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Specialty Sewing Lab


Design Lab

Labs, Shops, and Studios

N2 General Shop

66 Fifth Ave, 2nd floor   •   Hours
Open to: all New School students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes

N2 General Shop Spring 2020

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N2 General Shop

The General Wood/Metal Shop is equipped with sanders, drill presses, bandsaws, and various light metal work tooling. Students are responsible for understanding all safety protocol and policy of the facility regarding etiquette, approved material use, required safety equipment / PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and proper equipment use. The shop is staffed with technicians during all open hours and student technical assistants on evenings and weekends to provide instructional support.


N2 General Shop

Before purchasing any materials not on the N2 General Shop Approved Materials list, get a MSDS sheet for the material. The needed MSDS sheets contain important information about handling, storage, safety needs and disposal of the material. Check the manufacturer or producer’s website for the MSDS sheet for your material or ask at the register before the purchase. The official MSDS website may also have the needed MSDS sheets for your material as well.

If you are interested in purchasing materials for use in N2 General Shop, E4 Wood Shop or E4 Metal Shop, please visit the Making Center Material Store.


*In order to focus all resources to student support leading up to finals, orientations will conclude after Oct. 31 in most spaces. Orientations will resume at the beginning of the spring semester*

There are 2 Tiers of  Open Sign up Orientations for Wood Shop machinery and tools. The completion of each Tier gives students access to specific equipment in the E4 Wood Shop and N2 General Shop.

  • Tier 1 Orientation covers safe operation of the  band saws, drill presses, sanders, and basic hand tools.
  • Tier 2 Orientation covers safe operation of the Table Saw, Miter Saw and Panel Saw. 


You can sign up for the Tier 1 Orientation here

You can sign up for the Tier 2 Orientation here

Students are permitted to work within the shop during open hours once they have completed the required safety training. Many freshmen will receive the safety training during class, but there are also open training sessions that you can sign up for if you do not receive the training as a part of your curriculum.

Related Equipment and Tools

• Wood Working Hand Tools