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#1 posted 06-12-2012 02:21 AM

Most retirement communities that I know have one. I don’t know how they work other than every new resident brings in a lot of tools with them. My BIL says it’s the only time he’s seen too many clamps.

The big problems I see is having to spend time looking for that 1/4” chisel that some knucklehead left under a bench somewhere, or get ready to make some glue-line cuts only to find two teeth missing from the $120 Forrest WWII blade, and nobody knows anything about it. Etc. etc. etc.

For a brief while here, there was, for lack of a better term, a woodworking “gym” that worked like a health club. Help when you needed it, stuff for sale, and tools available. It was pretty spendy for a membership and I understand a few building contractors signed up. It folded within a couple of years and the general thought was they were using the membership fees to help finance what ended up being a custom mill / cabinet shop.

‘til then, nobody borrows my tools.

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