Safety Checkout

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A Safety Checkout is a process by which members get approved to use a power tool or other piece of equipment. This is an option for those who are experienced with the use of power tools to get approval to use them. If there is a tool that a new member does not know how to use, they are required to take a class or receive training from another member before using the tool.

Trying to figure out on your own how to use a dangerous power tool or sensitive piece of equipment is not allowed and could cause personal injury or damage to the equipment. The risks with each tool are not always obvious, and you don't know the risks that you don't know.

How to Arrange a Safety Checkout[edit]

Currently Safety Checkouts are scheduled through the General Manager.

He will coordinate with one of the Volunteer Shop Managers or a Resource Manager to plan your safety checkout.

List of Equipment Safety Checkouts are Done For[edit]

Wood Shop[edit]

  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Bandsaw
  • Planer
  • Jointer
  • Router Table
  • Wood Lathe
  • Drum Sander
  • Belt and Disc Sander
  • Spindle Sander
  • Drill Press

Electronics Lab[edit]

  • 3D Printers
  • Oscilloscope
  • Laser Cutter
  • Soldering Iron


  • Embroidery Machine

Metal Shop[edit]

  • MIG Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Plasma Cutter
  • Oxy-Acetylene Torch
  • Drill Press
  • Milling Machine
  • Southbend Lathe
  • Surface Grinder
  • Portable Bandsaw
  • Horizontal Bandsaw
  • Abrasive Cut-off Saw
  • Angle Grinder
  • Bench Grinder
  • Sheet Metal Shear

Auto Shop[edit]

  • Auto Lift
  • Sandblasting Cabinet