BECOME A MEMBER
The NorthCoast Community Woodshop is a club developed for members that may be very skilled woodworkers or beginners. It is intended to provide the resources and support that allows our community to Teach, Learn and Share in the craft of woodworking. We have established a membership structure that offers a well-equipped woodshop 24/7 and a supportive community at an affordable price. We have one-year renewable memberships for individuals and families with short-term trial memberships also available. Our membership rates are just a little over a $1 / day.
$400/year for an adult
$450/year for a family of 3
$500/year for a family of 4 or more
Gift/Trial membership available (See membership agreement for details)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the benefits of membership?
A: Use of a fully-equipped woodworking facility, access to the experiences of other members, the satisfaction of learning by doing, and sharing that with other members and with our community.
Q: Can I use the machines anytime?
A: Our woodshop is available to our members 24/7 through our digital security access. Requirements for using power equipment are that at one other person is present for safety reasons or if you are alone in the shop, you must always carry our 911 Medical Alert device with you. It is in our conference room on the wall where there are also instructions. We also ask that that you wear appropriate safety gear and that you understand the operation of the tool.
Q: Is training included?
A: A required safety class is included as part of our new member orientation. Other members who are experienced woodworkers are often available (by chance or by appointment) for free advice when using equipment for the first time. You can also request additional training through the club.
Q: Is wood included?
A: Wood is supplied for club activities including group projects, training classes, or making items for community projects. For individual projects, wood and other disposable supplies are the member's responsibility. We also attempt to acquire discounted wood to offer our members at cost.
Q: What supplies do I need?
A: The club provides router bits (limited to what is in the bit storage rack), saw blades, dado sets, a limited variety of drill bits, sandpaper and the specialized abrasives for the sanding machines to club members. In addition, members may use their own hand tools and materials if they desire.
Q: What if I break something?
A: Members who damage equipment through carelessness, improper use or disregard of posted or published procedures may be charged for the cost of repairs and replacement parts. Examples of such damage include, but are not limited to, ruined sanding machine abrasives, ruined saw blades, damaged carbide cutter segments in the surface planer or jointer, damaged bench grinder wheels and miter saw blade guards.
In addition, attempting to cut material that is electrically conductive on the SawStop table saw is likely to activate the safety braking system. Wet wood, wood with certain coatings, treated wood, aluminum and a material having a metallic component or layer are examples of electrically conductive material. Always consult a board member before cutting material that is electrically conductive. A member who activates the brake system for any reason is responsible for reimbursing the club for the cost of replacing the blade and brake cartridge.
Q: What classes are offered?
A: We offer a variety of classes for our members and non-members. Reference the Classes section of our website.
Q: What are the member requirements?
A: The NCCW is entirely funded by, and operated by, member/volunteers. Your membership requires that you follow all safety requirements. We would also like you to help keep the shop clean, pitch in when needed with training, community events, and keep good ideas coming.
Q: Are there restrictions for the scope of work that members can use the shop?
A: For safety reasons, we prefer that there is at least one other person in the shop when operating any of the stationary woodworking equipment. However, if you are alone in the shop, you must always carry our 911 Medical Alert device with you. It is in our conference room on the wall where there are also instructions.
The shop and resources cannot be used to support an ongoing business enterprise or other organization.
The use of the shop by members is intended for their personal woodworking projects and not high-volume processing of wood for significant personal or commercial efforts.
None of the sanding machines, the jointer or planer shall be used for removing finishes such as paint, polyurethane, varnish, etc. from wood. Trying to remove such finishes will ruin the machine's abrasive or cutters and will require their replacement. This is very costly for the club. You can sand, join, or plane bare wood only. Sanding of wet, oily, and resinous woods is also likely to load up the sandpaper and must be avoided.
Members are not allowed to apply petroleum-based solvent finishes in our shop. It is a significant fire hazard. You can apply oil-based finishes on you projects while they are on the lathe, but all application materials should be disposed of in the red lidded metal trash can in the lathe area.
Q: Can I borrow a tool from the shop?
A: No. All club owned tools, materials, supplies, and equipment must be used only within the confines of the woodshop. The loaning and removal of these items for use at other locations is not allowed.
Q: Do you provide a "Clean Room" for finishing?
A: NCCW does not provide a clean room or paint booth for finishing. Wood finishing may be performed on NCCW premises, at your own risk, utilizing only water based and / or low VOC, non-flammable paints and stains. When "Friction Finishing" articles on the lathe you may use small quantities of woodturning finishes that are applied while the article is on the lathe; any excess finish and applicators must be disposed of in the provided flammable article safety can.
If you are interested in finding out more or setting up a tour please contact us through our website or email us and a member will be in touch to set up a meeting.