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 3-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 Spring 2024 (Open from 1/16/24-5/5/24)

  • 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


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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