The woodshop, along with other Sun City Oro Valley rooms and facilities, will remain closed until at least May 21, 2020 to comply with the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order. The day will come, however, when the shops and clubs will be allowed to resume activities, although in a way considerably different than we experienced prior to the pandemic. Our HOA management and Board of Directors have asked each of the clubs to come up with a plan and proposed operating rules on how the clubs can operate while providing optimum protection against the virus to club members and the community. This effort has just started, and nothing has been submitted to the general manager for approval, but here are some examples of possible changes we’ll see in the woodshop.
Everyone in the shop will always be required to wear a mask.
Members must wear their own safety glasses, face shields, etc. for sanitary reasons.
The number of people in the shop will be limited to some number to be decided.
There may be some social distancing requirements in the shop.
Members may be required to wash their hands in the shop before working on a project and again before they leave the shop.
Members may be required to participate in sanitation processes such as wiping down a workbench after they have used it.
All members may have to undergo training relative to reducing exposure to coronavirus in the shop and reducing the possibility of bringing it home to their household before they can work in the shop after it opens.
Members may be asked to sign a form acknowledging that they have been made aware of shop rules and that they agree to follow them.
Members who have been on travel away from SCOV may not be allowed to work in the shop until about two weeks have passed since their return to SCOV.
Members who learn that they have been exposed to a person who has the coronavirus must inform club leadership (and probably HOA management) and not return to the shop until tested negative for coronavirus.
These are but a few of the things that could be different for us. The list is nothing more than somewhat educated guesses at this point, but some things on the list will probably happen along with requirements and processes that are yet to be recommended and considered. Check back to this web page from time to time for updates.
In the meantime, stay well and be safe.
****2020 Club Dues Are Way Past Due Now!**** If you had not paid your dues prior to the coronavirus shut-down, be sure to pay them as soon as the shop reopens to retain your ability to work in the shop and use the equipment. If you wish to terminate your club membership, please inform one of the club officers so your name can be removed from the membership list. No Cash Please. Pay By CHECK Only!
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 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 (YouTube) on the subject. On this website's Links For Learning page, there are several links that are well worth checking out. They are: