From Fat Cat Fab Lab

Equipment Available

  • Horizontal Bandsaw* - Replacement blade: 64-1/2" X 1/2" X 14/18tpi (member C Hackett)
  • Combination Lathe-Mill* - Enco 109-1000 (member K Dries)
  • GTAW (TIG) - Miller Multimatic 220 AC/DC* (member D Hamm)
  • Auto-darkening Welding Helmet, several wide view static shade helmets
  • Resistance/Spot Welder (thin steel sheet only)* (member D Hamm)
  • 12" Sheet Metal Slip Roller* (member D Hamm)
  • Rod Slip Roller - for bending/curling metal rods up to 3/8" diameter
  • Jewelry Wire Bending Tool - for making loops/coils in thin wire (member D Hamm)
  • Bending Brakes (light gauge)
  • Pipe Bender (member I Killy)
  • Hydraulic Ram (member D Hamm)
  • Throatless Bench Shear (thin sheet metal only) (member D Hamm)
  • Electric sheet metal shear (member C Hackett)
  • Angle Grinders (as labeled)
  • Air Compressor
  • Spray Gun (member D Hamm)
  • Assorted Hand Tools (as labeled)

*Require orientation and/or certification before use.

Classes & Workshops

Metalshop Orientation

  • Basic tour of equipment
  • Safe power tool operation
  • Introduction to advanced tools available

Welding with Electricity

A hands-on introduction to gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW), commonly called TIG welding (tungsten + inert gas). It isn’t as scary as it sounds. If you can solder, you can weld and braze. Plus tons of resources to continue learning on your own.

This class will include in-person, hands-on practice welding (adhering to COVID-19 social distancing regulations) with live video demonstrations and additional online resources.

In this class you will learn:

  • Fundamental concepts of welding, cutting, and brazing
  • Different types of welding processes used in industry
  • Basic metallurgy and material properties
  • Proper safety attire and safe working practices

In this class you will practice:

  • Arc welding carbon steel using the GTAW process
  • Spot welding thin sheet metal using resistance welding
  • Proper equipment set up & maintenance
  • Welding safety: prevention & emergency handling

Equipment used:

  • Miller Multimatic 220 AC/DC welder
  • Miller Model 11 Lectro Spot welder
  • Autodarkening helmets

Please wear long sleeves and pants made of natural fibers or leather, with boots or closed-toe leather shoes. Also recommended is a cap, bandana, or hair covering. FCFL will provide welding helmets, welding gloves, safety glasses, face shields, and ear protection when needed.

All students will be required to attend a safety orientation and sign a checklist signifying that they have received and understand the safety requirements before participating in welding activities.


Metalshop Maintenance Log Sheet

Replacement Metalshop Maintenance Log Sheets can be found here:

Metalshop Maintenance Log Sheet