FAQ - Questions and Answers

Q: When will the Shop be open? 

A: Soon! The Board of Directors has given final approval to the project. The Lease was signed on Feb 14, 2017 and the Architect is currently working on plans and permits. The exact opening date depends upon a number of variables…permitting, construction issues and our ability to find volunteers to help with the build-out and equipment set-up. But we expect to be open some time in the second quarter of 2017

Q: What equipment will be available?

A: Our “basic” equipment list is included in the Member Shop Plan. It’s our intention to offer virtually anything any Member could want. A full complement of basic woodworking tools will be available, but we also want to offer larger, more specialized tools that even Members with their own home shops might need from time to time. Examples include lathes, a CNC , large thickness sander, a laser cutter/engraver, mortising machine, spindle sander, edge sander, down draft sanding table, long bed jointer and much, much more.

Q: How big is it going to be?

A: The total square footage is approximately 3,000 sq ft.  It will include a large tool room, a Classroom/Hand Tool Room, Reception Area, Lounge, Library and Office.  It’s going to be a first class facility!

Q: Where will the Shop be located?

A: Our Shop will be centrally located just north of Miramar Road and just east of I – 805. The address is 5360 Eastgate Mall, Suite E (ground floor only).

Q: What hours will the Shop be open?

A: Our goal is to have it open whenever Members need it. Our hope is to be open 9am to 9pm seven days a week. However, to do that, we’ll need a number of volunteer Shift Managers. We will continue to adjust the hours based on Shift Manager availability and Member demand. If you would like to volunteer as a Shift Manager, contact Pete Sterling at psterli1@san.rr.com.

Q: How much will it cost me to use the Shop?

A: Everything we’ve done thus far is geared to offer this resource at the lowest possible cost to SDFWA Members. Our current plan is to sell two levels of Membership… the Silver level to most Members and a Gold level to Members who expect to use the Shop frequently. The proposed cost is $150 for the Silver Membership and $300 for Gold……PER YEAR! That’s right, it’s just over $12/month for the Silver Membership. Full details are in the Member Shop Plan. There is also a one-time Initiation Fee that covers the cost of your initial Safety Training. (If you are not a member of the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, that annual membership cost is $30.)

Q: Are you going to offer Classes? 

A: Yes!  It’s our intention to offer a wide variety of both skills and project based Classes.  Many of the Classes will be taught by our SDFWA members.  Most will be offered to Shop Members at very affordable rates.  If you have an interest in teaching a class or becoming an instructor for our Safety Training and Shift Manager Training Programs, contact Jeff Bratt at jeffsd@san.rr.com.

Q: Where do I sign up?

A: Just go to the “Shop Memberships” page.

Q: How can I get answers to more of my questions?

A: Contact Gary Anderson at MemberShop@sdfwa.org