On 5/1/2015 11:54 AM, Electric Comet wrote:
> i have noticed that the coops and shared work spaces are really
> sprouting up all over
> How do you like the arrangement of the coop or shared space you're
> part of
> some of them have quite a wide variety of machines available
> powder coat booths, CNC router, and on and on
> some have foundries, kilns, looms
There's a place in Norwalk Connecticut that I stumbled on because it is
attached to a Woodcraft dealership. They have a spacious shop; 5000 sq.
feet if memory serves, with a fair amount of gear and workstations.
Here's the interesting bit: you don't necessarily need to become a
member to use it. They sell "time cards", which (again, from memory)
work out to something like $15/hour if bought in 10-hour increments.
[all of this information is a couple of years old)
I was there on a Saturday or Sunday at around midday, presumably "rush
hour". There were a half dozen people working. The fellow I spoke to
said that some people come there at the beginning of a project to use
their (very large) table saw, jointer, planer, bandsaw, etc. Then they
take the parts home and continue in their own (presumably small, less
They give classes there as well. If you join, you can not only use the
shop whenever you please, but you can store your work there; I believe
they have a locked area.
The pay-as-you-go option seemed pretty attractive for an under-equipped
guy like me. If the place wasn't an hour from home I might have tried it
by now. You can apparently even have lumber delivered directly to the place.
One of the people who does that was a woman in her late sixties (at
least). She apparently takes the train there every weekend from NY City.
I'm not sure what she was building; when I was there she was cutting up
some small parts. Maybe she rents a car once in a while to bring the
I just took a look at their site:
Turns out the prices I remember are still accurate. You can actually get
25 hours for $210. I remember a giant old table saw, but now they
apparently have two SawStops. I probably really should get my "planning"
act in gear and start a project there, but my free time is kind of
hit-or-miss. It would be awfully efficient though.
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