I may be moving to San Francisco soon, so I'll have to wave goodbye to
my spacious workshop. How have other people found ways to keep their
woodworking hobby when living in an area where real estate is
: I may be moving to San Francisco soon, so I'll have to wave goodbye to
: my spacious workshop. How have other people found ways to keep their
: woodworking hobby when living in an area where real estate is
: prohibitively expensive?
My shop used to be about 30' x 30' and is currently crammed into the
basement of a small townhouse for the same reason you note in yout
post. I find that the biggest hassle is not being able to use TS,
router and DC after about 8:30pm because of the noise. Other that
that, you get used to the room constraints and, me anyway, tend to work
in a little bit more organized manner to avoid clutter and associated
safety hazards. Other than those, no big deal....
Hope it helps . . .
So, do you believe that no one here has a house? Or owns real estate?
When you get a chance, do a Google on the Bay Area Woodworkers club, and
see if you can plan to at least chat with one or more of them when you
visit next. There are a number of really good craftspeople living and
working in San Francisco (city limits) who can hook you up with the
If you're going to be living in one of the other areas, such as the East
Bay, check out www.diablowoodworkers.com. It's a great group of people
as well, and very few of us have more space than I do - a two car garage
from which the automobiles have been evicted.
San Francisco has access to some of the best hardwood dealers in the
world, and the area has a special relationship with the woodworking
communities of Sonoma and Mendocino counties. There are a lot of
talented wood dogs around.
Just don't count on setting up a big shop in Pacific Heights. Bernal
Heights, on the other hand....
here for the duration.
Heh, I believe that very very rich people own houses and have real
estate - at least in the areas that I'd want to live in :). Call it
Chapagne taste on a beer budget. I will check out the BAWC, that sounds
like a good resource. If I could get a place with a two car garage AND
in a good part of town, I'd be thrilled, but I'm not counting on it.
Perhaps I should just accept my fate and live in the Valley and let my
girlfriend have the long commute into the city :).
Thanks for your help,
Houston, still the most affordable housing in the country. A nice new 2,700
square foot home can still be had for just over $160,000. 3,500 square feet
normally under $200,000. Plenty of older homes in good shape with just
under 2,000 square feet for under $110,000.
WE had a cabinet/Furniture shop in Hunters Point and recently moved it to
the Mission. Real estate is insane in SF. Hunters Point is supposed to be
the best value in the country at the moment. They are building light rail
down Third st and property values have skyrocketed.
On 23 Dec 2004 16:50:38 -0800, " email@example.com"
There are ways to have a small shop or even a portable one, although
you may not have a table saw, jointer, etc. Hand tools become
important. I love SF, but too much $$$ and very small spaces. Take a
look at the "WorkShop Book" published by Taunton Press for good ideas.
On Thu, 23 Dec 2004 16:50:38 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I live in an inner suburb of Boston, which while not quite as insanely
expensive as SF is still on the pricey side. My workshop is a 9x12 room in
the basement of our 2-family house. Currently it's just workbench,
table saw and drill press, and I may eventually add a jointer. Fitting a
band saw in will be tricky, however.
Look for houses with full basements (rare in SF, is my impression), or
garages where you can park in the driveway (or put all your tools on
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