OK... if you haven't seen any of my posts here's a brief spew... Im not sure
HOW I want to approach the WW hobby (although I definitely want to do WW)
... Power or Hand. So, I was thinking hand tooling would be waaaay cheaper,
but not necessarily. Seems a good plane is $150+ (and you probably still
have to tune it when you get it), good chisels are $30 each (and you still
need to sharpen it when you get it), and a good blah blah but blah blah...
anyways, I was thinking I would like to try some power tools. Im into
amateur astronomy and when we have a club meeting/star party people bring
their scopes... so you can look through the various kinds and sizes to see
what you like and dont like, get the feel for the brands, measure out
quality vs price, etc. Obviously folks don't haul their 8" jointers and 48"
belt sanders around to club meetings so others can use them... so I was
wondering if there are any/many tool rental houses that would rent fine
woodworking power tools? I live near Cincinnati (Who-dey!) OH in case you
wonder where I'm looking. Particularly I would love to rent a jointer, a
power planer, big drill press, nice drum sander, maybe even a nice table saw
(probably have to be a contractor type), yadda yadda, for a day or so each
to see what I like.
Anyone know if places do this? Am I, once again, waaaay off?
Around here the classes are mostly filled with people wanting to learn new
skills for personal reasons. Getting to use the tools to decide which to
purchase plays a big part (example - "do I want a Arc, MIG, or TIG welder").
Buffalo, NY - USA
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The Big U near me (my alma mater) has a craft center w/ wood and metal
shops, glass blowing and ceramic studios, and etc. For $17/day or $75 +/- a
quarter I get full access to the wood shop.
They've got the usual big iron (Delta cabinet saw w/ huge outfeed table,
jointer, BIG honkin' RAS, and 15" planer; Powermatic mortiser; stationary
belt and disk sanders; drill presses, etc.), plus benches and layout tables,
hand tools and hand-held power tools, AND ... dust collection. I have a
restrictively small shop for the time being, so its great to have access to
the big tools and the layout room.
The downside is this: sometimes, the tools are in pretty poor alignment or
repair, other times, they're in great shape. You just never know what shape
they're in until you get there, or when they'll get realigned by whoever
does it. Also, they don't allow users to bring in tools, so I'm often left
wishing I had one or more of my hand planes for that final fitting. Most of
the time its worked out pretty well for me.
Have you joined a woodworking club/guild? If not your should. I have a
fairly well equipped shop and many times I have invited beginning
woodworkers to use my tools for a project or to try something out before
I also think that you will find that it is not a hand or power tool
decision. For most people it seems to be both. I have what people seem to
be calling "big iron" but for many tasks I use hand tools. It depends on
There is a group called Cincinnati Woodworking Club that meets on the Second
Saturday of alternate months ( Nov. has a meeting ). We meet at a church not
too far from the Forest Fair Mall at Rte. 275. You can do a google search on
the name ( I think ), they also sponsor a group on yahoo called
Cinciwoodworking. You can join and leave questions and get answers. If all
else fails you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you what
answers I have. Larry
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