Tool Privilege & Access

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RED - Tools that may only be used by members that have had complete training on a tool. (A trained member is one who has been trained and checked out by the tool's Area Captain.) Person's name should be put on the approved list for that tool.

YELLOW - Tools that may only be used after a member or guest has been checked out on a tool by the tool's Area Captain (or an instructor-level member). Person's name should be put on the approved list for that tool.

GREEN - Tools that may be used by any member or guest without requiring prior check-out or training. Note that these tools are typically not marked with any color coding.

Note: Some tools may have been added or removed, or had their usage restriction changed, since this list was last updated. Please refer to the specific tool's page accessible from the Tools and Equipment page. If in doubt, ask!


  • drill presses
    • Central Machinery 13" drill press
    • Craftsman 15" drill press
  • mills
    • manual mill (large)
    • Tormach CNC mill
  • laser cutter
  • lathes
    • metal lathe
    • wood lathe
  • multi-purpose tools
    • Shopsmith
  • oscilloscope (digital)
  • planers
  • router tables
  • saws
    • band saw
    • horizontal/vertical metal-cutting band saw
    • miter saw
    • radial arm saw
    • scroll saw
    • table saw
    • wet tile saw
  • vinyl cutter


  • 20 ton hydraulic shop press
  • 3D printers
  • abrasive blasting cabinet
  • air compressor
  • belt sander
  • bench grinder
  • cordless impact driver
  • darkroom and related equipment
  • hot air station
  • manual metal mill (benchtop)
  • mortising machine
  • portable drill press
  • reflow oven
  • routers (handheld)
  • soldering irons


  • any non-powered hand tool
  • corded handheld drill
  • cordless handheld drill
  • digital multimeter
  • downdraft table
  • oscilloscope (older analog)
  • shop vacuums