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Chicago North Shore Club?

barada83's picture

I'm new to the area and live in Wilmette IL. I just got my small shop set up and was now looking for local folks who might know of a club or like having some other people to bounce ideas off of.  There was some talk on the forum a few years ago but nothing recent and no response to my attempt to restart the topic. Is anyone out there?

PhillipB's picture

I came across your post (post #169716, reply #1 of 16)

I came across your post yesterday and thought I would reply and see what you have in mind.  

I have been tinkering with the idea of getting together with a few fellow woodworker's simply to chat and compare notes.  I'm open to just about anything.  My main passion is dovetail joinery and wooden hand planes and all that they can do for a wood worker willing to develop the necessary skills to utilize both.  I'll leave it at that.

Let me know what your thoughts are.  I live in Oak Park.  You can contact me through my website below if you like.

IsaacG's picture

Still Around? (post #169716, reply #2 of 16)

I'm relativelly new to wilmette (moved in summer of 2013) as well, and very interested in meeting other woodworkers. I'm strictly a hobbiest, but I finally have the space for a little woodshop, so I've been building up shop, intermixed with a few projects over the past year.

I realize your message is a couple years old, but I'm curious to hear back and to hear if you've ever met anyone else in wilmette that might be interested as well.

 

Isaac

Tychee's picture

Woodworking newbie here (post #169716, reply #3 of 16)

I live in Hanover Park just off Barrington Rd between Irving Park Rd & Lake St.

Total newbie to woodworking. About half my garage is set up as a workshop with some of the basic equipment; table saw, band saw, router & table, drill presses, orbital sanders, and some hand tools.

 

-Jeff

jay b's picture

North Shore woodworking (post #169716, reply #5 of 16)

Just came across this message. I'm looking for others in the North Shore area. I'm in Highland Park. New to woodworking looking for others. Still at it?

Jay

IsaacG's picture

 I have no idea if you'll (post #169716, reply #12 of 16)

 I have no idea if you'll get this, but I hope you do. I'm on the north shore, Wilmette, and looking to build a general interest woodworking group. I'm purely an amateur, and would to meet with other woodworkers socially to your shops, trade tips and stories and just have some fun.

It seems like people aren't getting responses, so if you have facebook, which most people do, please search for "woodworkers guild of the Northshore". My friend set up this group and named it. If you request to join he will let you in. Right now there are only a few members, but please pass along the word and join and send a note introducing yourself so we can get some momentum going!

barada83's picture

I'm replying to my original (post #169716, reply #4 of 16)

I'm replying to my original post several years ago. I am now more permanently in Northbrook and would love to see if there is any interest in an informal woodworking hobbyist group. Apparently, I have also not been receiving responses to the posting either. So if anyone else is in the Northshore of Chicago area, let's figure somehting out.

patpossum's picture

Getting together with other woodworkers (post #169716, reply #6 of 16)

hello,

I have been woodworking my entire life. It has mostly been home or furniture repair. I have never really focused a lot of time on woodworking. I have been on sick leave and now disability from work. I have tried to get more going but actually I've been sick enough that it seems like it's hard to get anything done. I have moved my shop from the basement into the garage. Mostly I have made shop projects and a couple of pieces of furniture. What I'm tnterested in is craft fair type items. I have a binder full of plans for bird feeders, bird houses, pizza peels, cutting boards, clocks, etc...I am interested in meeting with other woodworkers, maybe even touring other people's workshops 

 

Patrick

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IsaacG's picture

 I have no idea if you'll (post #169716, reply #11 of 16)

 I have no idea if you'll get this, but I hope you do. I'm on the north shore, Wilmette, and looking to build a general interest woodworking group. I'm purely an amateur, and would to meet with other woodworkers socially to your shops, trade tips and stories and just have some fun.

It seems like people aren't getting responses, so if you have facebook, which most people do, please search for "woodworkers guild of the Northshore". My friend set up this group and named it. If you request to join he will let you in. Right now there are only a few members, but please pass along the word and join and send a note introducing yourself so we can get some momentum going!

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zephyrblevins's picture

North Shore Woodworking (post #169716, reply #8 of 16)

are you still located in Northbrook area and interested in networking with other area woodworkers?

IsaacG's picture

I have no idea if you'll get (post #169716, reply #10 of 16)

I have no idea if you'll get this, but I hope you do. I'm on the north shore, Wilmette, and looking to build a general interest woodworking group. I'm purely an amateur, and would to meet with other woodworkers socially to your shops, trade tips and stories and just have some fun.

It seems like people aren't getting responses, so if you have facebook, which most people do, please search for "woodworkers guild of the Northshore". My friend set up this group and named it. If you request to join he will let you in. Right now there are only a few members, but please pass along the word and join and send a note introducing yourself so we can get some momentum going!

kristenmark12's picture

Small Shop Set up is good (post #169716, reply #9 of 16)

Before start the Shop, hav some good plans and project to attract the customer. this is one of the good skill to improve the business.

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JackNill's picture

good idea (post #169716, reply #14 of 16)

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CarlaCoach's picture

This is a very interesting (post #169716, reply #15 of 16)

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cowtown's picture

I'm not in Chicago, but (post #169716, reply #16 of 16)

I'm not in Chicago, but rateher in Calgary Alberta.

 

I lost my workspace about two years ago and went looking for another workspace and came upon a "maker-space" her in Calgary

so here it is

http://protospace.ca/the-space/

Which is one (of(so I am told) one of top 5 makerspaces in north Ameria)

 

 

The site explains it all, and if you don't want to look closely, your loss.

The business model was quite incomprehesible to me at first, as I was used to paying commercial rates, but it seems to work.- I have access to most of the euqipment that I used to have, and some i didn't.. and I can use it 24/7 if I wish.

 

The idividualist may get p/os when others f/u equipment, and in the spirit of as socialisiticoid do-ocracy, the management is by group consesus, and require membership for monthly clean-ups, all of which may be anathem to the rugged individualist, until you hear the cost of membership (in CN$)

 

membership 55$/mo

and what does that give me...

 

access to woodbutchery shop (TS/planer/thickness sander/yada yada

metal lathe/milling machine/linishing

welding shop

laser engravers

3d printers'

electronics shop

 

educational courses at 10-20 bucks a pop to learn how to operate any machine I want to use.

 

So go scratch yer butt and check out local maker spaces- some  work on a profit model, mine doesn't--or just keep buying tools that sit there 99% of the time

 

I t, with 200 plus members is so full of geeks/nerds/rednecks/knivemakers and every sort of know-and-do folks that theres no shortage of opportunities to bounce ideas off others and learn from them as well, from newbies ( to teach eh?) to experts as well.

 

These spaces exist all across the world, all you gotta do is search them out., so unless your anal rentive, OCD, and just cannot get along with other folks, I encourage you to take a look see for maker=spaces and investigate

https://blog.westelm.com/2016/06/21/make...

 

open the eyes

 

Eric