I am starting to think of retiring to Florida, and I sure won't have a
house. But, I would like to continue woodworking.
Is there such a thing as a shop open to the public; either a comercial thing
or a co-op? If there isn't, maybe I have hit on an opportunity, because
there ought to be.
Someone did a post here referring to a news story about that very thing...
can't remember the name of the shop but it was back east I think... of
course here in Idaho, almost everywhere is east. ha They had classes
available for members too. The main concern I would have would be
insurance. Imagine a novice whacking off a finger or hand then suing your
butt. I still like the idea though. My 2 cents.
Take a course in WW at a local community college. That usually gives
you unlimited access to their (usually very nice) shop. Just keep
enrolling every semester- probably work out to about $50 a month. I
know a WW fanatic who has no shop at home at all, but does just this
very thing for all his work.
Might check around some of the retirement communities in the area.
My son-in-law's grandparents are alive and well and living in a large
complex in the Twin Cities. All nice condo-like units. They have a
woodshop on site and all the guys so inclined can play there. They do
little odd jobs for the widows living there, take the meager pay given
them and pool it to buy equipment for the shop. I got a chance to see
it last year and it was really nice with grandpa showing me some of
their newer acquisitions. Apparently once they buy it and put it in the
shop it becomes community property and, as the guys die off, new members
join the community, need some place to store the tools they acquired
over the years and...
Really a nice set up.
Just a thought but might not hurt to seek out such an arrangement
locally, find out what's on their "wish" list tool-wise and see if you
could buy, install it there and have "visitation" rights.
Could be a great deal for both parties. A lot of knowledge and skill
covered with gray or no hair made available to you and new equipment for
some folks who might not otherwise be able to afford it sooner rather
If the shop was pretty good to begin with and you could cut a deal
allowing sufficient use, how long would it take (comparing the $50/mo
suggested) to amortize that equipment and just walk away from it when
you move or decide to have your own shop?
You might want to try Sun City Center. It is about 25 miles south of
tampa. We have a sawdust engineers club that will cost you $10 a yr.
Have just about any tool you may need and nails screws glue sandpaper
all except wood. You supply that. We have about 10,000 people who live
here. So you can buy a home rent a home rent a condo buy a condo . If I
can be of any help e-mail me and I will try to answer or get you some
web sites to answer for you.
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