Category:Metal Shop

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Committees are voluntary groups, formed by members in order to achieve certain goals.
To join this committee, contact the committee chairperson. See Rules and Policies#Committees for more information.


To further your goals on metal working such as various welding techniques, metal cutting, forming, and other skills necessary for safe fabrication in various metals.

Governance and Meetings

The committee routinely meets monthly, meetings will be posted on the calendar. While no formal agenda needs to be posted, advance notice of large purchases or other actionable items that will require full committee vote to approve should be brought to the chair and/or vice chair with ample lead time for research and questions (48 hours or more is a good rule of thumb).

Blanket Rules

These guide is intended to supplement those posted on the wall in the metal shop, and are applicable at all times, for all equipment:

  • Arguing about any safety complaints is grounds for removal from the metal shop. If a safety issue is brought up, regardless of if the member agrees with it, stop and evaluate
  • All members are permitted to enforce rules within the metal shop. All members may have a member removed from the room for failure to comply with safety requirements after a warning
  • No Galvanized metal, particularly on welding and plasma cutting equipment or in the scrap bin
  • No Zinc plated metal, particularly on the welding and plasma cutting equipment or in the scrap bin
  • No combustible metals (e.g. titanium, magnesium) are allowed, particularly on the welding and plasma equipment (see Metal Shop chair if you think you should be granted an exception for Titanium work)
  • No working on pressurized, or formerly pressurized containers (no "freon" (refrigerant) tanks, no hairspray cans, no propane tanks, etc.)
  • No working on vessels which contain, or may have contained, hazardous chemicals (e.g. no motorcycle gas tanks, no "jerrycans", no R12 tanks, no R22 tanks, etc.)
  • Gloves are not permitted when hands are within 6 inches of bench grinders and sanders. If working with smaller parts, use pliers or remove the gloves
  • Tools must be re-locked, where applicable, once use is completed
  • Machines must be de-energized when unattended
  • All messes must be cleaned up. It does not matter if the person before you left a tool messy, you must clean the tool if you use it.

Age Requirements

Minimum age to use any equipment in the Metal Shop, except the hot processes, is 16 years old unless noted otherwise on the tool's page, or with special dispensation from the current Metal Shop chair.

Minimum age to use hot process tools (welder/plasma) is:

  • Unsupervised: 18 years old
  • With Parent or Guardian: 16 years old and requires full-time supervision by a parent who has been trained on that tool.
    • Special permission from the current Metal Shop chair and full-time supervision by a parent who is trained on that tool is required for anyone younger than 16 years.


Consumables Cost and Payment link


  • MIG Welding has a usage cost (for consumables). MIG cost is $1 per 3 minutes of arc time.
  • Other welding has no cost because users provide their own consumables.

This price is accurate as of 11/3/2021. In the case of a discrepancy, a price posted in the committee area is the governing price.

Payment Link

Payment is required at the time of use. If you've forgotten to pay onsite or you want to make a donation, you can pay by following this link to PayPal



Please see the Welding page.

CNC Plasma Cutter

Please see the CNC_Plasma_Cutter_Training page.

Other Tools

Please see the Metal Shop Tools page.


Training is required for the welding and CNC plasma-cutter equipment. Training is not required for other equipment, but we do expect you to seek assistance and/or attend training classes as needed for the safety of all building occupants.

Hot Processes Safety Slide-deck

Hot Processes Safety

Approved Trained Users

These lists are only visible inside Dallas Makerspace.

CNC Plasma Users

MIG Welding Users

TIG Welding Users

Members-Talk username

  1. Randy Lisbona @rlisbona -- Chair
  2. Tim Bene @tbjk -- Vice Chair
  3. Max Holthaus @mrholthaus -- Vice Chair
  4. Charles Proctor @procterc
  5. Jim Kreter @MTLmanglr
  6. Chuck Graf @DallasMagna
  7. D Cheng
  8. Adrian Valdes
  9. Alex Rhodes
  10. Andrew Spencer @Jast
  11. Andrew Floyd
  12. Carey Ritchey
  13. Chetan Raj
  14. Chris W
  15. Danny Meeks
  16. David Kessinger @photomancer
  17. Ed Kim
  18. Frank Clausen
  19. Ken Purcell
  20. Lee Jones
  21. Trent Campbell
  22. Zach Metzinger @Zmetzing
  23. Brady Pamplin @bpamplin
  24. Freddy Calvert @yashsedai
  25. Shay Galland @barkingchicken

Things to Do

  1. Create a "chores" page for ongoing/periodic needs
  2. Add clarified information/signage to machines/equipment (indicate when training needed)
  3. Update Wiki with information about how to use machines/equipment

Things to Purchase/Fabricate

  1. Parts jig for large oven
  2. More dies, set screws for small tubing roller (<= 2" pipe)
  3. Better materials storage

Things recently done/purchased

  1. Metal shear installed
  2. Metal box/pan brake installed
  3. Slip roller installed
  4. Cold Saw (Discussion) (technically Machine Shop, but they share!)

Metal Suppliers


How to Contact

The best way to contact Metal Shop members is to hang out in Metal Shop. Electronically, please Use Talk for communication. (see talk @addresses in committee member list above) All pages related to the Metal Shop Committee.


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