8. Orientation Policy

8.1 Classes #

8.1.1 – All members are required to complete orientation classes before gaining access to tools, regardless of previous experience

8.1.2 – Refunds or credit for future classes will only be provided if we are notified by email to [email protected] at least 24 hours in advance of the class. A rebooking fee will be applied to reschedule a class. 

8.1.3 – No refunds will be provided for late cancellation, but we do offer a 50% credit towards a future class.

8.1.4 – Additional Maker Cube tools that are not covered in a class specifically can not be used by a member unless cleared by and given explicit permission by staff

8.2 Use of Equipment #

8.2.1 – Members that have participated in any tool orientation class are welcome and encouraged to take it again as a refresher class provided they pay for a material fee and there is availability.

8.2.2 – Before starting any machine check to make sure it is set up correctly and fully operational.

8.2.3 – Check power cords and plugs on portable tools before using them. Never use a tool with a frayed or damaged cord; lock the tool out and report it to staff immediately.

8.2.4 – Always make sure all guards and safety devices are in place and in perfect operating order

8.2.5 – Do not use a machine without the proper guards.

8.2.6 – Never disable or tamper with safety releases or other automatic switches.

8.2.7 – Always use the correct tool for the correct job. Never use a tool or an attachment for something it was not designed to do.

8.2.8 – Always select the correct bit, blade, cutter, or grinder wheel for the material at hand. 

8.2.9 – Keep all guards in place. Cover exposed belts, pulleys, gears, and shafts that could cause injury.

8.2.10 – Always operate tools at the correct speed for the job at hand and refer to tool manuals provided. 

8.2.11 – Always keep your fingers clear from the point of operation of machines by using special tools and devices such as push sticks and paddles. 

8.2.12 – Always watch your work when operating power tools and stop working if something distracts you.

8.2.13 – Never rely on strength to perform an operation. The correct tool, blade, and method should not require excessive force. If undue force is necessary, you may be using the wrong tool or have a dull blade.

8.2.14 – Know the physics of the machine and where the cutting force wants to throw the material to avoid kick back.

8.2.15 – Always de-energize (unplug) power tools before cleaning, performing maintenance or changing components.

8.2.16 – Before clearing jams or blockages on power tools, disconnect from the tool from its power source. Never  use your hand to clear jams or blockages, use an appropriate tool.

8.2.17 – Never service or try to fix Maker Cube’s equipment.

8.2.18 – Never clean a machine while it is running. De-energize before cleaning and use a broom to sweep any chips.

8.2.19 – Never make an adjustment to your material or the tool unless the power is off. The tool must come to a complete stop.

8.2.20 – Keep a firm grip on portable power tools. 

8.2.21 – If something does not feel right about a tool, turn it off immediately and notify Maker Cube staff.

8.2.22 – If you believe you have broken a tool or you are unsure of whether a tool is safe to use, report to Maker Cube staff immediately and we will assist you. Lock out the tool before leaving it unattended.

8.2.23 – Failure to report tool damage will result in an $80 fine. If you know a tool is damaged and don’t report it you are putting the next user in danger. If the tool damage is reported immediately, it makes it much easier for staff to troubleshoot and repair, lowering down time.

8.2.24 – If a member has damaged a tool, access to said tool will be revoked until the member takes additional training and is cleared by staff.

8.2.25 – All materials must be approved before use on any tool. Consult the tool supervisor for precautions, methods and instructions prior to beginning work. Using certain materials can contaminate or damage tools, making them unsafe for use.

8.2.26 – Never cut unknown materials or materials with unknown origin.

8.2.27 – Never reach over equipment while it is running.

8.2.28 – Do not operate tools if you are imparied by sickness, fatigue, or by intoxication from substances such as alcohol, drugs or strong medication; this includes cannabis. 

8.2.29 – Always make sure the dust collector is running and the appropriate blast gates on the tool are open when operating woodworking equipment. Close the blast gate when finished using the tool.

8.2.30 – Tools that experience high frequency misuse or breakage will be put under tool sign-out procedure to monitor wear and manage proper safe usage.

8.2.31 – Members must sign out the components of, access keys to, or the tool itself from the reception desk.

8.2.32 – Tools that have been taken from their assigned storage location must be returned after use.

8.2.33 – Communal tools are not permitted to be stored in a studio space.

8.2.34 – Maker Cube does not guarantee the availability and maintenance of it’s tools.

8.2.35 – Members must sanitize stationary equipment and power tools after use with the provided hydrogen-peroxide based sanitizer spray or wipes.

8.2.36 – Members must wash hand tools with warm water and soap at the sink after use and dry them before returning them to the tool wall.

8.2.37 – Members are encouraged to sanitize tools prior to use, do not use a tool if it is not put away in the correct spot.

ABOVE ALL, THINK BEFORE YOU PERFORM ANY TASK. KNOW THE TOOL’S CAPABILITIES AND THE WORK IT IS INTENDED FOR. IF YOU FEEL UNSURE, STOP AND ASK FOR ASSISTANCE. 

8.3 Tool Sign out Procedure #

8.3.1 – Tools under sign-out procedure include but is not limited to: jointer, orbital sanders, belt sanders, welder, shaper origin, cnc table, laser cutter, and plasma table

8.3.2 – The member who has signed out the components of, access keys to, or the tool itself is responsible. They must immediately return them when finished using them.

8.3.3 – Only the member who has signed out a tool is permitted to use it. Usage of a tool by a different user is at the risk of the member who has signed the tool out

8.4 Use of Facilities  #

8.4.1 – Never work alone. There must always be at least two persons present in the facility.

8.4.2 – The maximum capacity of the entire facility is twenty (20) people at any given time.

8.4.3 – Each communal area is assigned a zone with its own a maximum capacity;

8.4.3.1 – Woodshop – (8 People)

8.4.3.2 – Metalshop – (2 People)

8.4.3.3 – Computer Lab + Offices – (4 People)

8.4.3.4 – Laser – (1 person)

8.4.3.5 – Clean Room – (2 People)

8.4.3.6 – Fine Arts Studio – (4 People)

8.4.4 – Communal areas that cannot meet physical distancing requirements (2 metre spacing) will be restricted.

8.4.5 – Members who want to use communal areas must book availability in advance.

8.4.6 – Do not use the Facilities for any unlawful, obscene, or objectionable purpose, or in a way that infringes on the intellectual property of third parties. Objectionable purposes will be determined at the discretion of the Company and may include, but are not limited to, making weapons or other dangerous items.

8.4.7 – Members must be open to constructive feedback from staff and fellow members, especially if it pertains to safe use of the equipment, disrespectful communication or behavior. In order for our community to thrive, members must feel empowered to ask for help and offer help to one another.

8.4.8 – No tools, materials, or projects can be stored in fire exits, pathways, hallways, or in other people’s studio spaces.

8.4.9 – Take appropriate steps to prevent release of dusts or noxious fumes.

8.4.10 – Keep the work area free from debris, clean spills immediately and remove all sawdust and wood chips. Do not bring food or drink into the tool side.

8.5 Woodshop Usage  #

8.5.1 – All members in Maker Cube’s Woodshop must take the relevant Woodshop orientation classes, regardless of experience. Do not use a tool if you have not received explicit training and permission to use it. Be sure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning a job. Unauthorized tool usage will result in immediate membership termination.

8.5.2 – Everyone must have a calm and careful attitude in the Woodshop at all times; do not run, push others, bump into things, startle others or throw objects. 

8.5.3 – Everyone must be in the right mental state to work in the wood shop; do not use the wood shop if you are feeling tired or in a rush. 

8.5.4 – NEVER be afraid or too proud to ask staff for help. If anyone is unsure about how to safely execute the operation of a tool, have staff demonstrate, assist and observe to help you become familiar and uncomfortable. Manuals are also available to become more familiar with each tool. 

8.5.5 – No food or drinks are allowed in the wood shop. 

8.5.6 – Immediately report all accidents or injuries to staff and fill out an accident or injury report.

8.5.7 – Everyone must know where the first aid kit, eye wash station, and fire extinguishers are located in the Woodshop.

8.5.8 – Equipment use is on a first-come, first-served basis unless otherwise scheduled with staff through the appropriate booking system. 

8.5.9 – Everyone must wear the appropriate clothing while in the wood shop. See Section 2.2 – General Attire.

8.5.10 – Do not remove any Equipment from the Woodshop unless given explicit permission by staff; all tools must be placed back into its designated position after use and can not be left in studios.

8.5.11 – If anyone makes a mess in the Woodshop it is their responsibility to clean it; wipe down and disinfect the equipment after use, clean and sanitize the hand tools after use,  mop up spills, and sweep up sawdust or material debris.  

8.5.12 – Everyone must throw their own garbage away, garbage left in communal areas will be subject to a fine. 

8.5.13 – No person shall use earphones that prevent them from hearing noise in the wood shop. 

8.6 Metal Shop Usage #

8.6.1 – All members in Maker Cube’s Metal shop must take the relevant welding orientation classes, regardless of experience. Do not use a tool if you have not received explicit training and permission to use it. Be sure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning a job. Unauthorized tool usage will result in immediate membership termination

8.6.2 – Everyone must have a calm and careful attitude in the Metal shop at all times;do not run, push others, bump into things, startle others or throw objects.

8.6.3 – Everyone must be in the right mental state to work in the metal shop; do not use the metal shop if you are feeling tired or in a rush. 

8.6.4 – NEVER be afraid or too proud to ask staff for help. If anyone is unsure about how to safely execute the operation of a tool, have staff demonstrate, assist and observe to help you become familiar and uncomfortable. Manuals are also available to become more familiar with each tool. 

8.6.5 – No food or drinks are allowed in the metal shop. 

8.6.6 – Immediately report all accidents or injuries to staff and fill out an accident or injury report.

8.6.7 – Everyone must know where the first aid kit, eye wash station and fire extinguishers are located in the Woodshop.

8.6.8 – Everyone must wear the appropriate the clothing while in the metal shop *see metal shop attire

8.6.9 – Do not remove any Equipment from the Metal shop unless given explicit permission by staff; all tools must be placed back into its designated position after use and can not be left in studios.

8.6.10 – If anyone makes a mess in the Metal shop it is their responsibility to clean it; wipe down and disinfect the equipment after use, clean and sanitize the hand tools after use,  mop up spills and sweep up sawdust or material debris.  

8.6.11 – Everyone must throw their own garbage away, garbage left in communal areas will be subject to a fine. 

8.6.12 – Everyone in the metal shop must take appropriate fire prevention precautions when work generates heat, sparks, or involves open flames.

8.6.13 – No person shall use earphones that prevent them from hearing noise in the metal shop. 

8.7 Clean Room Usage #

8.7.1 – Do NOT enter the clean room without a mask and safety glasses

8.7.2 – No finishing with volatiles one (1) hour before close.

8.7.3 – The extractor fan must be turned on at all times during and after using any volatile compounds for a minimum of 2 hours.

8.7.4 – All projects must be tagged with name,date, expected dry time,and volatiles used.

8.7.5 – All projects in the clean room are to be removed as soon as they are dry.

8.7.6 – Projects requiring overnight dry time with be charged *see storage policy

8.7.7 – Oily rags must be disposed of in a marked water bucket or soaked and hung to dry by the shop sink. All work that requires the use of stains, spray paint, epoxy and other odorous material must be done in our clean room. 

8.7.8 – MSDS sheets must be provided for all finishes.

8.7.9 – Clean all your material and waste out of the clean room after use.

8.7.10 – Always dispose of empty paint cans, sprays and chemical cans at the Langley Recycling depot, do not throw them into Maker Cube’s garbage.

8.7.11 – Do not store volatiles in the flame cabinet in the clean room. 

8.7.12 – Storage of volatiles in a studio must be in a flame cabinet. 

8.8 Tool Specific Usage #

8.8.1 – Refer to HEADS UP! For Safety documentation and tool specific manuals for the following:

  • Arc Welders
  • Bench Grinders
  • Buffer/Wire Wheel
  • Metal Cut Off Saw
  • Right Angle Grinder
  • Drill Press (for metal)
  • Wood Bandsaw
  • Drill Press (for wood)
  • Mitre Saw
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Table Saw
  • Router Table
  • Track Saw
  • Cordless Hand Drills

8.8.2 – For any tool, accessory, piece of equipment not specified in section 8.8 do not use without explicit training and clearance by staff. Refer to the manufacturer’s operational manual.