Shop Education
Working with any equipment can be extremely dangerous  - therefore it is very important that our members
know the safe and proper use of the shop equipment.

Shop classes and demonstration  will be held from time to time.
When offered - members are notified via email.

The club has a library of selected DVD's that are available for check out.  The DVD's are located in the shop next to the Sign Out Desk.

Selected Videos are available for your viewing listed in the video section of this website.

Should you have specific questions and/or need assistance
contact any Board Member.
“Eye protection and
hearing protection are recommended actions
when working
Iin the Wood Shop.”
There are no formal classes scheduled at this time.
When new or upgraded equipment is placed in the shop, orientation sessions are scheduled for members. Members sometimes tutor other members in specific skills, like turning. Due to resource limitations, there are no regularly scheduled classes.

The shop education policy is to help members learn basic, safe machine operation. See Shop Policy 6 - Education in the Documents section of this website. The woodshop is a club of persons interested in woodworking, many of whom are willing to share their knowedge, but it does not function as a woodshop school.

Members who are not familiar with the equipment they intend to use should seek assistance before using the equipment and risking injury or equipment damage.
Know the equipment and
know what you are doing.
There is a limited list of equipment and contacts for information and assistance in use of that equipment on this page. For other assistance, call a board member and you will  receive assistance in use of tools.

For assistance in developing advanced woodworking skills (finishing, fret work, box joints, dovetails, etc) you can ask some board members for leads to members that may be willing to tutor you or you can ask around the shop to determine if there is someone that would work with you.
At the sign in desk, there is a box with DVDs that can be borrowed for viewing at home and a notebook to record their loans. They cover basic power tool use and some specific techniques for accomplishing basic tasks. These DVDs are produced by the Wood Workers Guild of America ( and are on permanent loan to the shop from an OTOW Woodshop member. They are not able to be copied; please do not attempt it.
Due to the limited inventory of DVDs and their length, members may borrow only one DVD at a time.
The DVD should not be kept out for more than four days.
To sign out a DVD, find the page in the DVD Sign Out Notebook for the DVD you are borrowing and enter your name and the date on the next open loan entry line.
When you return the DVD, place it in the correct location in the DVD box and enter the return date on your loan entry line in the DVD Sign Out Notebook.
Please report any damage or loss to a board member.
Available DVDs
   1    Table Saw           Table Saw Essentials
   2    Table Saw           Advanced Table Saw Techniques
   3    Table Saw           Table Saw Joinery

51     Router                Router Table Joinery
52     Router                Hand Held Router Techniques
53     Router                Router Table Essentials

71     Lathe                  Advanced Turning Techniques
72     Lathe                  Wood Turning Essentials
73     Lathe                  Turning Projects and Techniques

81     Planer & Joiner     Setting Up and Using Joiners and Planers

101     Sharpening          Must Have Sharpening Techniques

121     Band Saw            Band Saw Essentials

Suggested Videos
A tremendous number of  wood working videos are available on the internet.

For your convenience we have selected several you may wish to review.

Those marked with * have been created in our shop using our shop equipment.
Band Saw - Safety

Band Saw - Clinic

Band Saw - Jig *

Drum Sander - Basics *

Narrow Strip Ripping Using Jig Set A*

Narrow Strip Jig (Refresher)*

Router Table - Basics

Router - Part 1*

Router - Part 2* (Fence)

Router - Part 3* (Wixey Digital Accessory)

Router Bits for beginners

Surface Planer - Basics *

Table Saw - Preventing Kickback

Table Saw - Safety Tips

Saw Stop - Table Saw Fundamentals

Saw Stop - Myths

Member Submissions
Turning a Pen Desk Set 
Frank Campagna