Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Woodshop has now
completed its upgrade that took three years to accomplish. The project
included new equipment, lighting, painting and upgrade of systems.
A view of the renovated BOSS
Woodshop, which includes new paint, lighting and equipment. The
facility will host classes. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
has been a step-by-step process to bring this facility and equipment
up to standards, said Mike Napsey, Fort McCoy BOSS adviser. The key
was getting funding for the new equipment and working with the
Directorate of Public Works on the facility upgrade.
new equipment replaced the old and outdated equipment with equipment
that has the latest technology and safety features along with adding
equipment that the shop did not have before, thus, expanding the types
of projects that can be done.
facility upgrade replaced lighting that was old and not energy
efficient and not the type that is used in industrial shops.
painting improved the shop appearance, allowing the shop to be
brighter for the patrons and having the type of paint that is designed
BOSS Woodshop volunteers also had a significant role in the woodshop
upgrade. They had direct input to the requirements that were needed
from the types of equipment, floor operation layouts, reorganizing the
woodshop to be better laid out and productive. The volunteers also did
a lot of self-help work for the facility improvement to include: epoxy
the shop floor, safety lines to meet Occupational Safety and Health
Administration standards, upgrading the dust-collection system by
replacing the whole system, connecting equipment up to the system,
making shop organizational holders that better organized the shop,
along with painting and cleaning.
BOSS Woodshop averages about 500 Soldiers a year doing everything from
basic projects to detailed complicated projects.
Fort McCoy Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
has introduced a new Family Woodshop Program that is designed for
parents/guardians to work with their children to build starter kits.
program has different levels in which kids can progress to the higher
Col. Cheryl Hackett is the volunteer instructor for the Level 1
classes, with the first class scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday,
March 28 at building 1133.
child will receive a starter kit along with their own beginner tool
kit and carrying case. Material fees are charged for this course.
personnel authorized to use the facility can call 608-388-6588 to sign
with this program, new programming will focus on specific equipment
e.g. router, lathe, etc., that will allow patrons to get to know the
ability that each piece of equipment has, thus, giving confidence to
the patrons and allowing them to expand on the types of projects that
they would like to do.