Shared Woodworking Spaces

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The concept of shared woodworking spaces, also known as maker spaces, has sparked my interest in the last little while. The idea, which can vary somewhat, is that a woodworker pays a certain monthly amount to have access to a place with a bunch of woodworking equipment for use. Every time I have to wrestle the tools around my garage shop, that concept seems really appealing. I’ve talked to people who have joined a shared space, and the reviews were mixed. Some thought it great, and others pointed out problems and issues that they experienced.

My question for you all is this: Have you ever been a part of a shared woodworking space, and how did you like it? I am looking forward to your reports!

Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal

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