Wood Workshop Basic Induction (L1)


This induction is required for any member to use the wood shop. Its scope is to introduce new users of the shop to:

  • General safety notes, introduction to the shop, and the norms and processes that keep us operating
  • Instruction and use of a selection of the most used hand tools (marking, measuring, saws, chisel, hand plane).
  • Instruction and use of the most commonly used power tools (chop saw, pillar drill, and orbital sander) and extraction.

Tools will be introduced and explained with an emphasis on safety for the user, others in the shop, as well as the tool.

Induction Content

Part 1 - Introduction to the Wood Shop

Part one of the induction, covering the introduction to the shop, safety procedures, and workshop etiquette is recorded on the page linked below. All of this material is to be covered in the induction:

Part 2 - Hand Tools

The second part of the induction covering safe usage of hand tools references the following tool page:
This page contains more information than is covered in the Basic Wood Shop induction. While all of the information recorded there is useful, this part of the basic induction will consist of:

  • The location and use of marking tools (knife, marking gauge)
  • The location and use of rulers and squares
  • Verbal introduction to the types of saws we have and their use - western vs. Japanese (push vs pull stroke), as well as the set of saw teeth the relation to cross and rip cuts.
  • Practical example of the use of the Japanese saw (as these are much easier to break), along with use of the square and marking knife. Inductor to watch for inductees pinching the blade, and offer instruction on how to cut a straight line on a piece of scrap.
  • Verbal introduction to the use of the chisels - where they are, proper use. Difference between hammers and mallets. The importance of sharpness, and the description of the sharpening technique used at SLMS for the Narex chisels.
  • Practical example of chiseling out a small rebate from a piece of scrap using a marking gauge and square. Inductor to watch for safe usage of the chisel, inductees not slamming the chisels with the mallet.
  • Verbal introduction tho the use of the hand plane, demonstration of removing and setting the blade, and demonstration of planing. Reiterating the space rule on sharpening. Inductor to give a practical example of taking a few passes with the hand plane.

Part 3 - Common Power Tools

Tools to be covered are:

  • Handheld tool dust extraction. Demonstration of the operation of the Fesstool mobile extractor.
  • Demonstration of the operation of the orbital disc sander. (current documentation on this and other tools here)
  • Fixed tool dust extraction. Making sure the dust gates are appropriately opened/closed.
  • Demonstration of the Axminster belt sander.
  • After instruction, inductees will move and reset the vertical and horizontal blade angles of the Hitachi Mitre Saw, turn on extraction, and make a cut.
  • Location of power drills, etiquette with batteries, where to find bits.
  • After instruction on the use of the adjustable table, fence, and depth stop, inductees will set the depth stop and drill a hole to the predetermined depth with the Pillar Drill
  • Verbal overview of the compressed air lines.