk to or disturb anyone operating power tools, forge or welding equipment. If you must talk to an operator wait until the operator finishes the operation.
  12. Be aware of the work going on around you.
  13. Wear proper PPE (personal protective equipment) Safety glasses welding sleeves, grinding shields etc.

Metalshop Safety

  1. You are responsible for cleaning your machines, your work space, and putting all tools away after use. Scrap metal should be placed in designated locations. Use vacuums or hand brushes to clean machinery.
  2. Users who consistently fail in their clean-up responsibilities may be denied shop access.
  3. Make sure machines are in the “off” position and motion has stopped, before leaving them after use.
  4. Make sure all gas cylinders are in the off position while not in use.
  5. 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.
  6. Use equipment only for its intended use.
  7. If you have made an adjustment to a piece of equipment, return it to its normal position after you are done.
  8. All guests are the responsibility of the member. Guests are NOT allowed to use equipment. Children under 8 years old are not allowed for safety.

Machine shop Specific Safety

  1. This includes all mills and lathes in the metalshop.
  2. Lead or authorized peer certification is required to operate this equipment. This can be as easy as showing the Lead or peer the proper use of said equipment and describing experience.
  3. Due to the high level of technical understanding and cost of the Tormach CNC mill, extensive training will be required before use.

Welding shop Specific Safety

  1. Use the proper face shield when grinding and a welding helmet when welding.
  2. closed-toed shoes.
  3. Wear the appropriate glove while welding.
  4. We suggest you wear ear protection to prevent sparks from entering your ear canal.
  5. NEVER weld on or near anything that's been cleaned with a chlorinated hydrocarbon like brake-cleaner. When combined with UV light, chlorinated hydrocarbons can create phosgene gas, which can cause serious injury or death. Ventilation will not prevent poisoning.
  6. No galvanized (zinc plated) material should be welded without removal of the galvanized coating near the weld zone to protect from poison gas release.


  1. Make sure the hot work area is free from all flammable materials such as flammable liquids, paper, etc. Do not wear clothing or gloves that have been exposed to flammable liquids.


  1. Welded metal will remain hot for several minutes after it is welded.

UV Burns

  1. The light emitted from a weld arc is brighter than the sun. Do not look at the arc without wearing a full-faced welding mask with a shade 9 or darker filter plate.

Compressed Gas Cylinders

  1. Argon and CO2 are inert, nontoxic gases normally present in the atmosphere. However, if allowed to fill an enclosed area these gases can fully displace breathable air, causing asphyxiation and death. Greater potential danger is the valve being knocked off the cylinder, turning it into a rocket powerful enough to severely injure or kill people and damage equipment and the building itself.
  2. The following guidelines must be followed at all times:
    • Storing
      • Cylinders must ALWAYS remain upright and NEVER be placed horizontally.
      • Cylinders must be secured with a non-combustible material (metal) to an immovable object to prevent them from falling.
    • Moving
      • Cylinders must be securely capped.

Equipment List

Picture What Manufacturer Model Power Status Expert How To
Tormach PCNC 1100 Series3.jpg 4 Axis 34" x 9.5" Tormach CNC Mill Tormach PCNC 1100 220 Working Curt Gridley [manual]
Anatomy of Logan Lathe.png 12"x 35" Metal Gear Head Lathe Logan-Powermatic 2557TH 220 Working Joe Groom File:Logan manual.pdf
Craftsman lathe.jpg 12" Metal Lathe Craftsman 101.28990 110 Working Joe Groom File:Craftsman Lathe manual.pdf
Mill drill.jpg 8"x29" Mill Drill Enco GL-30B 110 Working  ?? File:RF-30 manual.pdf
Miller211.jpg MIG Autoset Welder Miller Millermatic 211 Autoset 220 Working Jeremiah Burian File:Miller211 manual.pdf
Hypertherm 65.jpg CNC Plasma Table Cutter Hypertherm Powermax 65 220 3PH Working Jeremiah Burian File:Hypertherm 65 Manual.pdf
Hypertherm30XP.jpg Plasma Cutter Hypertherm 30 XP 220 Working Jeff Eck File:Hypertherm30XP manual.pdf
WELDING HELMET.jpg Welding Helmet Chicago Electric 91214 solar Working Jeremiah Burian File:WELDING HELMET.pdf
Ingersoll Compressor.jpg 5HP 60 gal Compressor Ingersoll Rand SS5L5 220 Operational Jeremiah Burian
DWE402G.jpg 4-1/2” Paddle Angle Grinder DeWalt DWE402G 110V Working Jeff Eck manual
ANGLE GRINDER.jpg 4.5" Angle Grinder Chicago Electric 91223 110 Working Jeremiah Burian File:ANGLE GRINDER.pdf
Tumbler.jpg 18 Lb Vibratory Tumbler Chicago Electric 96923 110 Working Jeremiah Burian File:Tumbler manual.pdf
SHEAR-BRAKE-ROLLER.jpg Combo Shear/Brake/Roller Central Machinery 5907 Working Working Jeremiah Burian


BANDSAW.jpg Horizontal/Vertical Metal Cutting Band Saw Central Machinery 93762 110 Working Jeremiah Burian File:LAYDOWN BANDSAW.pdf
Jet JBS-14MW photo.jpg 14" Vertical Metal/Wood Cutting Band Saw Jet JBS-14MW 110 Working Jeremiah Burian File:Jet JBS-14MW manual.pdf
BANDFILE.jpg 1/2" Bandfile Belt Sander Chicago Electric 92158 110 Working Jeremiah Burian File:BANDFILE.pdf
BAR AND ROD BENDER.jpg Bar and Rod Bender Central Machinery 38471 Elbow grease To Setup Jeremiah Burian File:BAR AND ROD BENDER.pdf
Tube roller.jpg Tubing Roller Pittsburgh 99736 Working Setup Jeremiah Burian File:99736 tube roller manual.pdf
20ton press.jpg 20 Ton Hydraulic Press Central Machinery 20 Ton Working Setup Jeremiah Burian
Lift Table.jpg 1000lb Hydraulic Lift Table Central Machinery 1000 lbs, 34" max height Working Setup Jeremiah Burian File:Lift table manual.pdf
Foldable Shop Crane.jpg Foldable 2 Ton Shop Crane (Cherry Picker) Pittsburgh 2 Ton Working Setup Jeremiah Burian File:Shop Crane manual.pdf
Johnson forge.jpg 120K BTU/hr Gas Forge Johnson Forge 120K BTU Needs converted to NG Needs conversion to NG Jeremiah Burian
ANVIL.jpg Anvil Trenton Made in 1900 On the Stump Setup Jeremiah Burian

MetalShop Classes

Safety Class

  • This is a free course for members
  • This class covers the basic safety knowledge to allow members to use the basic metal working tools and grants access to the basic equipment.
  • It does NOT teach members how to properly use these tools.
  • It does NOT unlock machining tools, Tormach, mill or lathe.
  • It does NOT unlock Forge or smelting equipment.
  • It does not unlock the welders or Plasma cutter.

MIG Welding Class

  • Never welded before? Want to improve your welding abilities? Here you go!
  • Class starts with some short videos and some classroom time, then moves out to the metal shop for an equipment overview and demonstration. After that, every person will have a chance to do some welding with an experienced welder coaching you. There will be a fee for this class. Please wear appropriate footwear and long sleeve shirt.

Plasma Cutting Class

  • There will be a fee for this class.
  • Short class time to learn some basics
  • This class will cover cutting steel with the plasma cutter and what settings to use for what thickness of metal. Proper tip selection and changing. It will also have a hands on session where everyone will get a chance to use the cutter on different thickness materials. Please wear appropriate footwear and long sleeve shirt.

Tig Welding Class

  • There will be a fee for this class.
  • Small class size gives more one on one time to learn and practice welds.
  • Class will cover safety, overview of Tig welder, Demonstration of both Aluminum and Steel welding, and provide each participant the opportunity to weld both types.

Milling Class

  • We are currently looking for an instructor for this class, if you are interested in teaching this class contact the metalshop Lead

Lathe Class

  • Classes are currently on the calendar.

Bicycle Maintenance

  • We are currently looking for an instructor for this class, if you are interested in teaching this class contact the metalshop Lead

Basic Forge Techniques

  • We are currently looking for an instructor for this class, if you are interested in teaching this class contact the metalshop Lead