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Model Shop

Please refer to 'Spring 2020 Class Suspension'

2nd Floor
Main Building
SF Campus



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shelter in place order for Bay Area counties, beginning Monday, March 16, CCA shops and studios will prepare for closure. Students may come to pick up work and belongings Monday March 16 from 9a-5p.

After Monday March 16, please contact Public safety for access to items in lockers and studios.


All SF Fabrication Shops will be open 9am-5pm March 16-20.

On March 11, we received an update from the leadership of the college that classes are suspended through March 29 2020. All shops and studios will remain open at this time to support students to continue to make progress on their project work. Until further notice, all facilities will be open the hours listed below.

All users must take an orientation before using the Model Making Shop, which will authorize them to check out a Model Shop Access Card from the Tool Center. All users must check out and display this card while they are working in the Model Shop. The Model Making Shop can accommodate up to 24 users.

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Piper Alldredge

Model Shop / Fabrication Studio Manager, mornings

About the Model Shop

The Model Making Studio is a large, well-lit shop that contains many essential pieces of equipment for student use including saws, sanders, drill presses, mills, routers, lathes, a vacuum forming machine, and workbenches.

All users are required to wear ANSI Z87+ rated safety glasses with side shields and closed toe shoes at all times in the Model Making Shop. Long hair must be tied back, loose or dangling jewelry or lanyards must be removed, long sleeves should be rolled up. Hearing and dust protection is encouraged; headphones and earbuds are not allowed in the Model Making Shop. Food and drink are allowed on the wooden work tables in the Model Making Shop, and must always be covered.

The Model Making Shop may be reserved for individual class sessions, and faculty who are interested in reserving this space should read the policy linked below and reach out to the studio manager with any questions.

Specializing in These Materials

  • Foam
  • Plastic
  • Wood

Tools and Equipment

  • Sawstop Cabinet Saw
  • Clausing Drill Press
  • Formech Vacuumformer
  • Powermatic 14" X 40" Wood Lathe
  • Delta Midi Lathe
  • Rockwell Delta Bandsaw
  • Dewalt Sliding Compound Mitre Saw


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Open orientations are provided during weeks 1-8 of every semester, and may also be scheduled in class. Orientation times are posted on the corkboard outside the Tool Center on the 2nd floor of the 1111 8th St building, and on the Model Shop calendar, embedded below. Faculty should contact studio staff to schedule an in-class orientation.

Orientations take 2 hours and go over basic shop safety and policies as well as basic best practices for use on Band Saws, Sanders, Compound Miter Saw, Table Saw, and Drill Presses. Open orientations can accommodate up to 8 attendees at a time, with a minimum of 4 for a scheduled orientation to run. All attendees must arrive on time, stay for the full 2 hours, and wear closed toe shoes. Personal protective equipment is provided.

Orientation times are posted at the Tool Center, and all orientations will be first come, first serve, with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 attendees. Orientations marked *REFRESHER* are shortened, policy focused orientations for students that have taken an orientation within the last 2 years in the Shaklee Wood Shop, Furniture Shop, or First Year Studios. All users are expected to take a complete, 2-hour orientation every two years in order to make sure everyone has the training needed to operate the equipment.