If you want to explore whether woodworking is for you, sign up for a Try It! class. Take Orientation to the Woodshop to learn more about what the shop offers and qualify for open studio. If you want to use the main power tools during open studios, also take Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and 2. After that, depending on your skill level, decide on a project and build it, or take a class that has a project suited to your skill level. The library in the bench room has loads of project ideas. Ask a shop manager for advice on how to proceed.
How do I get open studio access to the Woodshop?Abby Wyatt2023-01-26T11:38:34-08:00
At a minimum, you must take Orientation to the Woodshop to access open studio in the Woodworking Studio. If you want to use any tools covered by a safety checkout class, you must also take that class first. Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 qualifies you to use the table saws, jointers, planers, miter saws, and drill press. Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 qualifies you to use most of the bandsaws, stationary sanders (spindle, disc, drum, and edge belt), routers and router tables, and scroll saws.
When are open studio times in the Woodshop?Abby Wyatt2023-01-17T14:01:35-08:00
Follow instructions from the safety monitor. Discuss them if you disagree, but the monitor has the final say.
If you are not sure whether a procedure is safe, ask the safety monitor or shop manager before you turn on the tool. You can also read the tool’s handbook, stored in the library area of the bench room, and review safety videos made in the woodshop.
Besides tool-specific safety requirements, these are general safety requirements:
Be aware of your surroundings and avoid standing in the kickback zone for tools such as the table saws and jointers.
If you must talk to someone using a power tool, wait for them to finish and approach from the side.
Wear safety glasses in the main shop at all times. In the bench room, safety glasses are required only while operating grinders in the sharpening area.
In both rooms, you must wear closed-toe shoes. If you are using power equipment, tie back long hair and avoid dangly clothing and jewelry.
Do not listen to music through earbuds or ear muffs so you can hear if a tool is making an unusual noise or if a safety monitor needs to give you guidance.
Do I need a ‘skills card’ to access some or all of the equipment?Abby Wyatt2023-01-17T13:42:58-08:00
The Woodshop doesn’t have a skills card per se but it maintains a card for each participant in Orientation and tool safety checkout classes. Instructors initial the tools you are qualified to use. When you attend an open studio session, sign in on the daily log and tip your card sideways (but still in the box) so the safety monitor can check it.
Can I check out equipment and use it at home or off-site?Abby Wyatt2022-12-28T15:47:19-08:00
No. It’s not necessary to be a member to take a class or to use Open Studio time at no additional charge to complete a class project. Non-members can also participate in open studio by paying a daily fee, currently $20.
If I have a lot of woodworking experience, can I just start using the shop?Abby Wyatt2022-12-28T15:55:42-08:00
No, unless you are signing up for a class that has no prerequisites. Regardless of experience, you must qualify for Open Studio by first taking Orientation to the Woodshop. Tool Safety Checkout 1 and/or 2 are required before you can use the tools those classes cover. Experienced woodturners can qualify for lathe work by scheduling a private evaluation session with the head of the woodturning program.
What are the age requirements?Abby Wyatt2022-12-29T14:28:24-08:00
Yes, someone 14 or older can help carry materials and watch procedures during open studio time without an additional charge even if they are not a member. To use tools, however, the helper must first take Orientation to the Woodshop and any relevant tool safety classes, and pay a daily rate (currently $20) if not a BARN member.
How does a complete beginner get started in woodworking?Abby Wyatt2023-01-17T13:30:24-08:00
The Woodworking Basics series of classes is designed for you. Take the three gateway classes (Orientation to the Woodshop and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 & 2), then sign up for some or all of the 11 Woodworking Basics classes. You’ll get a solid grounding and be ready to tackle a project on your own.
Does BARN provide wood for personal projects?Abby Wyatt2022-12-29T14:41:18-08:00
Yes, for a reasonable time and provided you are making progress. Ask a shop manager to help you find a suitable place. Project storage areas are located under the work tables in the main shop and in cabinets in the bench room. Glued-up projects can be left overnight, but attach a note with your name, phone number, time when you will return and time when it’s OK to remove the clamps in case someone else needs them before you return.
Can I apply finish at BARN?Abby Wyatt2022-12-29T14:52:17-08:00
If possible, take your project home and finish it there. If you have no other place to apply finish, discuss the finish and your options with a shop manager. High-solvent finishes are not allowed. Read the full policy >>
How can I volunteer in the Woodshop?Abby Wyatt2023-01-17T13:24:42-08:00
Five Festool dust extractors and a robust collection of Festool handheld tools including Domino tenon cutter, track saws, router, sabre saw, and random-orbit and linear sanders, including the Rotex model
Oscillating spindle sander with spindles from ¼” to 3”