Academic Year 2021-22 Update
This facility will be by appointment only until further notice.
Due to social distancing requirements, there will be limited orientations for Spring 2021. Information about orientation availability will be communicated shortly.
Students who were oriented in the past will retain access (see eligibility and requirements).
Tier 1 Orientations are now for Fall 2021 please click the button below to enroll in the Orientation
There are two Tiers of Open Sign up Orientations for access to Wood Shop machinery and tools. The completion of each Tier gives students access to specific equipment in the N2 General Shop and E4 Wood Shop. Tier 1 Orientations are offered exclusively in the N2 General Shop and Tier 2 Orientations are offered exclusively in the E4 Wood Shop.
- Tier 1 Orientation covers safe operation of the band saws, drill presses, sanders, and basic hand tools.
- Tier 2 Orientation covers safe operation of the Table Saw, Miter Saw and Panel Saw.
Documented completion of Tier 1 Orientation is a prerequisite for entry into Tier 2 Orientation. See Tier 1 manual below.
About the N2 General Shop
Students are permitted to work within the shop during open hours once they have completed the required safety training. Many freshmen will receive the safety training during class, but there are also open training sessions that you can sign up for if you do not receive the training as a part of your curriculum.
The General Wood/Metal Shop is equipped with sanders, drill presses, bandsaws, and various light metal work tooling.
Students are responsible for understanding all safety protocols and policies of the facility regarding etiquette, approved material use, required safety equipment / PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and proper equipment use.
The shop is staffed with technicians during all open hours and student technical assistants on evenings and weekends to provide instructional support.
Before purchasing any materials not on the N2 General Shop Approved Materials list (link below), get an MSDS sheet for the material.
The needed MSDS sheets contain important information about handling, storage, safety needs and disposal of the material. Check the manufacturer or producer’s website for the MSDS sheet for your material or ask at the register before the purchase. The official MSDS website may also have the needed MSDS sheets for your material as well.
If you are interested in purchasing materials for use in N2 General Shop, E4 Wood Shop or E4 Metal Shop, please visit the Making Center Material Store.
N2 General Shop Calendar
- Wood Working Hand Tools
Forms and Documents
Required Dust Mask
Required Ear Protection
Required Eye Protection
Required Face Shield