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naterajj

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02-11-2010 11:32 PM

Hi,

Apologies in advance, I am not sure this is the appropriate place for my post.

I am looking for a Workshop in the LA area that’s open to the public for a fee or membership, is there such a thing? hopefully with basic tools such as a table saw, band saw, planer and jointer?

I would like to get some stuff done in this long weekend!

Thanks in advance,

JJ


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 05:25 AM

Did you ever find a shop to work out of?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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naterajj

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 06:51 AM

Well, I am taking classes at Cerritos College, you get access to a great workshop and knowledgeable instructors, but it’s still a class environment, I didn’t find any other options.

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 04:55 PM

Hey Naterajj

What classes are you taking right now?
Im taking a class with Robert Gray Woodworking 101

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naterajj

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 07:34 PM

Hi Steven,

I’m currently taking 102 with Robert Thornbury.

I took 101 with Carlos Sanchez and a couple of weekend classes with with Thornbury/Gray.

JJ

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 08:30 PM

Are you needing the tools for only one project? There are very few people let people use their tools.

You might as well buy your tools used on Craiglist. Check the wood shop bulletin at Cerritos. I saw someone selling their delta table saw at reasonable price.

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 08:45 PM

My first time taking class there. They have a very strong program with knowledgeable people.

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#7 posted 08-26-2010 10:36 PM

I am interrested in attending Cerritos- I would have to travel 30+ miles. I started to fill out the application and it takes forever, they want tons of information. Is that’s the norm? Having to go through the registering process if all you are only interested in learning wood working and taking classes without the need for a degree? I missed the dead line of August 16 to sign up. Any tips in how can one get in the class without this long process?

I am also interested in learning by doing, and placed a craighlist ad, asking if any woodworker in the area would be willing to teach me in exchange for helping for one day per week. All I received were proposition from perverted individuals- I quikly removed the ad.

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#8 posted 08-26-2010 11:51 PM

You can complete the application online, but you will still need the The assessment test for math and English. I don’t see why people who taking only classes in wood working need to take it. I know its a paint in the butt to do, but it just need to be done once.

Its a popular program in Cerritos College. Even on the waiting list is useless.

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 12:20 AM

Thanks for the information. I have 3 graduate degrees
do you think I will need to take the exams? Also, If I understand you correct; there is no way to get in, and if I put my name in the waiting list, most likely will not get in for a while?

Thanks again. Sam

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#10 posted 08-27-2010 01:07 AM

The assesment test is for people who are new in this school. It is not a Fail or Pass. It’s to see what level you are in. I don’t understand why they are making everyone to take it. When “we the woodworkers” are not taking English or math.

I was told by the instructor that there’s 14 people on the wait list.

I miss the summer registration but Fall I got lucky.

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naterajj

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#11 posted 08-27-2010 01:46 AM

Actually, there is a way.

You can attend one of the community education classes, which occur during the weekends:

http://www.cerritoscommunityed.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=1010

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naterajj

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#12 posted 08-27-2010 01:54 AM

The 2 weekend classes i mentioned above are from the community education program

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#13 posted 08-27-2010 05:42 AM

Thanks for the tip. I have heard great things about their program- I did’nt have the time then, now my time is more flexible.

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#14 posted 08-28-2010 07:56 AM

I know you guys dont have tools at home, even I dont have all the tools for furniture making so I asked a question to instructor .

1. I ask him about a jointer or planer. At my shop I don’t have neither of those. Im on budget.
He was stumped with this question. Of course there are couple ways of doing it without the need for both machine. He suggest that I buy wood at the school and use the school machine. Anyone is welcome to use the machine, but only in class hours.

There is a lab class where there is no lecture, just you can use any machine.
WMT 111L Intro to Woodworking Lab

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#15 posted 01-17-2013 09:05 PM

For people looking for a shared woodshop in LA check out:
communitywoodshopla.com

Community Woodshop opened last December and is starting woodworking classes in February! If you have an idea for a class or are interested in learning something specific let us know. It is set up like a fitness club. You can join as a member and have access to the space and equipment or you can take classes (non-members welcome).

-- Scott, Glassell Park, CA, CommunityWoodshopLA.com

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