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Christopher West, shapelabhost at redmountainmakers dot org


Metal and wood shaping




Lab Safety

  1. Unplug tools when not in use.
  2. Check blades and cutting implements prior to use
  3. Ensure that appropriate blades are used for materials being cut
  4. RTFM - read the flippin' manual

General safety rules

As a reminder to all makers, utilization of personal appliances is permitted by Red Mountain Makers. However, these safety rules need to be followed.

  1. Don't leave it running unattended. This is especially important for anything designed to heat air or any other medium unless specifically labeled on the appliance by the manufacturer that it can be left alone.
  2. Don't use drop cords across hallways or through doorways. Without securing the cords to the floor and blocking the doors to ensure the cord is not crushed.
  3. Be careful not to overload electrical outlets. That is a quick way to cause a fire.
  4. Do not use the appliance or tool in damp locations unless rated to do so.
  5. Do not interfere with functions of Red Mountain Makers with your personal appliance. Be courteous of others. Here are examples but not limited to:
    1. Playing loud music when a class is being held
    2. Using a bright light in a dark room.
  6. Do not use the appliance if it poses a danger to yourself and others without first gaining consent from the makers to use it, and then making sure all appropriate safety precautions are followed to ensure safe operation.
  7. If someone asks you to postpone the use of an appliance until they leave, do so unless it is absolutely necessary to use the equipment. If it is necessary explain to the maker that it is necessary and why it is.
  8. If for any reason these rules must be violated permission must be obtained from the Chief Safety Officer before doing so.

Products in Shape Lab

New to Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or Safety Data Sheets (SDS)? MSDS is the old name, SDS is the new name, and they serve the same purpose - to identify the active ingredients in the products, hazards and remediation. Excellent starting resource - Material Safety Datasheets on the Internet


Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Glue
Elmer's School Glue
Titebond Original Wood Glue
Gorilla Super Glue
Liquid Nails Adhesive - Projects Multipurpose Repair Adhesive
527 Multi-Use Glue

Molding products

Smooth Cast 300 Bright White Liquid Plastic Part A SDS
Technical Bulletin
Smooth Cast 300 Bright White Liquid Plastic Part B - start at page 7.
Mold Star® Series Platinum Silicone Rubber Part A


Klean Strip Odorless Mineral Spirits

Surface fillers

DAP vinyl spackle
Elmer's ProBond Wood Filler
Minwax High Performance Wood Filler
Sheetrock All Purpose Joint Compound

Surface Finishes

MinWax Indoor/Outdoor Helmsman Spar Urethane

Tips & Techniques

Some tips for working with the table saw


Shape Lab Tutorials Page

Organizing tips and ideas

  • Half Inch Shy's organizing ideas
  • Double V Studios - main takeaway - use big rubbermaid totes for grouped item storage
  • Malcome Magrath - "LEAN" task cart. Movable tall cart with tool groupings for specific task types. All tools marked and matched with a letter number combination to a specific spot on a specific workstation to allow for easy return to it's designated station. Allows for less knowledgeable helpers to return tools to a designated home. Systems shown built with Mini Scafford system. RMM can continue with the 4 ft x 18 deep Metro shelves (less expensive and quite sturdy enough for our purposes).
  • Evolution of a Microshop, from InTheWoodShop - a lot of good tips regarding maximizing space use.