Wood Lab Certification

What is the Wood Lab Certification?

  • Safety training on wood lab stationary power tools
  • Required for wood lab stationary power tool usage by all users (students, faculty, staff)
  • Covers function of tools, key concepts for woodworking (marking and measuring, order of operations) as well as best practices and safety guidelines.
  • It ends with a tool practicum. All attendees make a cut on the machines.
  • Prerequisite: Fabrication Labs Safety Affidavit. What is this? See FAQ’s below

How do I get Wood Lab Certified?

  • During Class:
    • Faculty that use the wood lab as part of their curriculum will schedule a Wood Lab Certification during class for their students.
    • Faculty: the certification alone takes approx. 1.5 hours. Your class will also need to do a safety affidavit. This should be done prior to the certification and takes about 30 mins. If you would like to bundle both together, allot 2 hrs during class time.
  • During Open Lab Hours:
    • Students, faculty, and staff not affiliated with a class that use the Fabrication Labs can sign up to get certified during open lab hours at pre-scheduled times. Staff will post these times starting the 2nd week of the quarter outside of the Fab Labs, Gould Hall, Rm.132.
    • Allot 2 hours. This will include both the safety affidavit and the certification.


Who can get certified?
Students, faculty, and staff.

Where do I sign up for an Open Lab Wood Lab Certification?
There will be sign up sheets posted outside of the Fab Labs, Gould Rm. 132 starting the second week of the quarter. When you sign up you will receive a google calendar invite for the event.

Is there a way I can see online when the Open Lab Wood Lab Certifications are scheduled?
Yes! Take a look at the Open Lab Hours Calendar.

Do I have to sign up for an Open Lab Wood Lab Certification or can I just show up?
Yes, please sign up. This allows you and us to plan ahead. For example, if no one signs up the day prior, the certification will be canceled. We are also capping attendance at 12. However, if you show up and spots are still available you are more than welcome to attend.

Does this replace the Fabrication Labs Safety Affidavit?
No, the safety affidavit is still needed.

What is the Fabrication Labs Safety Affidavit?
A basic safety overview for the Fab Labs. It takes about 30 mins to complete.

  • Prerequisite for wood lab certification
  • Required for Fab Labs usage by all users (students, faculty, staff)
  • Users read out loud together as a class/ group and then sign the safety affidavit
  • Traditionally happens during the first Lab session for Fab Labs based classes and combined with wood lab certifications when taking place during open Labs hours.

What is the difference between a training vs. certification?

  • A certification is a type of tool training that is required of all users who would like to use higher risk tools. In the case of the wood lab, this includes stationary power tools. At the end of the certification each user does a practicum on the tools and fills out a form acknowledging they have completed the certification and will follow the best practices and safety guidelines covered.
  • A tool training, by contrast, is a demonstration of tool usage. Used for tools that don’t require sign off and documentation (lower risk tools). For example, hand tools in the wood lab.

Does Fab Labs staff offer the Wood Lab Certifications on-demand?
Due to the time commitment on Fab Labs staff, certifications will not be offered in a one-on-one or on-demand format.

Is there required Lab attire?

Yes, all persons in the wood and metal areas must wear closed-toed sturdy shoes. The metal area requires natural fibers and long pants. Any clothing or accessories that hang off your body are dangerous as they can get caught in a tool. Things like long hair, hoodie strings, scarves, necklaces/jewelry must be tied up, tucked in, or removed.

I have used the wood lab as part of my class during previous quarters. Does that make me wood lab certified?

If the content you covered in class matches that of the wood lab certification content we will happily grandfather you in. Please email Catherine cmccul2@uw.edu with details of the class.

Do I need a certification to use most wood lab hand tools?

No, a certification is not required for hand tools usage. Instead we will train you on how to use the tool during open Lab hours.

Questions? Please email Catherine McCulloch, Fab Lab Director, cmccul2@uw.edu.