People use the Make Salt Lake wood shop to build things like kitchen and van cabinets, bathroom vanities, furniture, skateboards, chess sets, cups and bowls, cutting boards, clocks, etc. You name it and someone has probably made one at MSL.
The space is becoming the destination for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Because of this, the wood shop was starting to feel a little crowded. After getting feedback from many of our members, it was decided that the shop needed an overhaul. New workbenches were built, some shelves were removed, wood clamps found a home on the wall instead of a large space-hogging rack, and a reimagined storage space for plywood, etc was erected. This dramatically opened up the shop; it now feels a lot roomier and can accommodate several more people working at the same time.
The woodshop is also set up to make working with and around fellow members as easy as possible. In addition to the large outfeed table for the table saw, the shop has 4 undesignated workbenches. The largest is a 4’x8’ table perfect for large constructions and bigger projects. There are also 2 smaller 3’x6’ work benches near the clamp rack making them perfect for glue-ups, and a smaller 18” deep bench along the wall for hand work. The shop also has 2 swamp coolers for hot days and a large heater for chilly days.
The wood shop has a wide array of large tools that can handle full sheets of plywood with ease. Our Delta Table saw is surrounded by 42 square feet of table, making it easy to maneuver plywood. Our chop saw, jointer, planer, and overhead drum sander make solid wood construction a great option as well. We’ve even got a brand new set of handheld power tools including drills, sanders, jig saws, and a biscuit jointer to help make your project really come together.
Many of our hand tools were recently replaced with a unified set of Milwaukee Tools. This allows for compatible batteries and other conveniences that help make your time at the space more productive.
This is a sample of the things makers are building in the wood shop.
Images courtesy of Matthew Ashton, Jon Robinson, and Daniel Cowan. Files are named with their respective owners.
Images courtesy of Travis Taylor. Files are named with their respective owners.
Q: Do members provide their own materials and items like glue, screws, sandpaper, etc?
A: Members are suggested to provide their own materials. There is usually scrap wood available, but members should count on providing their own wood. As for consumables, the woodshop provides items that can be considered part of a tool. For example, 12” sanding pads for the disc sander, rolls for the overhead sander, jigsaw blades, band saw blades, and table saw blades, are all provided by the shop. Other items like glue, stain, screws, etc are not provided as they are considered materials. We do, however, have a selection of donated items, often including the above listed materials, that are up for grabs in the shop.
Q: Can I store my projects in the shop?
A: We have storage racks for materials in the shop. Anything that can comfortably fit in that rack can be stored for up to 1 week at a time as long as it has the proper Parking Permit attached. For more info on Parking Permits please reach out on Slack or visit a Parking Station at Make Salt Lake. Any items that don’t fit in the rack have roughly a 24 hr limit, but must be stored out of the way of tools and workspaces.
Q: Can I borrow the tools to work on a project at home?
A: No. No tools are permitted to leave Make Salt Lake at any time.
Q: Where do you suggest going for wood and other woodworking materials?
A: There are several good options for wood in Salt Lake City. MacBeath Hardwood, Intermountain Wood Supply, and Woodcraft are all places that have excellent options. Home Depot and Lowes can also be a good source for construction lumber and plywood.