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ACRE’s woodshop is a 2000 square foot covered, outdoor area with a newly- poured concrete floor, new electric, and lots of work tables & tools. It sits next to a gigantic lumber yard full of salvaged timbers and usable scraps from buildings demolished in Chicago and salvaged by Bob Samuelson, one of the owners of the farm. Many residents in the past have requested and been given access to this lumber (sometimes for a small fee), and have made use of the extra-large timber- cutting tools that the farm retains. The wood shop staff also facilitates other sculptural processes, such as mold making and casting. At least one volunteer technician is always available to advise and assist with sculptural projects.

Equipment : Jointer (6”), Surface Planer (12”), Pancake Air Compressor , Contractor Table Saw (10”), Drill Press, Sliding Miter Saw, Oscillating Belt Sander, Assorted Clamps, Assorted Hand Tools, Assorted Nail Guns, Shop Vice, Soldering Iron, Cordless Drills, Jigsaws, Circular Saw, Palm Sanders, Bench Grinder, Hand-held Grinder, Drill Bits, Forstner Bits, Spade Bits, Assorted Hardware, Wood Glue, Table Saw Accessories: Cross Cut Sled, Miter Gauge note: residents planning to make heavy use of the woodshop should bring or be prepared to buy or replace consumable items such as screws and sandpaper. This is a simplified list of available tools, if you would like more specific information, please contact us.