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Forum topic by siavosh posted 12-13-2014 05:24 AM 1206 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2014 05:24 AM

I live in an apartment building in SF which is not conducive to chopping out a bunch of mortises and making saw dust (an upcoming project I have needs a lot of chopping). I use only hand tools, but would love to just have a place where I could make noise and not worry about the neighbors or saw dust in my kitchen.
TechShop is an option, but $50/day to just sit at a workbench is a bit steep, and I’ve reached out to some community colleges in the city but they all for liability reasons need you to enroll in classes. so wondering if anyone knows of any alternatives in city limits of SF? (I don’t need any machines, just a sturdy workbench and freedom to make some woodworking noise)

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 01:19 PM

Just a thought but could you set up and do your work in your apartment’s parking lot? You could make all the noise needed and maybe meet some nice people.


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#2 posted 12-13-2014 01:32 PM

what about a storage unit

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 06:43 PM

Thanks folks for the suggestion. The garage is in-building and I’ve considered it, but it doesn’t have much free space and I don’t want to get too many nasty looks as people drive in/out. The storage unit is an interesting idea, I’ll take a look to see what the possibilities are.

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 02:47 AM

I live in the Bay area and looked into this awhile ago. I know there is shop space available down in the South Bay someplace, but as I recall it is quite expensive, but most of that cost was to use their machines. You might try one of the woodworking groups like or

Bay Area Woodworkers meets in Foster City and Diablo Woodworkers meets in Pleasant Hill. I belong to Diablo Woodworkers so I am a bit partial. They are starting classes very soon and the class “Projects for Home and Yard” is an open class for you to work on almost anything. However, you do have to be an accomplished woodworker. Here is the link to register for classes In addition, being a member of a club is an added benefit.

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 03:04 AM

Check out Sebastopol.
Lots of folks that will share a space.
But you still got the drive.
Buy the way Welcome.
Best, Rick

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#6 posted 12-14-2014 04:57 AM

@SouthpawCA – thanks for the suggestions. Those seem like great organizations. I’m quite a novice so at least one of them will probably something I can look into in the future. My main challenge is to minimize the commute, but I’ll keep them in mind.

@Rick – thanks for the suggestions, and it’s good to be back! I’ve been lurking around for the last 3 months, and finally forcing myself to get back into building stuff.

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