Woodshop Access Policy

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Because of the hazardous nature of these tools, before anyone can use the tools, they must pass a regularly scheduled shop safety course that will be posted on the calendar. We want everyone to go home safe and in one piece! SAFE OPERATION of tools is top priority.

Anyone entering the shop will be required to use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as safety glasses, hearing protection, and possibly dust masks (these will be available for purchase).

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 is hazardous and will NOT be allowed ANY time.

Wood dust is also a 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”
  • Olivewood
  • Padauk
  • Purple Heart
  • Walnut
  • Wenge
  • Western Red Cedar

It is HIGHLY recommended that we use a buddy system, where no single person is working in the shop without a second person in the building so that if there is an injury, somebody else is there to call for help or assist you.

Approved by the Board of Directors March 15, 2018