Workshop

About the Ace Workshops

Ace has a large array of tools, large and small, to help you realize your grandest wood and metal-based projects. Our beloved workshops are made of two rooms and have many very good woodworking tools. But our workshops are not just used for woodworking. Dirty work of all kinds1 can be done in our workshops.

Learn all about using the Ace Workshops

With all this potential packed into one space, we recommend that you attend the “How Ace Makerspace Works” virtual workshop. You can take this free class before signing up for membership.

Tool Certification

Notice: Ace is restructuring our laser education offering in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. We hope to begin a combination of virtual and modified on-site offering mid-August. 

Many of the tools in the workshop can hurt you if used improperly. Some tools are easily hurt by you. In both cases, the risks may not be inherently obvious.  Four tools require user certification prior to use, so please attend a 101 class for those tools. Experienced tool users can also get certified by taking a practical test with one of our qualified members in lieu of taking any of Ace 101 classes. Learn more here.

Shop tools that require certification

  • Planer
  • Joiner
  • Table saw
  • Bandsaw
  • Lathe
  • Portaband
  • Track saw

A note on safety

Woodworking and messy shop activities have inherent risks. Members are responsible for knowing and understanding the risks and are expected to work within the limits of their own, and the tools’, abilities. Eye protection is required, as is hearing protection for loud operations. Dust protection is strongly encouraged, and the dust collection systems and ambient filter must be used for all dust and chip producing operations. We have a fantastic safety record, let’s keep it — and our fingers!

  1. We cannot use heavy VOCs as the workshop doesn’t have a direct air intake and systems to support it.

Stewards and instructors