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Thread: Joined the local Guild

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri

    Joined the local Guild

    I've been wanting to join the local guild for a while, but with house projects and taking care of the grandson, time hasn't allowed. Well, I decided to attend this past week's meeting as I hadn't been to the guild since they moved to their new shop a few years ago. The meeting had well over 100 attendees, I was about 5 out of all of those under the age of 50, so lots of "knowledge" in the room.

    I was amazed at the space they had, about 40,000 sq ft. They had several storage rooms, a presentation/meeting area, offices, classrooms, a library, kitchen, and shop space (see pics at the link below).

    Tools in inventory included 3 saw stop table saws, 2 planers, 3 jointers, 3 surface sanders, 3 lathes, 4 drill presses, 6 scroll saws, chop saws, a bunch of edge/oscillating/disc sanders, routers and tables, tons of lei valley hand planes, and cabinets full of hand tools. Oh, and a Legacy CNC Router with Aspire. Lots of benches, classes, and special user interests groups to join.

    So you ask, what does all this cost for me to use? $75 per year!!! I took the safety orientation tonight and should be setup to use the shop by this coming week during open shop times, which is about 140 hours per month, classes and other events are given use of the shop during other times.

    It's only about 10 minutes from my work, so will be spending a few lunch hours dropping in to get some meditation time in.

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
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    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN
    Wow Darren! That's a great deal!
    Windrock Custom Calls

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Nice, sounds like an interesting place. Hopefully there's lots of camaraderie and inspiration from a group like that.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    That sounds like a great opportunity.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That sounds like a great bargain, considering what you'll have access to.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    That's impressive
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    That can be all sorts if fun

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Wow!!! Look at all the new ideas that will pop up to add to your bucket list. Really looks like a good think.


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    That's a great deal! I had to forward the info to my friend that lives in Brookside...he wants to start doing more woodworking, but doesn't have a garage or space in the basement to get started. This might fit the bill!
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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