THE WOOD LAB CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ADJACENT TO THE DIGITAL FABRICATION LAB PROVIDES STUDENTS A 2,500 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY TO PROCESS AND ASSEMBLE ANY SCALE PROJECT of a variety of TYPES OF MATERIAL.
It is common for entering students to begin their first semester at Woodbury by attending the Wood Lab orientation. It should then be quite apparent how important the degree coordinators find the Wood Lab to be in student studies. The Wood Lab is where students not only build model podiums or mock up structural details, it is where they learn about materials, process and assembly.
- 72" wide table
- 3" max height
- for rip cuts of sheet goods and lumber
- 45 degree miter
- 45 degree bevel
- for chop cuts and mitered cuts
crosscut table saw
- 45 degree miter
- 60 degree bevel
- for straight or angled cross cuts
- 16" cut width
- 12" cut height
- for curve cuts (1/4" blade) or re-sawing/rip cuts (3/4" blade)
- 60" max height
- for rip cuts and cross cuts of sheet goods
- 1 HP
- movable table and fence
- for accurately drilling
- 20" max width
- real wood only (no engineered wood or other) plywood, MDF, OSB...
- for rough sanding flat panels
planer / joiner
- joiner 8" max width
- planer 8" max width
- lumber only
- for creating precise stock with parallel sides and 90deg edges
20" disc sander
- for end grain sanding and small corner finishing
EDGE BELT SANDER
- 5" belt height
- for edge sanding
- 1/4" to 1" drilling
- for drilling square holes
- spindle sizes: 1/4"-4"
- for finishing interior curves
TOOL LOANING PROCESS
Any tool that is not mounted to the ground may be loaned out. Students may use loaned tools anywhere within the Making Complex, whether it is within the Shop or even the courtyards. (exception: Clamps must stay inside the Shop at all times)
To request a tool loan, the student should find a staff member and provide them with a state ID. (WU ID not valid) The staff member will take your ID and provide the student with the requested tool and store their ID until that tool is returned.
THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO LOANING POLICIES
LOANED TOOLS MUST STAY WITHIN THE MAKING COMPLEX (NO TOOLS IN STUDIOS)
The list of portable power tools and hand tools is too long to list but it encompasses close to anything that should ever be needed.
ASSEMBLY & STORAGE
The Wood Lab is divided into two main spaces, the Processing Room and the Assembly Room.
The Processing Room is for preparing material, cutting, drilling, and sanding the student's parts, while the Assembly Room is for constructing.
Unfortunately, the Making Complex does not have enough room to allow students to store material or projects, so after each work session they must gather up their work and take it with them.
- Completion of SHOP orientation.
All users of the shop must wear eye protection, have closed toed shoes on and not have on any draping garments or hair.
EAR AND EYE PROTECTION AND DUST MASKS WILL ALWAYS BE PROVIDED
All users of the shop must be of sound psyche. They must be well slept and free of any mind altering substances. (ex. alcohol, cannabis, anxiolytics or anesthetics)
NO RECENT USE OF MIND IMPAIRING SUBSTANCES
The Making Complex does not have the ability to store student material. After one's work session, all material must be taken from the facility.
NO MATERIAL OR BUILD STORAGE SPACE AVAILABLE
Facility staff are on site only to ensure a safe environment, advise users on technique and maintain machine calibration.
At the end of every work session all trash must be discarded. There is no cleaning service for the Making Complex so all upkeep must come from its users.
You can review the Wood Lab Guide for machine specific rules and recommendations.
Orientations - The Making Complex offers machine specific training to it's users on the first six weekends of each semester. Continue to the Orientations page to learn about any prerequisites and instructions on how to sign up.
Technique Demonstrations - WSOA Faculty can request technique demonstrations for their students by email their facility's manager.