Community Woodshop #1: Community Woodshop LA - are you interested?

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Blog entry by communitywoodshopLA posted 10-05-2011 02:36 PM 11044 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My name is Scott Stevens and I have an idea to create a community woodshop.

My goal is to create a friendly environment for people to explore woodworking. People will not only come to use the woodworking machines but also to learn something new, to share knowledge, and to be a part of the community.

There will be a wide range of classes offered for all levels of woodworkers (including children) and the woodshop will carry professional grade machines with some specialty machines not normally found in the typical hobbyist shop.

Every member will be required to attend a safety orientation. This 45 minute orientation, will focus on safe habits and proper operating procedures. Members will be required to demonstrate a clear understanding of how to safely use a machine before operating it and assistants will be on hand to answer questions and make sure everyone is using safe techniques.

I want to open Community Woodshop in the Eagle Rock vicinity of Los Angeles county.
For more information visit:

Please let me know if you are interested and whether or not you think this is a good idea. I need to make sure there is enough interest before opening. Thank you in advance for your comments/insights.

-- Scott, Glassell Park, CA,

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 06:12 PM

I think this is a great idea ,although i have my own little garage shop, would definetly like to get involved. Looking forward to hear more..

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 06:26 PM

I hope it works out seems like a wonderful idea.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 08:46 PM

Too rich for my blood, but seems like a good idea for people that don’t have the space to have their own shop.

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 08:17 PM

^ this

I saw a flyer for this at a Starbucks and thought it would be great to be a part of. But for $125 to $175 /month I can figure out other means to get my projects done.

BTW, I love this site! I’ve been looking for one for years. Gald to finally be part of the woodworking community again.

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 05:01 PM

Sounds like a great idea! Tried going to website but not much information there. Does anybody know more about this?

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 09:15 PM


We opened in December and classes will start in February.

check out our website for more information:

Thank you for your support!

-- Scott, Glassell Park, CA,

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#7 posted 06-07-2014 03:06 AM

To Scott Stevens:

Hello, my name is Matthew Reeves, an architecture student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I admire this venue, and see what a great niche it fulfills, potentially anywhere in the nation.

I am working on my final design studio, and lament the fact that upon graduating, I will no longer have access to the school’s shop (wood, metal, and digital laser cutter and 3D printer). From this situation, I had two questions:

1) How did Community Woodshop LA come to be? What was the inspiration, the vision behind the effort, and how was it achieved? What would you recommend I do to begin a similar effort here in Salt Lake City?

2) I may focus on a community shop as my final architecture design project. What are some of your suggestions for this type of building? What would be your ideal, dream situation?

Thank you for your thoughts and insight.



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