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Forum topic by conifur posted 02-07-2016 07:39 PM 861 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2016 07:39 PM

This is opening up near me, I wonder if they will make it. Membership seems a bit pricey. No day time hours M-T.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#1 posted 02-07-2016 07:53 PM

$1500 – $2400/year. Ouch.

In a place like NYC, where a lot of people don’t have room for a shop at home, this might be pretty compelling… but in Milwaukee? Yeah, they have some cool stuff, but the membership fees seem like a pretty sizable investment for someone not committed enough to cobble together some kind of home shop.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 02:49 AM

How much did you spend on your shop? How many years could you use that shop and not worry about maintenance or the mess?

-- Learning my way to more tools.

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 02:42 PM

It is a great concept but expensive. Wichita has such an organization, and it is 25 bucks a month.

They are a ‘Makers’ group with 3-D printers, and laswer cutters as well. If I were closer I would join just to have access to a wider jointer, and laser cutter on occasion + just the exchange of ideas with other woodworkers is worth the price of admission.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 12:04 AM

I have spent about 2400$ with my bench, most machines off CL, made my own bench. My concern is only about 8 WB, is a WB first come first served, what is the protocol for using a machine, they charge for project storage, they are not open during the day Mon-Thurs.
My shop is in storage near my mothers home where I am living as her care giver, this rent a shop is a mile from her home. She has a 2 car garage, I could have the movers bring my stuff here for about 400-500$ this spring.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 05:07 PM

That doesn’t seem out of line. I spend $75-$100/month just for electricity on my shop.

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 05:26 PM

Liability must be quite high for a business like this. One would think they would have equipped the shop with Saw Stop to mitigate the risk.

I’m not promoting Saw Stop, but they do make good saws.

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#7 posted 02-11-2016 03:12 AM

”Fully Staffed” So it’s not just a room full of equipment but there are people there to help?

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 02-11-2016 05:32 PM

The Sawdust Shop in Sunnyvale California is a fully equipped and staffed with instructors, if you need help or want to learn woodworking, workshop where you can join by the hour, day, and even for a year. They have storage for projects and lumber that go with a membership.

I went there to “rent” time on their drum sander and it was well worth it!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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