Metal Shop Committee

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

Age Requirements

Minimum age to use any equipment in the Metal Shop is 18 years old, unless noted otherwise on the tool's page, or with special dispensation from the current Metal Shop chair.




Please see the Welding page.


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.

Approved Trained Users

These lists are only visible inside Dallas Makerspace.

CNC Plasma Users

MIG Welding Users

TIG Welding Users

Members-Talk username

  1. Chuck Graf @DallasMagna (Chair -- BOD approval 4/2016)
  2. D Cheng
  3. Adrian Valdes
  4. Alex Rhodes
  5. Andrew Spencer @Jast
  6. Andrew Floyd
  7. Carey Ritchey
  8. Chetan Raj
  9. Chris W
  10. Danny Meeks
  11. David Kessinger
  12. Ed Kim
  13. Ken Purcell
  14. Lee Jones
  15. Tim Bene @tbjk
  16. Tom Cook
  17. Trent Campbell
  18. Zach Metzinger @Zmetzing
  19. Brady Pamplin @bpamplin

Things to Do

  1. Repair Miller 351 A/C mode (for Aluminum) sputtering. Suspect spark gap needs addressed. Works great for steel, though!
  2. Repair Miller 251 (coolant pump flow is low; need to figure out why and repair).
  3. Create a "chores" page for ongoing/periodic needs
  4. Others?
  5. Fix Drill Press motor/remove Ryobi
  6. Replace broken bench grinder/buy stands
  7. Add information/signage to machines/equipment (indicate when training needed)
  8. Update Wiki with information about how to use machines/equipment
  9. Schedule monthly shop cleaning days
  10. Create Long-term (1 year) plan and share

Things to Purchase/Fabricate

  1. Dry Saw (Discussion)
    1. Milwaukee 6190 (suggested by Ben McCall)
    2. DeWalt DW872 suggested by Andrew Spencer
      1. DeWalt DW8500 as possible replacement blade (suggested by Andrew Spencer)
    3. Morse CSM14MB (suggested by Andrew Spencer)
    4. Rigid 614 (suggested by Andrew Spencer, includes max stock dimensions)
  2. Dedicated Plasma Cutter
  3. Large Tubing/Pipe bender (>2" pipe)
  4. More dies, set screws for small tubing roller (<= 2" pipe)

Things recently done/purchased

  1. Miller 251 coolant pump repaired not so fast! It's only partially repaired.
  2. Metal shear installed
  3. Metal box/pan brake installed
  4. Slip roller installed
  5. 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)