SCOV Board Policy OPR-008, Sales of Merchandise and Services, Dated 10-22-19
Board Policy OPR-008 states that items made on Association owned equipment, such as our woodworking machines, and are sold by any means or location, are subject to a 10% commission payable to the Association. The board policy includes a form to be signed by all Woodworking Club members whereon you acknowledge, among other things, that you are obligated to pay the 10% commission on the sale of items made on Association owned equipment. The board policy places the responsibility on club presidents to enforce this policy. Association management has informed us that those who refuse to sign the form will not be allowed to work in the shop and use the equipment. Many of our members have already signed the form. Those who haven't can obtain a form in the shop or download a copy from the link included below, which includes the full text of the board policy. Leave your signed form in the green binder on the bookcase near the refrigerator. Be sure to print your name on the form in addition to signing it.
Some of the wood our members use for their projects is “old wood” like barn siding, live slabs, logs, wood from questionable sources, etc. Unlike new lumber purchased from local sources, this old wood can easily be hiding embedded metal such as bullet fragments, nails and other fasteners. Inspecting the wood visually will often not reveal such items, and, when processed on our woodworking machines, can damage cutters, blades, activate a SawStop brake and even injure people. To help prevent this, the club has purchased a Little Wizard II metal detector to help look for problems. It is designed specifically for woodworkers. Members are asked to contact the monitor on duty to get help using this device prior to processing questionable wood on our machines. Click on the link below to learn how to operate the device.
The Club has a policy that is to be followed when a brake activation occurs. Click here to read it.
New Member Safety and Equipment Training
A change has been made in how to obtain the training that is required of a new member prior to working in the shop and operating the equipment. Click here or contact a club officer or monitor to learn about the process. The training videos on DVDs are no longer available in the SCOV Library.
Dangerous Miter Saw Operation
Occasionally, (too often in fact.) a monitor will observe a member attempting to make a cross-handed cut on one of our Bosch miter saws. If you are wondering what a cross-hand cut is, an example is when a person is holding the work against the fence on the right side of the blade with the left hand while operating the saw with the right hand. It is hard to imagine that anyone would think this is a good idea. Next time you are in the shop, read the hot pink safety sign above one of the Bosch saws to see what it says about cross-handed cuts, or click here.
Hot Pink Safety Posters
Members should have noticed the recent appearance of hot pink safety posters that have been prominently hung above many of our machines. These posters contain the most important and relevant rules and procedures for operating the machine and are written in a style that involves both humor and sarcasm. The motive for the humor and sarcasm is that should make them more interesting to read, and even if the sarcasm generates complaints from our membership, what the posters say is more likely to be remembered and discussed than the dry, boring and uncontroversial safety posters you expect to see in a woodshop and around woodworking machinery. The motive for taking this approach with safety posters is that equipment damage and unsafe practices in the shop appear to be on the increase, and it is hoped this can be reversed. We hope all members will read, heed and be entertained by the posters.
The text of these posters can be found in this website on the individual equipment pages that are accessed via the Equipment Page. A couple of examples are here and here.
Keep It Clean!
We are hearing an increasing number of complaints from members about some members failing to clean up on and around their work areas and machines after they are done with the area and machine. All members, please be considerate of other members by thoroughly removing chips, sawdust and debris from the machines you have used and on the floor around the machines and other areas where you have worked in the shop. Failing to do this is inconsiderate and creates resentment.
On Mondays Through Fridays, The Shop Closes At 4 PM.
All members are urged to plan their work in the shop so that they can clean their work area and exit the shop at or before 4 PM. Monitors are not obligated to keep the shop open for anyone after 4 PM. So, please don't come in the shop at 3:30 PM with a task that takes more than 30 minutes and expect a monitor to keep the shop open for you. Everyone's cooperation and courtesy in this regard will be appreciated.
Who Can Work In The Shop During Other Than Normal Working Times?
Our Shop Rules and Procedures tells us that, "Only monitors are authorized to work in the woodshop during other than the normal times, i.e. 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday." A member who is a designated monitor and is working in the shop during other than those times is not acting as the shop's monitor and cannot and will not be expected keep the shop open for non-monitors. Working in the shop during other than normal working times is a perk available only to members who have been qualified and approved as monitors.
Working With Small Parts Safely-or-How To Keep All Your Fingers
Many of our members make toys for Seniors For Kids, grandchildren, to add something to a collection or just for the fun of making something nice that doesn’t require lots of expensive materials. That is a short list of the pros of making toys and other small items. The cons are that these small items require the making of small parts that tend to bring one’s body parts very close to spinning blades and cutters with the potential of causing life-altering injuries. It is possible, though, to cut, plane and sand small parts safely and accurately if methods are used that will keep hands out of harms way. Those of us who are have little experience in making small parts have resources in the shop to help us. Those resources are members who have experience and knowledge in this area. Ask questions; get their help. There is also some great information on the internet on the subject. On this website's Links For Learning page, there are several links that are well worth checking out. They are: