Makerspace

General Makerspace rules:
1. NEVER USE TOOLS OR EQUIPMENT IF YOU ARE NOT TRAINED – ALWAYS GET TRAINING BEFORE OPERATING ANY TOOL OR EQUIPMENT.You must attend general safety training and specific training on the tool or equipment you intend to use. If you are unfamiliar with a particular tool or instrument, do not use it until you are properly trained on its usage.
2. NEVER WORK ALONE – ALWAYS USE “BUDDY SYSTEM”.At least two people must be in the shop when power tools are being used. 
3. NEVER USE MACHINE WHEN IMPAIRED - BE SOBER AND SMART.This includes when you are sick, too tired, stressed or hurried to work carefully or on medication that could make you drowsy.
4. NEVER START WORK IF YOU CANNOT DO THE JOB SAFELY- JUST DON’T DO IT.There are limits to what we can build here, and how safely you can do it in a hurry.
5. NEVER WEAR OPEN TOE SHOES -USE CLOSED-TOE SHOES IN THE SHOP.Tools, chips and fixtures are sharp, and often hot. Shoes will help protect your feet from injury. Leather shoes are preferred when welding.
6.  ALWAYS WEAR APPROPRIATE SAFETY GLASSES OR GOGGLES WHEN WORKING OR CLEANING TOOLS.Prescription glasses with plastic lenses must meet ANSI Standard Z87.1 for safety.
7. NEVER WORK WITH LOOSE HAIR, JEWELRY, ETC. –ALWAYS REMOVE OR SECURE ANYTHING THAT MIGHT GET CAUGHT IN MOVING MACHINERY.Long hair must be tied back.  Necklaces, draw strings, ties, dangling ID badge, jewelry, loose clothes, watch or rings, may get caught in tools can drag you along resulting in serious injury or death.
8. ALWAYS WEAR SHORT SLEEVE SHIRTS OR ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES
Long sleeve shirts must be rolled up to avoid getting caught in tools or equipment.
9. NEVER WEAR EARBUDS OR HEADPHONES WHEN WORKINGEarbuds and headphones can get caught in tools and equipment as well as limit your ability to hear what is going on around you.   
10. NEVER BRING HANDS CLOSE TO SHARP OBJECTS – ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HANDS AT A SAFE DISTANCE FROM SHARP TOOLS.Use appropriate safety guidelines and equipment (i.e. clamps, push sticks and push blocks) when working with small material.
11. NEVER CREATE A DUSTY AND SMOKY ENVIRONMENT - DUST, CHEMICALS AND SMOKE CAN BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH, SO WORK IN WELL-VENTILATED AREAS, MINIMIZE CONTAMINATION AND USE APPROPRIATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE).Ensure the shop is well ventilated and appropriate PPE is used when working with machines.
12. NEVER BE SHY TO SEEK HELP –ALWAYS ASK IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT THE SAFE OPERATION OF A TOOL OR ANY ASPECT OF A JOB – HAVE SHOP STAFF CHECK THE TOOL OR WORK WITH WHICH YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR.Exercise common sense and clarify before starting work
13. NEVER LEAVE YOUR WORK AREA IN MESS – ALWAYS CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF.Before you leave your work site all tools must be returned, the machines cleaned, and the floor swept. Leave 5-10 minutes for cleanup at the end of each block.
14. NEVER REMOVE SAFETY GUARDS – THEY ARE PRESENT FOR A REASON You must ensure that safety guards are in place before you start working.
15. NEVER USE GLOVES WHILE USING ROTATING EQUIPMENT – REMOVE THEM BEFORE STARTING WORK.Gloves can get entangled in rotating machine parts resulting in serious injuries.
16. NEVER LEAVE BROKEN OR DAMAGED TOOLS OR ABNORMAL EQUIPMENT UNREPORTED – ALWAYS INFORM YOUR SUPERVISOR/ TEACHER TO REMOVE THAT FROM SERVICE AND GET IT REPAIRED.Broken parts or equipment can result in serious injuries and delays. Make sure you tag the broken or damaged equipment and inform your supervisor or teacher to get it repaired before next use.
17. NEVER MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO A MACHINE WHEN IT IS IN OPERATION. BEFORE MAKING ADJUSTMENTS ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR SUPERVISOR/ TEACHER FOR PERMISSION. Make sure you are competent and have permission from your supervisor/ teacher. Ensure the power is off, equipment is properly locked out and safety devices are in place.



Table Saw:
This can be used for both rip and cross cuts. Make sure to stay away from the kickback zone. When the material gets close to the blade(6 in), use push sticks to push it through. Make sure to tie your loose clothings, wear goggles, and follow all other safety procedures of the Makerspace. The fence is used to make rip cuts. Make sure not to get messy. The saw should be 90 degrees from the table.
Table Saw


Band Saw:
This can be used to make curved cuts. To do this make multiple cuts so that segments fall off once you start doing the curved cut. Never keep your fingers too close to the blade and follow all safety procedures. Wait till the blade stops before leaving the tool unattended. Maintain a safe zone of 6 inches. Blade guard should be 1/4 inch above the stock.
Band Saw


Miter Saw:


You can use this tool to make cuts at an angle. Be sure to follow all safety procedures and keep distance from the blade. Wear goggles because scraps of wood can fly out. Cut on the scrap side and start the tool by pressing the button on the handle. Always cut on the scrap side and be careful because you can cut your finger.

Miter Saw


Nail Gun
The nail gun shoots out nails so that you can keep material together. We used it to nail our boards to the MDF. Never aim it at anyone. When using it, press it against the material and pull the trigger for a moment. If you pull it for too long, multiple nails will shoot out. Don't keep your hands in front of it.


Nail Gun


Drill Press
The drill press is used to drill holes in material. Start it by pulling on the red circle. In order to drill a hole, you have to turn it on and lower it. Safety glasses are a must. You have to move the drill quickly or else smoke will come out. If it does, lift it up and put it back down again. There should be a 6 inch safety zone.
Drill Press


Laser Engraver:
This tool can be used to make cool designs on material as well as cut material. To engrave, use computer 30 and upload your image to adobe illustrator. Make sure that the image is in black and white. Select engrave on the engraver and put the material in. Wait for 10-15 minutes and it will be finished.
Laser Engraver
Cordless Drill

You have to hold the drill with one hand and hold the material with the other. The arrow in the middle has to be pushed one way when drilling and the other way when pulling the drill out. Press firmly and follow all the makerspace safety rules. Put material underneath to not drill through the table. See the demonstration for a closer look. 



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