New Equipment Template

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This is a work-in-progress to standardise the information on equipment pages, as of January 2020.

To create a new page for equipment, follow the steps below. To learn more about working with our wiki, see Media Wiki Help.

  • choose a name for your equipment without underscores or camel case, for example "Laser Cutter" and not "LaserCutter" or "Laser_Cutter". This name will become the heading of the page. The wiki will convert spaces to underscores in the URL but keep spaces in the heading, which is more readable. Note that the name is case-sensitive ("Laser cutter" with lowercase "c" is different from "Laser Cutter" with uppercase "C").
  • edit the Equipment page, choose the relevant section of equipment for your new piece, and add a link to your equipment in this format: [[Equipment/name]], for example [[Equipment/Laser Cutter]] for the laser cutter;
  • save the Equipment page and hover on the link you just created; if the page does not exist, the tooltip will read "page does not exist", and clicking on it will take you to the interface to create the page; the page title is already filled with the display text of the link;
  • click "edit" on this page, select everything south of this message, and paste into your new page, then edit as appropriate;
  • print the wiki page and place it next to the equipment, along with your personal contact information (don't put it on this public wiki because of GDPR)

Add this line at the top of the mage to mark equipment as red, orange, or green, respectively: {{RedTool}}, {{OrangeTool}}, {{GreenTool}}.

Add the following "breadcrumb" path, indicating current user location, [[Equipment|Equipment]] / Equipment name as used in page title, for example [[Equipment|Equipment]] / Disc and Belt Sander.


Summarise the tool, and its uses. If possible, add a photo.


Words and Icons would be best in this section.

Before use

  • What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should users have?
  • What safety checklist to verify before using?
  • Other activities in the area
  • Ventilation
  • What materials to cut, to not cut?

During use

  • What to watch for?
  • When to stop?

After use

  • How to shut down?
  • Where to store tools?
  • How to clean up?
  • How to report:
    • problems:
    • repair and maintenance needs:
    • suggestions for improvement:


Does this equipment need training? How do people get it?

To be confirmed Some equipment pages contain the following warning in this section: <div style="background:#FADADD; border:1px solid #FFC0CB; padding:5px"> <b>YOU CAN ONLY USE THE CIRCULAR SAW IF YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINED</b><br> and have been added to the list by one of the Owners </div>

For example:

and have been added to the Trained Users list by one of the Owners

Contact information


The Owners are those who have volunteered to be in charge of the equipment, organising maintenance, and generally being a point of contact. The current Owners are:

(For the wiki, which is public, add only first name and initial of last name to comply with GDPR.)


The Trainers are those who have volunteered to train others to use it. The current Trainers are:

(For the wiki, which is public, add only first name and initial of last name to comply with GDPR.)

In an emergency

Emergency numbers and contact: how do users contact you? Did you write your contact information near the equipment, or would they contact on the general google group?

Mailing list or Google Group

Do you have a specific mailing list or Google Group for this equipment? One example is Glass Kiln training. If not, leave blank.


Training syllabus

If training for the equipment is substantial, please consider moving it to a separate page, and link to it from this page.

Information covered

Example quiz questions

Design files for example piece

Signage to be posted at the equipment

Manufacturer's Manuals

External resources

Instructional video(s)


Comments from members

Observations and contributions from the members. (Much of the existing information currently on the wiki.) Do we want this section? If so, what kind of contributions come here instead of the problem report contact above?