Come out of the Virtual World and join us…!
We are a MeetUp Group… just getting started (Mid-February 2016)... up over 150 woodworkers so far and adding about 50 people per month… but that will pick up. We have not even started with Social Media. We will be meeting various places in NE Ohio… at members’ shops… trade shows… classrooms… and social events.
We recently had our first Member Shop Tool and Technique Demo… a Hand Tool Sharpening demo that featured a Tormek, Makita and Work Sharp sharpening systems plus a Delta Conversion. These Demos will be an ongoing event in our group.
The next Member Shop MeetUp will feature Hand Plane Basics… hosted by some real pros on the subject.
Go here and check us out: http://www.meetup.com/NE-Ohio-Woodworking-Meetup/
So join us…! Everyone has something to share. We have experienced Pros and Beginners. I’m very experienced and still like to watch YouTube for anything that I am not familiar with… or to get great ideas on workshop organization.
I’ve scheduled a series of MeetUp Classes at the Akron-Summit County Public Library to teach a FREE class in SketchUp for Woodworkers on SATURDAY afternoons… so maybe that fits your schedule. I’ll teach the basics of SketchUp, how to design Woodworking Projects, how to design Woodworking Shops… and how to design sawdust Collection Enclosures for machines… like Miter Saws.
Other activities that we are planning are:
1) YouTube-like “Woodworking Shop Tours”. We will try to make decent productions with a decent HD Video Camera and good microphones. Look some up on YouTube – they are cool to watch most of the time.
2) Projects that are specifically designed to be made with a minimal investment in tools… like a Wall Unit made with just a used Circular Saw – new blade – and panel cutting guide, a Saw Horse kit, a Miter Box and Saw, a Cordless Drill and some bits, and some Clamps and Glue… and a few other items.
3) Group buys of Hardwood directly from mills – take orders – rent a panel truck – drive a few counties away (southwest of here) and buy rough sawn or planed hardwoods (Oak, Walnut, Maple, Poplar) – deliver to members. Grop buys of tools are also a possibility.
4) Hold SketchUp classes for Woodworking – various topics from designing a shop to building projects… and always beginner classes.
5) Swap Meets – trade tools that you no longer use for tools that you could use… and donate some tools to beginners. I can’t imagine having to buy my shop now as it’s a lifetime of accumulation. Getting into the art of Woodworking is not easy for beginners… so let’s make it easier.
6) Attend Woodworking Trade Shows – carpool
7) Social Events to “Talk Shop”
We anticipate having hundreds more members in the next few months.
-- Drew - NE Ohio