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Wood Shop

Even with the best CNC Fabrication equipment at hand, sometimes the old-fashioned tools are the best for the job.

Woodshop: What you need to know

Safety is the number 1 priority in the Maker Hub, but especially in the woodshop. Always wear eye protection when working in, or near anyone working in, the woodshop. Additionally, wear hearing protection if using a power tool that creates loud noise.

The Maker Hub is equipped with a range of power and hand tools, and our Volunteers are on hand to make sure you are comfortable using them.

Check out our Workshops and Events page for Orientation and Introductory Sessions on our Power Tools.

Tools in the Maker Hub:


The Maker Hub defines basic tools as simple, blunt hand tools such as

  • hammers
  • pliers
  • screwdrivers
  • clamps
  • etc

These tools are available to after a basic Maker Hub Orientation

Level 1:

Level 1 tools are basic tools for cutting and shaping wood. However unlike the basic tools, these can result in minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes. Please speak to a volunteers before using any of the following:

  • hand saws
  • chisels
  • power drills
  • dremel

Level 2:

Level 2 tools are more complex tools that require specialized training before use. Each tool has the potential to seriously injure, so please treat these tools with respect. You will need to speak to a knowledgable Volunteer or the Maker Hub Manager before using these tools as these tools are kept locked.

  • drill press
  • track saws
  • jigsaws
  • scroll saws
  • router
  • CNC machine

Level 3:

Level 3 tools can only be used outside, by special arrangement with the Maker Hub Manager. These tools produce large quantities of dust which would create a dangeous environment if used inside the Maker Hub. These tools include: 

  • Rotory sanders
  • table saw
  • miter saw

Material Supply

The Maker Hub has a limited supply of wood, hardware (screws, nuts, bolts, brackets, etc), glue, and finishes. These materials are free to use in reasonable amounts for your projects. If you have a question about the materials supplied by the Maker Hub, you can contact us at, or come by during our open hours and ask a Volunteer.

Please put tools and materials away when you are done with them. If you don’t know where it goes, speak to a Volunteer and they will help you.

Tools available in the Maker Hub

Dremel Rotary Tool

Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool

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The Dremel 4000 Rotary Tool is ideal for cutting, routing, sanding, carving, grinding, engraving, cleaning and

DeWalt Cordless Drill and Screwdriver

Dewalt DCD771 Cordless Drill and Screwdriver

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  • Compact, lightweight design fits into tight areas