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Question, or rather looking for information/input.
A new member of our local woodworking guild is an enthusiastic organizer. He'd like to setup a community woodworking space and he's interested in hearing from/about successfully operating ones in other locations.
Do any of our members either belong to one or have info about ones in their areas?
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Hope this helps... https://www.makerspace.nyc/

They have two locations, Staten Island and Brooklyn...it might be a good model for your friend.

While not specifically for woodworking, it does have some tools...depends on what a member might need.

I briefly checked into it when I moved to Staten Island but it was just too much of a traffic headache to get to and I dropped it.

The site includes a video which tells the story of how/when it was formed...

I don't know what it provides for long-term projects and if they can stay on site but they do have some storage.

There is another place but it is mostly a "learn and build a project" place where a person is charged for a class-per-project. This one I can get more info on as it is very close to me, if it sounds like what you're looking for...

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Any and all info is greatly appreciated, Nick. Thanks for your link!
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Closest we have is a local community college where many of the local hobbyest woodworkers take classes semester after semester. Other than that, nothing.

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I have a cousin in Appleton, Wisconsin who belongs to the local group. You pay a monthly fee and have access to anything in the shop. I saw one person building a plane. All equipment is donated. The have metal and wood equipment. Computer classes are taught also. You would have to check google to find if there is one near you.

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I thought James Watt was associated with one down in Sydney? I know we lost Derek Willis to one in the UK as he said he was going tofocus on it instead of this forum. Maybe you could try pming him. He's come back a couple of times when I reposted one of his threads.

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Good stuff, guys! I'll follow up on those leads.
I'll be talking later today to the Guild member who's keen on organizing this; he needs to join us here.
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