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#1 posted 02-12-2017 06:11 AM

750 is ok if you can afford it, but it would also buy you a whack of user tools .

My life circumstances (bylaw officer visit) had me looking for access to cabinet saw, and I found the local manifestation of the maker movement so I joined it. Cost 50 bucks (cdn (-about 35us$/month)

and what did that get me? access to woodbutchery shop, welding shop, 3d printers, laser engravers, welding shop, and a whole bunch of really pleasant geeks from teenagers building robots to retired welders and everything in between. And I forgot to mention the machine shop. Lathe/milling machine courses on the agenda /cost 10 bucks

Yep thee were a few hoops to jump through and that is taking time.

So lets see….a saw moves back and forth and cuts
a Chisel you either push genly or pound
a sharp plane (scareey sharp mthodology on youtube for free)
A barace and bit is self explanatory
a good square and marking gaugeare inexpensive and also self explanitory

If the maker movement had been around in my earlier days, I woulda bin there

So for me, 750 bucks buys 16 months of membership in this amazing group, access to facilities 24/7 abd courses cost 10-20 bucks if not free

or I could spend in on a handtool course that would undoubtedly be flogging the instructors favorite expensive tools.

To me .the Calgary Protospace membership was a no-brainier, so I’m gonna suggest you scope out local maker=movement co-ops around you. You might be pleasantly supersized. I wish I had done so sooner

in Calgary

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