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#1 posted 05-07-2011 02:50 AM

You may want to check out the West Virginia Wood Technology Center in Elkins, WV. Here is a link to their site:

It was started by the county development authority years ago with the help of a federal grant to assist the secondary wood products industry. The industrial tools are available for a nominal fee for use as overflow or to test a piece of equipment they may be interested in.

In addition to the shop there are around 26 local amateur and professional woodworkers who have their own equipment in the same shop. For a monthy fee of ( I think $30) or so, any member can use the entire shop. They meet monthly, have safety training and guest speakers on various topics.

I was a member for a couple years but since I live 30 minutes away I started building home my shop. The guys and girls there were a great help to me and I still enjoy stopping by and talking shop with them.

As a woodworker, I guess I am lucky to live in an area with lots of mills, cabinet mills, flooring mills and molding mills. I worked at the Wood Tech Center for a while and actually had keys to the place! Give Matt a call and he can answer your questions or send me a private email if you want more information.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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