|Forum topic by Natalie||posted 11-12-2013 05:49 AM||816 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-12-2013 05:49 AM
If you live in this area and haven’t checked out the Oregon Woodworkers Guild, you are missing out, if you are a member or a former member, you aught to check in. The guild recently leased a fully decked out shop and it is available for members to use for a really great price! This is a real game changer for me. I am still in the process of deciding what equipment I am going to need and setting up my shop. I have quite a bit of wide lumber I would like to process and use, but a wide jointer and planer come with a hefty price. With this shop membership I have access to what I need plus other equipment that will make my work so much more productive. Here’s a run down of the equipment.
Before using the shop, you must have taken the free Safety class, passed the Tool Safety Exam, have a Green Card and have a signed Liability Waiver on file.
I registered for the 150 level and if I were to use up that time before a year is up, I can buy more time. So far, it’s not at all hard to get on the schedule, in fact, at this point there is usually only one other shop user along with the shop monitor. I’m sure that will change eventually, but there will be a limit of 10 users at one time in the shop. I have been in a co-op shop before and even if the membership was at capacity, the shop was never used at full tilt to where I couldn’t get a spot to do what I needed to do. And trust me, I paid A LOT more for that. I have been going to the guild shop about twice per week and I’m like a kid in a candy store. Like I said, this is a game changer for me in terms of my own shop set up. Without having my own jointer yet, I have a hard time getting off the ground with most projects. Now, instead of trying to save up for a 16 inch jointer/planer combo machine, I am going to buy an 8 inch jointer and a portable planer, and I’ll be in business! I just got my bandsaw set up with a ½ inch blade and now I think I’ll switch that to a ¼ inch blade and do all my resaw at the Guild shop.
I’m serious people. Even if all you used was the thickness sander, wouldn’t that be worth 150.00/year!
Let me know what you think, and if you join the guild and the shop, tell them Natalie sent you.
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