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EDS - Getting Started-Hands On With Portable Power Tools 23-18

  • 03 Oct 2023
  • 8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Guild Studio, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
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Getting Started – Shop Safety for Beginners

Note: Completion of Intro to the Guild (all members) is a prerequisite for taking this class.

Instructors:  Michael Rothman

Assistant: TBD

The Getting Started class is a continuation of the safety process in good woodworking practices taught in the Intro to the Guild class.

Getting Started is a required class for those needing experience with the safe and appropriate use of portable power tools, prior to starting the path to the Guild’s Shop Certification classes.

This is a four-hour class, with ~2-12 hours of practice with a jig saw, a trim router, a random orbital sander, drill motors (battery and corded), a circular saw and installing their accessories.

Curriculum includes:

Drawing up a plan and cutting list

What happens at the lumber yard; grading, moisture content, grain and figure.

Wood characteristics, hidden hazards

Simple approaches to accuracy,

Specific tool safety techniques.

The final section of the class will be using these tools to create a cutting board. Material provided by the Guild.

Please review the Guild’s PPE (personal protection equipment) policy from the Intro to the Guild class.

Have all your PPE for this class. Approved wrap around safety glasses, hearing protection, a dust mask (these tools are not connected to the dust collection system)

Class size is 6 students. Each student will have their own area in the Shop with each tool to be demonstrated. No tool sharing. Safe distancing.

Dress appropriately for working in the Shop.

The handouts will be reviewed in class.

Students must bring to class these items: shop apron, personal and required PPE, pencil, combination square or similar, razor knife, tape measure, notebook, piece of chalk, blank piece of paper for drawing and a straight edge.

Upon completion of Getting Started, members can sign-up for the Shop Certification classes.

For more information on the Shop Certification process:https://guildoforegonwoodworkers.org/Safety-Classes-&-Shop-Certification

Check out the Guild Scholarship Program to see if you qualify for the various scholarship we offer.

The guild promotes and encourages all members to act responsibly in matters of health and safety by adhering to the following measures:  

  • Staying Home When Sick: Members are urged to prioritize their health and the health of others by refraining from attending guild events, workshops, or gatherings when experiencing symptoms of a contagious illness, especially those associated with COVID-19.  
  • Follow CDC guidelines: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are expected to follow the current CDC guidelines.  

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