I'm going to check out the Makerspace in Appleton WI tonight (https://appletonmakerspace.org/about-us/). Nice woodshop and a lot more for $50/ month membership. I'm hoping I'll be able to get an occasional membership, and then go in every 3 months or so and knock out a bunch of CBG's and the like.
Does anyone belong to one of these type of collective shops?
Sean, I don't belong to a builder's collective, but have read in these forums (I think) and elsewhere about them. I think the concept is great for folks who don't have a work space or tools needed to build gits, though they can be built with a small collection of non-powered hand tools. Lots easier with some nice power tools, though. It's important to have sufficient training in the use of power tools, because they are turning fast, and are sharp, and painful, sometimes fatal when errors happen. Earlier this year I read about a collective that had to close due to lack of subscriptions. Chances are that evenings and weekends might be busy times, so you might want to check the place out at the times you might be using it. Best of luck.
Yeah, I built my first six gits, a dozen amps, and a "7 string" electric washboard in my apartment, so I can do it with hand tools. But after visiting the Space last night, it would be way easier to build them there. This one doesn't seem very busy, under 50 members it sounds like. And less sawdust in my apartment would be worth it alone. LOL
Just to have access to a scroll saw and band saw would make builds go so much faster. Finding out today if I can get an occasional membership.
Cool. Go for it. You've built a good bit of stuff, so you obviously know the process, and getting some bigger, better tools helped me. I started my building with a circular saw and a 3/8" drill, and the usual home toolbox stuff. As my tool collection grew, as possible, my builds got better, and I bled less. There is always a lot of hand work with git building, but the plug in stuff cuts and drills straighter than my old hands.After reading my first post, it seemed a little "less than encouraging", which wasn't my goal. The safety stuff is, of course, imperative, but access to work space, tools, and maybe some helpful guidance (if you want it) for $1.67/day is a pretty good deal. Heck, I would be willing to go that for access to a planer and a joiner. Looking forward to seeing some of your builds.
i have looked into a hackerspace here in brisbane. first problem is it is 30+ Km from home. second is they charge $60 per month membership. too rich for me unfortunately, and a bit too far to be convienient.
i found another called "The Edge" run by our state library... they only seem to charge for the induction to the equipment, safety etc... trouble it is also 30 odd Km away and they have limited equipment... they do have a laser cutter and a 3d printer so it could be a go'er !!
thinking laser cut boxes and maybe try fret marking or even cutting of fret slots.....
back in 1983 i had a job as a CNC programmer on an industrial laser cutter. i have always wanted to get myself a small one to play with but i have never had both the room and the money at the same time..lol i envy you guys in the states.. the laser cutters are so much cheaper. by the time you get one to Australia its twice the price... a 24"by 24"max bed size would suit me to the ground. could prog up some nice boxes with that size cutter.
The Makerspace near me is in between - about 7 miles / 11.25 km away. The president there says it's not a problem if I'm a month-to-month member, so I'll just collect parts, and then build a few at once to make the $50 worth it. You might ask about that, Timothy, then you could make the trips during one month and build like mad...
Mike, it sounds like you have a nicer space than the one here, and I thought that was a nice little woodshop! Sounds like the regulars are friendly too.
One of the Carolina Box Guitar Club guys played one of his builds at the wood shop in Concord NC and it got more people interested in building and learning to play cbg's. Remember to show your finished projects.
and I've found myself back in this thread again....
So, I bit the bullet and signed up as a full time member of the local maker-space. Just completed my first month trial and now have my own key so can go down anytime day or night. I've had a few different git projects on the bench so far and the reaction from other members has been fantastic! theres also a future possibility that I'll host either a git or canjo workshop.
Having access to all the space and tools is a definite bonus and I have someone whose offered teach me how to use the laser cutter in the next few weeks so we can trial with fun projects such as box cutouts,bridges, pickup surrounds among other crazy ideas, super excited about that!!
have fun! you can etch the wood with the laser too.. custom graphics in you future..
I havent managed to go to one , its just too far away..