There is a one location shop in Silicon Valley called The Sawdust
Shop. Kind of a Woodcraft with a big shop. Daily, monthly and yearly
deals and lots of classes. Kind of on the expensive side, you really
need to commit to a year before you get a decent rate. They have some
cool stuff. They have a 4x4 shop bot and a MultiRouter. OK idea, not
sure how well the guy does. The owner has a bit of a rep for being
kind of a angry ole fart. I've had my dealings with him but other than
being grumpy and always having a comment to one up anything you say,
he is fair and probably a lot like my grumpy, self absorbed self.
This may not be exactly what you are thinking of, but in my community
(Rochester, Michigan) the Older Persons Center has a woodshop that acts
something like this. Members, after taking a basic safety class, can use the
equipment and it acts as a gathering point for local hobby level
woodworkers. I am a member but only use it for access to some of their large
machines that I don't have in my home shop. When I a actually retired, I
will likely spend more time there.
Yes there is.
There are some in the south bay area - a.k.a. 'silicon valley'
One of the issues is insurance. The place there is a machine shop
that has no work but training and lending - and I think there are fees.
Remember the outfit in West By God where Charlie Self worked for a
A few years ago, they had a retail facility with a workshop available
on a for fee basis.
It was located next to the "55" freeway in in Orange County here in
Today, about the only thing left if an empty building.
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