Both campuses provide fully equipped fabrication shops with several processing and assembly stations to compliment working with wood, plastic and other common prototyping materials.
Design projects may start in the sketch book but they, quite often, get realized in the Making Complex. The Shop is the center of the facility. It is a place to work through the physical implementations of a student’s design. The Shop is home to countless tools and workstations, all available for use with the aid and advice of our informed staff.
72″ wide table, 3″ max height, for rip cuts of sheet goods and lumber
45 degree miter, 45 degree bevel, for chop cuts and mitered cuts
45 degree miter, 60 degree bevel, for straight or angled cross cuts
16″ cut width, 12″ cut height, for curve cuts (1/4″ blade) or re-sawing/rip cuts (3/4″ blade)
60″ max height, for rip cuts and cross cuts of sheet goods
Movable table and fence for accurately drilling
20″ max width, Real wood only (no engineered wood or other) plywood, MDF, OSB…, for rough sanding flat panels
Joiner 8″ max width, Planer 8″ max width, Lumber only, For creating precise stock with parallel sides and 90 deg edges
For end grain sanding and small corner finishing
5″ belt height, for edge sanding
1/4″ to 1″ drilling, for drilling square holes
Spindle sizes: 1/4″-4″, for finishing interior curves
Any tool that is not mounted to the ground may be loaned out. Students may use loaned tools anywhere within the Making Complex, whether it is within the Shop or even the courtyards. (exception: Clamps must stay inside the Shop at all times)
To request a tool loan, the student should find a staff member and provide them with a state ID. (WU ID not valid) The staff member will take your ID and provide the student with the requested tool and store their ID until that tool is returned.
The list of portable power tools and hand tools is too long to list but it encompasses close to anything that should ever be needed.
The Wood Shop is for preparing material, cutting, drilling, and sanding the student’s parts, while the courtyard is for constructing.
Unfortunately, the Making Complex does not have enough room to allow students to store material or projects, so after each work session they must gather up their work and take it with them.
1. Completion of Wood Shop orientation.
The following link will send you to our Tutorials page, where one can refresh themselves on the proper usage of any and all machines.
All users of the shop must wear eye protection, have closed toed shoes on and not have on any draping garments or hair.
EAR AND EYE PROTECTION AND DUST MASKS WILL ALWAYS BE PROVIDED
All users of the shop must be of sound psyche. They must be well rested and free of any mind altering substances. (ex. alcohol, cannabis, anxiolytics or anesthetics)
NO RECENT USE OF MIND IMPAIRING SUBSTANCES
The Making Complex does not have the ability to store student material. After one’s work session, all material must be taken from the facility.
NO MATERIAL OR BUILD STORAGE SPACE AVAILABLE
Facility staff are on site only to ensure a safe environment, advise users on technique and maintain machine calibration.
At the end of every work session all trash must be discarded. There is no cleaning service for the Making Complex so all upkeep must come from its users.
You can review the Wood Guide for machine specific rules and recommendations.