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The Woodshop is one of the areas that has an area host here at PS:One. The current Area Host is Matt Triano.

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Wood shop
Hosted Since:
Location: Back corner
Equipment: Category:Shop Equipment
Area Host Contact Details
Name: Matt Triano
Email: matt.triano at
Other Contact:
Office Hours: Tuesday 7:30pm-10pm
Certifications: by request during office hours

Area Rules

  1. Safety first — use at minimum all required safety gear for the tool you are using. Always wear safety glasses. Worn alone, your acrylic eyeglass lenses are dangerous. Know where the closest fire extinguisher is as well as the first aid kit. And pay attention to what you are doing. For your own safety, do not work around people misusing tools. For the safety of others, don't misuse tools. Duh. It's Ok to wait until you can safely approach someone at a time when you can't scare the shit out of them and help them understand how to safely use a tool!
  2. Clean up after yourself — use a brush or the Shop Vac to clean up your chips and throw small cutoffs away. Set useful cutoffs aside in the lumber area if you think someone might be able to use them (but we reallllly don't want your garbage). Make sure power cords don't obstruct aisles.
  3. Be respectful of others using this space by following TidySpace procedures — always fill out a Parking Request form — Name, phone number, email, and date it each time you work on it.
  4. Put things back when you're done — Let's try to make sure everyone can find the tool they are looking for once you are finished. This includes all power tool accessories and hand tools.
  5. Respect all the tools — Do not ever put your weight behind a piece you're feeding through any power tool. If you ever see anyone doing this, it's Ok to correct them. Use your hands or a push stick, if appropriate, to move your piece through — the machine will tell you how quickly it wants to work. Only use tools you are certified to use.
  6. If something breaks, put a note on it and contact the Area Host, don't just leave it for the next person to find. It's unsafe and disrespectful. Be excellent to each other.
  7. Make awesome things and let us know if you'd like to boast.


To the extent they ever officially were, authorizations for tools that require it are no longer viral, meaning only approved proctors may authorize. Proctors are identified on the wiki page for each tool requiring authorization. See generally Category:Woodworking for a list.

Project Storage

  1. Projects too large for your locker cannot be left in the shop in a manner that makes any tool unusable. (If you have to store your project in the shop, find an out of the way place for it).
  2. You must follow TidySpace procedures and fill out a Parking Request form with your name, phone number, and email on your project and any materials that belong to you. Every time you work on it, write the date on your label so the area host knows you haven't abandoned it.
  3. If a project is untouched for 30 days, the project will be considered abandoned and be made available to the membership as scrap or thrown away.
  4. Your project may not be stored in the space for more than 60 days TOTAL time, whether you worked on it daily or once every other week.

For best results, have all the materials on hand when you start a project and set aside time to finish it quickly so we don't have projects laying all over the shop, half done, for months.


Some safety equipment is currently available:

  • safety glasses and goggles
  • gloves (including welding gloves)
  • respirator
  • ear protection
  • painter suits
  • welding masks
  • fire extinguishers

Users must use this equipment as required for each tool.

If you see someone using the equipment improperly, wait for a safe time to either show them how to do it right, or ask them to stop and seek certification. Don't sneak up on people or interrupt them while they're using power tools. Notify the Area Host if anyone is abusing, damaging, or using tools in an inappropriate fashion.

If the smoke/CO2 detector goes off, stop what you are doing. Do not shut it off and go back to work until you take a break for at least 15 minutes to be sure there aren't any harmful fumes.

Woodworking skills

Milling lumber To produce the quality joints needed for strong and attractive projects, the natural warping and twist of lumber must be dealt with. The typical process for producing milled lumber starts at the jointer.

  1. Joint a face and an edge, using the jointer fence. This will give you two surfaces that are 90 degrees to each other.
  2. Then use the planer to make the unmilled face parallel and coplanar to the face milled in the first step.
  3. The final edge can be produced on the table saw. Use the rip fence to clean up the final edge.

More techniques for milling lumber can be found in this video from Marc Spagnuolo, a woodworking podcaster of note.

Tools Available

All equipment in the workshop has been tagged Category:Shop Equipment.

All equipment requires certification to be used. Please see the individual tool pages for information on who can certify you to use these tools.

Using the tools

If it belongs to PS:One, please be nice to the tools. If they belong to a member who is awesome enough to loan us their personal gear, make sure you treat it extra nice and also, get their permission first.

Please be respectful and aware of others working in the shop at the same time you are. If you are throwing sparks, throw them away from other people. If you are walking around with hot metal, say something so others know where you are and don't get branded. If you are going to start making a lot of noise, let other people know so they can get some ear protection, don't just deafen them.

Sharpening tools

Sharpening is best left to people who know what they're doing. Destroying an edge or a tool's temper will require someone else to deal with the problem, and that sucks. If you know what you're doing, you'll know what you need and can ask someone who also looks like they know what they're doing to help you find it.

Sharpening power tool blades is even more best left to people who know what they're doing. Let the area host know if a power tool's blades need to be serviced.

Shop Safety Best Practices

Pumping Station: One is not responsible for making sure you operate tools safely. This wiki is edited by volunteers who do not speak for Pumping Station:One. For a primer on general shop safety best practices, have a look at the EPA's recommendations and Pratt's orientation manual. Various A&M schools also have excellent recommendations.