Georgia Tech Invention Studio: Wood Shop

Georgia Tech Invention Studio: Wood Shop


[music] Here we are
with one of our PIs, Charlie, who’s an industrial design major
here at Georgia Tech. Charlie: So here in wood room,
we have a great variety of tools at your disposal. We have a CNC router,
a drill press, a band saw, a miter saw, a table saw,
and a lot of other tools on the tool wall. Today we’re gonna walk you
through using the band saw, the miter saw, the drill press,
and the hand drill, just to give you a good idea
of how to start cutting and fastening wood. In the wood room,
you can use multiple different tools
to do the same task, but the miter saw is good
for cutting long planks of wood. To open up the miter saw,
you pull out the safety pin in the back and clamp
your piece of wood securely down so that you can’t move it. Then you press the safety switch
on the side of the handle, then the main handle itself,
and cut your piece. The band saw is used for cutting
larger and wider pieces of wood than the miter saw. To get a piece of wood
ready to be cut, raise or lower the guard
depending on the thickness of the wood. By loosening the white knob
on the side of the machine, then turning the three-pronged
wheel on the back. Once the guard is set,
re-tighten the white knob and then move
to the power switch. Pull out the ready safety stop,
then flip the black switch down. Once the machine is running,
carefully push your piece through the blade,
keeping your fingers far away from the blade. When attaching two pieces
of wood together, you usually want to drill
a pilot hole to be sure that the wood doesn’t split. This can be done
on the drill press. First, you’re going to need
a drill bit. Choose one that’s
slightly smaller than the screws you’ll be
drilling into the wood. Once you have your bit,
take it to the drill press and clamp it into the chuck. Once it’s clamped
into the chuck, turn on the press and use
the three-pronged wheel on the side to lower the bit
into your piece. When drilling your piece,
use higher RPMs for softer woods and lower RPMs for harder woods,
and periodically raise the bit out of the hole
to allow dust to exit. Lastly, we’re going to use a—
[drilling sound] Charlie: —hand drill to join
our two pieces of wood together. First, you’re going to want
to clamp your pre-drilled pieces of wood onto the table securely. Then you’re going to want
to find a driver bit to clamp into the mandrel of the drill. Be sure that the driver bit
corresponds to the screw you’re going to be using. Then place the screw in
the pre-drilled hole, place the bit into the screw,
let go of the screw, and drill in the hole slowly. Thanks for joining us to learn
more about the wood room. Remember when you’re done
with any project to clean up after yourself. There are vacuums placed
around the wood room for your convenience. For any more information
on these tools or any others in the wood room,
ask one of our friendly PIs or go the Invention Studio wiki. [music]

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