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The Woodworker's Guild

 The WoodShop
The WoodShop has and maintains 15 different major woodworking tools, as well as literally hundreds of smaller tools and devices. When a resident joins the Woodworker's Guild, he or she is mentored and carefully certified on each piece of equipment as their project progresses.

The overriding issue at all times is safety. Rules govern the use of appropriate goggles when using specific equipment, as well as the use of clothing and filtered masks when close to a source of sawdust. Air quality is maintained by specialized air filtration equipment, and when projects require a finish, there is a "paint" room to use which has both an exhaust and filtration system.


 A "Walk through" the major equipment.
The Rossmoor WoodShop has the equipment and plans necessary to create many different projects at levels ranging from expert to beginner.

As an example, let's follow making of one such project - a jewelry box - and use it to demonstrate how different major tools of the woodshop enter into the process.

(1) The Raw Materials
The first step of our Jewelry Box project is to acquire a quality piece of hard wood (such as maple or mahogany) sized at least 1 in x 6 in x 6 ft.
(2) Planer
It is often necessary to assure that the board is both uniform in thickness, and the correct size corresponding to the plan requirements. This is the purpose of a Planer.

A modern surface Planer typically has a small infeed and outfeed table that helps guide the stock through the device.

Newly purchased wood can be cupped or warped and slightly thicker than a specific plan requires. If not corrected from the start - it can complicate joining the pieces as the project progresses. The degree to which a board varies in thickness at different places can be very slight, difficult to see, but none the less a significant factor.

Proper use of the Planer solves both problems, and without the complexity of using a simple hand plane. For this reason a Planer can become the first tool used in the construction of a project such as our Jewelry Box.

(3) Cross Cut Saw
This is used to cut the resurfaced board to the correct lengths for the box.
(4) Table Saw
The boards (now "proper length") must be sized to the "correct width."
Table Saw
(5) Table Router
The plans for the jewelry box calls for a curved and indented contour. Using a router, the curved shape of the box (shown to the right) is created.
The two table routers in the Woodshop
(6) Band Saw
The shape of the box leg is fashioned on a Band Saw. The woodshop has two different Band Saws to make such a cut. Which Band Saw is ultimately used depends upon the size of the wood being worked.
(7) Miter Saw

In order to create strong and attractive joints at the corners, an angled cut is needed. The miter saw is the ideal tool to do this. This picture shows how the corner will appear after being joined.
(8) Mortising Tool and Drill Presses
Joining may also require the use of holes or dowels to connect sections any project or our jewelry box example. The woodshop has three different tools, the selection of which depends upon whether a light or heavy duty machine is appropriate. (Size of the wood being worked on is the determining factor.)
(9) Sanders
Initial smoothing of the wood is done by a Sander, and the size or surface area of the project will control to a great degree which is selected. These pictures demonstrate the three sanders in the shop (which vary in size and power). Which is used depends heavily upon the material being resurfaced.
  And finally the finished jewelry box
  Miscellanous Other Equipment
Three other pieces of equipment, not required for the Jewelry Box project, but often used for specialized wood shaping, or for equipment or air quality maintenance include:
a) A Lathe to turn furniture legs or other sculpted shapes
b) A grinder to keep tools sharp
c) Equipment for air clearance and filtering.  

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