MN-S Wood Shop

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Note: We are starting construction to build out the new Wood Shop area. In the mean time most of the woodshop equipment is available to members. The equipment that is not available is sanding, which generates a lot of fine airborne dust; now sanding must be done outside.

Woodshop 0

During the build-out, we have a required "Woodshop 0" class that goes over the dos and don'ts for using the wood shop equipment in its temporary location. It takes about half an hour, and it's free with no registration needed. If you see no upcoming sessions listed on our calender, or none that fit your schedule, you can request one via the #class-requests Slack channel. (Of course tool use also still requires that you have successfully completed any relevant BOSS classes or check-offs.)


BOSS Woodshop I: Tools for Wood Preparation

Woodworking Camp

Band Saws

Drill Presses


Powermatic 60 B 8" Jointer


Miter Saw

DeWalt 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw


Powermatic PM701 Benchtop Mortiser


Powermatic PM180 18" Planer

Router Table

Bosch Router


Scroll Saw

DeWalt DW788 20" Variable-Speed Scroll Saw

Table Saw

SawStop Professional 3HP Table Saw

A good video on one aspect of table saw kickback safety.

CNC Router


We have a 4x4 ShopBot. ShopBot tips

We have a license to the makerspace edition of Vetric V-Carve. To activate your copy use the license key found in this document on our GSuite file share.

Hand Power Tools

  • Drills
  • Drivers
  • Routers
    • Plunge Router
    • Fixed Base Router
    • Trim Router
  • Sanders
    • Random Orbit Sander
    • Belt Sander
  • Sawzall
  • Skilsaw

When using the battery powered tools, always pull a fresh battery off the charger (and put any battery previously attached to the tool onto that same charger) when you start to use a tool. That way, regardless of what pattern other people are following, you always start off with a fresh battery, and at least one other fully-charged battery will be available for the next person who needs one.

Personal Protection

Faceshield with airflow TREND AIR PRO Airshield Faceshield

Dust Control

Many woodworking tools produce fine dust, which can be both a breathing hazard and a potential fire hazard. Sawdust and other debris on floors can also be a slipping hazard. At Maker Nexus we employ a number of measures to mitigate these hazards.

Hoses from our central dust collectors connect to various machines in the Wood Shop to suck up dust as it is created and filter it out of the air. When using machines connected to the dust collectors, aways check to see that the air intakes are drawing effectively.

Our air filtration units can continuously circulate the air in the shop, filtering out dust not picked up by the dust collectors. A home-built air quality monitoring system incorporating multiple particle counters will control the air filtration units and also allow us to keep a record of air quality in the shop.

We have several shop vacs (as well as dust cloths, brooms, and mops) for members to use to clean their work areas and the surrounding floor. When using tools that require reservations, remember to stop work in time to use the last portion of your reserved time slot—not the beginning of the next person's time—for clean-up.

Finally, when you are using a machine that generates a lot of dust, or when particularly dusty operations are going on in the shop, we recommend—and may sometimes require—that you wear a dust mask.

Dust Collectors

When you turn off a dust collector, after it spins down, turn the beater handle through 3-4 complete rotations to knock free any material that has been pulled tight against the filter paper. If you don't do that, the filters get clogged and CFM goes down, and air quality suffers. (The beater handle is the metal handle that hangs down from the top of the filter.)

Air Filtration

Jet AFS-2000 Air Filtration Units

Shop Vacs


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