Overview and Equipment
The Woodshop in the KSU College of Architecture and Construction Management (CoACM) is located on the Marietta campus on the ground floor of the Architecture (640) building. It is a resource that is available for use by all active students and faculty. The university’s focus on safety requires that anyone who wants to use the shop must have successfully completed the Shop Safety training course in D2L (contact a staff person for enrollment).
The shop was designed and is equipped to build small to medium sized models, using primarily wood. The shop contains a variety of equipment that allows users to perform just about any operation that they would like on wood or in some cases other similar materials.
The Woodshop is staffed by trained professionals during all hours of operation. The equipment in the Woodshop includes the following (alphabetical):
- Band Saws – multiple saws of various sizes, set up to make a variety of types of cuts
- Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) routers
- Drills – both drill presses and hand drills - battery powered and corded
- Table Saws – two table saws equipped with the SawStop technology
- Hollow Chisel Mortisers – a drill and square chisel combination to cut square holes
- Wood Lathe – turn squares round by cutting a spinning piece of material
- Workbenches – multiple benches that have vises and other material holding equipment
- Router table
- Hand-held, both regular and compact
- Combination Belt and Disk Sanders
- Edge Sander
- Oscillating Spindle Sander
- Wide Belt Drum Sander
- Hand power sanders
- Downdraft tables
- Power Carving – rotary and reciprocating power carvers
- Hand Power Tools – Circular saws, Pneumatic nailers, etc.
- Woodworking Hand Tools – planes, hand saws, chisels, carving tools, files, rasps, etc.
- Joiner – flatten rough lumber
- Thickness Planer – make a second face smooth and parallel to the first
- Panel Saw – break down larger sheets of material into smaller pieces
- Sliding Compound Miter Saw and Radial Arm Saw – crosscut long lumber shorter
- Scroll Saws – make fine or curvy or inside cuts
- Layout Tools – many different measuring and marking tools for project layout
- Clamps – many different types
The Woodshop is equipped with dust collection systems that capture dust from most of the stationary machinery. Additional dust collection is addressed with a network of ambient air filtration units.
CNC Router Fabrication ProcedureFor information on how to prepare and submit a project for the CNC router, please read over the following PDF guide before contacting staff.
Q: Why do I have to take the Shop Safety Training in D2L?
A: The operation of woodworking equipment can be very dangerous, even fatal. We don’t want anyone to hurt themselves by using the equipment in an unsafe or inappropriate manner. The safety training was developed and is designed to familiarize you with the rules of the shop and how to operate some of the more commonly used pieces of equipment.
Q: I’m not a student in the College of Architecture and Construction Management. How do I get enrolled in the D2L Shop Safety Course?
A: Come to the shop or contact shop staff via email about your desire to use the shop. Shop staff will need your first and last name and NetID to enroll you in D2L. Once enrolled, you will get an email notification to your student email.
Q: How many of the safety videos are required?
A: For Non-Architecture students, the first 8 videos with corresponding quizzes are required to be passed with 100% accuracy before you can use the Woodshop. Architecture students are required to watch and complete the quizzes for the first 10 videos. All videos after that are extra information for students to utilize as needed but are not required to use the shop.
Q: Can I buy materials at the Wood Shop for my project?
A: No. We do not have materials for sale here in the shop. We are familiar with area suppliers and can make recommendations and provide contact information.
Q: Do you have materials available for students to use for their projects?
A: Yes, to a limited degree. There are some materials that have been left over from other student’s projects that we would rather see used than thrown away. Those materials are stored in the shop and are labeled as “Available for Student Use”. Ask a staff member to point those out to you. It is preferred that these materials be reserved for use on school projects, not personal projects.
Q: Is there space in the Woodshop where I can store my materials or projects in process?
A: There is a limited amount of storage space in the Woodshop. You should discuss your storage needs with a shop staff member and request permission for storage.
Q: Do you teach any classes in how to do woodworking?
A: No. There aren’t any classes in how to do woodworking that are available here in the shop. The staff is always ready and able to advise you on a project or technique, so don’t hesitate to ask for our guidance or suggestions.
Q: Are you open on the weekend?
A: No, we are open Monday-Friday from 9am-10pm during Fall and Spring semester and Monday-Friday 9am-6pm during the Summer semester.
Q: Can I work in the shop during the summer?
A: The Woodshop hours during the summer are limited to 9am-6pm. During the summer, Woodshop staff typically support large construction projects or projects that support the College but are outside of the shop itself. Therefore, we typically close the shop to students working on personal projects during the summer unless communication for special arrangements is made.
Q: How do I use the CNC Router?
A: Please refer to the CNC Router Fabrication Procedure section for the steps required to use the CNC.
Q: Can I work on personal projects?
A: Yes. However, you should always consult with shop staff before starting personal projects that require use of the wood shop.
Q: Do I need to provide my own glue and sandpaper?
A: The Woodshop has a limited supply of consumables such as screws, glue and sandpaper that is available for students to use on school related projects only. Students should provide all consumables for any work on personal projects.
Q: Do you have any tools that can cut metal?
A: We are not set up to cut metal in the shop. We do have some hack saws that can cut limited metal bar or rod.