Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Requirements to use the Guild Shop

Overview

The Guild’s workshop is divided in to three distinct areas, each having specific requirements for their use: 

  •  Library is a great resource for books, DVDs and magazines on woodworking, and is available to all paid Guild members.
  • The Bench room provides a wide range of hand tools (planes, chisels, workbenches) and is available to all Guild members during Open Shop sessions. (Only cordless drills are allowed to be used in this location)
  •  The  Machine room is only available to Guild members who have completed our safety courses and earned a minimum of a White card.   


To use the Guild’s power tools in the Machine room you must…
  1. Be a current Guild member
  2. Have completed the Safety & Orientation (S&O) class – While the course is free, registration is required, and you must complete the following items before the start of the class:
    1. Read the Guild’s Shop Tool Safety Manual
    2. Take the Shop Safety Test and bring your answer sheet to the S&O
    3. Complete a Self-Assessment form to help us guide you through the appropriate training and testing for our workshop tools.  (Please bring this to the S&O as well).
** Once you hold a White card, you can participate in Guild volunteer projects (Community Projects, Toy Build, Project Build teams, Workshop Maintenance Night) and education classes where participants will be using our machine room tools.  Direct supervision will be provided by these event leaders to ensure your compliance with our safety policies, but this is a great way to reinforce your safety skills and build experience with our tools (You are not allowed to work on your own projects).


To get your Green card:

Complete all four of the Core Tool Skills courses (and certifications). 
The Tool Skills classes, which provide instruction as well as certifications, will allow you to use these specific tools in our workshop for your own projects .  (You are NOT allowed to use any tools for which you do not possess certifications for)

 
OR… 
 
Take and pass the comprehensive Hands-On Safety Test (HOST).  This is a TEST and no instruction is provided during this 3-4 hr. session, but if you have experience with these tools, you may have the necessary skills to pass.


(You can also take several of the Core Tool Skills classes for the tools you are unfamiliar with, and then take the HOST to complete your Green card)



 
 
 
Both paths lead to a Green Card.

When you have completed all of the requirements for your Green card (either through the HOST or Machine Skills process), you will receive your Green Card and a free five (5) 2-hour sessions Shop Time card ($60 value) to use in our workshop.  This will be placed in our member card cabinet in the workshop, within 48 hours of you earning your new Green card.



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