There are a few issues involved in this.
- MakerSpace rules/bylaws restrict power tool usage to members only except in an authorized class.
To by a member, … I thought you had to be 16. I do not see this in the rules or bylaws any where.
Bylaws - Section 4.2 Eligibility of Membership
Membership shall be open to any natural person not suspended or expelled from the corporation under the terms of these Bylaws, or otherwise disqualified by the terms of these Bylaws
So I don’t think there is a hard restriction at the MakerSpace in general by age. Committee can set their own policies.
- Teacher Liability. Many woodshop teachers would not teach members under 18 because of personal liability worries. Chris Ghaly has taught at least one, having the parent also attend training and acknowledge their responsibility for their child’s safety.
I will teach members, even if they are 16. I would teach as young as 13-14 years old. We as teachers are not experts. We are not a trade school teaching formal apprenticeships. We do provide significantly more training than the tool manufactures.
Personal liability for teachers is a real concern. Our insurance should cover our teachers. Does it? I wonder not just for woodshop, but Metal, blacksmithing, fired arts, auto, jewelry, machine shop…
Trained members are allowed to use the tools.
The MakerSpace does not require direct parent supervision after age 16.
Woodshop allows trained members 16years old and up to use the tools, without direct adult supervision.
Parents are still responsible for their children until legal age of maturity. The Liability waiver they sign reminds them of this duty.
This did come up again at the last woodshop, as a 13 year old with his own woodshop wants to be able to use our equipment. @Azalaket asked me to research it.
I am more confused about the age of membership and ability to use tools than before.
@John_Marlow In answer to your question, yes. a 16 year old checked out on the Woodshop tools is allowed to use them without direct parent supervision.