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Forum topic by TelescopeMaker posted 10-25-2010 06:49 PM 956 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TelescopeMaker

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10-25-2010 06:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shop sharing co-op club

I’m considering/trying to find people willing to get together to rent cheap warehouse space to create a workshop where we could go in with each other and get tools and share them and have enough space to do some good work and actually turn around and decent dust collection etc.

Have any of you done something like this? Is there a word for such an arrangement? I’m looking on Craigslist for things like it, but without much luck in finding anyone. What do you call it?

If you have done something like this what is your experience? What size shop? How many people? Just hobby or business or mixed?
-Bill Wheaton

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower


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dbhost

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 07:05 PM

I haven’t done it, but there is a fellow in I believe Dickinson Texas, that shares his shop space with a fellow that does custom marine upholstery or something like that. They got together simply to share the rent. It’s business for both of them…

For what it’s worth, I like having my shop all to myself. That way when something ends up missing, I know exactly who to blame, and no hard feelings…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 07:13 PM

I believe its called a cooperative. Artist do it a good bit. There are a few in the Houston area.

-- Daniel

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 07:25 PM

In Kansas City, I know that their woodworking guild has a serious shop facility that allows its members to use as well as teaching classes at, and inviting speakers like Marc Adams, or turners Matthew hill.
It is a tough thing…of course there is liability, if you supply the table saw and someone is hurt, is it the groups problem or just yours, because you own the tool.

Good Luck

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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489tad

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 07:54 PM

A few years back (1997ish) there was one next to a Paxton Wood in Hillard OH. Members would clock in and pay for the time they used. My understanding was they could not cover the rent and insurance cost.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 08:03 PM

I would be willing to do this with someone I really knew and trusted. I would be very reluctant to share a workshop and tools with someone I just solicited from the general public.

Years ago I was a very serious photographer with my own (very nice) darkroom. I permitted someone else to use my darkroom on a rental basis and I regret ever doing that. The extra revenue is not worth the extra hassle.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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