All members are trained on our machines.

Safety and education are two of our top priorities at Saratoga Joinery. All members take our Safety Training prior to operating machines. This ensures a safe shop and provides high-quality training at no cost to our members.

Class participants are not required to go through safety training prior to taking a class.

Machine Safety Training Process

We want members of all experience levels at Saratoga Joinery. In order to accommodate everyone, we offer a Novice and Advanced track of our Safety Training.

NOTE: All new members must go through our New Member Orientation before registering for a Safety Training.

Novice

This training is paced for beginners who need a more in-depth education on the machines. The session entails a detailed overview of each machine followed by a supervised practical component. There are four novice courses available.
Register for Novice session

Advanced

This training is paced for members who are more experienced with the machines in the shop and just need a brief overview. The session entails a brief overview on the shop safety protocol for each machine. Every machine is covered in one session.
Register for Advanced session
Machine Knowledgeable
machine use with supervision
Machine Qualified
independent machine use
Shop Certified
all machine qualifications earned

Each machine will be affixed with a card that has a different color on each side: yellow or green. When you are using that machine, you must flip the card to the color representing your safety designation. Machine Knowledgeable is yellow; Machine Qualified is green.

If you have been designated Machine Knowledgeable, you can be skilled up in the shop with the help of a Shop Steward when you are ready.

Novice

For beginner woodworkers, we offer four Novice courses.


NOTE: All new members must go through our New Member Orientation before registering for afety Training.

1

Novice
Common Machines





  • Miter Saw, Track Saw, Panel Saw, Cordless Drill, Cordless Impact Driver, Drill Press
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2

Novice
Saws - 2 hours

This course provides a safety overview on the following machines:
  • Saws:
    Table Saw: Rip, Table Saw: Cross, 14" Bandsaw
Register

3

Novice
Routing & Sanding - 2 hours

This course provides a safety overview on the following machines:
  • Routing/Sanding:
    Router: Table, Router: Handheld, Sanding: Benchtop, Sanding: Edge Sander, Sanding: Hand Oscillating
Register

4

Novice
Milling - 2 hours

This course provides a safety overview on the following machines:
  • Milling:
    Jointer, Planer, 18" Bandsaw
Register

Advanced

Advanced - 2 hours

This course provides a brief safety overview on the following machines:
  • Common Machines:
    Miter Saw, Track Saw, Panel Saw, Cordless Drill, Cordless Impact Driver, Drill Press
  • Saws:
    Table Saw: Rip, Table Saw: Cross, 14" Bandsaw
  • Routing/Sanding:
    Router: Table, Router: Handheld, Sanding: Benchtop, Sanding: Edge Sander, Sanding: Hand Oscillating
  • Milling:
    Jointer, Planer, 18" Bandsaw
Register

NOTE: All new members must go through our New Member Orientation before registering for a Safety Training.

Questions? Contact us at info@saratogajoinery.org