The Woodshop is operated by Lowell Miller, the Fabrication Coordinator, and student staff. We provide comprehensive training on all available Woodshop and Metal shop tools with a 4-tiered training system.

Woodshop use and training is restricted to students, staff, and faculty who are enrolled in classes pertaining to or employed by the following departments: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning.

Student using a bandsaw in the woodshop

Student worker demonstrating bandsaw use.

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Woodshop Open Hours Fall 2023 (Open from 8/21/23-12/15/23)

  • Monday: 9am-12pm & 1pm-9pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-12pm & 1pm-9pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-12pm & 1pm-9pm
  • Thursday: 9am-12pm & 1pm-9pm
  • Friday: 9am-12pm & 1pm-5pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-5pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-5pm

During COVID-19, students are responsible for bringing their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Standard PPE during the pandemic will be safety glasses/goggles, N95 masks or an approved medical mask, and work gloves.

Mandatory shop dress is listed in the ISoA Fabrication Shops Facilities Manual.

The Woodshop is available for Architecture students, staff, and faculty use once the mandatory Tier 1 training is complete. All other training is optional but strongly encouraged.  Online sign-up through SignUp genius is linked below for Tier 1 training.

Tier 1 training sign-up

Tier 2 training sign-up

Tier 3 training sign-up

Policies, procedures, and/or availabilities may change depending upon campus and State of Illinois COVID policy changes or updates.

Equipment and Tools

  • Tier 1 tools (Woodshop)
    • Laguna 14BX bandsaw (2)
    • Jet bandsaw
    • Jet drill press
    • Bosch and Ryobi hand drills
    • Bench chisels
    • Jet belt/disc sander
    • Rigid oscillating spindle sander
    • Festool ETS 125 sander
    • Pull saws
    • Dewalt Scrollsaw
  • Tier 2 tools (Woodshop)
    • Nova DVR 1.75HP Digital drill press
    • General Tools mortiser
    • Supermax drum sander
    • Festool TS 55 track saw
    • Festool TS 75 track saw
    • Festool Kapex miter saw
    • Festool ETS EC 125 sander (2)
    • Fein FMM 350 Multimaster oscillating tool
    • Mortise chisels
    • Hand planes
  • Tier 3 tools (Woodshop)
    • Felder AD941 16″ jointer/planer
    • SawStop 3HP Industrial table saw
    • Laguna 14SUV 3HP bandsaw
    • Laguna 1836 2HP lathe
    • Jet 1221 lathe
    • Dewalt trim router
    • Festool OF1400 router
    • Router table
    • Shaper Origin handheld CNC
    • Festool RO90 sander
    • Festool RO125 sander
    • Festool DF500 loose tenon joiner
    • Festool DF700 loose tenon joiner
    • Power grinder
  • Tier 4 tools (Fabrication Shop)
    • Lucas Mill 8-30 w/ slabbing attachment
    • Hobart Handler 140 MIG welder
    • Langmuir Systems Crossfire CNC plasma cutter
    • Husqvarna 20″ chainsaw (2)
    • Wazer Desktop waterjet
    • Onsrud CNC
    • Formech Vacuum Former
    • Mag Drill
    • Lotos plasma cutter
  • Auxiliary Systems
    • GRIT RFID automatic blast gate system
    • Supermax Air cleaners
    • Dantherm dust collection systems
    • Laguna dust collector

For all questions regarding the Fabrication Shops please contact Lowell Miller.


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