Membership Overview

The Sun City West Woodshop is a social club that operates under a set of bylaws approved by the Sun City West Rec Board. It is a place to make items out of wood and have a great time doing it.  It is not a production facility where members can make items to sell to the public. Exceptions to this rule allow members to sell approved items at the SCW Village Store and at one or both of the 2 craft fairs that are held in the spring and fall.

The Woodshop has social events every month. In the summer we have a luncheon every month; in the winter we have happy hours in the Kuentz courtyard. Sign up sheets are on the large table in the assembly room.
Also in the spring and fall, picnics at Beardsley Park are scheduled, and a holiday dinner and dance is held in early December.  Tickets are on sale in the Tool Crib for these events.

General membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 1pm in the SCW lecture hall (except for June, July and Aug). The Woodshop closes at noon that day to facilitate meeting attendance and to allow for hands-on training of new members.

Anyone who wants to become a member of the Woodshop must take a 3-day orientation course; these sessions are usually held on the first Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each month – see the Woodshop calendar for dates. The signup sheets for these classes are in a notebook at the Tool Crib.

Additional classes are available from time to time on such topics as turning on the lathe, making a toolbox, how to use the CNC software and hardware, etc. Each class costs $10. Sign up sheets for classes are on the bulletin board in the hall between the machine room and the assembly room.

There is a suggestion box in that same hallway. If you have a good idea to share, fill out a form and put it in the box. Your suggestion will be discussed at the next board meeting.

One of your responsibilities as a woodshop member is safety. Always wear safety glasses in the tool room. Always. When using a lathe, always wear a face shield. Do not wear gloves. Do not wear sleeves that extend below the elbow; if they are longer, roll them up. Extra fabric like sleeves and gloves can get caught in the machines and pull you in with them. Body parts wreak havoc with the machinery. Please keep all living matter where it belongs, on your body. If your hair is long, tie it back, for the same reason.
Appropriate footwear must be worn while in the shop. Closed toed shoes are a must. Sandles are not allowed for obvious reasons.
If you aren’t sure how to use a machine or are rusty since shop class, please ask another member for help. We all need help and are happy to assist.
There are some logical concerns about the use of chemicals, sprays and mixtures in the assembly room. Please consult one of the senior board members for guidance on their use.

Shop Etiquette

Cleaning up after you in the machine room is a must. It is not only polite to do so; it is a safety hazard for others if you don’t. There are signs on all of the machines that give you guidelines not only for use, but also for cleaning. If you made the mess, be a good sport and clean it up yourself.


As you will see, there are a limited number of carts for use to carry tools and other work pieces from one place to another. In order to make the best use of these, please limit your time with a cart as much as possible. If you are finished in the machine room for instance, and are now going to go the assembly area, consider unloading your cart so it can be utilized by other members. It should also be noted here that the carts are not to be used for long term storage.

Important: Since the Woodshop has more than 900 members, there are times when the assembly room can get very crowded with projects. To facilitate the shop cleaning on Saturday morning, the tabletops in that room must be as clear of work as possible by Friday night. So please clean up the area that you are using every Friday afternoon prior to 4 pm. If you have a project that is “in process” and can’t be moved, please put your name and badge number on it.

Helpful suggestions:

How can I earn credits so that I can use the Woodshop? How long do the credits last?

There are several ways that a member can earn credits. Each person gets a credit for taking the new member orientation course. If a member has no credits, he/she can still use the Woodshop once a month.  To earn more credits, a member can sign up to monitor in the tool crib or on the shop floor as a manager for 4 hours. A member can also sign up to work for 2 hours for the cleaning crew on Saturday morning and earn a ½ credit. To sign up for monitoring or cleaning, use the computer in the front hall of the Woodshop or go to our club’s website ( and click on Monitor Signup.
Another way to earn credits is to volunteer at the Village Store; then bring the slip signed by the Store staff and a board member can assign you a credit.

Each credit allows you the use of the Woodshop for 1 month. This month is not a calendar month. Your “credit month” starts the first day that you visit the woodshop on that individual credit and lasts for 30 days. Each member can “bank” up to 6 credits at a time.

I have lost my Woodshop badge.

You can use your Sun City West Rec card to enter the Woodshop. Then write your name, phone number, and Woodshop member number on a piece of paper and give it to a board officer. A new badge will be created as soon as possible, and you will be notified when it is ready. Remember, if you request a new badge and then find the old one, the old badge will no longer work.

My SCW Rec card number has changed and my Woodshop badge no longer works.

Give your new rec card number, your woodshop badge number and your name to a board officer. The change will be made in the database and then your woodshop badge will work again.

I want to buy something in the Lumber room but the door is closed.

Go to the tool crib and ask the person working there to page the shop floor for someone to open the lumber room. If there is an authorized lumber room person present in the shop, he will come and open the room for you and help you make your purchases. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The machine that I am using isn’t working properly.

Fill out a trouble form (in the box next to the Maintenance room door). Be specific about the problem you are experiencing. Pin the completed form to the corkboard on the door and put an Out Of Order sign (available beside the Maintenance room door in the rack) on the equipment so that no one else will attempt to use it.

My friend has a locker. How can I get one?

There are 2 types of lockers for rent. The lockers along the walls rent for $30 a year. The large lockers under the benches rent for $50 a year. There is a signup sheet on the bulletin for a locker; fill in your information and the type of locker you are looking to rent. You will be contacted by the locker guru or the locker guru assistant when a locker comes available. They are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The cost may be prorated if there is less than 6 months to go on the rent for the year.