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Woodshop

The College of Architecture Woodshop is open to all College of Architecture students. Students who build projects with materials such as wood, metal, and plastic become better designers and builders through an understanding of the characteristics of these materials. They have the opportunity to gain valuable experience while honing their building and design skills in the Woodshop.

The Woodshop is located in Room 111 on the first floor of Langford B. It is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Woodshop is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Neither faculty nor students have access to the Woodshop outside the hours of operation.

The Woodshop provides students with a wide array of hand tools, power tools, and machinery with professional supervision in a clean and safe working environment in which they can create high-quality projects while learning skills that further prepare them to excel in their chosen careers.

A full-time supervisor and student workers are always present and are knowledgeable in woodworking, modern design, and building practices. Together they oversee daily operations within the Woodshop.

The Woodshop has many tools and machines, such as:

  • Lathe
  • Band saw
  • Table saw
  • Router table
  • Drill press
  • Oscillating spindle sander
  • Stationary belt sander
  • Panel saw
  • Compound miter saw
  • Planer
  • Joiner
  • A wide array of hand tools

 

Due to COVID-19 protocols, you must sign in with a student worker at our front desk located outside the doors of the Woodshop. Our occupancy for the time being is limited to accommodate proper social distancing protocols.

Use of the Woodshop requires completion of the safety process including receiving a 90% or above on all safety modules located in the Architecture Lab on eCampus as well as an official Woodshop walk-through. Walk-throughs will be administered via a scheduled Zoom call for your class or group and can be scheduled by emailing Jim Titus at jtitus@tamu.edu. Once the safety process is complete, User Agreements should be signed and emailed to Jim Titus.

 

Non-College of Architecture Students

Faculty and students outside of the College of Architecture can also use the Woodshop with approval. There is an hourly charge based per project for all faculty and students outside of the College of Architecture. If you have any questions, please come by the Woodshop and discuss with the Woodshop Supervisor.

 


Safety

The Woodshop protocol demands that all shop patrons make safety their utmost consideration. Prior to utilizing the shop, each student must read the safety manual in its entirety, watch all of our safety videos, and pass all safety quizzes. All of these materials are available in eCampus.

Student patrons are also required to complete a User Safety Agreement (also available in eCampus) before gaining access to the Woodshop.

Complete the following steps inside eCampus to find the manuals, videos, quizzes, and the User Safety Agreement.

  1. Log on on to your eCampus account and click on the Architecture Lab link under the My Organization tab.
  2. Click on the Architecture Lab Safety Training folder. You must watch all the videos, read all the manuals, and take all of the safety quizzes. A 90% or above is required to pass each test.
  3. After passing the safety quizzes, print out your results, as you will need to bring these with you when you turn in your paperwork.
  4. Upon completing these steps, you will be ready for a Woodshop safety walk-through. All walk-throughs are by appointment only. At the walk-through, you must provide proof that you have completed and passed the required safety quizzes in eCampus. You must also bring the User Safety Agreement to your walk-through so that Woodshop personnel can process the form.

If the Architecture Lab link does not show up on your eCampus account, you may send a request to the woodshop supervisor. Please explain how you are unable to access the safety requirement information, and provide your UIN so that you may be granted access to the required information. 

 


 

Laser Cutters & 3D Printers 

Use of the laser cutters for the College of Architecture is free for school-related projects. The price for 3D prints is based on the size of the model and which 3D printer will be used. For more information, please review our 3D Printers Policies.

 

Please email your file to woodshop@arch.tamu.edu. We'll evaluate it and communicate with you by email, Zoom or phone call regarding any errors or changes you might make to improve the outcome of your cut . Please include what material you would like to use as we no longer accept outside material in an effort to limit cross contamination and we’ll email you an invoice with your payment total. This invoice can be settled through our Texas A&M Marketplace page by using the invoice number and payment total provided to you. Once we have received a processed payment, we will run your cut. When your cut is complete, you’ll be notified by email with the location of your complete order. If you need help setting up a file, using AutoCAD and the template file, or would like to schedule a class helpdesk session, please email woodshop@arch.tamu.edu to schedule an appointment.

College of Architecture Woodshop Marketplace:

https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=13533

 

Laser Cutter Templates

Our laser cutters can cut from files created in AutoCAD and Adobe Illustrator. Please refer to the guidelines below to format your file correctly. To use the laser cutters, all files must be properly formatted using one of the templates provided below.

If you create a file using another program, it must be imported into AutoCAD or Illustrator and be properly layered before it can be cut.

Please note that if your file is not properly formatted, it is your responsibility to format it correctly and make any necessary changes.

Students are able to utilize the laser cutters for personal projects. Because these projects are unrelated to class projects, students are charged an hourly rate for access to our laser cutters.

 

Laser Cutter Materials

We sell laser cutting materials such as matte board, chipboard, basswood, balsa, and more. Due to health and safety concerns, laser materials are not sold through the college. Come by the Woodshop for available materials and prices.

A list of materials we sell and that are approved for laser cutting include:

  • Matte board
  • Poster board
  • Chipboard
  • Glass (can be etched but not cut)
  • Felt
  • Tile
  • Leather
  • Basswood
  • Balsa
  • Plywood (up to 1/2")
  • Acrylic Plexiglass (up to 1/2")

Materials we are unable to laser cut include:

  • Cardboard
  • Foam core
  • Lexan
  • Metal products (some may be etched, but this must be discussed with the Woodshop Supervisor)

If you wish to laser cut materials outside the list of approved materials, we require the submission of a Material Safety Data Sheet to the Woodshop Supervisor. The Woodshop Supervisor must review and approve the material before it can be laser cut.

  


  

Material Sales Addendum

Material Sales can be accomplished by emailing woodshop@arch.tamu.edu and requesting that the woodshop sell material. We will invoice you through Marketplace https://secure.touchnet.com/C21490_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=13533 and place the materiel outside the woodshop with your name on it.

 


 Woodshop Supervisor

 

Jim Titus

Jim Titus

Voice: 979.458.0558
Cell: 979.450.2990
Fax: 979.845.4491
jtitus@arch.tamu.edu