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  • CHANNELS: We have a #woodshop guild on Discord. We also have a slack channel.
  • RESOURCES: We have a variety of tools documented below which are available for use.
  • EVENTS: Fabrication 101 2nd Sundays 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Safety and basic techniques
  • MAINTAINERS: Paolo/PangalacticGB JD
RECRUITING! Maintainer volunteers wanted, consider volunteering to become a maintainer. Edit
You are standing in the Dirty Shop at Noisebridge with many wooden benches and power tools for cutting and drilling wood and other hard materials.

You see many power tools and a hand tools workbench.

EXITS: Back hall, Hackitorium, Flaschentaschen, Lockers, SparkleForge.

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Noisebridge's dirty shop contains various wood/metal/plastic cutting tools such as drills, saws, CNC mills and more. The shop is located at the back of the ground floor. at 272.
The shop sign
Lathe, drill press and others
Table Saw
Hydraulic Press, Scale
Miter Saw, hand tools

A wish-list for the shop is posted on Dirty Shop Wish List


Other Noisebridge Tools


A note regarding cutting metal in stationary tools:

The shavings that come off the metal piece being cut are HOT!

In a stationary tool that has been used on wood, there is typically a nice big thick bed of sawdust inside the tool. When the metal shavings fall into this bed of sawdust, an awesome smoldery fire can build up sight unseen inside of the tool. Yay!

When possible it is best to have two separate dedicated tools... and/or if one is going to be transfered over into metal service the inside should be vacuumed out first, and/or the operator should check inside the machine when they are done.

A major component of safety is organization and proper maintenance. Organization means a clear and uncluttered workspace as well as predictable object location. Clutter gets in the way of completing a task, impeding free movement or creating unsteady surfaces on bench tops. Unexpected objects underfoot can cause slips, leading to falls or worse if operating machinery at the time. Inspecting and cleaning your workspace is good practice, and keeping the shop free of clutter is a service to yourself and fellow members of Noisebridge. Projects are finished when tools are cleaned and put away where they were found and scrap cleared away.

Sawdust is a major concern in wood shops. Due to the particle size and near perfect aeration when spread out, it can also ignite into a fast burn. While the risk is small, the shop is also full of solvents, paints, and other flammables which will exacerbate any issue. For more information, please consult. OSHA's guidelines.

Do not leave hot items plugged in unless they are secure and safe from tipping. Glue gun stands tip easily, and the tip is hot enough to melt through other cords. These tools should not be left unattended to cool down unless properly secured.

Be excellent to each other by keeping the shop clutter free both when you start your project, and as the final step to any project. Don't leave objects on the bench because someone else might use it. It is far safer to everyone if that object is placed in a proper location.


The shop needs to be clear of clutter on the tables, benches, tools, and floor. The Shop, otherwise known as the Dirty Shop, will never be free from saw dust, but steps should be taken to mitigate when possible. The large tools like the circular saw have Instructions on or near them for hooking up the Shop Vac. It's a simple step to take to help cut down on saw-dust.

The Shop Vac should be emptied when used. If everyone is excellent to each other, it will be empty before you use it. However, it is good to check just in case, to prevent clogging or blow-back. Emptying it can be difficult, but it is excellent to make a best effort, perhaps making a new friend by asking for help.

The Shop garbage can get very full of sharp pokey things. There are large contractor bags under the tables in the kitchen area (white folded rectangles) to either empty out the trash, or perhaps start a new one for Shop Vac dumping.

It is not ideal to store unfinished projects on tables or benches. If this is the case, please add a "Do Not Hack" sign with today's date, and projected finish date/sign expiration date. Projects should never be left on machines, that is most not excellent.

Perishable items should not be thrown away in shop garbage. It is not taken out often, and making the shop smell like rotten yoghurt is a super bummer.

Emptying the Dust Collector

Example of an overly full dust collector (aka a present fire danger)

Sawdust can become a fire hazard if it is allowed to build up in and around shop equipment. In order to prevent this, it is important to empty the dust collector before it reaches the red fill line. As the dust collector fills its ability to ventilate decreases and dust will accumulate both in the table saw and the exhaust tubes.

To empty the dust collector, unclasp the metal clamps on the side and dump the sawdust into a green compost bag and take it to the compost bin outside. This is likely a two person job (at least).


  • shop towels (coming soon)
  • Maintenance Schedules
  • General Inventory


Notes that are fun historical reminders of past milestones go here.


The buildout is a work in progress as of 9/25/09. fixme with updates, photos.