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Anyone interested in joining or forming Ana co-op in Fairfield County, CT?
I have a professional shop with a full complement of high-end industrial equipment. It's located in Bridgeport, CT. This is a part-time endeavor for me and most of the time my equipment sits idle. It occurred to me that it might be productive to form a co-op that would allow woodworkers to "plug in" to a fully functioning shop, retain their independence, but have access to great equipment and be able to collaborate with others on projects where it made sense.
I'm looking for like-minded woodworkers who know what they're doing and who would value working in an environment that fostered collaboration, creativity and camaraderie. Right now I have 2,000 s.f. in a factory building with great natural light, heavy power, freight elevators, loading dock etc. I have the ability to expand up to 4,000 s.f. and would do so if a couple of people were interested in this concept. The rent is cheap so if we had 3 or 4 participants, cost would be in the hundreds/month.
I don't have fully-formed plan for this, but I thought I'd throw the idea out there to gauge interest. If anyone is interested, let me know. My website is www.gothamwoodworks.com if you want to check me out (there's also a couple photos of the shop).
Reach out if you're interested. Thanks
Here's partial equipment list:
- Griggio 24" planer
- Porter 20" jointer
- Felder KF700 sliding table saw and shaper
- Tannewitz dual-arbor sliding table saw
- Minimax 24" band saw
- Minimax copy lathe
- Progress edge sander
- Supermax 37" dual drum sander
- William & Hussey molder
- Dust collection system
- Hoffman dovetail key router
- Kreg pocket screw machine
- General mortising machine
- Davis & Wells horizontal boring machine
- General drill press
- Plus assorted smaller machines/tools -- router table, miter saw, dovetail jigs, scroll saw, etc.