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#1 posted 06-12-2012 12:51 PM

With a shared space comes a few more responsibilities. I let people glue and dry (or paint and dry, etc) overnight but you can’t leave something for several weeks and come back to it. However, this sort of thing is discussed when you join so that there is a clear understanding. A large project will get you a dedicated space to work on it, but you need to continually work on it and not abandon it for weeks at a time. A few people work on large projects that bring them back into the shop and then take them home.

There’s certainly trade-offs to doing a community shop. That’s one of the downsides for some people. The upside is I have many tools available that are either completely out of the realm of possibilities for the average woodworker (high end CNC, for example) and a lot of tools that would just not make sense to buy to use once or twice (dovetail jigs, router table, funny router bits, etc).

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