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Ariel Matisse
Ariel Matisse,
Metal Shop Lead
Metal Shop Lead

Revision as of 10:36, 17 July 2019

Active Craft Areas

Welding table

General Info
Shop Colors
Shop RulesBasic welding safety rules
Managed ByAriel Matisse
HoursSame as membership hours
Operational Status of Tools
Tool Maintenence Tickets

Welcome new users of the metal shop!

We are happy to have you working on new projects and making awesome creations!

Please remember to join the metalworking mailing list if you are using the shop. There are a lot of changes going on and this is the only way to keep you in the loop! This way you can:

  • have access to a 24/7 metal knowledge base (rest of the users)
  • hear about upcoming shop nights and events in the shop
  • know when are tools, or machines out of order
  • stay informed about new policies in the shop
  • stay informed of improvement work or any other special events

Please follow this link to sign up to the metalworking list.

If a tool is breaks or you find a broken tool, please send an email to and tag it out.

Thank you!

Ariel Matisse, Metal Shop Lead

If you're looking for what kinds of welders we have, start with one of these:

Also, look farther down this page for a listing of individual welders available.

For a table comparing our informal terminology with that used formally in the industry, see this chart and explanation.


Hazards and Safety

Be aware that arc flash, flying sparks and debris may happen at any time in the welding area.

Safety glasses, long pants, gloves, and closed toed shoes are required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). You may also be interested in providing your own welding gloves.

Safety-wise, make sure your gloves (and, for that matter, all your skin and clothing) remain dry. This is a much bigger factor than glove leather thickness in mitigating electrical shock hazard. (Also, shock hazard is less of a concern with MIG than with TIG or stick.)

Shop Safety and Etiquette

Basic welding safety rules

Gas Tank Handling

1. Gas tanks should be secured at all times.

  • Secured to a machine while in use
  • In a storage rack chained up
  • Secured to something else using a tie down, or chain. (not bungie cord)

2. When tanks are not in use, or being transported, they should have a threaded cap on them at all times.

3. Fuels (Propane, Acetylene) should be stored outside in the yellow locked flammables cage. The key is blue and at the front desk.

  • Empty fuel tanks can be stored temporarily on the loading dock while waiting for pickup or delivery.

4. Oxygen should not be stored within 30 feet of fuels.

5. When tanks are empty they should have an empty tag slid over the cap so they are easily known to be empty.

  • If a you are unable, or don’t feel comfortable changing a tank, please place an empty white cap over the regulator.
  • When tanks are empty, place them in the storage tank rack by the loading dock.

6. Use soap and water to test for leaks when installing a new tank.

7. If a tank has bad threads or some other issue, please tag it out with a description of your issue, as well as e-mail Maintenance@ with the issue.

8. If you use the last one, or second to last tank please make sure to let Facilities@ know so they can get new tanks ordered.


  • Drag or slide cylinders, even for short distances.
  • Drop cylinders or permit them to strike each other violently.
  • Subject cylinders to mechanical shocks that may cause damage to their valves.
  • Use cylinders as rollers for moving material or other equipment.
  • Tamper with pressure-relief devices.
  • Permit oil, grease, or other readily combustible substances to come in contact with cylinders, valves, or other equipment in oxidizer service.
  • Remove any product labels or shipping hazard labels.
  • Refill compressed gas cylinders. This is to be done only by qualified producers of compressed gases.
  • Lift a cylinder by its cap using a sling or a magnet.
  • Attempt to catch a falling cylinder.


  • Move cylinders using a suitable yellow hand truck or cart.
  • Leave the valve protection cap and valve seal outlet in place until the cylinder has been secured in place and is ready to be used.
  • Secure cylinders when in storage, transit, or use.
  • When returning cylinders to the supplier, properly close the cylinder valve, replace and secure any valve outlet seals, and properly install the cylinder cap.
  • Use a cylinder cage or cradle to lift a cylinder.

For more info, please look over this source material.

Disposing and Recycling Materials

The metal scrap bin.

We have a scrap bin that is emptied weekly.

The following items are not allowed to be placed into the scrap bin:

  • Electronic Waste
  • Wood/Wood Scrap
  • Plastic/Fabric
  • Rubber
  • Any other non-metal substance.

All metal scrap must be stripped down to metal-only in order to be properly recycled.

Other metalshop users are free to take pieces from the scrap bin for practice or for integration into their own projects.

Good Manners

  • Sweep up
  • Clear any trip hazards
  • Leave the most open floor space possible
  • Don't leave your projects unattended. Unattended metal will go in the scrap bin.


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